Posted by Cass Gilbert
The Cosmic Stallion uses the company’s brand new, proprietary ACE tubeset, a high end chromoly that’s heat treated, air-hardened, and extruded. In translation, this means its double butted pipes are thick where they need to be, and slender elsewhere. In fact, All City claim it’s their lightest frame to date, while also far exceeding industry strength and fatigue tests.
Somewhat typical to All City, there’s a number of aesthetic touches to the frame. The custom dropouts certainly stand out, as do various minor details that pay a subtle, modern day homage to the production frames of yesteryear, including the integrated seat collar and the pretty braze on reinforcements. For the more practical minded, there’s ample room for 45mm rubber (or 40mm with fenders), which ensures terrain options are kept wide open.
Elsewhere, the bike is a mix of up to the minute mod cons and more classic throwbacks too. There’s a 42/52 tapered headtube, 142×12 thru axles and Shimano Di2 compatability. But there’s also a simple, reliable 68mm threaded bottom bracket and, we’re pleased to see, provision for rack and fenders. Whether it’s three tone, glamorous look suits you is obviously down to personal taste, largely dependent on your love of gold. In any case, it’s very nicely done.
The complete bike, available in 6 sizes (46-61cm), comes with a color matched Whisky no 9 carbon fork, along with SRAM Rival hydraulic brakes, a Rival 22 2×11 drivetrain, Salsa Cowbell bars, WTB i9 tubeless ready rims, and the popular Clement Xplor 700x40c tires. It’s priced at $2,599, or $1,250 for the frame.
As for how it rides, my brief test on the Cosmic Stallion had me hankering to load it up with some lightweight gear, head off into the hills, and see where I ended up. Certainly, it’s a bike that’s now firmly planted on our fast touring/bikepacking radar.
For more details see allcitycycles.com