For All Over Your City and More: Testing the All-City Mr. Pink Road

This bike should need no introduction to the readers of this site. It’s All-City’s flagship road model, made from Columbus Zona tubing and available this year in a classic throwback magenta and pink paint job. The Mr. Pink is one of the best steel road bikes on the market. It’s affordable and capable with the only limitations being those which you set yourself.

So what drew me to review this beaut? For the first time since this bike’s launch, I felt drawn to it in more than just an aesthetic attraction. All-City as a brand has hit the point now where they’re improving on their current catalog piecemeal, rather than focusing on launching entirely new models. At least that’s my observation and the Mr. Pink got some much-needed upgrades.
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That and the classic Merckx-inspired paintjob sealed the deal for me. Yet, it’s not complete Telekom homage, moreso this rare paint design that I’ve only seen roll the halls of Velo Cult. Chevrons and pink, who could ask for more? Me.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Drop that PF30

I wanted to see the Mr. Pink drop the fussy PF30 shell. I have one on my steel road bike and it’s been a bit of a nuisance over the years and honestly, it didn’t make a lick of sense on the Mr. Pink to me. An English BB is such a hassle-free component. Even the crappy bottom brackets won’t creak. If you want something a little more balleur, go with a Chris King ceramic!

All-City Mr. Pink Road

The reason many people go with PF30 shells on steel frames is to use oversized tubing and profiles. Two things the Mr. Pink didn’t touch on and that’s a good thing! The silhouette of this bike is classic in a world where everything is oversized, shaped and 44mm or tapered, yet it still achieves a good amount of stiffness through using double butted Zona tubing.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Replaceable derailleur hanger!

You lean the bike against what appears to be a solid object when you go to take a leak (then it blows over,) or perhaps you take a spill and the bike falls over, bending the steel hanger or even snapping it off (which is pretty rare on a steel bike.) Regardless, you’ve now damaged the Achilles heel of a steel bike. With a replaceable hanger, you might be out of commission for a short while as you fix it, but at least your frame is still good.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

I’m a climber and a fighter…

This review began out of my front door with a 20 mile and 2,500′ ride. It’s my hour and a half loop that cleanses my mind of all things Internet. Now, bear in mind my other road bike is a 14lb carbon fiber bike that’s 100% custom, down to the layup. Yet upon hopping onto the Mr. Pink, I couldn’t believe how smooth of a ride it offered, completely stock.

It was completely capable of all my local climbs but it wasn’t until I headed into the mountains and had to sit and push for upwards of three hours that I began to feel a few essential upgrades that would need to happen in case of personal acquisition.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Upgrade me!

Whoever said don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades never rode a stock saddle. Yeah, I know saddles are a complex component and everyone has their preference, but like I said, these would be my personal choices for improvements on the stock setup. So, yes, new saddle.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

The Salsa stem and bars do the job, but I wanted a 120mm stem with some drop and bars with a bit more compliance. The stiffness of the cockpit takes away from the elegant, smooth ride of the frameset. As for the seat post, I rarely feel the need to get picky with those. An aluminum post is fine.

Believe it or not, everything else on this bike is solid.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

How solid?

The DT Swiss wheels aren’t the lightest wheels on the market but they’ll get the job done. Straight pull spokes, solid engagement and I imagine if you removed the logos, they’d look pretty stellar.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Rival 22 is a phenomenal groupset for the coin and I wouldn’t swap out anything, save for trying to fit a bigger cassette under the derailleur. Maybe a 32t would fit?

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Oh man, the tires are so good! I’ve loved the Strada LGG tires ever since putting them on my Merckx for Eroica California. Durable, fast rolling and hella grippy, even on chipseal. The best part of this build is the stock 28mm tire sizing, with plenty of room to spare.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Construction.

