A custom 800g frame made in the US: The Allied Echo

New Arkansas brand puts 60-day guarantee on custom $3,800 frameset

While the vast majority of the bike industry buys carbon frames and parts from Asia, the new brand Allied Cycle Works set up shop in the southern US state of Arkansas. Today, the new brand announced its second bike, a custom 800g frame called the Echo.

Allied Cycle Works was recently formed by former Orbea USA head Tony Karklins and former Specialized engineer Sam Perkins. The company's first bike, the Alfa, launched last month. 

The carbon frames are designed, built and even painted at the company's headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Allied Cycle Works recently set up shop in Little Rock, Arkansas
Allied Cycle Works recently set up shop in Little Rock, Arkansas

The $3,800 Echo frameset uses tube-to-tube construction of American-sourced Mitsubishi MR60H intermediate modulus and HR40 high modulus carbon. 

“Our monocoque composite frame ALFA generated a lot of excitement and we feel the Echo will be the answer for those wanting a fully custom frame option,” said Karklins, founder and managing director of Allied."We’re proving it’s possible to offer a bike that’s competitive with best in class for performance and price, all while being designed and built entirely under one roof here in the US.”

Riders can configure their Echo bikes on Allied's website, selecting geometry as well as components. Once final design is confirmed, Allied claims the custom frameset or complete bike will be delivered to the rider's door within 60 days.

The 800g claimed weight is for a 56cm frame, which can handle up to 28mm tires. The fork is 340g, Allied says.

Allied claims a 60-day delivery time to your front door on the custom Echo
Allied claims a 60-day delivery time to your front door on the custom Echo

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
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