I just picked up my new All-City Macho Man yesterday and wanted to post some quick impressions.
Actually - I ordered a new frame from them - size 58 and had my existing components from my old aluminum cross bike transferred over. Nearly all of the components, except the STI levers were barely a year old - so it made sense. My build consisted of a Carbon Ritchey Cyclocross fork, Ritchey stem and handlebars, Shimano 105 drivetrain and a Thompson seatpost.
I had been looking at Soma, Surly, and Gunnar frames as well. My decision to go with the All City was based on the following factors:
- LBS mechanics who I race with have the single speed version - Nature Boy - and highly praised the ride quality,
- I wanted a steel frame with a 7 MM bottom bracket drop - All City was the only one that had this
- Frame Size - All City came close enough to my existing bike's geo that I didn't have to get any new components
- Lastly - All City bikes come with an ED coating for rust protection. I keep my bikes a long time so this was important to me.
General impressions: All I can say is 'Wow'! I didn't realize how much I missed the ride of steel until I took out this bad boy over a local cyclocross course and on the road. I will never go back to aluminum again. Here are some more details about the bike and ride if you are interested:
- Finish: the bike looks awesome. I never thought I'd dig the color yellow - but it is definitely eye catching. A few people complemented the bike as I was wheeling it out of the store.
- Fit: The 58 fits me like a glove (I'm 6'0 with a 36 inch inseam) but runs very slightly on the large side. I actually appreciated this because I wound up with a little more reach by about a 1/2 cm more than what I expected, which I needed.
- Off road performance. This bike reminded me of my old Trek 930 MTB from the mid-90's. I hit some gnarly off-road sections at a local cyclocross course and it absorbed bumps that would have ordinarily rattled the fillings in my head.
- On Road performance. The ride quality was absolutely amazing - it was like rolling over streets lined with a neoprene yoga mat.
- Handling. Through very technical cornering off road, steering was not as precise as my former CX bike. That could be because my other bike was actually a tad smaller.
- Descending: High speed descents were like the bike was on a fixed track. very solid and smooth.
-weight: Check this out - my 58 cm with touring tires and bomb-proof wheels weighed in at only 22.15lbs (remember I am using a carbon fork). This is only 1.5lbs more than my older bike (I'm 195lbs so who cares). Adding my race wheels and tires will drop a full lb off of this. So just over 21lbs for a steel bike in this size is pretty darn good IMO.
-Climbing. I cranked up a short steep hill and, yes, I did feel the difference a tad at the top - but frankly - I was no less tired than on my previous bike. In fact - I liked the way this bike felt when cranking out of the saddle. It just felt better (due to a combination of the springiness of steel as well as this is a little better fit).
I'll look forward to racing it this season and may post some updated remarks, if there is anything significant. Other than that fellas - I highly recommend the bike!