All-City is no stranger to steel, style, and smooth-riding bikes. The Cosmic Stallion remains the raciest option in their Endurance / All-Road category, featuring a new-school carbon fork and disc brakes, combined with tried-and-true geometry, threaded bottom bracket, and double chainring crankset. 2019 brings an all-new paint job, new Shimano drivetrain, and other detail updates, sure to win even more fans for this modern classic.

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2019 All City Cosmic Stallion

Let’s start with what hasn’t changed since the last time we saw this bike. First, the A.C.E. or Air Hardened, Custom Extruded tubeset, with variable thickness for smooth ride quality and reduced weight. Second, it wouldn’t be an All-City without the custom dropouts – with thru-axle compatibility and a replaceable derailleur hanger. Third, the Whisky No.9 carbon fork, matching the rear triangle with generous tire clearance. Finally, you get all of the practical touches that will make your mechanic a happy camper – threaded bottom bracket, E.D. coating to prevent rust, external cable routing, and post-mount brakes.

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The first big update is to the component spec, which shifted from SRAM Rival 22 to a Shimano 105 R7000 kit (yes, including cranks). Brakes carry over as Avid BB7 Road, post-mount. [Correction: Last year’s spec was actually Rival 22 Hydraulic. -Ed]

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You’ll also find a new cockpit, which has been updated to Whisky No.7 spec all-around.

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Tire clearance remains generous, at 700 x 41mm without fenders, or 700 x 35mm with fenders. It also supports 650b wheels and tires, fitting up-to-47mm rubber.

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All-City still offers the Cosmic Stallion in six frame sizes, with the complete bike price holding steady at $2,599. The frameset price went up $50, to $1,299. While there are more and more gravel-esque bikes showing up by the day, the Cosmic Stallion fills a nice gap of price, practicality, and hitting the high points of modern tech to make it a legitimate contender for the race-minded among you.

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Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago

Why does this frame always get the worst paint?
First that gold and then this mess.

Brad Comis (@BradComis)
Reply to  Andrew

Its funny I was just thinking the exact opposite. I think the paint looks great. Subjective aesthetics continue to be subjective.

Bobby Kennedy
3 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

That gold scheme is damned pretty in the flesh. Literally stopped me in my tracks when I came across one a customer had brought in.

Jason Douglas Fife
Jason Douglas Fife
3 years ago

I actually like the paint scheme.

Sam
Sam
3 years ago

That’s a pretty hefty price premium over other offerings from mainstream bike companies, and no hydraulic braking?

Mad Dog
Mad Dog
3 years ago

Brakes aren’t a carry-over. The previous build spec had Rival 22 hydraulic discs.

Benny Watson
3 years ago
Reply to  Mad Dog

Yes. Serious downgrade in brakes vs last year.

Scott
Scott
3 years ago

This spec should not exist. 2004 wants its brakes back. Has anyone here ever used a full length housing mechanical rear brake with standard cheap housing? Which I promise this bike comes with.

$2600 is sad.

Ben Alexander
Ben Alexander
2 years ago
Reply to  Scott

It’s easy enough to replace with compressionless in the build.

Kev E
Kev E
3 years ago

All-City bikes are meant to be bought as framesets and they know the people who truly cherish their craftsmanship & ride quality will build them how they want. I’m on my third Nature Boy, and while I bought the first as a complete (at half price), it was stripped to the frame in no time.

Fred Greezy
Fred Greezy
3 years ago
Reply to  Kev E

Agree w this. If youre considering buying a low to mid-tier factory completes (for whatever reason) do yourself a favor, build it up from a frameset instead

Gabe Herrera
Gabe Herrera
3 years ago
Reply to  Fred Greezy

Wouldn’t the cost of building this from the frame up get much, much higher? Especially if you wanted to go hydros? Legit question because I’m considering this bike.

Benny Watson
3 years ago
Reply to  Gabe Herrera

I agree. I considered building a 2018 Cosmic Stallion from a frame, but I liked the Rival 22 Hydro setup, so I bought the complete. I replaced the wheels, stem, saddle and seat post with parts that suited me better, selling or repurposing the originals. After a year, I sold the frame and bought a Black Mtn MCD because the geometry fits me better. I moved the drivetrain etc. over to the new frame and I’m enjoying it now.

