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Alan road frames(9 posts)

Alan road frameskatie1
Dec 10, 2003 4:42 PM
I'm not familiar with this brand. What do y'all know about it? Good/ bad? Thanks.
An old nameKerry Irons
Dec 10, 2003 5:56 PM
Alan/Vitus were the original "modern" aluminum frames. They came before Klein/Cannondale and used the same diameter tubes as the steel bikes of the day - they had to because shift levers, derailleurs, bottle cage clamps, cable guides, etc. were not brazed on and so all frame tubes had to be the same diameter. Though the old Alans were quite flexy, Sean Kelly won a lot of important races on them. These days, they make a fine aluminum frame, though I don't think they're anything special among the mix that's out there. Nothing wrong with them, so if you get a good price, go for it.
Dec 10, 2003 6:22 PM
It's an okay deal, but I was more curious than anything.
Adding to what Kerry said..russw19
Dec 11, 2003 12:54 AM
Their road frames are run of the mill, but they do make a few high end and exceptional cross bikes right now. They are trying their hardest to knock Empella and Ridley off the top tier of Euro-Cross bikes, but aren't quite there yet, but very close.

Alan was one of the better French bike manufacturers of the 70s and 80s but like Gitane and Vitus, just fell pray to the mid 80s mountain bike boom. None of these companies were quick to start making mountain bikes and it killed them, just as it did to Schwinn here in the US.

They are trying to make a comeback, but seem to want to capture a chunk of the cross market first.

Adding to what Kerry and Russ said..dzrider
Dec 11, 2003 6:21 AM
In the 80's Alan & Vitus were among the lightest frames available. As titanium and stiffer aluminum frames caught them in weight and passed them in durability they faded. Kind of cool, imho, historically. They also made (or sold a TVT) one of the early carbon frames. As others have said they were flexy and very comfortable.
pardon my french, but ......t5rguy
Dec 11, 2003 7:56 AM
Alan is Italian!
Alan=Italian Vitus=FrenchAaronL
Dec 11, 2003 9:21 AM
I'm fairly positive that Vitus and Alan were not one in the same. Sean Kelly never rode an Alan, only Vitus bikes, or rebadged Vitus frames.

Both were absolute noodles. I had an Alan from the 80's, and it would rub the stays so bad, the bike would auto-shift. But, it was light for the time.
Alan=Italian<--- Whoops! Thanks for the FYIrussw19
Dec 12, 2003 3:05 AM
fyiJS Haiku Shop
Dec 11, 2003 7:23 AM
there are several threads re: Alan frames going on the cyclocross forum.