Allied Echo review: The two-in-one solution, fully realized

The concept of a single bike that could ably replace multiple ones is hardly new — cyclocross riders have been using their weekend race bikes to train on the road for ages, after all — but it’s only more recently that brands have been making more concerted efforts to develop the idea beyond just swapping wheelsets.

One of the latest models to hit the market is the Echo from Allied Cycle Works, which features both adjustable rear dropouts and fork tips that transform the bike from a full-blown road racer in one mode, to a highly capable gravel machine in the other.

It sounded very promising when I introduced it in early June (you can read all the nitty gritty tech details here), but how’s it been in reality after riding it for five weeks?

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