All-City Space Horse Build: Part 2

Meet Tori. 
That’s right, we name our bikes, and our Raspberry Girl here is a beauty: A true labor of love. As I mused about in Part 1, since moving to Boston I have wanted to build my wife a bike flexible enough to handle the kind of varied riding we do here in New England. The All-City Space Horse was a perfect fit, and with a solid component spec we couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. In the interest of brevity, let’s just jump right to the build details…

Pre-build habit – OCD organization and photographing of all the components on hand!

: All-City Space Horse, 49cm, blue

– Crankset: Shimano 105 Compact Double 5750 10-Speed 34/50, 170mm, Silver
– Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra 6700, English threaded, Grey
– Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700-B 2x, Silver
– Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5701 10 -Speed medium cage (GS), Silver
– Cassette: SRAM GG-1070, 10-Speed Mountain, 11-36T

– Headset: Velo Orange Grand Cru 1-1/8” Threadless, Silver
– Stem: Velo Orange 31.8 Threadless, +/- 6 degree rise, 80 mm, Silver
– Handlebar: Ritchey Classic Road Bar 40cm, HP Silver
– Brifters: Shimano 105 5700 10-Speed Double STI, Silver
– Brakes: Tektro R720, Silver, with Kool Stop Salmon pads
Problem Solvers Cross Cable Hanger, Silver
Salsa Halter Top Interrupt Levers, Silver
– Seatpost: Thomson Elite, Silver
– Saddle: Brooks B17s Standard, Black
– Other: Velo Orange Snakeskin 50 mm Fenders, Silver
Brooks Leather Handlebar Tape, Raspberry

– Hubs: Shimano 105 Silver
– Rims: Mavic A119 Road 700c
– Tires: Compass Barlow Pass Ultralight 700 x 38c

With a few bike builds under my belt now, I have to say this was the most fun and the least painful to put together. Better planning and more experience can account for a good portion of that, but I have to give credit to All-City for putting together a well thought-out frameset. Specifically, there were none of the usual bike hacks that were needed with this build; for example, the fender line when mounted directly to the fork crown was perfect for the tire size spec’d (cough, I’m looking at you Surly!). In short, I didn’t have to run back to my LBS for another Problem Solvers component every two minutes, save the cross brake hanger that I had planned on all along.IMG_4185

With that in mind, there is very little to comment on re: the build itself. One exception, however, was a last minute score of some silver Salsa Halter Top interrupt levers thanks to Eric at Bikes Not Bombs. I was surprised how hard it is to find nice looking, fully silver interrupts, but, in my opinion, that single addition really made the bike.

So, today my wife and I set out for Tori’s maiden voyage, which we both obsessively photographed. A few of the highlights are below so enjoy!

8 Replies to “All-City Space Horse Build: Part 2”

    1. Hey Andy, this is my wife’s bike and she is 5’4″ with a 30.5 inch inseam. I would agree with you that the Space Horse tends to run a bit big, specifically in the top tube length. The 49 cm works well for her given her leg length, but we did end up running a shorter stem, compact road bars and reduced reach levers to dial the fit.

          1. Perfect amount of clearance all around (about a cm) and we’ve never had any issues with stuff getting caught up in there even on nasty mixed rides with singletrack or forest roads. I wouldn’t go bigger than 38 with fenders though, but plenty of room for a much larger tire without!

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