Hailing from Minneapolis in the US, All-City is a niche brand that has been flying under the radar for a few years, but by golly, there are some good reasons you should take a closer look at the lovely Mr Pink that has just arrived in the office.
Amusing name aside, and a paint job that is clearly evocative of an old Eddy Merckx or Ritchey paint scheme, the Mr Pink features a lovely Columbus Zona frame bristling with details and new for 2017 is the Whisky carbon fibre fork. That sheds a load of weight over the steel fork the model has been using since it first arrived in 2011, yet still fits into the non-tapered head tube.
Whilst offering the retro steel bike appearance and classic road bike geometry, there is space for up to 32mm tyres, so you don't have to go to disc brakes if you want a road bike that will take wide tyres. If you make use of the mudguard eyelets the tyre size decreases to 28mm. This is a bike that is designed for fast road racing yet its victory in the 2013 Gravel World Championships is a testament to how versatile it can be.
It’s a real beauty of a frame, superb weld quality and some nice little details the closer you look. We look the custom head badge, signature dropouts and the brazed-on seat clamp. There’s even a pump peg, proper old school that is. There's a 27.2mm seat post and 68mm English threaded bottom bracket and external cable routing, save for the rear brake which is routed inside the top tube.
If you've got £999 and a desire to build your own bike, you can buy the frame and fork with a choice of six sizes. We’ve got a complete bike costing £1,899 with a Shimano 105 groupset and Dia Compe brakes, Halo wheels with Schwalbe Durano tyres and Genetic finishing kit. On the scales it weighs 8.89kg (19.59lb). Check out the bike over at http://www.ison-distribution.com/english/product.php?part=5AY7MP552QUK distributor Ison's website.
We're going to be hitting the road on this bike immediately and look forward to seeing how it fares with our local roads and lanes. We've tested some very nice steel road bikes over the years so the benchmark is rightly high.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.