2015 Colossal Updates

2015 Colossal Ti in its natural environment...

The Colossal is our Adventure by Bike™ motto lived out through paved and mixed surface road riding. It’s the bike that inspires confidence to achieve that long ride you’ve always wanted to take on, to connect a huge series of roads together to make a really cool loop, or to do a multi-day road bikepacking adventure that truly allows you to escape. For model year 2015 we’ve made some great updates that make the Colossal an even more capable all-roads machine.

2015 Colossal Ti...

The 2015 Colossal has increased tire clearance, capable of handling 700c x 30mm tires or 700c x 28mm tires with fenders. That’s right…I said fenders (more on that in a moment). These larger tires really add tremendous mixed surface riding potential; more rubber on rougher, less predictable surfaces.

While increasing tire clearance, there are other changes to the rear ends of the 2015 Colossal bike.

The Colossal Ti moves to a new hooded style thru-axle dropout. This utilizes a 12 x 171mm DT Swiss thru-axle and our new 687 derailleur hanger. This combination creates an extremely solid connection at the rear end and provides a nice snappiness to the ride quality. This new thru-axle dropout also incorporates our new threaded hidden fender mounts.

2015 Colossal 2...

Our CroMoly Colossal 2 frame continues to use a hooded-style 10 x 135mm quick-release dropout, but we’ve also added our new threaded hidden fender mounts to it.

Now, about those hidden fender mounts. We wanted to add fender mounting to the frame without taking away from the clean lines of the frame if not using fenders. We’ve accomplished this using M5 x 0.8 threaded holes in the frame and fork dropouts and designing our own aluminum fender mount studs. As you can see below in the exploded view, the fender mount studs are threaded into the dropout, locked down by M5 nuts, and then you mount your fender into the M5 threaded holes in the studs.

Exploded view of new hidden fender mount system on the 2015 Colossal Ti...

Both the Colossal Ti and Colossal 2 receive major front-end updates with the addition with our new Colossal Carbon Fork. The Colossal Carbon fork is fully Salsa designed and also includes hidden fender mounts in the fork legs and an M5 threaded crown hole. The fork uses the same hidden fender mounting hardware as the frame so when the mounts aren’t used they remain hidden.

Exploded view displaying hidden fender mount system on the 2015 Salsa Colossal Carbon fork...

While these new hidden fender mounts in the fork are cool, there are three much more important updates in the Colossal Carbon Fork.

First, the carbon steerer tapers from 1-1/8” to 1-¼” at the crown. We’ve found this taper to provide the perfect balance between stiffness and compliance for mixed surface road riding.

2015 Colossal Ti...

We’ve also worked with our manufacturer to design our own carbon layup to achieve the vertical and lateral deflection/compliance we wanted for the Colossal Carbon Fork. This is important because it has let us create a fork with the ride quality that we feel is appropriate for both the titanium and steel Colossal frames.

To complete our front end updates, our Colossal Carbon Fork uses at 15 x 100mm DT Swiss thru-axle. Combining all these features (1-1/8 to 1-1/4” tapered steerer, Salsa carbon layup, and thru-axle) results in a fantastic fork with the perfect Colossal ride quality.

2015 Colossal 2...

The Colossal really is an incredible mixed surface road-riding platform. A few weeks ago, Salsa sponsored rider Brett Davis and I did a 300-plus mile road bikepacking trip in Colorado. We climbed and descended numerous mountain passes while traveling ultra-light with handlebar harness and seatbag setups. It was a stellar trip and highlighted to me just how many of these incredible road and mixed surface routes are out there waiting for riders.

Watch the Salsa Culture blog for a story on our Colorado Colossal bikepacking trip...240 miles, 22,000' of climbing, 180 miles of pavement, 40 miles of gravel...

If you are looking for a new road-riding bike, I hope you take a look at the Colossal. I think you will find it delivers an incredibly comfortable ride and a refreshing take on what a road bike can be.

2015 Colossal Specs

2015 Colossal Geometry

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Sean 'Mailman' Mailen

I was born and raised in the hills of Tennessee. I decided in high school I wanted to design the best bikes and parts possible; I’ve been following my dream ever since. I love about every possible mode of cycling, mountain biking is the most fun, but if I’m on two wheels I’m happy.


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ArkyKenny | July 22nd, 2014

Looks very good.  Does this, plus the absence of info on the 2015 Vaya mean that the Vaya has gone away?

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sean | July 22nd, 2014

Please say Salsa has done away with Press Fit bottom bracket design on this bike. Thats the only reason I haven’t bought one yet. Love the updates!

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Castor/Pollux | July 23rd, 2014

Echo Sean’s question - fender mounts and Press Fit BB were two biggest complaints with Colossal (at least in my part of the world).

We got fender mounts, did we got threaded BB too ??

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 24th, 2014

ArkyKenny - VAYA IS NOT GONE! I REPEAT…VAYA IS NOT GONE. The Vaya Travel and Vaya 2 & 3 continue exactly as they are at this time.

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Velotastic | July 26th, 2014

Great to see Salsa listening to their customers.  I was debating buying a Colossal, but I decided to go with a Jamis Quest Elite because it is fender and rack compatible.

One thing I don’t get… all this talk from Salsa about keeping the look of the Colossal clean… but the look of the hooded dropouts is about as dirty as you can get.  Is it just me?

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John | July 28th, 2014

@KidRiemer:  Same Vaya colors for 2015?

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Castor/Pollux | July 28th, 2014

How about that answer on bottom bracket type, please ?

