1984 Salsa mt bike


This bicycle has been sold

This is the Salsa a la carte mt bike I bought from Ross Schafer as a frame in about 1984. He painted it in my color choice (gull-grey). At the time I was working at Velo-Sport bicycle shop (now out of business) in Berkeley, Ca. I installed the components I liked that were available at the time; most of which are still on it. This bike is almost 30 years old and represents the some of the earliest years of mt bike history.

I recently bought a Pugsley, which will be my new off road bike. This one needs a new owner who likes the old stuff. I just have too many bikes.

The bike is in good tune and ready to roll. Chain and freewheel have minimal wear. Rims have very little wear on the brake surfaces. Everything works well. Level top tube. Size: 20.5 inches center to top. 73 degree seat tube, 71 degree head tube. 17.5 inch chainstay. This was pretty steep mt bike geometry for the time. Rigid fork; suspension forks were not around yet for bikes.

Suntour XC roller cam brakes. WTB stiffener plates are present in front of the brakes. The tires are  26×1.95 Chen Shin. Ross Schafers wife designed the headtube transfer.
Rear, same size- 1.95. Not much clearance left. A 2.25 may not fit…
Sturdy seat cluster. The entire bike including the stem is fillet brazed. Fillets are unfinished and applied with great skill. 26.8 seatpost. Scoboni is the framebuilders nickname.
Toptube has a dent, about the size of a fingernail. The tube has some grey primer on it. The bike has many scratches and rust spots. It has been stored inside a house it’s entire life.
Stem, fillet brazed. Headset is a steel 1 inch threaded.
Deore pedals, over 25 years old, still in good functional condition. Toe clips and straps will fit on them.
Suntour XC rear derailleur, with a 6 speed freewheel (not a cassette).
Phil Wood hubs, front and rear, both 36 hole. Rims have been replaced at least once (one is a Sun, other a Mavic). 130mm rear spacing. Campagnolo QR lever rubber covers.
All the braze ons are in good shape. There are 2 for the shoulder strap as well (the strap is lost). Shoulder straps aren’t used anymore. It is assumed you will just carry the bike with your hands.
Unknown name 26.8 alloy seat post. Has 2 M6 allen bolt adjustment and is 250mm long. Old Brooks leather seat, B-17 special. The nut that tightens the leather has been turned about halfway down the adjustment bolt.
Specialized triple crank. Possibly the most beautiful crankset ever made. 175 arms. Auto-extract bolts. 110/74 chainrings. Deore XT front derailleur.
Better view of rear chainstay mounted brake.

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