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No one builds bespoke, custom racing bikes quite like Allied Cycle Works. Their bikes are the two-wheeled machines of every cyclist’s dreams – combining drop-dead gorgeous aesthetics with the highest quality components that money can buy. With their latest paint series, the Harlequin, they’ve stepped the aesthetics up a notch further which we are absolutely in love with.
After all, why settle for just one colour on your bike, when you can have six?
A colour for every occasion
The paint on the new Harlequin models contains a unique, multi-layer pigment flake that gives the different layers of paint the ability to literally change colour as you view it from multiple different angles.
It’s an Instagram-enthusiasts dream, the bike able to totally transform its look just by shooting it from a different perspective. Depending on the angle you stand at and the angle the light hits the bike, some colours can really pop, exhibiting multiple hues that make the bike appear almost iridescent.
This new and unique paint series updates their older transparent series and is now available on the bike builder – giving you the option to choose between three different Harlequin colour options. Magenta to gold has a very regal look, green to purple a very natural hue and blue to red a sleek, stealthy feel. If you thought deciding on which bike to buy was hard before, now you have the extra dilemma of choosing what shades of paint your dream bike is going to wear.
Meet the bikes
As a partner in the UK of US-based Allied Cycle Works, we offer a range of their bespoke builds. There may only be two base models on offer, the zippy Alfa and the dirt-munching All-Road, but with each able to be customised entirely to your own specification, the choice is almost endless.
As the first bike designed, engineered and manufactured by Allied Cycle Works, the Alfa really set the ball rolling. Delivering performance and efficiency in bucketloads, the Alfa also champions simplicity and durability, something a lot of high-performance race bikes don’t always do.
The frame design is simple yet intuitive, allowing the rider to both race and tour on a single machine. It’s a bike that can ply its trade at the very highest echelons of pro cycling, as well local club runs and weekend sportive rides. Allied also use something called INNEGRA in the Alfa’s frame, increasing the bike's resistance against small impacts and bumps in the road, vastly improving the overall ride quality.
Available set up for both rim brake and disc brakes, the rest of the specification and components are entirely customisable. It’s your dream bike, after all.
The clue is simply in the name with the All-Road – it’s a bike you can ride damn near anywhere.
Allied’s development team worked tirelessly on the All-Road to ensure that the high-performance characteristics from the Alfa were preserved, but multi-surface, versatile components could also be added. Disc brakes are flat mounted, allowing riders to choose from anywhere between 23c to 38c tyres. The chainstays and wheelbase are kept tight, just like the Alfa, allowing a seamless transition for anyone wanting to make the change from road to multi-surface.
Like the Alfa, the All-Road also uses INNEGRA in its frame. It also comes in a wide range of finishing specs, allowing a rider to choose between Shimano’s top-end groupsets or SRAM’s unique ETAP system.
If a bespoke, truly unique bike sounds like your kind of thing, then be sure to head down to one of our stores, or send us a quick email to start planning your dream bike today.