Pro__Zack
Pro__Zack
3 years ago

Agreed, this is a huge disappointment. Instead of upgrading to flat mount hydraulic, they leave it as post mount and downgrade to mechanical?? And leave the price the same?? Bizarre decision from All-City, IMO.

dockboy
dockboy
3 years ago
Reply to  Pro__Zack

Hydraulic is a definite upgrade, but flat mount is a miss here. It’s really best left to mass-produced carbon frames instead of steel, mostly due to difficulties in making precise dropouts suitable for the caliper. Plus, some people talk of different “feels” between flat and post (I can’t speak to that), and if somebody wants a flat bar cross bike, they’re going to have an easier time finding brakes with post mount.

bikermark
bikermark
3 years ago
Reply to  Pro__Zack

Glad All City stuck with post. At best flat mount is as easy to adjust as post; at worst — which is most of the time — it is much more difficult to set up. Common problems: misalignment of the mount and paint or metal burs on the mating surface. Usually it is both. Flat mount is the new press fit.

Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan
2 years ago
Reply to  bikermark

“Flat mount is the new press fit.” That’s been my experience in the shop too.

Kyle K.
Kyle K.
3 years ago

They should really market this bike to fit 45c tires because it can (running 43mm GravelKings on Velocity Blunt 35’s & they measure out to 46mm with plenty of wiggle room). It’s also internal Di2 compatible which not many other bikes can do in this price range. Mech/Hydro shifters are also so big and ugly. Plus they don’t perform that and feel like trash, Install some elite link housing for the rear brake and you’re solid. It’s hard to find a more capable complete for less without the frame feeling like total garbage.

bob
bob
3 years ago

BB7’s are less service heavy. The trade off for a Shimano spec is to use less expensive parts elsewhere. Something had to give.

Might as well be the hydro road levers/brakes. It gives people an upgrade route down the road.

Woody
Woody
3 years ago

Where’s the longer offset fork on the smaller sizes to go with those slack HT angles? 80 & 73mm trail on those x2 small sizes and 65mm on the x3 largest. Why go to the trouble of offering small sizes if you’re not prepared to do them correctly?

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
3 years ago
Reply to  Woody

If I need one of those small sizes, I’d look for a bike designed around 650b wheels. No amount of geometry tinkering makes 700x40mm tires appealing in small frames.

Kevin C
Kevin C
3 years ago

I still use mechanical disc on my gravel race & commuter bikes… hard to beat their reliability and ease of maintenance and power/modulation is fine if you use good housing. Besides, on gravel it’s not like you’re on the brakes much. Just point it in a direction and go.

Heffe
Heffe
3 years ago
Reply to  Kevin C

I’ve found that on gravel, the need for good brakes is not diminished one tiny little bit.

K-Pop is dangerous to your health
K-Pop is dangerous to your health
3 years ago
Reply to  Heffe

Of course, we transition through the rounds of subjective musical chairs once again. Not all gravel is Midwestern farm grid with maximum 2mi climbs and the same on the backside. Brakes, what for? Some of us actually climb mountains and have to negotiate descents that make flatlanders pucker. Hydro desired. Kevin C, making broad sweeping generalizations, precious.

Bobby Kennedy
3 years ago

I agree that the brakes are a downgrade for the bike but I’ll also defend my TRP Spyre SLC brakes to the death. They’ve seen me up and down several Crusher in the Tushars and all over the gnarliest fire roads in Northern Utah. But yeah, hydraulic just makes sense when you’re dropping this much on a gravel bike.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
3 years ago
Reply to  Heffe

I think the point was that mechanicals are good brakes, too, not that you don’t need good brakes or that all gravel is flat farm grid. I ride bikes with mechanicals and hydros on steep mountain terrain and both work very well when set up properly. There are trade-offs with either, but either does the job, including BB7s.

klcoll
3 years ago

Thanks for the intelligent response, not the typical keyboard warrior BS :).

Kevin C
Kevin C
3 years ago

I will keep beating the sliding dropout drum though… seems like a good idea as a bail-out option if you run gears and for those of us looking for nice ss options.

Dirty Tires
Dirty Tires
3 years ago

A little bit more (<$100) gets you a Milwaukee. $300 more will get you a hydro version

https://www.milwaukeebicycleco.com/mettle/search

2018 AC Cosmic Stallion
2018 AC Cosmic Stallion
1 year ago

The Cosmic Stallion is not a CX bike, the Milwaukee Mettle you posted is. Completely different geometries and intentions.