ADVENTURE BY BIKE®
Interbike is over for another year. Each year for the past I'm-not-sure-how-many I've designed the Salsa indoor show space. I liked how this years booth worked out and would like to take you through the space. I think you'll notice that we had a heck of a lot of product in our 20' x 30' space.
Those three bikes up front are three prototypes from the past year: Bike With No Name (Fargo Ti proto), Snowflake (Mukluk proto), and Farrah (Selma Ti proto). We always enjoy getting to have some 'real life' bikes in the booth, rather than just shiny new stuff. We'll head around the booth from left to right.
Our rack display showed the Wanderlust and Down Under racks, as well as the Anything Cage and Rack-Locks. Wanderlust and Down Under racks and Anything Cages are due here in November. Rack-Locks are in stock currently. Posting this pic on our Salsa Facebook page got people inquiring about the Minimalist rack. Well, we didn't show it the first day of the show because it was still in testing.
Fortunately, the next day we received news that the Minimalist had successfully passed testing and will be moving into production. We hope to have them in stock in January. It is pictured above mounted to the Down Under rack with a Pacific Outdoors bag attached. A bunch of us here are chomping at the bit for the Minimalist rack too.
We still produce a wide range of chainrings and guards in various BCD's and tooth sizes. But...we are starting to look at adding some other size. What would you like to see us add?
Our MTB bars display basically showed the 31.8mm carbon versions of all our bars, plus our Whammy Flat and Whammy Riser bars. There were also two prototype bars on display: 17-degree forward sweep and 23-degree forward sweep. The premise of those bars is that they allow you to maintain the same stem length you would use with an 11-degree flat bar.
The Fargo & Fargo Ti display. One note on our bike displays that I'm quite proud of. All the images were taken by members of the Salsa crew during the past year or so of riding. Most important details regarding these frames: First time available in titanium, now suspension corrected for 80mm fork, and now has replaceable derailleur hanger.
El Mariachi & El Mariachi Ti display: Biggest news is addition of this Charcoal colored El Mariachi as a complete bike. Bomp-Pop Blue remains available as frame only.
Mukluk & Spearfish display: These bikes have a lot of folks interested and I'll personally vouch for both. They both ride very, very well.
Ala Carte Ti & Casseroll: Biggest news would be all the updates to the Casseroll, including cantilever brakes, geo tweaks, and the inclusion of the sweet painted-to-match Casseroll front rack.
Chili Con Crosso & La Cruz Ti display: Two bikes that are related yet slightly different from one another. Thanks to Paul Components for bringing by the proper spec blue chainkeeper for our show bike.
Vaya & Vaya Ti display: The Vaya earned a lot of fans during its first year of existence and we are psyched to offer it in titanium.
Road bars display: Yes, that is a Woodchipper up there, and yes, the Woodchipper is an MTB bar but hey I just put the drop bars all together for simplicity sake. The road bars shown are from our existing range. Perhaps we'll have something new to show during the coming year.
Stems, Post, Collars, & Skewers display: Note the lower left corner Pro Moto stem. It is a new + or - 25-degree version. There is no reason that more 'upright' folks shouldn't have a nice, kick butt stem.
Forks display: We make a nice selection of forks that have proven quite popular. This year we're adding some more, including 'Cross Canti (far left) and CroMoto Grande Maxle (center). Others shown were updated Fargo (suspension corrected), CroMoto Grande, and Enabler.
Team Kit display: We'll have two versions of team kit this year: Charcoal and Green.
Watercolor and Topo display: Watercolor available in full kit. Topo as standalone jersey.
Ala Carte frame display: Looking sweet with the vibrant green rocking the grayscale background.
El Mariachi frame display: Bomb Pop Blue still in the house!
Selma Ti display: Selma Ti uses the Alternator dropout and promises to be a high end singlespeed hit.
And that was the booth.
Crazy how much time and effort goes into the thing and then it is set up and over in a flash. For those of you not in the bike industry, the big news is that Interbike is supposedly changing its dates and locations next year. Opinions on the switch are getting deep enough that we're all pulling on hip waders.
If this was the last Interbike in Vegas, I say 'Adios. And I'll really miss you Bonito Michoacan resteraunt'. And if not, 'See you next year. And yes please, I'll have a margarita on the rocks.'
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.