All-City Nature Boy / Nature Cross

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
1, 11
Weight
20.9, 22.9, 23.1, 23.9, 24.38 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the All-City Nature Boy / Nature Cross. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • Ride-quality awed; on tarmac, fire roads, dirt roads and some singletrack.
  • As a pure commuter, Nature Boys were comfortable and tough.
  • In gravel events and on recreational rides, Nature Boys were more than capable.
  • Nature Boys and Nature Crosses excelled in cyclocross races.
  • Fat tire clearances were a drawcard for buyers, from a 38c to 42c max.
  • Handling was sharp off-road and nimble on-road.
  • An expert described the finish and construction of Nature Boy frames as “superb”.
  • The A.C.E.’s ‘killer’ paint job blew minds, in lime-green with black splatter.
  • Pricing on the A.C.E. was deemed ‘remarkable’.
  • 4130 steel frames are coated with an anti-rust agent.
  • WTB rims, Tektro brakes and Cane Creek headsets are reliable and tough.
  • Internal cabling is provided for the rear brake.
  • Bosses allow the attachment of two water bottles.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Nature Boy A.C.E. is a pure race machine with no fender or rack eyelets.
  • An owner found themselves bottoming out on their bottom bracket.
  • An expert was frustrated with setup and durability of the eccentric bottom bracket.
  • One racer found the stock wheels too heavy.
  • Tektro brakes were soon replaced by a competitive rider.

Bottom line

The Nature Boy (now known as ‘Nature Cross’) is a versatile and fun bike. A high-quality steel frame gave a forgiving ride, especially when combined with a 38 to 42c tire clearance. Fatter rubber transforms this purebred cyclocross race bike into a do-everything commuter or gravel steed. Apart from the beautiful paint jobs and frame finishing, extra touches included internal cabling and rust-proofing. Depending on the setup, this can be a singlespeed comfort-ride or a racy, nimble competition bike. The Nature Boy rarely disappointed.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 1 expert reviews
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All-City Nature Boy Review

Brilliant – it shouldn’t make sense but it does… As a commuting bike we love the Nature Boy; its simplicity makes it a joy to use. It handles as well as cyclo-cross bikes that cost twice the price…

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Zach Gallardo

3 Year All-City Nature Boy Review

The All-City Nature Boy’s main strength is it’s versatility… You can fit real big tires on there, so if you’ve got real crappy streets… this is going to be ultra-comfortable… It can do everything, pretty well… It’s great for someone who wants an easy, simplistic commuter… It’s just a ton of fun to ride.

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The Radavist

Review: All-City Nature Boy Cross Bike

The ride is great. With its cross-geometry, it makes it a blast to tear around on and is still comfy enough to just sorta cruise with a coffee in hand… I’m seriously impressed with this bike.

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Great Eskape

(Very) Long Term Review: All-City Cycles Nature Boy

With bike camping bags its stable and efficient… it’s been my primary commuter… my trail bike… raced gravel grinders… raced a season of cyclocross …a US National Championship race… The thing rips.

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User Ratings

96/100 based on 8 ratings
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    88%
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All-City Nature Boy / Nature Cross
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