Handmade in the USA: Allied Alfa

Handmade in the USA: Allied Alfa

My year-plus experience with the Allied Alfa hinges around a tiny flaw that was ultimately addressed. While perhaps a little embarrassing for Allied, I believe the story demonstrates what sets the brand apart – in a positive way.

Aero unicorn: Trek Madone SLR Disc

Aero unicorn: Trek Madone SLR Disc

A cushy aero bike?! Yup, it’s true. The adjustable IsoSpeed suspension is what sets this bike apart. For this build, the Bontrager wheels are on par with the best out there, and the tires are close behind. But a bike this expensive should have a power meter. And the bar/stem, while adjustable for angle, still means you better be sure you are sure about your fit measurements before you buy.

Not magic, suspension: Specialized Diverge

Not magic, suspension: Specialized Diverge

Pros: Smooth, suspended ride, integrated storage, excellent Shimano parts Cons: Price, tall stack might not be ideal for all riders Price: $1,100 to $10,000. $6,700 Diverge Pro tested Similar Products: Trek Checkpoint, Salsa Warbird, Cannondale Slate Photographed:...
Reimagining routes: Zach Lee’s passion project

Reimagining routes: Zach Lee’s passion project

Where are Boulder’s best rides? What’s the best way to ride there? And how steep is that climb, anyhow?

These are but a few of the questions designer Zach Lee set out to answer in a super-clean visual format that completely redefines what a cycling map can be. Informative, sure, but also artistic and inspiring.

Handmade in Denver: Alchemy Bicycle Co.

Handmade in Denver: Alchemy Bicycle Co.

Dozens of American brands sell carbon frames, but only a handful make their own in the US. And the number of American brands building stock carbon frames in Colorado? Just one: Alchemy. Here’s why.