Hardtails. Antiquated examples of mountain bike technology to some but to others, they’re liberated and simplified machines. Each year, I plan on riding a full suspension in Downieville, yet I always end up bringing my hardtail for one reason or another so this year, I took a look at just some of the bikes that were rolling around this Gold Rush town.
All City’s Mr. Pink was their interpretation of what a modern rim brake road bike should be. Now, their newest bike looks at the modern road platform but with disc brakes. Featuring flat-mount brakes, a road-tuned geometry, a tapered head tube, thru-axles, and is built with A.C.E. tubing to deliver the best ride All City is capable of. Head on over to check out the specs for the Zig Zag road and to your local shop to see one in person.
COMPLETE MSRP $3,999 | FRAMESET MSRP $1,299
All City’s Electric Queen made a big splash when it landed in local bike shops.
A year later and it’s back, with new paint and a big upgrade: a dropper post now comes standard on the completes for $2399.
Don’t worry, the rigid frameset is also available for $999. These new Electric Queens are hitting stores ASAP, so swing through your local shop to check them out and head to All-City for more information.
After last year’s successful collaboration with Colorado-based Topo Designs on their handlebar bag, All-City designed a new model to compliment this year’s colorations. These bags are made in Colorado from durable materials with a waterproof liner, oversized waterproof YKK zippers, velcro attachments, and it includes a removable shoulder strap for off-the-bike usage. Head to All-City for more details and head over to your local dealer to check one out!
Hubs are rarely cheap and light. In the cycling industry, if you want lightweight, you usually pay a premium. That’s where All-City saw an opportunity in the hub market. They made a set of lightweight hubs at a low cost. Available in disc or rim brake, in black or silver, and 28h or 32h drillings. Ok so how light are these hubs? The front rim brake hub ($70) weighs 60g, with the rear ($120) coming in at 227g. The front disc is 164g ($100) with the rear disc hub ($175) is 277g. These are 11-speed compatible, with XD drivers available and aluminum freehubs. See more information at All-City.
When All-City first developed the Mr. Pink, they wanted to deliver a classic steel road bike, made from Columbus ZONA tubing, with a Shimano kit for under $2,000. In fact, that number came in at $1,799. Last month, All-City lowered the MSRP on Mr. Pink completes to $1,499, with the framesets being reduced from $999 to $850, sparking me to finally shoot Mike’s “Kiwi Green” Mr. Pink with Campagnolo Chorus. This is not an advertisement, I just wanted to share the news and get you into your local shop to check one out.
When it comes to production steel road bikes, the Mr. Pink is one of the finer specimens. The model’s latest color grabbed Mike from Golden Saddle‘s attention, as it matched some components had had laying around including some green Chris King bits, as well as some PAUL skewers and a Turquoise King headset. The boys at the shop like to ride bikes that they sell, so when potential customers ask them questions, they can reply with honest answers.
To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, All-City just released their most elaborate paint job ever, on a Mr. Pink road bike.
They are only doing a limited run of these, and every single one is different and unique due to the nature of splatter paint. Best of all they are available right now as completes or framesets. Due to the paint cost, these do run a bit more than the standard Pinks with completes coming in at $2399 with Shimano 105 group and tubeless-ready wheels. Framesets are $1150
Fans of All-City, classic road bikes, and chubby mountain bikes, listen up! The brand just announced its two new colors for some of their most popular bikes, the Electric Queen and Mr. Pink Classic. While new colors might not seem like a big deal, the bigger news is the announcement of the Electric Queen segmented rigid fork, which is available as the frameset package. Check out more details at All-City!
Eric Koston – yes, that Eric Koston – is hooked on cycling. A few months back, he acquired a Santa Cruz Stigmata, much to the disbelief of internet cycling experts, who claimed he “wouldn’t ride that bike.” There’s something to note about these naysayers, particularly with cycling. At the time, I was bummed out on readers, and Instagram commentators from the Radavist’s audience. What is it about the sport, hobby, and activity of cycling that brews this discontent? At any rate, he proved them wrong. Eric rides bikes.
He shows up at the Golden Saddle Friday rides where he’s learned the ways of riding in Los Angeles, ascending the steep dirt roads of the Verdugo Mountains, tubeless woes, promptly taking a digger on the singletrack, getting his feet wet in the LA river, and cruising up behind the Hollywood sign.
Fishing analogies aside, Eric is hooked.
