It’s been a while since we welcomed a new bike brand to Summit Cycles, we are rather picky folk and think we’ve covered most bases with the superb bikes on offer from Trek, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Brompton and Frog. But we never stop scanning the horizon and when we see an opportunity to offer our customers something unique and exciting that sits outside of our existing offering then we’ll certainly make room.
With this in mind we are excited to officially announce the arrival of Salsa Cycles at Summit Cycles. It’s a brand that carries with it an illustrious heritage that dates back to the very early days of mountain biking. So as we introduce the brand, we may as well start with a little history…
Salsa Cycles was founded in the early 80s by frame builder Ross Shafer. Ross built his reputation for the ingenuity and inventiveness as a frame building but it was the creativity and flamboyance of Ross and the Salsa brand that caught the eye of most mountain bikers, with eye-popping designs and outrageous advertising.
Salsa’s first big move was to step beyond custom frame production and begin to manufacture stem. Spotting a sizable gap in the market Salsa were the first brand to offer mountain bike stems in a good range of sizes and Salsa stems soon adorned the bikes of riders all over the world gaining the brand a solid reputation for their designs and a big following for their anarchic approach to business.
The brand expanded into other components making quick releases and other accessories and continued its quirky humour and irreverent style, frequently turning heads for more than the quality and creativity of the products they sold.
In 1997 the brand was acquired by US bicycle retail powerhouse Quality Bicycle Products, joining the same stable as Surly and All-City. The move would see Shafer step away from the brand and take Salsa in a whole new direction.
The brand retained its dedication to quality frame building but with the might of QBP behind them, stepped up it’s R&D, increased production capacity and began to expand the range of its offering.
Like its stable mate brand Surly, Salsa now focusses on developing products to serve riders in colder, wetter climates and it is this focus that makes Salsa’s current offering particularly interest to us here.
The eagle eyed among you may have spotted a Salsa frame or two under our staff team over the years as we succumb to the allure of a brand that offers bikes that are uniquely relevant to the styles of riding on offer to us here in wilds of West Wales.
Take a look at some of the stock bikes and custom builds that have already arrived….
A striking look for a bike with unique character. It takes a rider of some commitment to opt for a single speed gravel bike here in mountainous West Wales. This is a bike not a bike for the faint hearted but for those bold enough of leg, the rewards could be truly liberating. It’s tough not to be wooed by the looks if not the prospect of a long and hilly adventure.
It’s well equipped for the wet with internal cable routing and fender mounts and for those who think single-speed is a challenge too far the bike has the potential to be adapted to a 1x geared setup with the addition of a geared dropout plate.
Salsa Fargo Ti
The Fargo has adventure welded into its DNA and the Ti version sprinkles deluxe toppings on that adventure. It’s got the looks, it’s flyweight and it can pack a punch. Ready for the wild, for bikepacking, gravel and all manner of road & trail exploration.
Salsa Cutthroat Apex 1
Cutthroat is for real gravel hammer-heads and ultra-endurance fiends. Inspired by Tour-Divide this is a bike for ‘pack-it-light’ long range adventure and ultra touring. Keep it light, minimal and fast!
Salsa Fargo Apex 1
Fargo steel frame paired with Carbon fork, kitted out with SRAM 1x Apex 1 build. Accepting up to a whopping 29 x 2.2 tyre this bike will smooth the roughest of trails taking you and your gear to places that would leave other bikes cowering.
As Salsa put it “80% road, 20% whatever” this is a road bike that doesn’t respect boundaries. Endurance road geometry with Class 5 VRS vibration damping and a geometry that will provide comfort and performance on the longest rides. Ride it 700c or 650b, on road or into the unknown.
A thoroughbred gravel race bike with a long distance pedigree. If you love the grind and the grin that comes after this bike could be for you. Carbon frame with Class 5 vibration reduction system to smooth the washboard and reduce fatigue. Run up to 700 x 38 or 650b x up to a monstrous 47mm tyre for a more comfortable ride in tougher terrain.
Salsa Timberjack Ti
Be it singletrack, bikepacking or adventure the Ti Timberjack makes a custom build ready for your most memorable ride adventure. Ultimately capable in the most challenging terrain, ride it loaded or light, 29″ or 27/5″+.
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