First look at new bikes, gear from Salsa, All-City, and more
By Maurice Tierney,
Maurice here. I just attended Saddledrive, a dealer and press event hosted by Quality Bicycle Products at its Ogden, Utah, distribution center. Many QBP brands were represented here: Salsa, Surly, All-City, and Civia to name a few. Let’s see what I found…
Wait a sec, this is a bicycle magazine, not “Rat Rod Action”. Sorry.
Civia showed of its line of Twin City bikes, which according to General Manager Burton Avery, are designed for a “New Wave” of neighborhood cycling being enjoyed by “The Creative Class”. Nice poppy colors are the order of the day, with step-through and step-over models ranging from a $545 coaster brake machine to a $995 seven-speed internally-geared model with racks and fenders already in place. There’s also a derailleur-equipped 8-speed model and a five-speed internal in between. They look great!
Another QBP brand, All-City, is growing up. Yours truly had kind of stigmatized them as a fixie brand, but those fixie-kids are moving on into a huge whole world of cycling. Hence bikes like the Macho Man, a geared bike based on the popular singlespeed Nature Boy. The Macho Man rocks the same tight cyclocross race geometry while adding gears. All-City is setting themselves apart from the rest with using their own custom, size-specific butted tubing as well as custom-designed dropouts. Performance, quick handling, and attention to details are the real deal. $1,595 complete.
All-City also showed the Space Horse, its light touring-rough and all-purpose road bike. With new All-City lugs and semi-horizontal dropouts with hard stops (kind of like lawyer tabs but better), the Space Horse is good for 38mm tires with fenders, 42’s without. Rack and fender mounts, internal top tube cable routing? All present. All–City also uses a special coating inside the tubes, negating the need for Frame Saver. $1,450 complete. We have a Spacehorse in the house for a long-term review, so keep an eye out in the magazine.
I also got to check out the Salsa Vaya travel/touring bike, now available with S&S couplers. The big deal on this one the stainless steel frame, which while tricky to manufacture, provides a finish that can be polished up like new anytime it gets scratched and won't rust. Salsa’s own “Alternator” dropouts provide single speed capability, chainstay-length adjustment, and easy packability. Rack mounts and clearance for 40mm tires without fenders round out the package. I am told the Vaya is the first production stainless steel bike on the market.
I also got to meet some cool people. Take Anna Schwinn here, she’s an engineer for the Foundry brand. She designed these cool Whiskey carbon, disk-ready, thru-axle road forks we wrote about earlier.
Lazer showed off some tweedy-looking helmets.
And I ran into our friends from Freeze-Thaw out in State College, feel the love.
To finish things off I got to ride on Circulus! But that’s another story…
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