The skaters turned cyclists Eric hangs with all ride Rivendell, Crust, and All City with more upright riding positions. So he started shopping around and settled on the Gorilla Monsoon, prompting this insane build from the guys at Golden Saddle. All-City and Chris King sent in some goods, prompting the build. All these components are familiar to you, the readers of this site, yet seeing them all in one place makes me feel all tingly inside. Down to the Spitfire top cap! So yes, Eric rides bikes, he’ll ride this bike, and hopefully one day, his friends will take him bicycle camping.
If you want a custom build like this and live in Los Angeles, hit up Golden Saddle Cyclery.
Interested in the All-City Gorilla Monsoon? Well, Path Less Pedaled takes a look at the latest bike from the Minneapolis-based brand.
To coincide with dealers stocking the all-new Gorilla Monsoon, All-City teamed up with Colorado-based Topo Designs on a run of matchy matchy handlebar bags. These orange and yellow bags are made in the US from Cordura, attach via simple velcro straps and utilize a waterproof truck liner interior. Head to your local dealer to pick one up, or to All-City for ordering.
Last year, we got an early, early look at the All-City Cycles Gorilla Monsoon when Jeff came to town and brought the bike with him to ride in LA and the Mojave. It was like having an elephant in the room everywhere we went, or I suppose a gorilla. No matter where we took the bike, people were blown away, but quickly were told to keep it under wrap. We couldn’t acknowledge its existence. Well, last week during the NAHBS madness that ensues here once a year, All-City finally released the Gorilla Monsoon, which means I can now share my photos of this bike and a few riding shots I took during that week.
I don’t think anyone can argue with this… Happy Valentine’s Day!
Photo by Cassie Lopez
For their latest product collaboration, All-City teamed up with Morgantown, West Virginia-based artist Deer Jerk on a capsule collection, featuring a cap, bottle and shirt. Head to All-City to read the full interview, go to your local shop to order and see the products below.
Kyle’s 650b Cosmic Stallion Road with Campagnolo Chorus 11
Photos by John Watson and words by Kyle Kelley
Editor’s intro. I love Kyle’s All-City Cosmic Stallion. For me, the interchangeability of these bikes from 700c to 650b open up a door for riders to experience the plush cush of a 47mm tubeless road tire on a readily-available, production frame. It’s my belief that these 650b / 27.5″ wheeled bikes will alter the “road” industry to a place that proves you don’t need 23mm tires and 110 PSI to enjoy “all the roads.”
A while back I found myself riding my road bike less and less and my cyclocross bike more and more. I just wanted to get further and further from the hustle and bustle of the big city and closer to the epicenter of the San Gabriel Mountains, but I also understood that I would always have at least 15 miles on pavement before reaching the service roads and single track found in the Angeles Forest. No matter how much riding I was doing in the mountains, I was guaranteed 30 miles on the actual road, and no matter how much dirt the middle of the ride promised, road geometry made the most sense for these longer rides.
Raise your hand if you have ridden an actual cyclocross bike over 100 miles in one sitting. It is not fun and I’m not talking about type 2 fun. A road bike just works better for on and off-road riding. Hence the gravel craze.
For me, it’s just a road bike, and that’s why it has road pedals. It’s ridden on roads, paved and dusty. It’s a road bike, and for me, no road bike should be built with anything but Campagnolo. Now, thanks to Paul Component Engineering and their Klampagnolo brakes, with a Campy-specific pull and Chorus‘ new, 32-tooth cassette, why would you use anything but Campy?
I know this build isn’t for everyone, but I guarantee it’s for way more of you disbelievers than you think. The bike rolls fast on the 47c slicks, doesn’t weigh much because of the carbon bits, and will go just about anywhere! Can’t argue with that, right? Well…of course, you can, and that’s OK because that’s your right to have an opinion. I’m just saying, someday give it a try and then let’s talk.
Fat bottomed bikes you make the ripping world go round!
It was inevitable. Some might even call it destiny. All-City Cycles needs no introduction here on this website, and neither does the benefit of riding a steel hardtail mountain bike in an era of plastic full squish bikes. In fact, I’d argue that All-City’s latest offering, the Electric Queen, will not only please the readers of this site but could be the bike they’ve been looking for. Well, warriors, your search for a shreddable steel hardtail ends here.
Step one, watch this. Step two, read our review in a few hours. Step three, watch this again.
It’s coming! This Friday!