Stacked pennies and square. You’ll rarely find a gloopy bead on an All-City. The lugged moments and internal routing are all built with the utmost execution. The paint job has a nice pearlescent finish that sparkles in the California sun yet is durable enough to take a few rocks pinging off the downtube and occasional chain slap.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Seriously, this is the best paint job on the market. Kudos, guys.

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Ok, about the fork.

Oh you beautiful, elegant thing, you. The Mr. Pink fork is made from 4130 ChroMoly, has tapered fork blades a lugged crown and matching dropout lugs. It’s really pretty but it comes at a weight price. It’s heavy, even when compared to other steel forks but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. It balances the bike and is part of the reason why this bike rides so damn well. You’re never going to get the weight of a custom, steel fork in a production bike, partially because of the rigorous testing All-City has to put their framesets through.

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Versatility is the new Mr. Pink

I throw that word around. A lot. “Versatility.” Capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.

Want a fast road bike? Slam the stem, drop a carbon fork on it, put on some race wheels and GO!

Want a commuter? Keep the spacers, pop on some fenders through utilizing the nifty “hidden” mounts in the rear triangle, maybe drop on a lightweight randonneur rack, a Wald basket and boogie.

Want a gravel road bike? Fit a 32mm slick under the calipers or upgrade to Paul Racer Minis.

You can even buy just a frame and put a classy Campagnolo group on it with silver components…

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Also, pump peg!

All-City Mr. Pink Road

Price is the bottom line.

The Mr. Pink comes spec’d as documented here, minus the Look pedals, King Cages and frame pump for under $2,000 or as a frameset for around $800. The Mr. Pink is available in a size 46 all the way to a 61cm. Contact your local dealer for ordering and make sure you test ride both sizes within your range.

Wait, what about weight?

My size 58cm weighed in at 25lbs on the dot without pedals or cages. You could shed some of that by swapping to a carbon cockpit, saddle and post for sure.

  • Well, now I *really* want one. Thanks ;)

  • One Eyed z

    So pretty. Glad they dropped the pressfit BB.

    • AaronBenjamin

      For the record I have owned a Mr. Pink and never had issues with the PF30 bb. The problem is overblown.

  • Derek

    Been riding mine for about two months now. It’s my first “expensive” road bike and it’s 100% money well spent. I love it. Bummed the wind, rain, and snow has rolled into the Great Lakes because I don’t want to put it away for the winter! Love the site by the way. As a newbie cyclist it’s great for education, dreaming, and inspiration.

    • mattkime

      Put some full length fenders on that bad boy and keep riding until the roads freeze over!

      I have a soft spot in my heart for the do-anything steel road bike, particularly when the industry puts so much energy into overly specific bikes.

  • Alan

    Trying to convince myself this is different enough from my Space Horse to justify the purchase…Want want want.

    • jtbadge

      Same here. If it had a paint match carbon fork, it would be game over.

      I will say the Columbus Zona is a huge upgrade, though. Went from a chromoly Nature Boy to a Zona, and the ride quality improved dramatically.

  • Scott Atkins

    I so want one of these, but other than the paint job, I can’t find any reason to spend $800 for a frameset that in the end won’t give me anything I don’t already have with my 8 year old Surly Pacer. But, oh that paint job! So sweet!

    • s. rockets

      All-City and Surly are both QBP brands, so it makes sense they’d be similar.

      • kimbo305

        Does Surly do paint, or just powder-coating?

        • Trent

          Surly just does powdercoating.

          • Not exactly. The frames are done at Maxway in Taiwan. Surly, All-City, Salsa, etc

  • Mike

    25lbs for almost 2k stock bike HAH wow please

    • HAH wow please tell me what an acceptable weight for a complete steel bike at that pricepoint should be. FWIW, you can get these down to 20lbs pretty easily.

      • Mike

        why not at least spec modern race stuff if you’re making a ‘race’ frame. at least a carbon fork like the salsa colossal w/apex

        • Who said it’s a race frame? This is a multi-purpose road bike. I like how it’s spec’d and I like how the steel fork rides.

