All-City Zig Zag

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22.12 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the All-City Zig Zag. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • The steel frame is durable for training, commuting and racing.
  • The Whisky No. 9 carbon fork provides comfort to riders by dampening vibrations.
  • The long wheelbase on the All-City Zig Zag, offers riders excellent stability.
  • The bike is very responsive and cornering is predictive, with a 71 degrees headtube and Whiskey No. 7 stem and handlebars.
  • Both the Shimano 105 and Ultegra builds provide riders with a wide range of gears and smooth shifting.
  • The threaded bottom bracket requires minimal maintenance compared to road bikes with a press-fit bottom bracket.
  • The steel frame is coated with Electrophoretic Deposition coating to prevent the frame from rusting. This makes the bike a great winter commuter when roads may be salted.
  • Experts and users agree the paint job on the Zig Zag is immaculate.
  • The bike has mounts for mudguards and great clearance, fitting wheels up to 35mm, making the bike ideal for a variety of weather conditions and gravel roads.
  • The bike comes tubeless-ready, making it ready for long rides over a variety of road and gravel terrain.
  • All-City designed the bike for endurance riding with the A.C.E. steel frame, wide tubeless-ready tires, a long wheelbase and 71 degrees headtube.
  • There are six sizes of the Zig Zag available, making this bike ideal for a wide range of riders.
  • The pump peg is a retro feature that can be found on the All-City Zig Zag.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Price is high according to some experts and users
  • The bike tires that come on the Zig Zag are 30mm, with 35mm of clearance. Experts question why All-City did not provide a bigger tire with the Zig Zag builds.
  • The bike is heavy for a road bike, weighing in at 22.12 lbs.

Bottom line

The All-City Zig Zag is a bike ready to tackle long distances. It has a long wheelbase, relaxed headtube angle, a Whisky No. 9 carbon fork, room for two water bottles, mudguard mounts and room for wide tires. The bike is responsive with Whiskey No. 7 handlebars, despite being heavier than many other road bikes. If you are a fan of retro features, the pump peg may also draw you to this bike. Overall, the Zig Zag is a little pricey compared to similar bikes, but the Shimano componentry, including hydraulic disc brakes, provides a smooth and controlled ride, over pavement and gravel. The steel frame is also built to last the rider for many years.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 expert reviews
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BikeRadar
Level 5 expert

All City Zig Zag Review

Level 5 expert

All City’s mix of old-school steel and new technology continues with the Zig Zag’s handmade frame featuring thru-axle, hydraulic disc brakes and tubeless tyres – showing steel doesn’t have to be retro.

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Road Bike Action Magazine
Level 4 expert

Bike Test: All-City Zig Zag

Level 4 expert

For those looking for the trappings of a steel dream bike from years past but with modern amenities, the Zig Zag has got it covered.

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ADVNTR.
Level 3 expert

All City Zig Zag: The Future is Pink

Level 3 expert

Zig Zag sits confidently in that happy medium between perma-tarmac road bike and full on gravel grinder.

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