The center of attention: All-City Cycles' brand new Reynolds 853 Macho King Limited disc brake steel cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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All-City Cycles is memorializing the wrestling greats again, this time with the just-launched Macho King cyclocross bike.
The brand that named its first two cyclocross bikes after two rival professional wrestlers threw a party on Friday night, and the specials on the menu were Jell-O shots, PBR Tall Boys, and four steel bikes ready for some mud.
This year at Frostbike, All-City promised to "unveil our latest 'cross creations to the world" and they didn't disappoint on Friday night. Cyclocross Magazine was first to the scene to see the new line of cyclocross bikes.
All-City Cycles started its cyclocross line in 2011 with the Nature Boy singlespeed cyclocross bike, put it on a diet and transformed it into the higher-end, limited edition Nature Boy Zona, and eventually graduated to a geared option with the Macho Man, available in canti or disc brake models. We've reviewed the both the Nature Boy and most recently the Macho Man Disc in Issue 21, and loved both, especially the disc version of the Macho Man, although its weight on run-ups made us wish we were built a bit more like a professional wrestler. Perhaps Brand Manager Jeff Frane and his team were listening?
Jeff Frane, the brand manager and mastermind behind All-City Cycles, multi-tasking with DJing, listening to product feedback and showing off the new cyclocross bikes. © Cyclocross Magazine
The All-City crew put the Macho Man Disc on a diet and training plan with some higher-end components and the ultralight Reynolds 853 tubing. After winning a "King of the Ring" title, the newer, lighter Macho Man returns as the "Macho King."
We first gave you a first look at a complete bike option with a photo from the launch here, but now have all the photos, specs and details on this new steel disc cyclocross bike from All-City Cycles, a QBP brand.
All-City Cycles' Reynolds 853 Macho King complete "standard build" will feature SRAM 11-speed components, Zipp Service Course cockpit, Iron Cross Rims, Clement MXP clinchers and Hayes CX Expert disc brakes. © Cyclocross Magazine
All-City Cycles will continue the Macho Man, but now offers three different options with the Reynolds 853 steel Macho King:
- Macho King frameset only with carbon Whisky fork, target price is $1200
- Macho King complete bike with a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain (might we see an 11-speed Rival soon?), Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes, Zipp Service Course cockpit and Velocity hubs mated to Iron Cross rims, target price is $2700
- Macho King Limited complete bike, with a "Halo Build," only 50 will be made. This model features a Whisky No. 9 thru-axle fork, SRAM Force 22 drivetrain, SRAM hydraulic disc brakes, Thomson cockpit, and Velocity hubs mated to NoTubes IronCross rims, target price is $3500.
All-City Cycles' brand new Reynolds 853 Macho King Limited, just 50 will be made, with Whisky No. 9 thru-axle fork, Force 22 and likely SRAM hydraulic disc brakes, for $3500. © Cyclocross Magazine
The Macho King frame features a 44mm headtube that accepts the modern tapered cyclocross forks, a standard 68mm threaded bottom bracket, 135mm rear spacing, internal cable routing (top-pull front derailleur routing with a pulley option), fender mounts, and Reynolds 853 tubing (down tube, top tube, seat tube). Clearance should easily accommodate 38c tires.
Both complete builds will feature Iron Cross rims mated to Velocity hubs and Clement MXP clincher tires. Check out the bikes and parts spec in the photo gallery below.
All-City Cycles' brand new Reynolds 853 Macho King Limited, with a 44mm head tube and Whisky No. 9 carbon fork. © Cyclocross Magazine
Note that a few components shown are not production spec, as All-City Cycles is waiting for a few upcoming SRAM products to complete the build, including hydraulic disc brakes on the Limited and a not-pictured 11-speed SRAM group (might we see a SRAM Rival 11 shortly?). Availability will be Summer 2014, in plenty of time for the cyclocross season.
For more information visit allcitycycles.com (not yet on their website)