Upon returning home from Interbike, we've gotten quite a few questions about both road bikes and tubing. Our line up at Interbike 2010 was pretty clear on these two things. We didn't show a dedicated road bike and all our new alloy bikes are no longer scandium. Without an explanation, it would be easy to assume that we have abondoned road bikes and we are no longer using scandium. Only one of those things is true. Let me explain.
While it does appear right now that we have abandoned road bikes here at Salsa, in reality we have not. We will say that the core of Salsa isn't focused on the typical road bike market. By typical we mean carbon, aero, race, triathlon, etc. Don't get me wrong, we have made some really nice road bikes in our La Raza, Campeon, Casseroll, Primero, Podio and Pistola. Our version of a road bike is a bit different than what others are offering. With the Casseroll moving to canti brakes and completely polarizing people, we feel there is room for a beautiful Salsa road bike in our line. We are in fact working on one in concept. We've even prototyped a ti version of the Pistola. So far, it just isn't quite right. But....Make no mistake, we want a lovely road bike to take out on those perfect sunny days or for days when 35c cross tires just feel slow and fat.
* Hyrdroformed down tube - Note - This is a prototype for you photo geeks. What's different than the production?
Tubing choice and selection has also been cropping up a lot lately. Many have noticed that we are no longer using scandium as our primary alloy. In fact, for 2011 we have no scandium in our line up. While there are lots of reasons for that, the biggest reason is that we made the switch because we could do new things with tubing that weren't feasible with scandium such as hydroforming. In the end, our tubing choice with the new alloy materials resulted in matching or exceeding our performance benchmark at a better price. That is a pretty simple formula and given the recent interest in the new Mukluk, new Chili Con Crosso, and new Spearfish, it appears that our tubing choice is hitting the mark. In the end though, we will use the appropriate material for the job and always strive to bring it to the market with the right mix of performance, features and price.
So...That wraps up Interbike 2010. Now we get to start talking about prototypes again!
Ps. New website pages with new product are going up daily. Fargo and Vaya Ti are live already, more coming Monday. Sorry for the delay.
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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.