This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Brett in Salt Lake City and his All-City Gorilla Monsoon flat bar bike, which he’s broken down in detail for us below. Read on for all the specs and insight into this unique build…
Emma Eubanks‘s artwork adorns the latest soft goods collection from All-City Cycles dubbed the Night Claw collection. This capsule collection includes a riding kit (pictured), socks, caps, shirts, and more. Head on over to All-City’s Blog to read all about this collaboration and your local dealer for ordering.
Y’all! Lookin’ to spice up your Space Horse or Super Pro with a little Southern twang? All-City partnered with our bud Jared Harber and spun up a limited run of stylish Y’ decals in black or white to help you personalize your All-City.
The best part is every single penny from each purchase goes to Athlete Ally — a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to making sports more inclusive for LGBTQI+ athletes. All-City and Southern Wonders are proud to stand with trans athletes and are stoked to support this organization.
Pick up one at the Southern Wonders Webshop.
Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Our mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality.
Pandemic life means a lot of the normal, day-to-day coverage we cherished has gotten put on hold. One of which are Shop Visits. While I’ve been sticking local to Santa Fe over the past twelve months, my friend Nick was able to submit a Shop Visit to his local digs, Two Wheel Drive down in Albuquerque. Read on for Nick’s photos and words by Zach, Two Wheel Drive’s manager…
Rolling in after the titanium frameset announcement is the new Cosmic Stallion GRX. Nothing on the frame has changed for this model year but it’s now available with a flashy new wet paint job and with Shimano’s GRX. The retail for the Cosmic Stallion GRX is $2799. See more at All-City and throw a leg over one at your local dealer…
Everyone’s favorite pony from All-City just got a lot better. The ride quality of titanium is second to none. It’ll outlive carbon and won’t rust out like steel, plus it magically smooths out bumpy roads. Perfect for a bike like the Cosmic Stallion! This beautiful ti tubing is a new thing for All-City so they had to develop their own tubing, dubbed Oberon Titanium Tubing.
This frame also comes with the All-City Signature Details you’ve come to love with custom dropouts, reinforced bottle bosses, custom-designed Shot Collar. All-City paired this titanium chassis with a Columbus Futura Cross carbon fork, which comes with Di2 routing. The frame also has a rear rack and fender mounts.
To stick with the versatility of the steel Cosmic Stallion, All-City equipped the ti pony to fit either a 700x45mm or 650bx42mm (both with or without fenders).
Offered as a frameset only; $3,199 MSRP. Head over to All-City to see more and your local dealer for ordering.
For this year’s model launches, All-City took their two most popular off-road bikes and laced them with Shimano GRX, a few hardware updates like thru-axles, and new paint jobs. The Space Horse GRX ($2,099) comes with Teravail Rampart gumwall tires, a new metallic pink paint job with burgundy chevrons, while the Gorilla Monsoon GRX ($2499) has a champagne gold to cream ombré fade, with big meaty WTB Riddler, 27.5 x 2.4″ tires. Both of these bikes are looking their best ever and if GRX is too rich for your blood, they also come specced with Apex (GM) or Tiagra (SH).
Head to All-City to read more!
In an effort to make their lineup feel more inclusive, All-City has made the move to rename their “Nature Boy” racing frames to “Nature Cross”. These two models will replace the Macho King A.C.E. and Nature Boy bikes. Both of these “new” models feature All-City’s proprietary air-hardened, custom-extruded A.C.E. steel tubing that we developed specifically for riding and racing.
With new paint designs, these stylish machines are rolling on one of the lightest steel production frames in the world and can be used for more than just racing laps. The Nature Cross Singlespeed comes in a blue fade, while the Nature Cross Geared comes in a red, white, and blue splatter fade.
All City’s newest road model, the Zig Zag has two new build kits this year, a 105 with blue fade paint and this insane “Sunset Glow” model, laced with Ultegra and Whisky Parts. The geometry remains the same but with an upgrade like that, we’re not complaining. Head to All-City to see more.
I guess this is a little embarrassing. I built this bike from a single part: the stem. When Paul released the first version of the Eddie Van Halen Boxcar stem, I just had to have it! To be clear, I am not a Van Halen fan.
Help support North Minneapolis and enter to win a 2021 All-City Space Horse! All proceeds go to the WBC & Northside Funders initiative to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the events following the murder of George Floyd. Learn more or donate directly here.
