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Video: HIA Velo shows why they’re making carbon fiber bikes in the USA

HIA Velo carbon fiber bicycles made in the USA
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We’ve covered HIA Velo’s launch and subsequent releases from their Allied Cycle Works brand (like an 800g road frame), and soon we’ll be down there to visit the factory ourselves. In the meantime, co-founder Tony Karklins shared this video explaining why they brought the equipment and talent to Little Rock to create a full production factory making carbon fiber bikes in the USA. Here’s their statement to go along with it:

“Over the last two decades, most of the bicycle factories have closed and shifted their production elsewhere in search of cheaper labor. This industry now finds itself in a position where 99% of bicycles are made at a few massive Asian factories with brands obscuring where their bikes are made. Painting an Asian made frame in Europe does not make it European.

“We founded ALLIED CYCLE WORKS to take a different path. We dreamt that we could be successful designing, building and selling bikes that we loved without sacrificing our values: We are a premium American bicycle brand that actually engineers and manufactures our own products, right here in the USA, because it matters. Our goal is not only to make our bicycles here, it is to make them better and to prove to the world that composite bicycles CAN be produced in the USA.

“We are going to be the most open, honest and transparent bike brand out there. We are going to show everybody how carbon fiber bikes are made. Nothing hiding behind the curtain.

“We hope that this inspires others to follow suit.

Check them out at AlliedCycleWorks.com.

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TomM
TomM
6 years ago

Very interesting to see this! I was surprised at how manual the lay-up process is.

Marc L
6 years ago

Awesome video- good on Allied for their commitment to domestic production. The bikes look amazing and seeing the amount of handcraft in their process is impressive.

Given how close their pricing is to some premium Asian-made frames I could completely see a lot of people justifying the jump. Word is that the bikes ride really well, too.

SRAM Sam
SRAM Sam
6 years ago

Interesting especially since HIA Velo private label manufacturers bikes for a local shop here who brands them as their own.

AK_Ben
AK_Ben
6 years ago

If I hadn’t just bought my last ever road bike, a No. 22 Great Divide titanium frame, I would look very seriously at the Allied offerings. Hopefully they will make a real go of it, and I can get one for one of my kids in a few years!

Flatbiller
Flatbiller
6 years ago

“We are a premium American bicycle brand that actually engineers and manufactures our own products, right here in the USA, because it matters.”

If a bike had to abide by the same rules and regulations as cars, it’d be difficult for them to claim that these bikes are MADE IN THE USA, given that everything else save the frame is made in Asia.

https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-made-usa-standard#standard

Robin
Robin
6 years ago
Reply to  Flatbiller

I don’t think there’s any confusion at all about the fact that HIA Velo is referring to their frames, not complete bicycles.

tyler
tyler
6 years ago
Reply to  Flatbiller

thanks dwight shrute.

PooperScooper
PooperScooper
6 years ago

Love the idea. Now, about that price. The only reason I buy Asian stuff is, it’s cheap and just as good as the stuff from anywhere else that sells for 5, 6, or 10 times the cost.

Maj. Buzzkill
Maj. Buzzkill
6 years ago

Made in US with low paid low skill asian and mexican workers doesn’t really make it any different than made in mexico or asia does it? Same machines, same fiber, same workers.

Jesse James
Jesse James
6 years ago

Love MY custom HIA Echo

toffee
toffee
6 years ago

Frames are 3000 usd, seems reasonable.

HolyKnoller
HolyKnoller
6 years ago

MABA (Make American Bikes Again)

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