ALAN was founded in 1972 by Falconi Lodovico, naming the brand after the names of his sons; Alberto (AL) and Annamaria (AN).
Falconi wanted to create something new amongst the wave of Italian frame-builders who used steel to construct their bicycles. After much research, Lodovico discovered the possibilities of aluminium and created a new patent for his construction methods, one that revolutionised the industry.
Such was the prestige and respect for the brand, many bigger companies sought help in designing their products from ALAN (Guerciotti and Colnago to name but a few). ALAN were also the first pioneers of carbon fibre technology in cycling, constructing frames that combined carbon and aluminium as early as 1976. Professional cycling only saw carbon fibre bicycles take off in the 21st Century, thus the forward thinking approach of Falconi appears to be particularly special.
Zullo is an Italian bike manufacturer founded by Tiziano Zullo. Having competed in both road races and cyclo-cross races as he was growing up, Zullo had developed a keen eye for how bikes should be designed to benefit the rider and their performance. In the early 1970s Zullo himself started to build bicycle frames and his small business began to grow steadily.
In 1985 Zullo created a partnership with TVM, the top Dutch professional team and became then their frame supplier from 1986 to 1992. In 1994 Zullo moved into the production of TIG-welded aluminium bicycles frames. Thie new venture then led to the development and production of combined aluminium and carbon frames.