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New All-City Nature Boy 853

Old 10-04-14, 07:28 AM
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My only SS is a beater, but it's been enough to make me want an SS that ticks a few more boxes - this seems to cover all of them. Want, want, want. Must save some shekels.
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Old 10-04-14, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
Ultra high end steel tubing and full carbon forks don't come cheap. The pricing seems comparable to other similar products.
I donno, I got a full custom Zona Megatube frame for $900 from Marinoni. Probably could have upgraded to Life tubing (comparable to 853) for still less than 1200. Curtlo also does full custom with True Temper OX plat starting at 990.
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Old 10-04-14, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by SkylarG View Post
I donno, I got a full custom Zona Megatube frame for $900 from Marinoni. Probably could have upgraded to Life tubing (comparable to 853) for still less than 1200. Curtlo also does full custom with True Temper OX plat starting at 990.
Did that include a full carbon fork ?
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
Did that include a full carbon fork ?
I didn't look extensively, but that fork looks like it sells in the $400 range.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
Did that include a full carbon fork ?
Marinoni included alloy steerer, carbon fork. Also included headset and seat collar.

Curtlo is frame only to my knowledge.
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Old 10-04-14, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
You could probably get a custom reynolds frame for under $1200? yes/no?
Curtlo and Gunnar both do full custom under $1200 using True Temper OX Plat , which is actually slightly stronger than Reynolds 853. Gunnar has stock frames under $1000.
Marinoni does full custom starting at $900 (CDN, so like $825 USD) with Columbus Zona megatube, but you can pick from the Columbus lineup. Marinoni also includes fork + headset + collar.
Spicer Cycles does full custom starting at $700, and works with a variety of tubesets. Worth contacting Gene to see what he can do.
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Originally Posted by SkylarG View Post
Marinoni included alloy steerer, carbon fork. Also included headset and seat collar.

Curtlo is frame only to my knowledge.
So basically your Marinoni would be a bit cheaper with a full carbon fork than the Nature Boy 853 and the Curtlo would be more expensive. Also, FWIW, the Nature Boy 853 has a tapered steerer / head tube with oversized lower headset bearings.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
So basically your Marinoni would be a bit cheaper with a full carbon fork than the Nature Boy 853 and the Curtlo would be more expensive. Also, FWIW, the Nature Boy 853 has a tapered steerer / head tube with oversized lower headset bearings.

I think it's a sick looking bike. I'd just consider going custom. Though I did just read it's actually a Whisky fork. That's pretty solid.
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Originally Posted by Carcosa View Post
10/10 would ride.

0/10 can afford.
such want broner for this thing.

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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
such want broner for this thing.
Funny thing is you can still say hard on.
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If it weren't for the scotch I'd memetaliate, but as it stands, well done Watson.
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Is the only difference between the 853 Nature Boy (or the defunct Nature Boy Zona) and the Chromoly Nature Boy just the frame weight? Or is the 853/Zona so much stiffer than the Chromoly that it handles like a completely different bike?

I have one of the 612 Chromoly NBs, so I know I love the frame but I can't imagine the additional expense would be worth it. But I think about it...
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Old 09-16-16, 12:24 PM
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(resurrecting and old thread...)

Looks like the new new Nature Boy now has a thru-axle fork. Nature Boy 853 | All-City Cycles
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Old 09-16-16, 01:18 PM
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Now it just needs a thru-axle slider rear.

EDIT: Also, 42:18 is a HUGE gear if it's meant to be race-ready.
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Dat seatpost collar.
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Old 09-16-16, 01:47 PM
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Now it just needs a thru-axle slider rear
Does anyone build that? I've looked and not found anything.

Alternatively, a thru-axle rear fixed hub with an eccentric BB.
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Old 09-16-16, 03:03 PM
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They're pretty proud of their QR disc track ends, so I doubt they'd switch to TA.

My Kona Honzo had a TA slider. I don't think it's that uncommon.

Also, the new finish is really nice:


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Old 09-17-16, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by 50voltphantom View Post
Now it just needs a thru-axle slider rear.

EDIT: Also, 42:18 is a HUGE gear if it's meant to be race-ready.
Depends on the course, early season cross in PDX I'll run 39x16 but come mud season, 39x18 is my jam.
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Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
Depends on the course, early season cross in PDX I'll run 39x16 but come mud season, 39x18 is my jam.
I settled on 39x19 as my gear of choice. I just don't have the horse power to quickly accelerate a taller gear repeatedly.
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Really nice bike and great color.

I have a question: Since there are no gears to shift, why are the brake lever housings the same size (length) as brifters? Integrated master cylinder?

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Old 09-29-16, 02:19 PM
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yeah, hydros

generally though mechanical levers are the same thing as brifters with the shiftybits gutted
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(I was going to put this in quick questions thread, but this one seemed more appropriate)


I visited my local All City dealer today and they can get me a brand new 2016 Nature Boy 853 (complete) for $1500. How do the components compare to the 2017? Or, would I come up with a better bike if I buy a frameset and build it custom? I have the budget for all 3, and I've kinda been lusting after the NB 853 since they were introduced in 2014

(I'm partial to the green, but the blue ain't too shabby)
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What, no fixed gear???
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