Allied Able to Shred Dirty Kanza 2019


Allied is one of a few American bike companies who makes their frames here in the USA. Despite what Trump wants with his arguably ill-advised tariffs, making carbon fiber bikes completely in the US of A is no trivial task. Allied stands by their Arkansas-made carbon bikes and is now proud to introduce their new gravel crusher, the Allied Able.

Allied makes drop-bar bikes only, so the Able is a natural extension of their existing Alfa, Alfa Disc and Alfa Allroad models, the latter of which accepts up to a 35mm tire. With the Able, the Allied team has been able to squeeze much larger tires: 700×47 front or 700×43 rear and 650×2.0″ front or 650×1.8″ rear.

Alllied Able Gravel Bike

The Force 1 Able in Cavarly Blue, ready to roll.

The most notable feature of the Able is the elevated drive-side chainstay, which opens up the rear triangle for added tire clearance while keeping the rear center length at a still-nimble 420mm. If you’re a dropper post fan, unfortunately, the Able doesn’t currently accommodate one.

Alllied Able Gravel Bike

That fork opens wide to fit up to a 2.1″ 650b tire.

Alllied Able Gravel Bike

The elevated chainstay is unique and purpose-built for clearance and handling.

The Able will be available in two colors (Sport Gray, Calvary Blue) and three specs (Force 1, Force eTap AXS and Red eTap AXS). Both eTap builds are a mixture of road shifters, cranks and brakes mated to the X01 Eagle eTap rear derailleur. Prices will be $5299, $7499 and $9499 respectively.

POST-RACE UPDATE: Well, after the dust from the 2019 Dirty Kanza settled, the Allied Able took the win in DK200 for both men and women. Colin Strickland took the men’s field ahead of steep competition from World Tour pros and Amity Rockwell nabbed the win ahead of a strong women’s field. Additionally, Colin’s time of 9:58:49 was the first sub-10 ever. Needless to say, Allied is tickled to have the Able win the DK200 on its first try. 

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  1. Hi Jason,
    Did you get a chance to ride the Allied Able? I know you love the Open U.P. and I was hoping for a comparison between the two. Thanks!
    Jim H.

  2. Hey, my friend! I haven’t had a. chance to ride the Able, but I’m hoping to this year. We’ll see how everything shakes out. I wish I could compare them for you.

    I do have the Argon 18 Dark Matter in right now and that’s a fun one too. A little less expensive, but still cool and unique.

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