          • Mike

            1. the all city website
            2. you’re right anyone saying “race” followed by a sram group must be delusional
            sram=4 letter word
            I have a mr pink and i like it fwiw i think the bike is heavy as spec’d which is a disservice

          • No, I’m saying Apex is not a group designed for specifically for racing. As for the All-City copy:

            “Geometry-wise, it’s a classic racer, but we’ve made tweaks to the equation that remove the limitations associated with your average road bike. It has clearance for 32c tires (28’s w/fenders) for mixed-terrain riding, hidden fender mounts for foul-weather days and an ED coating for rust prevention and longevity. The perennial favorite Columbus Zona tubeset is light weight and provides a stiff, yet comfortable ride.”

            And yes, you are allowed to think it’s heavy as spec’d. :-)

        • ADH

          It won a gravel world championship so…

  • Kevin Riddoch

    How many bikes are you up to now? Would love to see a gallery of them all.

    • This isn’t mine. It’s a review bike. It’s on its way back to All-City now.

  • D0rk

    I’d love it if they offered a second color option. I like flashy bikes, but for some reason this bike doesn’t fit that preference to me. Would have been perfect if they kept last years blue around too.

  • breed007

    This bike is the best. Rides everything and rides it fast. Most of the time I have it set up as a 20lbs-ish road bike. But I put 32s on it and rode Dirty Kanza last May because Mr. Pink DGAF.

  • I wanted one of these ever since Saddle Drive… long live the kokomo sadly there are no 61CM

    that being said does anyone want the build kit off of it?

  • boomforeal

    now that they’ve ditched the pf bb this thing is pretty much perfect

    oh and though the photoset is classic prolly to me this didn’t read like it was written by john at all! nice work, its pretty cool to be able to change up voices like that

    • Thanks man. I think I’m finally feeling like myself again after an utterly horrible year.

      • boomforeal

        sorry to hear that. glad things are looking up

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  • kimbo305

    Do you ever contemplate photoshopping out the extra spacer stack?

    • Nah. It’s a review bike…

      • kimbo305

        We know that, but it’d be a touch prettier.

        • Logan N. Everly

          No way. Leave the stack, always.

  • Alex Steinker

    I thought this bike was perfect the moment i stepped over it. Cheers to All City.

    • Bradley Tompkins

      That was the best paint job they offered….ever. Nice ride!

  • Bradley Tompkins

    I am so glad there are so many options out there that are high performance, but not too “boy racer”….some folks just want to enjoy riding their bike, not race every time they throw a leg over.

  • adanpinto

    In my opinion, the best part is the fork (well, and the clearances). Very nice, I am no the biggest fan of the derailleur hanger though.

  • Jon B.

    Question, does this answer any questions for bombing around town that your Firefly All Road doesn’t? I mean specifically about the ride and tire sizes. Does a slightly bigger road tire make more sense on the regular over the 2.1s on the All Road (firefly)?

    • AaronBenjamin

      Having owned a Mr. Pink previously allow me to give you my take.
      If you’re hitting bad pavement, Anything from 28c-35c is ideal. Hell, 32c is enough for most hardpacked dirt roads, really. The geo on the Mr. Pink just handles better at higher speeds since it has “racier” handling than a gravel bike. I wouldn’t really want to pick around on singletrack on it the way I would on a CX/gravel bike (full disclosure: I have, and it was fun).
      The Mr. Pink is the all-road bike for someone who doesn’t really need disc brakes, and primarily sticks to paved or semi-paved surfaces. It It’s very versatile in that regard. After all, it was the frame that won the 2013 Gravel World Champs, on 28c Vittoria Pavés to boot.

  • Patrick Murphy

    I thought about getting the first gen MP, with plans on swapping for a carbon fork and building as pure road bike, but I was thrown off by the brake reach/ axle-to-crown measurement. I realize that more clearance was part of the versatile appeal of the frame, but I was skeptical that I’d find a nice carbon fork that wouldn’t drop the front end and need a mis-matched front caliper. What fork would you swap out on this? Would the handful of mm of difference affect the geo? I wound up with a different steel bike, but still curious.

