Raneman and I are in Taiwan right now, working hard to bring you some new product.? We are here checking samples, doing QC checks, and supervising production of the new 2011 Chili Con Crosso, as well as a few other new suprises that are yet to come.?
Our Chili Con Crosso adventure continued on Friday morning, when we commuted through the streets of Taichung out to Nantou to pick up a pre-production sample of the new Chili Con Crosso, and then carried it to our assembly factory for a complete bike build and check.?
Mark, Leeche, Joe Y and myself started the 25k ride earlier in the morning to avoid the sweltering mid 90-degree heat of later in the day.? We were treated to something I've rarely seen in Taiwan: a gorgeous sunny, blue sky day.?
The updated Chili Con Crosso has exceeded our best wishes for reduced weight and increased front end stiffness over the previous model, and it looks pretty hot to boot, even without paint.? Here's a shot of Mark on the unpainted sample.
Then, it was back to the frame factory to do a few more checks on the finer details of the frame
It was a tiring, exciting day, and?it was well over 95 degrees outside so we decided to call it a day and head back to take a rest.? However, with some luck we were invited to join a friend's cycling club up at Sun Moon Lake for a weekend ride.? Sun Moon Lake is a very popular tourist destination up in the mountains from Taichung. It has the feel of a Chinese brush painting.? We were camping, so what better time to shoot a few photos of the sunset?
And Mark found a great spot for some Chili testing...
Mark and I will be spending this week taking these Chili Con Crosso samples and moving them through further testing, paint and decals. By week's end we will give you a 'real' presentation of the 2011 bike, complete with colors and graphics.? We will also be working on creating some new sneak peaks on a few other models that are up and coming.
------------------ UPCOMING EVENT: NORTH CENTRAL CYCLERY, DEKALB, ILLINOIS ---------------------
On Wednesday August 18th Salsa will present a preview of some never-before-seen products at an event hosted by North Central Cyclery in Dekalb, IL. Salsa sales manager, David Gabrys will be present with the Mukluk, El Mariachi Ti, La Cruz Ti, the new steel El Mariachi and the background behind our Adventure By Bike direction. He will also be sharing some cool stuff that can only be seen by attendees of the event, so it will be worth your while to make the visit and see what?s happening for 2011.
The event begins at 7pm and will be followed by a campfire (and hopefully S'mores). There will be beer too! RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. North Central Cyclery, 534 E. Lincoln Hwy, Dekalb, IL (815) 758-2403.
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I come from the land of trees, lakes and cheese. I like beef jerky, singletrack and pale ale. I believe derailleurs were invented for a very good reason. Long rides with good friends and campfires is really what its all about. Oh, and if its not anodized, its worthless.