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My 86 fillet brazed Salsa Scoboni, built to OldManRiding's spec back in the day. An absolute joy to ride.




91 Salsa Ala Carte I built as an SS cruiser for the wife. It actually has a proper Bontrager Comp fork on it now...need to get updated pics.

 

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any of you guys see that fillet brazed 91 that was just clear coated on the bay about 3 years ago? (ok, a long time I know!)

My personal Salsa obsession stems from a UK rider called Jason MCroy who rode a jellybean a la carte in around '93 ish I guess, right when i was getting into Mountain Bikes, It goes so far as having a '90 a la carte, a couple of mugs, as many spare salsa branded parts as i can find and at least a salsa sticker, if not more salsa components, on every bike I own... (used to have an el kaboing frameset too, but it was too big to justify keeping).

I think they appeal to me because whilst Ibis/Fat etc etc made similarly nice frames, Salsa always had that air of eccentricity, or perversity if you like, that will always make them special.

ill post pics if I can find them!

(oh, and DoubleCentury, looks like your a la carte may fit me, just in case you need to find it a new home at any point!)
 

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Here's a few...

Got this one new in '85. It used to be a metallic charcoal. Was repainted when the down tube was replaced a year later.





The wife's rider





This one recently passed through my hands and is now on its way back to its second owner. I used to ride with the original owner back when it was new in the mid 80's.


A few bars and stems.


Slediti sulla mia faccia
 

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almost? What percentage of his asking price were you willing to plunk down? ;)
Actually, you'd be surprised to know how much he was willing to negotiate.:eek: In the end though, I wasn't willing to pay that much for a garage queen. The temptation to ride it would be too great. Probably the hardest bike related purchase I've ever let go.
 

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Actually, you'd be surprised to know how much he was willing to negotiate.:eek: In the end though, I wasn't willing to pay that much for a garage queen. The temptation to ride it would be too great. Probably the hardest bike related purchase I've ever let go.
yeah, I remember he came down quite a bit (half or so?) from his first price, but even that was fairly outrageous. Maybe he came down yet again?

But I agree, I like them to have a bit of a patina and another thing I personally didnt like is that it was a restoration and not original... Beautiful bike though.
 

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yeah, I remember he came down quite a bit (half or so?) from his first price, but even that was fairly outrageous. Maybe he came down yet again?

But I agree, I like them to have a bit of a patina and another thing I personally didnt like is that it was a restoration and not original... Beautiful bike though.
Yeah, it was a little lower than half. But still, I just couldn't see myself recovering from buyer's remorse.

He claimed it was restored by Ross himself. Not sure if that counts for anything with the original condition crowd.
 

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SSMike, I reckon your wifes rider is the best colour Salsa ever.

oh, and who is 'he'?
Thanks! She picked the colors and Cyclart painted it. Cowboy boot salesman - almost forgot that. I just remember sitting in the bar across the street from the shop drinking beer with him and marveling that we were drinking 1:1 (my one pint to his one pitcher!).
 
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