    • jtbadge

      Co-Motion makes a carbon fork for mid-reach brakes.

      http://allcitycycles.com/images/bios/Luke-Main.jpg

      • tony365

        thanks for that. I have been trying to find one my self

        • Mike

          The length of that fork is actually longer (381) than the mp fork so you will decrease head angle even more. could go to 47-50mm rake depending of frame size to compensate a little if you really want to (not sure if co motion makes it longer than 45). call them directly to order

      • breed007

        I’ve been running that co-motion fork on mine for a few months. Very happy with it as a road fork. But it won’t accept a tire bigger than a 28c so it kind of limits the function of the bike if you’re thinking of using it on gravel.

    • Ryan Jaramillo

      wound up makes a fork that is close to the same a-c and rake

    • jamesacklin

      I rode a Mr. Pink exclusively for 3+ years. It was my first “real” road bike and I loved it to pieces. Great for mixed-surface rides and commuting. Unfortunately, as @alansndrs:disqus mentioned, I made my touring bike (canti-brake Macho Man with a Space Horse fork) too nice to justify having two of the same bike, but one that can’t take racks. I’m now split between full steel around town and on tours, and pure carbon on the road. I still loved it, though. Heckuva bike.

      If you get an older frame, Wheels Mfg’s outboard BB30 bottom bracket is fantastic, lets you use Hollowtech II or GXP cranks with no issues. It’s the right thing to do.

      About a year ago, I started riding with some fast guys and dragging 25lbs of bike around was getting a little old (especially when everyone else shows up on a Tarmac). I ordered a Wound-Up Light Touring fork, which is perfect with PDW Full Metal Fenders and 25s. It fits Jack Brows just fine, and barely clears Clement USHs. (Stock fork clears the USHs just fine.) I ran Paul Racer Mediums for about 30% of its life.

      These bikes run a little long in the top-tube. Owner’s advice: go one size down, like a cross bike.

      Long story short: I got a Wound-Up fork with 45mm offset and 165mm cranks to allow me to run a 100mm stem, because otherwise, I’d be running a 80mm stem with long cranks and very twitchy front-end.

      • Rhys

        Just to confirm, the Mr Pink clears Clement USH 35s? Is that for fork as well as rear stays? I know the frame is officially rated for 32s, but have seen elsewhere people running slightly larger.

        • jamesacklin

          Completely unofficially, yes. I ran them on Open Pros with no issues. USHs measure slightly smaller than 35 (like 33, really) so you should be fine.

          • Rhys

            I can now confirm that 35mm Clement USH fit in a 55cm Mr Pink frame (with Tektro mid-reach brakes). Not a lot of room, but enough. The only problem is the new 11spd 105 front mech lever arm: its a lot longer than the 10spd and when changing into the big ring it pushes against the sidewall of the rear tyre. Had to go deep custom and shorten it off.

  • Ryan R Rodgers

    Not too sure about the Paul Racer Minis. I’ve put the Paul Racers on my red MP with great results. Oddly enough, the Ultegra side pull’s didn’t reach the rim completely so I opted for the lovely Paul Comp Racers and haven’t looked back. Not sure how to mount the Minis on the fork.

    • Nicholas Petersen

      I’ve been trying to figure out if Paul Racer M’s or the regular Paul Racers would be ideal for my Steamroller. I’ve seen both successfully mounted even though the regular Racers are designated as a “long reach” and the Racer M’s as “medium”. There must be some overlap in reach between the two. I’m currently running Dia Compe 610’s and am near the short end of their reach capability.

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  • tourdefuckyou

    These are really nice framesets The pink is hot but last year’s weren’t pigs. http://www.gutenbiken.com/completed-guten-biken-custom-bikes/racers-roadbikes

  • Milkshot

    Beautiful! Love the paint job.

