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Saturday, August 18, 2012

All-City Cycles Space Horse


The Space Horse is the most versatile bike in the AC lineup. It can handle front and rear racks, fenders, and has clearance for 42c tires.  It also has our new custom semi horizontal dropouts which allow it to be set up geared or single. 
This bike was made to get you into and out of trouble,  to be your companion on exploration missions and all day benders,and to get you and your stuff around as quickly as possible.
One of the coolest aspects of the Space Horse project was getting the opportunity to design our second signature dropout.  Knowing that we wanted to allow the bike to be used single or geared and designing around fenders, meant that the obvious choice was a semi horizontal. Now semi horizontals are great for allowing single speed use, and unlike rear entry dropouts they don't require the rider to remove the rear fender to change a flat.  But we've always felt that the design has a few shortcomings, so we got in there and designed a semi that acts more like a vertical dropout. 
The small tab on the front of the dropout in combination with the adjustment screw, not only means that the wheel is fixed in place like a vertical, but that you never have to wonder where you'll get best shifting.  Simply place the wheel fully forward in the dropout and you're done. 
The geometry of the frameset itself, is a mix of traditional road and touring geo's giving the bike agile head tube and seat tube numbers, a relatively short rear end, but with a lower than roadbike bottom bracket for increased stability while loaded.  The tubest was chosen with 30lbs rear and 20lbs front max loads in mind. 
The Space Horse is rugged, can run whatever drivetrain you wish, haul crap, and take your cycling experience further. 

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BUILD SPECS

Frame | All-City Space Horse
100% full 4130 ChroMoly steel. Double butted down, top, and seat tubes. Externally tapered, ovalized, and dimpled chain stays, tapered seat stays
130mm rear spacing, 1 1/8th headtube, English bottom bracket, 27.2 seatpost
Fork | All-City Space Horse
100% 4130 ChroMoly tapered fork blades, lugged crown and matching dropout.
Headset | Cane Creek S-10
Silver
Stem | Kalloy
Silver, four bolt, 1 1/8th threadless, 31.8 clamp
Handlebar | Kalloy
Silver, Classic bend, 31.8
Tape | Velo Cork
Black
Shift / Brake Lever | Shimano Tiagra 4600
10 speed
Front Derailleur | Shimano Tiagra 4600
Rear Derailleur | Shimano Tiagra 4600
Brake | Tektro R520
Silver

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