There are two ways to enter: Click here or call Behind Bars at 612-436-0255 to buy a ticket (or several!). Raffle ends Thursday June 11 at midnight. We’ll announce the winner next weekend. Behind Bars/Michael’s Cycles will match funds up to $1,600.
All-City’s 2021 Space Horse will be released in August. Winner may choose the size of their liking.
The Big Block is a tried and true offering from All-City. These street fixed gear bikes have a set of bottle bosses, increased tire clearance and drilled for brakes. The 4130 frame is tough and survives years of heavy use by bike messengers worldwide. For 2020, the Big Block got a wild paintjob, while the frame details and build kit stays the same.
612 Select chromoly steel with double-butted main triangle, tapered stays and brazed-on seat collar
4130 Chromoly double butted fork with lugged crown and tapered blades
Velodrome legal track geometry
All-City Signature investment-cast stainless steel Hennepin Bridge track dropouts with built-in chain tensioner
E.D. coated for durability and rust prevention
Tire clearance: 700c x 32mm; 28mm with fenders
Big Block (Midnight/Frost/Violet) Complete: $999 MSRP
Frameset: $550 MSRP
The newest bike from All-City is dubbed the Super Professional. It’s a flat bar, zippy bike, inspired by All-City’s ‘cross bikes but updated for urban laps. This new platform features the Master Dropout, their first-ever combination geared or single-speed sliding dropout system, the Super Professional can be converted from single-speed to geared at the turn of a few bolts. It’s available as a geared ($1599) or singlespeed ($1299) option and even a frameset ($850). Other details include a fancy fork crown, internal dropper routing, and loud paint options. The Super Professional comes geared or singlespeed. Check out detailed photos below and more information at All-City!
All-City’s been pushing new models consistently over the past few months and people are already building them up in wild custom specs. The new Cosmic Stallion is landing in January 2020 at your local dealers and upon its arrival, you’ll note a few updates.
The first being new paint. Duh. The Stallion comes in a purple to white fade, SRAM Force 1 kit, or a lime, silver, and white chevron GRX build. It also got a new geometry update, making it a bit longer and lower for all-road stability, proven at races like the Land Run 100.
There’s also a new fork, with adjustable rake. The Columbus Futura Cross Carbon Fork has been updated to accommodate a 12mm thru-axle. The Stallion features a tapered head tube with external cups, and ding ding ding, flat-mount disc brakes.
Look for these ponies to land in your local dealer in the new year and read more at All-City!
The Nature Boy first launched in 2010 as a singlespeed ‘cross machine. Its popularity grew quickly due to it being All-City’s first off-road bike. This was pre-Macho King, pre-Spacehorse, and way before the Electric Queen. Back then, in 2010, All-City was primarily in the game of making urban bikes.
This year marked a big change for the Nature Boy, launching the A.C.E. model with a few updates.
FOREWORD: Back in May and into June, I had the pleasure of helping the crew at Angry Catfish for a couple of weeks as their summer season began to pick up. The following is a series of entries from a journal I kept during my time there. My hope is that through these vignettes you will get a glimpse of what it’s like to not only work at one of the most successful bike shops in the country, but be a bicycle salesperson and mechanic in the city of Minneappolis. Think of this as an extended shop visit, one where I get my hands dirty and experience the area and community the way those at Angry Catfish and other locals do. All photos are film, shot on 35mm and 120mm. Enjoy!
There’s no denying the popularity of the All-City Macho King and Nature Boy. These two bikes have been staples in the brand’s catalog since their conception and it’s been a while since we’ve seen any substantial updates on these two models. Well, today All-City announced just that.
The new models now utilize their A.C.E. – air-hardened, custom-designed, extruded steel tubing – and Columbus ‘cross forks. The Nature Boy has a new dropout design too. The chain tension is now adjusted with an eccentric bb, versus a horizontal track end.
Both models come with new splatter paint jobs, with the Nature Boy’s mimicking the All-City Fulton Racing colors. Both bikes are due to hit dealers in October, just in time for ‘cross season. Holler at your shop and see what stock they’ll be receiving. MSRP for the Nature Boy complete is $1,999 and frameset $1,299. The Macho King MSRP complete is $2,399 and $1,299 for a frameset.
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.