All-City Cycles melds classic steel lines with modern sensibilities and sweats the minor details of frame design and aesthetics in a way often reserved solely for custom bikes. Best of all, the company does all this while keeping the price of its bicycles within the reach of the average cyclist.
“NAHBS for the working man,” is how Jeff Frane, product manager for All-City, succinctly described the company.
For 2014, All-City is updating its cyclocross models with premium steel tubing and disc brakes. Click through the gallery at right for a detailed look at the new models.
The Macho King Disc
All-City introduced the Macho Man Disc last year. For 2014, the brand is adding a premium-level frameset with a 44mm head tube, for compatibility with modern carbon forks, and high-end steel tubing.
The Macho King Disc is the first All-City model to be constructed with a Reynolds 853 double-butted main frame. “It’s really exciting for our brand to be able to take the next step in creating the kind of real heritage piece, premium steel bikes that we’re really passionate about,” said Frane.
Like its predecessor, the Macho King can clear tires up to 38mm-wide (35mm if running fenders). It also comes with hidden fender mounts, uses a 135mm rear axle spacing, and is built around a 68mm threaded bottom bracket shell.
The Macho King Disc will come equipped with a SRAM Rival build kit and will retail US$2,700.
There will also be a limited edition of the Macho King Disc with a unique blue to white fade paint scheme, a SRAM Force 22 build kit, and a Whiskey carbon fork with 15mm thru-axle. Production of the Macho King Limited will be quite small, only 50 complete bikes will be made.
The Macho King Limited will retail for US$3,500.
Nature Boy Disc
Essentially a singlespeed, disc-equipped version of the Macho Man, the new Nature Boy disc uses sliding track-ends with the disc caliper tucked neatly in between the stays. Unlike the new Macho King, it does not come with a 44mm head tube, nor is it constructed of Reynolds 853 tubing.
If history is any indication, it is likely that All-City will also produce a premium-level version of the Nature Boy with a 44mm head tube and a lighter butted steel tubeset in the near future.
The Nature Boy Disc will retail for US $1,250.
All-City expects both the Macho King and the Nature Boy Disc to be available this spring.