Review: All-City Space Horse
One of the questions we get asked most is “what bikes do you guys ride?”. I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but currently we have 13 bikes in the stable (most of them duplicates). So in this vid series I’m going to do reviews of the different bikes we currently have and what we like and don’t like about them, kicking it off with the All-City Space Horse.
Russ May 7, 2017 at 12:16 am
Randy. Yes, replacement was a 12-36 10spd cassette. Deore long cage rear DR. Yes, the Tiagra brifters work great with the replacement components!
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Tom September 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm
This is so helpful, thank you. I’ve been debating the Space Horse Disc and Vaya (after originally thinking about a more traditional touring bike — LHT, Sutra, Saga). How would you compare the two?
I’ve ridden both and like them both, but it was a bike shop test ride (meaning 10 minutes no load on a straight, flat bike trail near the shop). So, I thought you might have more to share under a wider variety of conditions. For example, sounds like the Space Horse’s limit is 30lbs. The Vaya? The geometries suggest the ride of the Vaya is more upright? Other comparisons? Under what conditions would you choose one over another?
I too am interested in lower gearing. (I live in Seattle with lots of hills.) I’m heartened that the 2018 Vaya comes stock with a 48-32 crankset (and 11-36 cassette) which I can fairly easily change to a 46-30. That may not be low enough, though. As you demonstrate, the Space Horse would require a complete makeover to get the lower gearing.
Thank you for sharing.
Russ September 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Between the two the Vaya is the burlier bike. You could load a little bit more. Maybe 40lbs without it getting whippy, but both are essentially more all-road bikes than full blown touring bikes.
If you plan to do more loaded touring, I would go Vaya.
If you are looking for more of an all-road bike with occasional touring, I would go Space Horse.
I think the Space Horse is a little lighter and the 650b version would be a blast. That said, for any super steep terrain you’d have to swap the gearing.
Lee February 13, 2018 at 8:09 am
I am currently debating whether to get the canti version or disc version of this bike. I found a canti version on clearance at a local shop. Do you think it is worth it to pay more for the disc or should I just settle for the canti? Thanks!
Joseph March 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm
I just test rode the disc version for an hour. If the canti is at least a pound or two lighter I’d just get the canti. But for trails, I’d go disc. With bikes like the space horse and the new volpes you’re not getting the highest absolute bang for your buck, but they’re super solid and fun bikes built to last. Haven’t tried the canti space horse, but I can attest that the disc version is really a fun beast.
Kevin April 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm
Russ, was just curious what size space horse you ride – recently picked up a 49 but thinking it might be too long.
Russ April 29, 2018 at 8:32 am
I have the 49. Had to shorten the stem a little.
Ian April 7, 2020 at 9:23 am
Hi There Russ,
I have the Space Horse with canits as well. They have the Tiagra Shifters with the cables that come out of the sides. I am doing some bikepacking this summer and a lot of the bags I have been looking at do not fit well with the cables. Do you recommend getting update Tiagra shifters (that go underneath the tape) or something completely different? Thanks!
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Just bought his and hers Space Horse(s) for me and my wife. I agree that the gearing is not low enough for loaded touring and I want to change our gearing. Questions: Is the replacement cassette on the bike in the video a 10 speed? What rear derailleur do you use? Do the Tiagra brifters work OK with the replacement components?
I visit your site all the time. Great work!