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Joe | July 28th, 2014

“12 x 171mm”?

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Kid Riemer | July 29th, 2014

John - Yes, the Vaya colors continue on at this time.

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Tim Krueger | July 29th, 2014

The BB on this bike is Shimano’s BB86 standard, also known as PFGXP.  It seems that may not be popular to a few of you, but we have done lots of testing on this, and it shows marked improvements in frame stength, as well as allows straighter chainstays that increase the fatigue life of that area.  Overall, we believe the wider BBs with internal bearings builds a better frame.


Sean | July 29th, 2014

The rear of the Colossal Ti frame is a 12 x 142 mm, typical of thru axle frames these days.  The rear axle used is a DT Swiss 12 x 171 mm length, meaning from face of axle head to end of axle at the threads.  This is essentially the 142 mm hub plus thickness of dropouts and hanger = 171 mm.

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Antonio | August 8th, 2014

Hi Kid,
I was hoping for some new colors 2015 for the Vaya. I’d like to buy a frame orange or deep brown. I wonder if any one of these in stock for Salsa send him to Italy from Pedal Domain. It would be a dream

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Ricky216 | August 16th, 2014

Well done! I really appreciate the hidden fender mount system.
Will the frame can fit all road bike’s fenders on the market or are you going to develop Colossal-specific model of mudguards?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2014

Ricky216 - The Colossal will fit most ‘typical’ road fenders. We will not be developing a Salsa fender for it. Thanks for your interest.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2014

Antonio - No changes to the Vaya at this time. I suggest having Pedal Domain contact us for availability of those frames in your size. Thanks for your interest.

I had a wonderful time visiting your country earlier this summer…truly a beautiful place with very generous, friendly people.

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AJ | August 24th, 2014

I like that the To frame has rear thru axle dropouts, but why not on the steel frame?

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AJ | August 24th, 2014

edit previous comment - reason: misspelling

I like that the Ti frame has rear thru axle dropouts, but why not on the steel frame?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 25th, 2014

AJ - The decision to stay QR on the Colossal steel frame was based on tooling costs.

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JP | October 13th, 2014

I want to follow up on Tim’s comments about BB86.  I’ve found that the Praxis BB converter makes PF30 frames silent.  The two solutions for press-fit cups (Praxis and Chris King) only do remediation products BB30 or PF30.  That means that any other press-fit BB leaves the customer stuck with the press-fit cups.  Best case is that they will be noisy.  In other cases (Cervelo, etc), the press-fit cups “walk” over time and have to be re-installed repeatedly; as many as 2 or 3 times between chain replacements.  For many of us, this is a deal-breaker. 

If you won’t do English threads, machining for PF 30 would at least make the problem fixable.  Note that even Colnago is going back to threads with their “threadfit” BB cups.  Press-fit was an interesting idea, but didn’t work like it was supposed to.

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Nick Bonner | April 6th, 2015

I own a 2014 Vaya 2 (all my bikes are Salsa). I WANT a light and fast skinny tire road bike. The Colossal seems a bit too much like my Vaya to justify the spend.

Sell me on the difference because I don’t want a non Salsa Bike.

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erasmus | April 8th, 2015

Salsa Vaya 3 2014 is the best bike possible. I got it 1 month ago and i am very happy with my purchase. Not impressed with the carbon fork on Colossal. Steel is better for touring.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | April 15th, 2015

Nick Bonner - This reply is actually from Colossal and Vaya engineer Sean Mailen, but I’m posting it for him. -Kid

Hey Nick, great question.  I’m Sean, the Design Engineer on both bikes, and I’ll give you some comparison info that will help your decision and why I think the Colossal is bike you actually are looking for.  When comparing two bikes the first they you want to compare is the geometry.  The geometry is the DNA of the bike, the foundation, how a bike rides and feels starts from here.  A couple of dimensions should take forefront when comparing the two, and that would be BB drop, Chainstay Length, and Headtube angle.  These numbers describe how the bike will ride and feel.  When comparing the Vaya to the Colossal you’ll notice the Colossal has a substantially shorter chainstay (450 vs 415 mm), the Colossal BB drop is 5 mm higher, and on most sizes the Colossal has 1/2 degree steeper headtube angle.  With just these changes the Colossal will feel snappier, more responsive to power, and will want you to carve corners faster.  You’ll notice its more receptive when you want to jam on the pedals a bit and get it up and going.  The Colossal is also lighter and the carbon fork with thru axle provides a more reactive front end that makes it fun to challenge corners.  The Colossal really is a fun bike to ride and is right at home at 23 mm or up to 30 mm tires.  The Vaya and Colossal are both great bikes, and each was designed for a purpose.  The Colossal is a great bike for all sorts of rides especially ones where you are feeling confident and want to go out and push it a little harder than normal.

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jim willis | April 30th, 2015

I appreciate Sean’s differentiating the Colossal from the Vaya. Can we get a similar explantation of the key differences in riding between the Warbird and the Vaya? I’m looking for an 80% road 15% unpaved 5% singltrack bike that feels snappy on the road (short chainstays). Warbird or Colossal?


Sean | May 26th, 2015

Sorry about the delay!  With the percentages you described the Warbird is probably your best bet because of the larger tire it can fit.  Jim just make sure you don’t get too crazy, I’ll give my lawyer friends a shout out here, and say “stay within the bikes intended use.”  The Colossal is great when you are doing a road ride and then mixing in some sections of gravel/dirt road to link it all together.

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