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All-City Space Horse Now Available

The All-City Space Horse is a bike that I’ve heard a lot of rumbling about since it was shown at Interbike. The all-day ride geometry and light touring accoutrements are what many daily and adventure riders are looking for rather than a race-inspired frame. A local friend of mine has been wanting one since he first saw pictures, and just yesterday took delivery of it after essentially pre-ordering it through local shop Thick Bikes a few months back. About an hour after receiving the bike on a beautiful spring day the two of us went out for a 30 mile grinder on the dirt roads just north of town. By all reports, so far so good. The roughly $1400 stock complete build (swapped for that Brooks saddle) is shown, with tons of tire clearance for fenders and wide range 2×10 drivetrain pretty well suited to the hills we have locally, or your next all-day adventure where a bail out low gear is good for the soul. Frameset only is also available for just under $600.

4 Comments

  1. Tim HApril 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Hmm looks like they changed the bend in the fork from the prototype. Now it looks like a Casseroll? Not sure what the significance of the change is other than aesthetics. Cool bike though.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/35706596@N05/6169759861/in/set-72157627708301012

    http://salsacycles.com/bikes/casseroll/

  2. asc.pghApril 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Very cool bike, but man, those Shimano cranks are ugly. They continue to ruin the appearance of great bikes everywhere. I’m losing whatever mojo I once had for Shimano groups because of those unsightly chunks and what they do to otherwise good-looking bikes.

  3. BenzoApril 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Some of the differentiating factors between the casseroll seem to be:

    On the complete bike, the Casseroll has a triple crankset with a and 9-speed cassette. The setup is weighted slightly more towards lower gear ratios for climbing. The Space Horse has a compact double crankset and is weighted a bit more towards higher gear ratios for speed.

    The Casseroll has clearance for 38mm tires, likely 35mm with fenders. Where as the Space Horse can handle up to 42mm tires. The Cassaroll also has a bit of a narrower wheelbase than a comparable sized Space Horse.

    There’s also the ED coating, the internal cable routing, and the crown fork that make the all-city stand out a bit. I appreciate the internal cable routing when I take my bike places where I need to shoulder it.

    If you’re building from a frameset the differences don’t seem as pronounced. However the complete bikes have a few factors that make them more distinct.

  4. MarkMay 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Geometry is quite a bit different from the Casseroll. The Space Horse is shorter up front, and longer in back. So, easier reach, and better weight distribution when carrying a rear load.

    Do wish All-City went for long-reach calipers over canti’s though.

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