OK, lets get this bike build going. Today we'll be discussing which component system will be the core of the build? Before we get down to details, you are probably wondering just what frame model will we install this component group? Read on.
Before we get started, I want to clear something up that came up yesterday. Someone asked Salsa if the specifications we pick here on the blog will end up being the complete bicycle specification for production? Good question. The answer is that this is unlikely considering I rode the bike into work today in near final specification...It's sweet by the way. It is possible if we ended up picking the exact same components, but that is unlikely. This build up through the blog is just a fun game and a good excuse to talk about bicycle parts. I also expect Salsa will learn a few things. Who knows, you might too.
So, what are we going to mount these components too? This bike I have in mind is built as an all day high end road riding bike. Could you race it? Without a doubt, that's just not the intent of this build. My idea for this bike, and it is likely I'll ride this exact bike a bit after completing it, is that it will be the FIRST bike I'd choose for endless miles of pavement on a perfect and sunny 80 degree day with little or no humidity.
Salsa is not interested in piecing together odd, old, nostalgic, and retro parts in 5,6,7, or 8 speed. We love that too, but its not right for this project. We are also not interested, nor could we get, a new Campy Super Record 11spd group for this build.
The question at hand today is SRAM-Shimano-Campagnolo and which group to base the build around?
Post a comment with your choice of brand and desired component group. If you want to tell us why, do that too.
Remember the rules. The most important being don't put down other people or other people's ideas. Keep the discussion limited to your choice and the reasons why you would make that choice.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.