July is a crazy month here at Salsa and throughout the bicycle industry. July really means final planning and preperation for the upcoming tradeshow season. Later this month we have a private dealer show followed by Dealer Camp in Utah. This is followed by Eurobike in August and shortly afterwards by Interbike in early September. Generally, new product releases are timed with shows such as these. Well....We aren't waiting for those shows for everything and today we bring you several new parts, accessories and clothing items. Most of these are in stock now and available for sale. How cool is that?
Let's start out with some new T-Shirts. We've got new men's and women's Squadron T's, Spearfish T's and Fargo T's. All are in stock now. Check them all out here.
We also have received many of our new handlebars. We've completely updated our drop bar product line. It is also the first to use our new 3-2-1 nomenclature. Essentially, we have a good, better and best offering in our key component areas. This includes bars, stems and seatposts as well as some future product categories. All products within each of these levels will include similar features, finish and details. Level 1 is tops in terms of features, materials, quality and finish. Level 2 is our middle line and Level 3 is our entry level product line.
With all that in mind, here are the details of many new handlebars.
Pro Road Bars - PRS, PRM, PRL
Our new Pro Road bars will be available in a variety of widths ranging from 34-46cm and and 3 different drops ranging from 106mm to 134mm. The new Pro Road bars are all 31.8mm diameter, are optimized for a smooth transition from bar to shift/brake lever, have the same reach (76mm) and have a 4 degree flare. The S, M,and L designation simply identify the and refer to the drop small (106mm), medium (126mm) and large (134mm). All the information can be found on the specific web product pages. Start here and drill down. Most of these bars are in or will be soon.
Cowbell 2 & Cowbell 3
The new Cowbell bar is essentially a second generation of Salsa Bell Lap bar with many of the same features of Pro Road bars such as 31.8mm diameter, smooth transitions to brake shifter levers and a nice radiused drop. One really cool feature of the Cowbell bar is the 12-degree flare of the drops. This makes for a very natural position in the drops and gives a little bit more breathing room. These are in stock. Again, start here and drill down.
In other bar news, we introduce you to our new Bend Bar. This product builds on our already successful 17-degree bars. Many folks, including us, love the 17-degree bend but it forced many to run a 1 cm longer stem. This new Bend bar has a forward sweep followed by a bend backward that positions your hands in the same position as your existing bar without needing a new, longer stem. We also added a new 23-degree bend option. The Bend bar also has a a 5-degree upsweep. You can run this bar in an up or down sweep position depending on your personal preference. These will be in stock in the next 30 days. You can check out the Bend 2 bar here.
We've got more new stuff coming including new Mukluk hubs and hubsets as well as new Pro Moto 2 alloy seatpost & Pro Moto 1 carbon seatposts. So much cool stuff. More on those in a later blogpost