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Allied Cycle Works enters exclusive arrangement with US fiber maker

Published March 6, 2017
Allied uses the Innegra fiber in three locations on its Alfa frame.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Allied Cycle Works has reached an exclusive agreement with Innegra Technologies, which makes a fiber material that Allied uses in its Alfa road frame.

The companies said the exclusive joint development partnership will bring new technology to the cycling industry.

Innegra makes a high-modulus polypropylene fiber that the company said can significantly increase the durability and toughness of composite structures. Allied uses the material in three key locations — the toptube, seatstays and fork crown — to increase durability and minimize the chance of catastrophic failure.

The companies said that U.S. material technology companies focus on the domestic aerospace industry and don't usually offer their technologies to overseas consumer product manufacturers because of federal export regulations and the challenge of integrating its materials with overseas manufacturing. A domestic manufacturer like Allied can have access to materials that overseas factories can't obtain, said Allied founder Tony Karklins.

"We decided to produce our bicycles here, in America, not because we thought it would be easy, but because we thought we could do it better," Karklins said. "We know by doing it here we can manufacture higher-performance, more durable and more advanced products that result in a clear advantage to the rider."

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