What we ride: Justin

First bike off the ranks is my ever trusty All-City Mr Pink.

It’s a bit of an odd-ball, but essentially it was designed to be the perfect all-round bike. In fact, it even won the 2012 Gravel Racing World Cup long before all the mainstream manufacturers decided “gravel” was a thing.

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I originally got this frame as I wanted a decent winter bike, but I soon found that this was becoming my go-to bike. It flies under the radar which is what I like. No one expects it, or really gives it a second glance, but I’ll happily take it out amongst £10k superbikes.

The frame is made from Columbus Zona tubing, and it also has a full steel fork. So yes, this does add to the weight, but the ride is simply sublime.

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Features of this bike are the huge tyre clearance (up to 32c), along with clearance for full mudguards so long as you step the tyres down to 28c – this is the official stance from the factory, but I’m running 30c tyres with full guards in Winter mode.

Groupset choice is always a personal thing, but I always have at least one Campg bike in the fleet. The Mr Pink runs an entry level Veloce groupset except for the crank which is now a Rotor 3D24 with Praxis chainrings. There’s a myriad of reasons I don’t run a Veloce crank, but most relate to durability and serviceability as ultimately this is the work horse bike so I don’t want issues and I need easy serviceability.

I have run all sorts of wheels on this bike over the years; generally Mavic Aksiums through Winter, and then Campagnolo Shamal Ultras through Summer. I have now ditched both of these and have settled on a set that can stay on all year round – Hunt 4Season Aeros. These suit the character of the bike perfectly and are the perfect set-and-forget wheels. They’re light, strong and cheap, so what more do you need?

There’s not really a lot else that needs to be done to the bike now. It’s been in a state of evolution over the years, and it is now at a state that I am pretty much content with. Perhaps the only things left that I’ll look at in the future are upgrading the brakes to some TRP long-drops (they’re a bit stiffer) and the handlebar will get changed over to a Deda Zero100 when I next change the bar tape in the Spring.

This is the bike you’ll see me out on more often than not, so the chances are that if you do see a black All-City on the streets, then there’s a good chance it’s me, as there aren’t many of these bad boys about.

Don’t be afraid of steel!

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Specs:

Frame: All-City Mr Pink Columbus Zona 52cm
Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series
Groupset: Campagnolo Veloce
Crank: Rotor 3D24 with Praxis Works Chainrings
Bottom Bracket: Praxis Works PF30 to 24mm Converter
Brakes: Tektro Long Drop with SwissStop BXP Flash Pro (Blue)
Wheels: Hunt 4Season Aero
Tyres: Challenge Strada Biancha
Seatpost: Deda Superzero Carbon
Saddle: Selle San Marco Aspide
Stem: Deda Zero100 120mm
Handlbars: Deda RHM01 40cm c -c
Tape: Cinelli Mike Giant
Pedals: Time RXE
Accessories: K-Edge Garmin Mount, K-Edge Chain Catcher, Elite Cannibal Bidon Cages

Weight: 9.98kg – yes it actually scrapes under 10kg!

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