I’ve all but sworn off drop-bar bikes. My 60-year-old body doesn’t contort like it used to. I’m happy to see bicycle makers continuing to roll out flat-bar road bikes. Case in point: the recently introduced Pony Express from All-City. It’s a chromoly around-towner that is versatile, utilitarian and fun to ride. This pony delivers the mail for $1,150.
For those familiar with the All-City lineup, the Pony Express is a Space Horse frameset that’s adorned with a riser bars, linear pull brakes and a 1×10 SRAM Apex drivetrain. With an 11-32 cassette and 42 tooth chainring, I found the gearing well-suited for flat or rolling roads, but challenging on hilly terrain.
All-City’s investment cast stainless steel dropouts are more than eye-candy. The semi-horizontal rear dropouts have an adjustable set screw that maintains your desired wheel position before/after wheel changes. I can already hear singlespeeders’ gears turning. I hope that’s not an oxymoron.
Practical-minded riders will appreciate the frame’s rear rack and fender mounts. I got all excited when I spied the pump peg protruding from the head tube. Snapped my trusty Zefal HPX frame pump right onto that bad boy, I did.
The fork features 4130 chromoly tapered blades, a lugged crown, mid-fork eyelets and dropouts sporting a pair of eyelets each. Details like these reinforce the practical, and versatile, nature of this steed.
The internally routed rear brake cable helps keep the Pony Express clean and uncluttered looking. Some would argue that internal routing is an unnecessary complexity, but I like the way it looks on this bike, and the straight shot along the top tube is about as simple as internal routing gets.
I’m a sucker for head badges, and bridges, so I’ll drop one more photo here, showing the All-City badge that adorns the Pony.
This is not meant to be a detailed review, rather just a little taste to whet your appetite for my full review that’s coming in the next issue of Bicycle Times magazine. Hurry up and subscribe if you haven’t yet.Tweet Print