Custom builds never get boring, and this All-City all-road build is no different. Cool, classy and capable, we’re going to take you through the build and the thought process for each component.

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The Frame: All-City Super Professional

Undeniably attractive, this multi-purpose machine is a real head-turner thanks to its traditional tubing and stunning sage green paint job. Don’t be fooled by its classic aesthetic – the steel-framed Super Professional is packed full with modern features that make it ideal for all kinds of adventures.

Their innovative sliding dropout system allows you to effortlessly transition between geared and single-speed setups at your convenience. Designed to conquer a diverse array of terrains, the Super Professional draws inspiration from All-City's cross range, resulting in nimble and adept handling across all surfaces.

With ample clearance to accommodate tyres up to 700x45 or 650x47, and thoughtfully integrated mounts for mudguards, racks, and bottle cages, this adaptable frameset opens its arms to accommodate even the most ambitious and unconventional builds.


Rolling Smooth: Parcours Alta Wheelset

Now, what's a custom bike without some killer wheels? Parcours instantly sprang to mind, and their gravel-focused Alta hoops were the natural choice for this steed. Featuring their latest #thinkwider rim profiles, they’re tough enough to handle whatever you throw at them and super fast in a straight line – they're not picky; they love both fast descents and bumpy trails.

With a 24mm internal width and hookless rims, these wheels gave us plenty of options when it came to selecting rubber, and Parcours’ new IMPACT+ technology offers improved impact protection on gnarly terrain by utilising a more flexible resin at the rim edge – plus, they just look damn good!


Rubber-Side Down: Teravail Rutland Tyres

Engineered to excel on all-terrain rides, the Teravail Rutlands were a no-brainer for this build. Capable of shredding on loose gravel and thick mud without sacrificing speed on the tarmac between trails, the tread pattern features ramped centre lugs to reduce rolling resistance, and larger, sharper knobs staggered on the shoulder.

Ultimately, the goal is to increase the traction on loose surfaces – ideal for harsh terrain. We opted for the ‘Light & Supple’ spec in 650x47mm for maximum volume, favouring ride quality and grip but still plenty puncture resistant. Large volume = lower pressure, ideal for traction and comfort on the rough stuff. We had to go for tanned sidewalls for the style points, and those green tubeless valves? Yep, we thought they'd be a cool touch too!


One-by Wonder: SRAM Force AXS 1x (Mullet-Style!)

Let's talk gears. This is no normal SRAM Force AXS setup – equipped with an Eagle AXS rear mech out back, we were able to spec this all-terrain adventurer with a monster 10-50t cassette. Paired with a 40t chainring, it's your secret weapon for hauling up those steep inclines. 

The simplicity of SRAM’s wireless groupset makes maintenance a breeze – no need to worry about worn gear cables or internal routing – and if you pack a spare battery on your adventures, keeping on top of charging is effortless.


Finishing Kit: Thomson, Bontrager, Salsa & Supacaz

Now, for the finishing touches. Thomson is known for their high-quality components, and their Elite seatpost is practically indestructible. Sat atop the seatpost you’ll find the Bontrager Verse saddle – short and stubby, it provides plenty of support and cushion for rough off-road riding. The matching Bontrager stem is strong and functional, but also maintains the clean aesthetic! 

As the founding fathers of gravel, Salsa’s Cowchipper handlebars are a very popular choice in the off-road genre, and a no-brainer for this build. These slightly flared bars provide much more control, whether you're cruising or tackling rough terrain. Oh, and the Supacaz bar tape? It's like the icing on the cake – white, stylish, and matches those frame accents perfectly.

Sit back, relax and watch mechanic Adam work his magic in the workshop in our build video below!

Like the look of this unique build? It’s available in-store now! Swing by to check it out in the flesh. Alternatively, if you’re interested in speccing your own dream build don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to have a chat.

August 11, 2023 — Richmond Cycles