ALAN - Aluminiun, carbon fiber and cyclo-cross

 

 

ALAN was founded in 1972 by the engineer Lodovico Falconi. It was the first company to introduce an all aluminium bicycle frame made from aerospace grade aluminium. And in 1976, it was again first in developing and manufacturing a production carbon frame made by bonding Torayca carbon fiber-composite tubing to cast aluminium lugs, a process still widely used today by many manufacturers.

The name ALAN comes from the first two letters of Falconi's children, Alberto and Annamaria.

Over the years many racers used ALAN bikes, winning 20 cyclo-cross world championships titles, 5 track world titles, numerous one-day classics, as well as Grand Tour stage.

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History

1972 - Falconi had worked for bicycle manufacturer Torpado and he knew that many components were being built in lightweight aluminium alloy. So he decided to produce also bike frames with that material. To do so, he patented an innovative construction technique, experimenting with different alloys and glues.

In 1972, when Falconi founded his company, the revolutionary Alan frames were officially put on the market.

The new construction techniques of the frames consisted of threading the tubes at the ends and inserting them into the conjunctions, also threaded, making the junction absolute with the use of a glue used in the aeronautical industry. To achieve a perfect centering of the frame, everything was assembled on mounting dimes.

The success of Alan frames was immediate: they were light and could be used in different specialities.

1976 - The Japanese company TORAY Industries Inc. wanted a frame with carbon fiber tubes, so Alan, after introducing the innovative lightweight aluminium alloy frames, was also the first company to produce carbon fiber frames. They were both light and very durable and their high-quality and reliability were recognized by the Japan Vehicle Inspection Association

The success of Alan's lightweight aluminium and carbon fiber frames made them sought-after by many cycling teams, both professional and amateur. FANGIO (Belgium), TEKA (Spain), VARTA (Colombia) and the Italian teams Magniflex, Vibor, Fiorella, Santini and many others.

 

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Alan Bikes

The cyclocross - Since the company's foundation, the cross bikes have been produced to give maximum comfort and be resistant even to extreme conditions and terrain. This allows racers to achieve the best results on every type of route. Over the years many international champions have chosen Alan's bikes, including Liboton, Simunek, Kluge and Zweifel. Their many victories, the technological innovations, and the indisputable qualities of its bikes have made Alan one of the most popular brands in the world.

Gravel bikes - Made of the same materials as the cross bikes, these bikes are highly reliable, very comfortable and suitable for any type of road and for long distances.

Road bikes - Produced in both aluminium and carbon, the main quality of these bikes is the fact that they are handbuilt in Italy, with the greatest attention to detail. The frames are customized for their riders' body measurement and racing needs, thus making every and each bike unique.

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(1) Alan for Priori with Campagnolo Super Record
(2) Team Magniflex
(3) Alan for Priori - detail

 

 


1 comment

  • Graham Kerr

    I have six ALANs now, a blue road, two carbon, a silver cyclo cross, a silver track bike and a Colnago badged road bike that has served me for road and crit racing, time trials and even a couple of Retro Rondes. They always receive excellent comments from other cyclists, they ride and look superb.

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