ADVENTURE BY BIKE®
Greetings all. Thanks for all your comments this past week. It's been fun to get the email notifications regarding new comments. I'm stoked that folks are using it and I'm even more stoked about the time and detail put into some of the responses. Based on this last week alone, I'm confident that we will be able to use this medium to help reach our goals. Again, thank you.
So, as Salsa goes into Interbike, I've got two things for you.
First, due to this little event called Interbike, we will not be in the office next week. That means we won't be able to answer comments here on the blog, answer Pepperman emails, or even answer the phones. That's right, all of us in Salsa land are going to Interbike. Please bear with us and we'll get back to you quickly when we return the first week of October.
Second, since you have some time to ponder things, I've got a big question for you. Steel. Steel is real right? Well, my question is about the various steel tubes offered to us and your thoughts about each of them and how they relate to Salsa.
Every time our crew comes up with a new frame concept where steel is the best material for the specific criteria, we must decide what steel tubing to use. In some cases, the criteria will define which one is appropriate, but in others, we have to decide what quality or brand of steel to use. Options are pretty wide open. We can easily choose between 4130 CroMoly, True Temper, Reynolds, Columbus, Tange, etc. Each come with their own issues, prices, lead times etc. In fact, in 2007 we used True Temper S3, True Temper OX Platinum and classic butted 4130 (Salsa Classico tubing). Our steel frames ranged from about $550 to $1300.
What should we use? What do you want from Salsa? Stay high end with TT OX or Reynolds 853 or expand our Classico line of bike offerings? Got opinions? I bet you do.
I know this is a bit vague. It's intentional. I want to know what folks think and/or want from Salsa.
Oh, and since this is a post about steel, here is a shot of my new La Cruz locked up and sandwiched between two other steel steeds. Our new La Cruz is my current favorite Salsa steel bike. It does everything. I love steel.
Ride and Smile
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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.