    What front rack would mount on to the bolt close to the dropout?

    • They’re actually fender mounts. You’ll notice they don’t have any eyelets on the dropout and instead go with the bolts on the blades that you’re seeing.

      • Milkshot

        Wow! I’ve never seen that before… Thanks for answering!

  • Jasper

    Nice write up ! Looking at the frame set to replace my Kona Honky Tonk, but kind of hard to see if that would be an upgrade or not. Any toughts?

  • mykl2e

    I have been riding a Mr. Pink now for two years. This is a very comfortable bike to ride and that has increased the miles I ride. From stock, the bike now has lighter wheels and a saddle swap. A carbon fork was also added bringing the weight to about 21 pounds for my 52 but I went back to the steel fork, the overall ride seemed better with it. Overall I have been very happy with it, the wife not so much, something about me being gone all day on Sunday.

    • Bane&Boon

      What carbon fork did you put on? I’ve been looking around but there aren’t many options coming close to the 375 axle to crown on the stock fork.

      • mykl2e

        IRD Mosaic with a 43mm rake. It is a bit longer but I noticed no difference due to that in the handling of the bike. Takes the mid-reach brakes and saves about a pound in weight.

  • Jon Bruner

    How can you put Paul Racer Minis on it, if it doesn’t have v-brake mounts? (dumb question?)

    • Gabriel Fukfasebock Ytterberg

      Paul Racers don’t fit on v-brake mounts. They fit either in regular caliper brake mounting holes on proprietary Paul Racer studs, which are v brake studs mounted above the tire.

  • Ultra_Orange

    Being big weight isn’t my first concern, I’ll never have a super light steel frame since I require that much more steel. But 25lbs is stout. 92 Merckx(60cm) is 23lbs with pedals, cage, pump and lights and 28c clement strada tires. This article was actually the reason I weighted my bike and it’s this article that has me realize with 1200 I can get a new lighter group and wheel set for the $700 merckx and completely squash this.

    • Nate Batts

      My build (see above) weighs in at 21 lbs.

      • Ultra_Orange

        Was looking into the athena 11 alloy group. I ws told I’d drop almost 3lbs if I upgraded to it(including wheel upgrade) The current wheels are not light in the slightest and the BB and crank are kinda porky. but I’d loose a pound if I dropped all the afore mentioned cages, pedals, pump and under saddle bag.

  • Nate Batts

    I purchased one of these a few months ago and it’s an incredible bike. Yes, it’s heavier (by 5lbs.) than my previous road bike but it rides and handles incredibly well. I built it up from a frame set and the final build is eerily similar to the Merckx pic above (which I’m seeing for the first time today). Fully Campy Athena, classic silver Ritchey cockpit and white Selle Italia saddle w/ matching tape. I cannot recommend this bike enough!

    • Rob X

      damn, that’s clean! Mine is similar as I’ve got silver Thomson bits, silver CK headset, silver Soma bars, and polished Velocity Quill wheelset. It differs at the drivetrain though, as I went with Rival 22. I was debating long and hard about going Athena but a good friend convinced me not to.

  • Mark Selz

    My Mr. Pink custom build. Ultegra Drivetrain and wheelset, Velo Orange Grand Cru brakes, Ritchey Classic cockpit, Brooks Cambium C15 saddle. 22 pounds.

  • pissed

    yeah, I’ve got one with the PF 30 BB. WTF guys? Or is it peeps? riding along yesterday, bb sounding like a box of rocks.

    Who’s got a solution?

    Trade in AC? BTW, built it with Ritchey classic cockpit, dura ace 9 sp, and H+Son Archetype SILVER wheels, big fat gumwalls. Beautiful. But am going to have to go dust off the cannonade until I get the BB sorted.

    Shame on you QBP.

    • mykl2e

      Mine creaked shortly after getting it. After disassembling, cleaning and applying a heavier lubricant (Wolf Head Red) it has remained quite. Good luck.