All-City Macho Man Disc review

Tough all-road, all-rounder from Minneapolis’s finest

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £1,425.00 RRP

Our review

Stylish and accomplished off-road/on-road machine
Buy if, You want a stylish all-roader that’s very capable on dirt
Pros: Superb off-road manners, accomplished frameset, fun
Cons: Weighty and ponderous on tarmac
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Following on from pop culture-inspired names such as Mr Pink, Thunderdome and Log Lady, US steel specialist All-City has created the Macho Man – named after a song by the Village People (or the ring name of wrestler Randy Savage).

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It’s a cyclocross-derived “everyday mount for ripping trails, bombing alleys, commuting, riding in the wet and generally getting rad”.

Bags of clearance for big rubber

CX-flavoured gravel bikes like this give you bags of clearance for large diameter tyres. The Macho Man comes with 38mm rubber or you can go smaller and fit full mudguards – the bike has fittings for front and rear ’guards (but no rear rack mounts).

The All-City head-tube badge features the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, a major landmark in Minneapolis
The All-City head tube badge features the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, a major landmark in Minneapolis
Robert Smith

The chromoly steel frame and matching fork display All-City’s usual attention to detail, some of which are rare on such a decently priced frameset. These include a cast logo-embossed seat binder cluster, reinforced bottle bosses, investment-cast stainless steel vertical rear dropouts and a custom bottom bracket shell.

The frame should prove durable, thanks to its ED – electrophoretic deposition – coating. It is dipped in a paint bath and subjected to an electric charge, leaving a thin internal and external coating that’s resistant to corrosion even before primer is applied.

Macho by nature as well as name

This bike rides as it sounds – stiff and powerful where it needs to be, especially for such a skinny-tubed frame. The response to your pedalling is impressive, as is the frame’s rigidity at the dropouts, especially under braking.

Great finish quality and the Macho Man also comes with fittings – and clearance – for front and rear mudguards
Great finish quality and the Macho Man also comes with fittings – and clearance – for front and rear mudguards
Robert Smith

The steel tubes have a bit of life to them too, resulting in a well-balanced ride, while the straight-bladed steel fork does a good job of softening big, sharp bumps. Comfort is enhanced by the Schwalbe Smart Sams, their square block pattern tread shedding dirt well and gripping tenaciously on hard-packed tracks. That said, when you’re cornering on tarmac you do get a bit of disconcerting squirm.

The Macho Man is at its best on gravel and rough stuff. The ’cross-derived drivetrain – 46/36 crankset, 11-28 cassette – is also best suited to gravel.

On steep road climbs it suffers a little because of its fat, treaded tyres, an all-up weight of 11kg and a slightly high 36×28 bottom gear. Get further afield and away from the inclines where weight isn’t an issue though, and the ride is smooth and the handling sharp and tight.

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All in all this Macho Man is a dream to get dirty with – just don’t expect to get to the dirty stuff at the same speed you would on a more road-focused machine.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Macho Man Disc
Brand All-City Bikes

Available Sizes 46cm 49cm 52cm 55cm 58cm 61cm
Saddle Gusset Black Jack saddle
Wheelbase (cm) 103.9
Top Tube (cm) 58.5
Standover Height (cm) 85.3
Seat Tube (cm) 58
Chainstays (cm) 43.5
Wheelset Halo Vapour Disc
Weight (kg) 11
Stem Genetic
Seatpost Flare
Seat Angle 72.5
Rear Tyre 35mm Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres
Brakes Avid BB7, Gusset GRS 160mm rotors
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Head Angle 72.5
Handlebar Flare
Front Tyre 35mm Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 (Clamp-on)
Frame Material 612 select double-butted chromoly steel
Fork Offset 4.5
Fork Lugged crown chromoly steel
Cranks Shimano 46/36
Cassette 11-28
Frame size tested 58cm