2014 Salsa Bicycles Preview

J.C. spent part of last week in Ogden, UT checking out the new Salsa lineup at QBP’s SaddleDrive event. Here are some photos and thoughts.

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Salsa is leading the way in fat bikes, with multiple platforms and models ranging from high-end lightweight carbon (Beargrease; a 25 lb fat bike!) to titanium and steel (Mukluk). Prices range from $5499 at the top to $1850 at the entry level. You can’t not smile when you’re riding a fat bike (yeah I used a double negative, what of it?).

In full suspension category the Horsethief and Spearfish performed beautifully on the rocky Utah singletrack. We’re partial to 4″ (Spearfish) travel, but people who travel to NC and north GA a lot will appreciate the longer travel (Horsethief). There’s nuthin’ but Fox on these bikes, forks and shocks.

We’ve been singing El Mariachi’s song for a while now. It’s a super versatile, comfortable, smooth, all-day trail-eater, dirt-road mangler, bikepacker machine that can run geared or single speed with Salsa’s innovative Alternator dropouts. Swap the suspension for rigid fork and you’ve got a great offroad touring bike. $1599 to $5999 (ti XTR).

The Fargo and Vaya are dedicated touring platforms, something Salsa does that most major companies ignore. Fargo for dirt, Vaya for pavement. Go anywhere for as long as you like. At $1499 the Vaya 3 is surprisingly affordable for a steel touring road bike.

The Warbird series will appeal to cyclocross riders and dirt-road enthusiasts. The Florida panhandle abounds with suitable terrain, and we’re looking forward to getting people off their usual road rides and out into the red dirt countryside. I’m also thinking of the hundreds of miles of gravel mountain roads a day’s drive away in western NC.

Finally, we wrap it up with the Salsa Colossal, a road riding and bikepacking option in either ti or cromoly ($4499 and $2250 respectively). J.C. was impressed by these bikes.

Salsa’s motto is “Adventure by Bike” and you can see how that informs their designs. These bikes are made to last and to be used in places that have either been off-limits or not ideally suited for the bikes most of us own. That fact opens up terrain other than pavement and the designated bike trails we mostly ride. National forest, barrier island, soft clay roads; all these things abound in our little section of the planet. Preseason orders are available now, and we still have some 2013’s left at discount prices while supplies last. Call or stop by for more info. We’re working on Salsa to get a demo truck here sometime this fall, so hopefully there will be some chances to put some bikes through their paces. Cheers.

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About Josh Bolick

Josh Bolick works at Florida State University Libraries in the Office of Scholarly Communication.
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