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Review of All-City Bikes

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Jeff Balton

All-City Cycles

Founded in Minneapolis in 2007, All-City Cycles is a brand dedicated to building bikes that will stand the test of time.

All-City Cycles logo

At first glance, they are more similar to a small frame-building outfit than a larger production brand, as they focus on delivering beautiful bikes that perform well year after year.

They are inspired by the urban landscape and produce a range of road, all-road, city, and race bikes.

All their bikes promote All-City’s mission of making a ‘significant contribution to the culture and machinery of urban cycling’.

A light-hearted yet passionate brand, an All-City bike will serve you well on any journey you take – whether it be commuting, racing, or riding with your friends. 

 

 


 Road


All-City’s road bike offering is the Zig Zag – an endurance model built for speed and comfort on all-day rides. 

Zig Zag

All-City Zig Zag model

Constructed using their custom-extruded A.C.E. steel tubing and with a carbon-bladed ‘Whiskey No.9’ fork, the Zig Zag is designed for long-distance comfort and speed.

The brand offers two variations, the Zig Zag 105 and the Ultegra. Both come with flat mount disc brakes, making them perfect for all-weather riding, and wide tire clearances – up to 35mm without fenders (32mm with) and respective 11-speed groupsets.

The Ultegra edition has an MSRP of $4,150, and the 105 version $2,599. If you would prefer to build your own bike, the MSRP for the frameset alone is $1,350. 

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All-Road


The All-City All-Road bike collection embodies comfort, speed, and durability in capable all-round packages. 

Cosmic Stallion

Cosmic Stallion

Envisioned as an ideal bike for riding through gravel, fire roads, and ambitious riding, the Cosmic Stallion is a capable and nimble bike ideal for racing as well as training.

All-City produces three versions, two of which are constructed using their own custom A.C.E. steel tubing, and one using titanium.

All-City offers two groupset choices, the Cosmic Stallion Force 1, which features a one-by 11-speed SRAM Force 1 drivetrain, or the Cosmic Stallion GRX, which uses a two-by Shimano GRX 11-speed mixed groupset.

The MSRP for the GRX version is $2,799, and the Force 1 version costs $3,999. Their third model is the Titanium frameset, not available as a fully built bike so you can customize the componentry to your desired specifications. The MSRP for Titanium is $3,199. 

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Gorilla Monsoon

All-City Cycles Gorilla Monsoon GRX

Gorilla Monsoon bikes are ideal for people who want to have a good time on the bike. They have been designed with cross racers and dirt track seekers in mind.

Made using 612 Select Chromoly Steel, these bikes come with wide tire clearances of up to 42mm for 700c wheels so you can tackle any terrain confidently.

There are two variations of the Gorilla Mansoon, the GRX and the Apex.

The Apex edition comes in a bronze fade colorway and costs $2,199 for a SRAM Apex one-by 11-speed groupset equipped bike. The GRX costs $2,599 and comes with a one-by Shimano GRX 11-speed groupset in a golden fade colorway. 

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Space Horse

Space Horse All-City

The space horse is one of All-City Bikes’ most versatile bikes.

Promoted as a lightweight touring bike, the 612 Select Chromoly Steel frames contain plenty of mounting points for bottles, fenders, and other storage solutions.

The wide tire clearance allows for tires up to 45mm on 700c wheels (only available on frame sizes 49-61cm), or 47mm on 650b wheel.

There are two variations of the Space Horse, the Space Horse GRX, and the Space Horse Tiagra.

The GRX version has an MSRP of $2,199 and comes in a dusty pink colorway, and a Shimano GRX 10-speed groupset. The Tiagra version comes in a dark blue colorway with an MSRP of $1,650 and a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset. 

The Space Horse is also the subject of one of the most incredible pieces of bicycle marketing you’re ever likely to see.

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 City


All-City’s city bikes challenge traditional urban bike designs and give the rider the chance to create a unique riding experience. 

As you can tell from the name of the company, this is where the original inspiration came from.

Big Block

Big Block bicycle

A street-legal track-inspired bike, the Big Block is a fixed-gear modern interpretation of traditional velodrome bicycles.

The steel frame dampens road buzz making it a comfortable ride whether you’re riding along the city streets or thrashing it out in a fixed-gear criterium race.

It’s drilled for brakes making it street legal and versatile so you can ride it to the velodrome and back without the need to take a car.

Max 32c tire widths make it a good choice for urban riding on untamed streets.

With an MSRP of $1,050 for a complete build or 45,99 for the frameset. This is an affordable and versatile bicycle on and even off the track. 

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Super Professional

bike model

A cyclocross bike built for the streets, the Super Professional comes in two variations, single speed and geared although using All-City’s Master Dropout technology, you can now change the bike set up from single speed to geared in a simple move.

Using a 612 Select Chromoly Steel frame, wide tire clearances (up to 45mm with 700c wheels) this bike will take you from your commute straight to the trail without skipping a beat.

The Super Professional Apex 1 version comes in a striking blue colorway, an 11-speed SRAM Apex groupset, and has an MSRP of $1,650. The Super Professional Singlespeed version comes in a speckled dark colorway and has an MSRP of $1,350. 

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Race


The heartbeat of the brand is felt in their racing bikes. With track and cyclocross offerings, there’s a bike for versatile racers in the All-City arsenal. 

Nature Cross

All-City bike model

The Nature Cross is All-City Bikes’ dedicated cyclocross racing bike. It comes in two variations, geared and single speed. Both crafted using All-City A.C.E Steel, making it a bike that will last a lifetime of races.

The bike is built to take tires up to 42mm wide, although optimized for 33mm with 700c wheels.

The Nature Cross Geared version comes equipped with a SRAM Rival one-by groupset with a SunRace 11-36 cassette so you can tackle most climbs with ease.

It has an MSRP of $2,499 and comes in a striking red white and blue fade colorway. The Nature Cross Single Speed version comes in a blue fade colorway. It has an MSRP of $2,099. You can buy the frame for $1,350 if you’d like to build your own bike. 

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Thunderdome

Thunderdome model

The Thunderdome is All-City’s fixed gear race bike.

The bike is UCI-Certified so you can race it in the velodrome or fixed-gear criteriums.

It is drilled for front and rear brakes making it street legal but with an All-City Alumasonic frame and carbon fiber forks, you’ll want to go super fast on it making it the perfect race bike.

It comes in a striking red, coral paint colorway and has an MSRP of $1,650, and $799 for the frameset. 

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See also: Best Gravel Bikes


Sizes


All-City doesn’t really offer suggested heights for each of their bike sizes. They recommend getting in touch with your local bike shop that stocks their bikes.

It’s not uncommon for riders to choose a bike one size down than their usual size. All-City bikes have been sized according to the seat tube length rather than the top tube.

Each bike has its own frame measurements – make sure you check that out on the individual product page! 

 

 


Our Thoughts on All-City Bikes


All-City Cycles is a brand that takes pride in the aesthetic and function of their bikes. The company has built an impressive display of bikes that can be ridden anywhere and be relied on for years. suggested

They have taken it upon themselves to beautify production bicycles and their attention to detail is easy to see.

With their own A.C.E. Steel and Titanium tubing, they take the craftsmanship seriously in an attempt to reduce the waste in bike industry produces with its current fast-moving model.

They have created bikes that inspire you to ride and enjoy riding. It’s a brand that represents fun and getting back to enjoying what riding a bike is all about.

All-City does make racing bikes but they maintain their ethos of providing quality bikes that will last a long time over quick marketing claims. 

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