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    My Casseroll build

    The Salsa Casseroll thread-casseroll.jpg

    Just finished building her up, for want of a better term. I'm currently running fixed, which I went into thinking it would probably just be an experiment before going geared - now I'm not so sure, as it just feels right as it is and I'm really enjoying fixed riding. I'm very impressed with the frame set's ride and build quality, and the unfashionably tall head tube is great, as it means I can have an upright gentleman's riding position without a poop-ton of spacers.

    Components: Salsa Casseroll frame set (60 cm); Salsa Delgado rims; DT Comp spokes; Shimano XT front hub; VeloSolo XT fixed rear disc hub with 18T VeloSolo chromo disc sprocket; 35 mm Schwalbe Kojak tyres; Shimano XT V brakes; Ritchey Classic post, stem (90 mm) and bars (42 cm); Tektro RL520 brake levers; FSA Gimondi cranks (172.5 mm); VeloSolo alloy chainring (46T); Problem Solvers downtube-shifter-boss covers; KMC X1 chain (3/32"); Exustar E-PM215 pedals; Jagwire compressionless brake cable; Gilles Berthoud Aspin saddle (natural); Token TK866 carbon/alloy/chromo BB (103 mm); Brooks honey leather bar tape; Hope headset; Hope spacers.

    In case anyone's interested in sizing, I'm 6'4" with 94 cm cyclist's inseam. Weight including pedals is 10.2 kg.

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    I must confess I was lurking this forum to see if anyone saw my bike build - I wasn't expecting much as this bike was discontinued last year! But then here you come with a brand new build not more than 4 hours after my post! Glad to see people appreciate this bike!

    This build is ascetically pleasing to me, not just how you matched the saddle and handlebar wrap but also the Kojaks! Where the heck did you find those, they've been out of inventory for months on Schwalbe's website! Those are the tires I wanted and wished I had - my Specialized Nimbus tires have developed a bulge - the outer tire has separated from the inner tire as I understand it.

    I'll have to look into those Problem Solvers towntube shifter covers - I've got the generic one on my left hand side towntube shifter and it looks awkward and temporary.

    Any plans for the front rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdriver View Post
    I must confess I was lurking this forum to see if anyone saw my bike build - I wasn't expecting much as this bike was discontinued last year! But then here you come with a brand new build not more than 4 hours after my post! Glad to see people appreciate this bike!

    This build is ascetically pleasing to me, not just how you matched the saddle and handlebar wrap but also the Kojaks! Where the heck did you find those, they've been out of inventory for months on Schwalbe's website! Those are the tires I wanted and wished I had - my Specialized Nimbus tires have developed a bulge - the outer tire has separated from the inner tire as I understand it.

    I'll have to look into those Problem Solvers towntube shifter covers - I've got the generic one on my left hand side towntube shifter and it looks awkward and temporary.

    Any plans for the front rack?
    Small world

    Actually, I've had mine pretty much built since last summer, but it was only recently that I properly finished her off with new bars and the Brooks tape.

    I really like the Kojaks, which are light and comfy, and roll very well because of their suppleness. My rear has developed a few hairline cracks near the bead, which I think is mainly caused my storing the bike in strong sunlight - the rubber doesn't seem to be separating from the casing or perishing, so I guess they'll be fine. I bought them from BIKE-COMPONENTS.DE about a year ago.

    The bar tape and saddle look colour matched in this pic, but actually they're not quite as well matched in the flesh, and I'm hoping the Brooks will lighten with age. I didn't want to spend the extortionate amount required to get the matching Gilles tape.

    Problem Solvers are nice, but quite expensive for what they are, and surprisingly heavy - not that this makes much difference with something so small.

    Not really sure what to with the rack yet. I'd like to get a well-fitting bag for it, but I've yet to find anything suitable in the European web shops. If anyone's got any suggestions for make and model, I'd be interested in hearing them.

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    Small world indeed. The best vacation I ever had was in Europe, bicycle touring on a rental bike from Amsterdam. I'm curious what drew you to Salsa, and not Santos, Brompton, Tout Terrain or Thorn. I would love one of those bikes. The grass is always greener I guess. I own a mountain bike with a Rohloff hub! But I must say you have access to a wonderful train system and network of bike paths. Whatever bike you choose you live in a wonderful place for our hobby.

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    The Salsa Casseroll thread

    I guess it was more to do with availability than anything else - perhaps also that there's quite a lot of impartial write-up on the net pertaining to Surly and Salsa, by people like Guitar Ted.

    I'm a Brit but am living in Finland at the moment, where it's not that easy to try before you buy and everything you can get through a dealer has a pretty disgusting markup. I usually buy online, and it's the German web shops that tend to do the best deals and service, and have the cheapest delivery. For some reason, they do Surly and Salsa, and the prices aren't too bad.

    I've got the Casseroll, of course, and an LHT, but I've also had an On-One Pompetamine, plus I've just finished building up a Singular Gryphon; that makes it 2:2, US vs UK

    I'm envious of your Rohloff, btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julia658 View Post
    Thats one long head tube for a 47 cm bike!
    I wish there were more like that
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Seeing as I own a Casseroll, and with so many awesome examples on this thread, I thought I'd join the club with a pic of my own...

    The Salsa Casseroll thread-image.jpg

    Details of build... (From what I can recall)

    49cm frame

    Rear wheel built up with standard Surly hub running it fixed laced to a DT Swiss TK 540 with DT Swiss SS spokes.

    Front wheel is a DT Swiss RR415 rim laced with DT Swiss SS spokes to an Exposure dyno hub with Exposure Revo Mk1 light.

    Crank set is probably the weakest link ATM, it's an old Shimano Triple which I have converted to a single using the middle ring (off an old Cannondale alu frame racer).

    Pedals are Shimano M520.

    Thomson seat post.

    Tektro reverse brake lever, running the original front brake caliper.

    Brooks Swallow saddle in brown with titanium rails.

    Front tyre is a schwalbe Ultremo 23c. Rear tyre is a Schwalbe Marathon Plus 28c.

    Rear bag is a Frost River Gunflint Trail with a Carradice Bagman support.

    Handle bar is a short n shallow drop Dimension with ovalised tubing across the top with San Marco vintage red leather handle bar tape. Procraft stem, 110mm x 17 degree angle.

    I have changed the set up on this bike a ridiculous amount of times, but pretty happy with the current set up. If I were to change anything now I would get a Thomson stem, and replace the wheel spokes with CX Ray Sapim Bladed spokes. Oh and a stiff crank set, perhaps a Campy Record Pista Track crank.

    Cheers !

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    The Salsa Casseroll thread

    Nice build, ultrapsontane! What mudguards/fenders and bar tape are they/is that?

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    The Salsa Casseroll thread

    Ah, must be Salsa tape.
    Last edited by ionofchios; 08-01-2014 at 11:16 PM.

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    ^ Thanks. Yep, grey Salsa bar tape. Fenders are Velo Orange Zeppelin.

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