Video: The Birth of a Carbon Frame

America’s newest player in the carbon fiber frame world is Allied Cycle Works. Located in newly built facility in Arkansas, Allied is the brainchild of long-time industry player Tony Karklins with a strong supporting cast by one of our fave carbon smart guys, Sam Pickford. Together they have assembled a team of employees determined to put America back on the map for carbon frame construction.

Allied recently sent us this really illuminating video on how a carbon frame is made in their Arkansas shop.

While we were at the North American Handmade Bike Show back in March, Allied was beginning their tour of transparency when they had one of their carbon techs on hand to roll-out a fork right there on the show floor.

We tested an Allied Alfa earlier this year and came away impressed not only with the quality construction, but also the ride quality – really nice compliance without giving up any front to back stiffness.

As impressive as the frame itself is, we are equally impressed with Karklin’s vision for making America once again a popular choice for carbon manufacturing.

The Allied Alfa is one of three models that are born in Allied’s Arkansas frame factory.


The seat cluster was one of the more impressive features of the Allied Alfa frame.

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