ADVENTURE BY BIKE®
2015 Colossal Ti in its natural environment...
The Colossal is our Adventure by Bike™ motto lived out through paved and mixed surface road riding. It’s the bike that inspires confidence to achieve that long ride you’ve always wanted to take on, to connect a huge series of roads together to make a really cool loop, or to do a multi-day road bikepacking adventure that truly allows you to escape. For model year 2015 we’ve made some great updates that make the Colossal an even more capable all-roads machine.
2015 Colossal Ti...
The 2015 Colossal has increased tire clearance, capable of handling 700c x 30mm tires or 700c x 28mm tires with fenders. That’s right…I said fenders (more on that in a moment). These larger tires really add tremendous mixed surface riding potential; more rubber on rougher, less predictable surfaces.
While increasing tire clearance, there are other changes to the rear ends of the 2015 Colossal bike.
The Colossal Ti moves to a new hooded style thru-axle dropout. This utilizes a 12 x 171mm DT Swiss thru-axle and our new 687 derailleur hanger. This combination creates an extremely solid connection at the rear end and provides a nice snappiness to the ride quality. This new thru-axle dropout also incorporates our new threaded hidden fender mounts.
2015 Colossal 2...
Our CroMoly Colossal 2 frame continues to use a hooded-style 10 x 135mm quick-release dropout, but we’ve also added our new threaded hidden fender mounts to it.
Now, about those hidden fender mounts. We wanted to add fender mounting to the frame without taking away from the clean lines of the frame if not using fenders. We’ve accomplished this using M5 x 0.8 threaded holes in the frame and fork dropouts and designing our own aluminum fender mount studs. As you can see below in the exploded view, the fender mount studs are threaded into the dropout, locked down by M5 nuts, and then you mount your fender into the M5 threaded holes in the studs.
Exploded view of new hidden fender mount system on the 2015 Colossal Ti...
Both the Colossal Ti and Colossal 2 receive major front-end updates with the addition with our new Colossal Carbon Fork. The Colossal Carbon fork is fully Salsa designed and also includes hidden fender mounts in the fork legs and an M5 threaded crown hole. The fork uses the same hidden fender mounting hardware as the frame so when the mounts aren’t used they remain hidden.
Exploded view displaying hidden fender mount system on the 2015 Salsa Colossal Carbon fork...
While these new hidden fender mounts in the fork are cool, there are three much more important updates in the Colossal Carbon Fork.
First, the carbon steerer tapers from 1-1/8” to 1-¼” at the crown. We’ve found this taper to provide the perfect balance between stiffness and compliance for mixed surface road riding.
2015 Colossal Ti...
We’ve also worked with our manufacturer to design our own carbon layup to achieve the vertical and lateral deflection/compliance we wanted for the Colossal Carbon Fork. This is important because it has let us create a fork with the ride quality that we feel is appropriate for both the titanium and steel Colossal frames.
To complete our front end updates, our Colossal Carbon Fork uses at 15 x 100mm DT Swiss thru-axle. Combining all these features (1-1/8 to 1-1/4” tapered steerer, Salsa carbon layup, and thru-axle) results in a fantastic fork with the perfect Colossal ride quality.
2015 Colossal 2...
The Colossal really is an incredible mixed surface road-riding platform. A few weeks ago, Salsa sponsored rider Brett Davis and I did a 300-plus mile road bikepacking trip in Colorado. We climbed and descended numerous mountain passes while traveling ultra-light with handlebar harness and seatbag setups. It was a stellar trip and highlighted to me just how many of these incredible road and mixed surface routes are out there waiting for riders.
Watch the Salsa Culture blog for a story on our Colorado Colossal bikepacking trip...240 miles, 22,000' of climbing, 180 miles of pavement, 40 miles of gravel...
If you are looking for a new road-riding bike, I hope you take a look at the Colossal. I think you will find it delivers an incredibly comfortable ride and a refreshing take on what a road bike can be.
2015 Colossal Specs
2015 Colossal Geometry
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Sean 'Mailman' Mailen
I was born and raised in the hills of Tennessee. I decided in high school I wanted to design the best bikes and parts possible; I’ve been following my dream ever since. I love about every possible mode of cycling, mountain biking is the most fun, but if I’m on two wheels I’m happy.