All-City Macho Man Disc first ride review

Skinny steel and big tyres ensure go-anywhere versatility

BikeRadar score4/5

The inaugural incarnation of All-City’s Macho Man was more of a traditional cyclocross bike. We tried it and liked it but considered it too heavy to be seriously raced on. This new version, which has a double-butted steel frameset that’s been updated to handle larger volume tyres, is also on the heavy side for cyclocross, but would be ideal for taking on gravel events.

The updated Macho Man is aimed squarely at gravel riders that use their bikes to commute because, despite the knobbly 40mm Schwalbe tyres, this rig is capable of building and holding more on-road pace than you’d expect. And that’s not its only attribute.

From the head badge and lugged fork crown all the way back to the custom-stamped bottom-bracket shell and rear dropouts, the details on the Macho Man’s frame shine out.

The head badge and green paint job are sophisticated affairs
The head badge and green paint job are sophisticated affairs

The reinforced bottle bosses and brazed-on seat collar, plus stunning metallic green finish, form a chassis that looks the equal of many handmade custom bikes. Underneath the looks there’s toughness too: All-City’s Electrophoretic Deposition coating (a primer that’s fused to the frame and fork before painting) has been applied to prevent corrosion.

The SRAM 10-42 cassette and 44-tooth chainring offer plenty of range: 44/10 generates a decent road pace while the 44/42 ensures you can climb off-road like a mountain goat.

Electro Deposition coating helps to prevent corrosion
Electro Deposition coating helps to prevent corrosion

The SRAM Rival drivetrain is paired with TRP’s cable-operated Spyre disc brakes and its twin-piston action gets as close to a hydraulic brake feel as you can with cables. On top of ample power, that twin-piston action means the pads retract from the rotor, so you don’t suffer the brake rub that cable setups are prone to.

Head off-road and the generous-volume Schwalbe G-One tyres possess tenacious grip in all but the sloppiest of conditions and, arguably, would dampen vibrations in the most flawed frameset. Not that there are flaws here. The Macho Man’s skinny tubes and fork blades imbue its ride with a real liveliness — not something that can often be said about a bike weighing 11.5kg.

Slick TRP Spyre cable-operated disc brakes provide ample stopping power
Slick TRP Spyre cable-operated disc brakes provide ample stopping power

Halo’s Vapour disc 650b wheelset is excellent, as is the Genetic bar and stem combo, which is quality alloy. The textured Gusset saddle adds a comfortable finishing touch.

With a few upgrades to bring the overall weight down, the Macho Man would be a killer competitive gravel bike. As it stands, it’s a beautiful blast of affordable fun.

All-City Macho Man Disc specification

The details on the Macho Man’s frame shine out
The details on the Macho Man’s frame shine out

  • Weight: 11.5kg (55cm)
  • Frame: 612 Select double-butted chromoly
  • Fork: 612 Select chromoly
  • Crankset: SRAM Rival 1
  • Cassette: SRAM 10-42
  • Shifters: SRAM Rival 1
  • Rear mech: SRAM Rival 1
  • Brakes: TRP Spyre
  • Wheels: Halo Vapour disc
  • Tyres: 40mm Schwalbe G-One VG
  • Post: Genetic post
  • Stem: Genetic SLR
  • Bar: Genetic Flare
  • Saddle: Gusset S2

All-City Macho Man Disc geometry

  • Head tube angle: 72 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 73 degrees
  • Top tube: 56.5cm
  • Seat tube: 57.54cm
  • Chainstay: 43.5cm
  • Bottom bracket drop: 7cm
  • Fork offset: 4.5cm
  • Head tube: 15cm
  • Stack: 58.39cm
  • Reach: 38.65cm
  • Wheelbase: 1,030mm
Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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