Last modified: February 23, 2010

Introducing the Nature Boy All-City’s Single Speed Cyclocross Racer

As you may or may not have heard, this weekend we dropped the curtain on our newest creation, a single speed steel cyclocross race bike. 

My big plan was to post a nebulous photo of the cable routing on Friday to whet your appetites (sp?) for the whole bike photos to come after the show.  Obviously that didn't happen but here is what it would have looked like:

pretty intriguing huh? 

Good.

Now, let's get on with the introductions, shall we?

Officially known as the Nature Boy (in homage of Minnesota wrestling legend Ric Flair), it is a single speed cross race bike. 
(and before you start in with all the jokes, yes I've seen that video, and yes you can ride it while wearing  "tight jeans")

the Nature Boy

internal cable routing

signature headbadge

signature dropouts

Things you want to know:

*Price for frameset:  MSRP $540
*Availability: Late July for frameset, August for complete bike (shooting for $850 MSRP but not finalized yet)
*Color: awesome lime green color, which we have yet to name for the frameset (not finalized for the complete)
*Tubing: 4130 Double Butted Chromoly steel main triangle, 4130 tapered stays and fork blades, externally butted seat tube.  The same steel as on the Big Block, and if you've ridden one of those, you know that this thing is gonna rip
*ED coated tubes, inside and out.  More on this later, but basically this beauty is rust proofed inside and out
*Removable canti bosses. if you're not using them, lose them
*Internal cable routing
*Fast as hell
*Aggressive race geometry
*Hidden fender mounts on the inside of the stays
*Reinforced water bottle bosses, two of 'em
*Tire clearance 38c's 

Overall philosophy

This bike continues the styling cues and aesthetics of the Big Block.  What we've tried to do is create modern classics, frames that draw on the best elements of modern and traditional bicycle construction and put them into a package that is within reach of most riders.  This is why we've chosen to do lugged crowns, brazed on fork ends, our own custom dropouts and headbadge, brazed on seat collars, reinforced bosses etc.  For the Nature Boy we've added internal cable routing, hidden fender mounts, and removable canti studs to the mix.

The internal routing is not only beautiful, but also provides the added benefit of being easier to shoulder over barriers and provides a cleaner look if you're riding fixed gear and not using the rear brake. The canti studs are removable in a nod to our fixie crowd.  If you're not using them, take them off for weight savings and a nicer profile. 

The geometry is a mix of traditional cross and track.  You'll find aggressive headtube angles and slightly steeper than traditional cross seattubes.  Coming from a track bike background we like a fast handling bike (fast, but not twitchy) and are accustomed to sitting over the cranks a little more, so we designed the Nature Boy to be a little steeper than some of the other cross bikes you'll see out there.  We feel like we've found an optimal blend of comfort and handling, and plan on using this thing for commuting, day trips out of the city, 100 mile gravel races, singletrack riding, and of course racing cross.  It's a hoot to ride, and we're really excited about the Nature Boy's possibilities and hope you are too.

I'll post up more info as it comes in

that's all you get for now

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