Spot Brand may be known best for its singlespeeds, including the bright neon yellow Rallye cyclocross bike, but the Golden, Colorado-based company embraces more than just the one-gear road.
In fact, its employees found themselves spending so much time riding on rough roads they wanted to create a higher-spec geared bike capable of any adventure, and carrying the team along for the gravel movement.
So Spot Brand teamed up with Arkansas-based Allied Cycle Works to create the Spot X Allied Allroad bike. It’s what the company is calling a road bike for mountain bikers, and the new high-end, made-in-USA offering lands them squarely in the cross and gravel world.
The bike features the same pricing and geometry as Allied’s own Allroad offering, but features different cable routing, color scheme and build options. Framesets run $3899, the same as Allied, but Spot will offer only the Allroad+ option (pictured) that features a taller headtube than the standard Allroad.
The frame leans more road than adventure, at least on paper. It comes in 6 sizes, features relatively steep head angles (73.3 for a 56+) and short effective chainstay length (41.4cm), and offers clearance for 38mm tires—perhaps explaining the “Allroad” name over “Gravel”—since so many gravel tires are 40mm or larger nowadays.
Spot offers two builds, both featuring ENVE carbon cockpits and ENVE carbon tubeless SES wheels. The two options both feature SRAM Force, with a Force 1 1x build, and a Force 22 double chainring option. Save up, as both builds will retail for $7999.
The frame comes in an eye-catching “Hot Tomato” paint.
Spot had to rush to get this bike to Sea Otter, and needed to do same-day shipping from Allied Cycle Works to its headquarters in Golden to get the Spot X Allied Allroad to the show and in front of our cameras and attendees.
Ready to pull the trigger and want same day shipping yourself? You’ll have to be patient. Spot is taking orders now, but bikes will deliver in May.
More info: spotbrand.com
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