Interbike is behind us. In the spirt of Las Vegas, we put our cards on the table, compared our hand to the other players, cashed in some chips and returned home tired and energized at the same time. All in all it was a great show for Salsa. Lot's of new products. Lot's of interest. Lot's of media coverage. While tradeshows often reveal product line ups and answer a lot of speculation, they can't help but bring up other questions about certain products. Today, I'm going to dig into a few of the common questions that have surfaced after seeing our 2011 product line up.
Big Mama - Many have asked and some have assumed that the new Spearfish is a replacement for the Big Mama. It is not. The Big Mama is an all day trailbike with more suspension travel, longer wheelbase and different geometry. It is comfy, durable and perfect for all day back country trail exploration. We are working on a new design here but it will be quite a while before it is ready. For those wondering what quite a while is, we will say it will likely be a 2012 model. The important thing here is that the Spearfish is not a replacement for the Big Mama.
Dos Niner - We love the Dos Niner and feel it hits dead center on our Adventure by Bike mantra because it really is an ideal endurance rig. It's light. It's simple. It works well. It has been a staple in our line up for many years. We fully intend to have an updated Dos Niner model someday. We've have some initial design work done on it and we are even prototyping, but a new updated Dos is a long ways off. Will it be alloy, ti or even carbon? We don't know right now. We just want folks to know that we love the Dos & the concept and we hope to once again have a Dos Niner in our line up.
Mamasita/Selma - The Mamasita came on the scene years ago and we followed it up with Selma 2 years ago. They've both been a great models for us and we've seen these bikes being ridden in events ranging from 2 hour races to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race. These two models are pretty light, fairly affordable, and pretty easy on the eyes. We showed some prototypes to a few dealers and distributors back in February at our Frostbike show and asked for feedback. We rode proto's for a good part of the year. However, one of the features didn't work (That's why we build prototypes) and it just wasn't quite ready for the masses. We continue to work on this model, but it will be a while. Again, this could be a 2012 model.
As you can see, we are still quite busy developing new product. Getting things right and releasing them when they are ready are important to us. We'll still make a mistake every now and then, but our intent and direction is to release product when it is ready.
Next up in part 2….Road bikes, scandium tubing and possibly a surprise! Now…Back to getting our website updated with our new products.
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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.