The air is beginning to have a certain crispness to it. I’ve seen just a slight change of colors in some of the leaves while riding to and from work, and also down along the river. Fall is in the air.
Fall for us up here in Minnesota is a time of social backyard get-togethers, great food, crisp morning bike commutes, and long weekend rides exploring hills and valleys before snow blankets the land. So with that I introduce to you the updated Casseroll. A bike many know and love, but now transforming into something new, just like the changing of fall colors. As the leaves change from green to beautiful shades of red and orange, so does the Casseroll in a way.
We’ve taken inspiration from our randonneuring friends, and feedback from riders who have spent countless hours helping to transform this bike. The Casseroll remains a bike that can be used a multitude of ways. Still a great road bike, back and forth commuter, the Casseroll is now even more adept for brevet type rides and superlight touring.
Perhaps you’ll want to strip it down and run 23mm tires and do the group ride or that long road ride with your friends. Put a rear rack on it or run the included front Casseroll rack with it and commute back and forth to work. Put fenders and 38mm cross tires on it and go do that long mixed pavement and gravel ride you’ve always thought about doing. Run the front rack with a handlebar bag and do a ride out of town for a superlight overnighter or credit card tour. Strip it down to a singlespeed and feel the comfort of steel as you go mile after mile wherever you choose. The Casseroll continues to dish out plenty of options.
The updated Casseroll is still designed with the same Salsa Classico CroMoly tubing for frame and fork. I also wanted to give the same supple and crisp ride to every frame so I worked with our steel tubing to provide this same feel across the range. I also worked hard with fit geometry to keep trail numbers very consistent regardless of frame size. Through this I was able to give each frame the same stable, all day feel. The headtube is now taller so it’s easier to create a comfortable, more upright position.
The fork was also given a smooth sweep to compliment the new geometry and classic style. We also wanted to give a nod to the steel frames of old, so we gave it a more classic horizontal toptube without hurting standover clearance. We now use 6 frame sizes instead of 8, as we realized we can cover the same fit range while also making it easier for the consumer to pick their frame size.
A major frame feature change is the move to using cantilever style brakes. Cantis gives the rider more room to fit bigger tires, bigger fenders, and mud/snow clearance to tackle those gravel roads or winter commutes. We kept the same dropout as the previous version because it looks fantastic, works great, and provides the option of geared or singlespeed builds. An extra water bottle mount was added to the underside of the downtube to provide the option of up to three bottles on your rides. We also added mid-plane bosses to the seatstays for even more options for rack setup.
Finally, yes the bike does come with its own painted-to-match Casseroll front rack (the rack pictured in riding shots is a prototype, so just nickel plated). This rack was specially designed for this bike. You’ll notice the clean assembly to the bike along with the threaded mounts. The small rack works great to hold a handlebar bag, trunk style bag, a bit of extra clothing, or even an ultralight sleeping/bivy system.
The Casseroll has grown its own legion of fans during the last few years. I believe the Casseroll is a great bicycle, whether a compliment your stable, or your entire stable. I hope you enjoy the updated version as much as I do.
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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.