We are pleased to announce today the addition of frame bags to the Salsa line. These bags are designed to fit specific Salsa bikes, giving you an easy way to enhance your riding experience.
We are proud to be working with Revelate Designs to bring these to market. Mukluk bags are due to arrive any day now. Fargo/El Mariachi and Spearfish bags will arrive early in 2012.
Driveside of the new Mukluk frame bag...
Frame bags aren’t a new concept by any means. Take a trip through a historic bicycle book and you’ll see all sorts of examples of frame bags, some of them made from fabric or leather, and other times made of more rigid materials.
Quite a few years ago I bought my first frame bag from the now-defunct Wildfire Designs. That bag was simple, yet functional, and made from basic Cordura fabric, a good zipper, and some Velcro attachments. I still have and use that bag today, but design, materials, and construction have all improved today.
Non-driveside with smaller, essentials pocket and high-visibility interior...
Revelate Designs makes fantastic bags and owner Eric Parsons is a top-notch guy in our book. We appreciate not just the gear he makes, but the spirit of adventure he has demonstrated on multiple bicycling and packrafting trips. Best of all, he’s humble and exhibits a willingness to share his trip knowledge and experience that is not always the norm.
When you’ve got time, check out these links to see just a hint of some of his epic adventures:
Our new frame bags are co-branded Salsa/Revelate Designs and are made in the USA. A host of the Salsa Crew use Revelate Designs products. We’ve used them for everything from simple overnighters to much longer trips like Joe Meiser’s and Kurt Refsnider’s Tour Divide race experiences.
Frame bag clad Fargo on tour in California...
The bottom line is that frame bags work very well. I like to consider them soft racks, but a soft rack isn’t a very appealing marketing description! They hold a surprising amount of stuff (though smaller frame sizes obviously lose out in that regard), and generally the stuff they hold was otherwise going to be carried on your back.
Whether you are using them as an oversized bag for tubes and tools, bringing along an emergency puffy insulating layer and beanie cap in winter, or carrying a small kettle, stove, and overnight gear, we believe you will find that they get the job done simply, quietly, and effectively.
Top view of the Mukluk frame bag showing the flared front end. Fargo/El Mariachi and Spearfish frame bags will not be flared...
One warning note to those of you new to frame bags: they do wear the finish of your frame, regardless of what it is made out of or what the finish type is. Such is the price of living a good life! While we’d like to think it is obvious, we need to state that said wear is not covered under warranty.
You can read the full specs of these bags on our Mukluk Frame Bag page but the basic information is this:
-Sized to fit our Mukluk frames (other frame bag models soon to come)
-Made from truly burly materials that will hold up to years and years of use
-Flared front end for increased storage capacity
-Main compartment is accessed from the driveside zipper
-A smaller compartment is accessed from the non-driveside zipper
-High visibility interior
MSRP for these Mukluk bags is $150.
Upon arrival these Mukluk frame bags will first be available only through Salsa Authorized Dealers. After a couple weeks (assuming we still have inventory) we will open them up to all dealers that buy from Quality Bicycle Products, and they will also be available on our Shopatron website at that time.
This past August, when Jason and I were in Alaska, we stopped in for a visit at Revelate Designs world headquarters. Eric was gracious enough to let me ask him a few questions on camera and his assistant Dusty didn’t toss any firecrackers, shout any expletives, or laugh too loudly from the background. Thanks for that Dusty! If you haven’t had a chance to meet Eric, this will have to suffice for the time being.
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