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.
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.
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!
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!