Sneak Peek Friday - Rack Time and Salsa Rack Update

Today we start with a little sneak peek.   This one is a bit more revealing than previous sneek peaks yet only represents a small part of the end product.   This product will be on display at Eurobike.   Keen eyes may see one or more of the Salsa crew out and about rambling around with this product before that.   

We also thought we'd also take this time to chat a bit about our Salsa racks we showed as prototypes back in late February and wrote about here back in March.  

The good news is both racks shown above on the Vaya are officially moving to production.    Here are the details.   At the moment, we estimate they will be here sometime in November.   Yes, that is an estimate and this is disappointing as we were expecting to be selling them already.   Here are the details.    

Wanderlust Rack (rear)

- Light and durable tubular aluminum alloy
- Black or Silver
- Extra long deck. It's slighly cupped to assist in holding bags, sleeping pads or whatever you strap to the top deck.
- Extra long struts for mounting, even to small frames and small rear triangles
- Universal mounting system allowing movement of struts in any direction
- Two threaded barrels for light and reflector mounting

- $100 MSRPWanderlust Rack (rear)

Down Under (front low rider)

- Light and durable tubular aluminum alloy
- Black or Silver
- No wheel hoop so they work with fat 29" wheels or even 4" Surly Endomorphs
- Mounts to mid blade eyelets and fork/drop out eyelet. Note: Requires mid blade eyelets on both the inside & outside of fork blade
- Retains full use of Fargo fork leg mounted water bottle positions
- Has a threaded boss on the top of the hoop to attach the strut from our Minimalist front rack, making a really functional and strong front rack system
- Designed to work well with disc brakes, meaning they mount easily on bikes with disc brakes and are forward positioned to allow full access to the front brake

- MSRP $70

We also showed this Fargo with very cool, Light weight, and functional mini racks.   The only update we have here is that we have officially named them the Minimalist rack.   These products are still in testing.   We will post and update once they pass the tests.   

So...There you go.  Sneak Peak Friday and new Salsa Rack update.

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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.


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captain bob | August 6th, 2010

You guys are really “racking” some points for bring out some cool stuff. Get it?  “Racking!”. I know, pretty lame attempt at being funny…. Have a great weekend Salsa people.

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Joe | August 6th, 2010

Racks!?!?  Ive been anxiously awaiting the sneak peak for the 2011 Con Crosso!!!

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Captain Arthur | August 6th, 2010

whooo… nice rack!

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MG | August 6th, 2010

Dang it… Cpt. Arthur, you beat me to it!


Gnat | August 6th, 2010

Thanks guys. 

Joe - The CCC reveal is coming.  We want to share it too.  We just want to make sure it’s right before we reveal.  Soon.  Very soon.

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martini | August 6th, 2010

y’all need to get a hurry on with the minimalist. THAT’S the one we’re all interested in.

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Guitar Ted | August 6th, 2010

I’ll echo martini here. The Minimalist is the perfect bikepacking rack.

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Retroscool | August 6th, 2010

I like the looks of the Down Under and can’t wait to see what’s become of the minimalist.

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Outsider | August 7th, 2010

I was hoping for the Minimalist rack a little sooner, too.

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S.Fuller | August 7th, 2010

Like others I was hoping for the minimalist to come a bit sooner as well. Hoping that the delay is so that it can work with the Mukluk as well…

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Wally | August 9th, 2010

Another vote for the Minimalist. I’ve been waiting a long time for that one….

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Hayduke | August 9th, 2010

Just wondering about the finish?  Looks svelt…

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captain bob | August 9th, 2010

I have a hammer in one hand and my piggy bank in the other…..where is the sneak peek Monday?

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Jon | August 9th, 2010

The Wanderlust looks great!  Gnat, you say it’s works well with small frames.  Any chance you have a CAD overlay or a real picture of one on a small Fargo?  I’ve been having trouble finding a rack that fits mine well.  I really like the idea of the Minimalist on the front with the ability to add the Down under for bigger trips.  Thanks for all the added bits to make my Fargo even cooler!


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Vito | August 17th, 2010

The Fargo with the Minimalist racks looks like a very nice set-up. I’m very close to pulling the trigger on getting a Fargo. It looks like the perfect bike for long rides on northern Minnesota’s gravel forest roads.
The racks are like icing on the cake.

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sue reid | August 17th, 2010

Hi but in the meantime do you know of any racks ? front and back which will fit my wonderful new salsa vaya? Just bought one without realising the racks and cannot find any which will fit we are going bike touring before yours are giong to be available.  Help!! otherwise I am ging ot have to leave the new bike at home which rather defeats the object of buying it!!

Many thanks

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sue reid | August 17th, 2010

Hi but in the meantime do you know of any racks ? front and back which will fit my wonderful new salsa vaya? Just bought one without realising the racks were not available and cannot find any which will fit.  We are going bike touring before yours are going to be available.  Help!! Otherwise I am going to have to leave the new bike at home which rather defeats the object of buying it!!

Many thanks (hopefully without spelling mistakes this time!!)

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2010

sue reid: Our product manager Tim has used Surly Nice Racks and Blackburn Expeditions. He believes Tubus touring should fit as well but hasn’t yet tried them. In his words, ‘Vaya isn’t weird. Most any racks should fit’.

Now from me: I’m sure you will be thrilled with the Vaya and getting racks that fit won’t be a problem. Have your local bike shop help get you sorted.

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Blue-eyed Devil | September 2nd, 2010

Salsa gents, any idea on when the Vaya frames will generally be available again. My LBS (The Bicycle Escape, Frederick, MD) is on a watch for a 57cm Vaya frameset for me but it’s been a while and nothing seems to be happening. Also, any plans to change the color for the 2011 model and, if so, any idea on when it will be available.

I’ve got a cross-country trip set for next spring, and I’d sure like to have this little beauty in my mits well before then.

Thanks, and keep up the great work!


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DC | September 3rd, 2010

I am also wondering about date available and color of the next batch of Vaya frames.  Also like to know if it will be possible to mount Ortleib sportpacker bags to the lower rail of the wonderlust rack and if I will be able to slide a ulock onto the rack, preferably without extra hardware.

Thanks, we love what you are doing ‘cause it helps us do what we love…


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PeteCress | November 25th, 2010

Maybe it’s too late already, but for release 1.1, how about a couple of threaded receptacles for fender mounting?

I’ve done another rack (without such mounts) on my Salsa - along with fenders and the result is flat-out ugly/messy. 

A couple of barrels or whatever would add significantly to the rack’s functionality.

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