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All-City Macho Man: first ride review

Old 08-10-14, 04:13 AM
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All-City Macho Man: first ride review

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!
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Old 08-11-14, 02:25 PM
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Awesome. I always love the quality products by All-City. Their finish is top-notch.

Enjoy your ride.
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Not really a CX bike.

The market has evolved and most buyers are looking for something all-around and more versatile. True CX bikes are increasingly being reserved for racing off road, which is why they came about in the first place.
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Congrats on the new bike! I'd like the Space Horse myself.

Originally Posted by NormanF
Not really a CX bike.

The market has evolved and most buyers are looking for something all-around and more versatile.
True CX bikes are increasingly being reserved for racing off road, which is why they came about in the first place.
It's in the recreational cyclocross and gravelbiking section. It doesn't have to be a pure bred race machine...
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