Salsa dos niner comeback!!!
My salsa dos niner finally cracked...
Great bike while it lasted. Salsa: what would it take for you guys to do a limited run of the frame?!?
How many pre-orders etc...? Man, I would love to get a new dos niner.
Here's for hoping!
Count me in for wanting a new one once mine gives up the ghost (currently on my 2nd Dos Niner frame as the first one cracked at the start of its 5th year of riding it). In spite of whatever design issues Salsa had in making their decision to discontinue their production of Dos Niners - I still find it to be an impressive ride. It's got just about the right amount of everything for my needs. Too bad Salsa, like Moots, did not continue to refine and update their softail.
Originally Posted by twelve_volt_man
Moots, on the other hand, has kept with the times and updated their version over the years. The 2015 model looks pretty tasty.
The Moots Mooto X YBB looks like a nice replacement - albeit at a higher price point for the titanium. Lifetime warranty on craftsmanship and materials included.
I kind of thought the Spearfish was the Dos Niner replacement, and this quote from Mike Riemer of Salsa Cycles in the new Bike Magazine Bible of Bike Tests kind of bears that out. See what you think.....
Based upon that, I doubt you'll ever see a true soft tail bike from Salsa again. At least not a 29"er.
Mike Riemer: This all goes back to the initial concept of creating an extremely efficient bike. The historical legacy product that in some ways inspired the Spearfish was our old soft tail 29er, the Dos Niner. When we began working on the Spearfish one of the initial thoughts was letís make a bike that has more travel than the Dos, but is just as (or maybe even more) efficient.
Having ridden a spearfish along with my Dos Niner, side by side, switching back and forth throughout a weekend with a friend... I can say that the spearfish is a damn fine bike but it is not my Dos.
I love the Dos Niner in unholy ways. I've never connected with a bike like that before, and I've been around the block, so to speak. I'd buy another in a heartbeat... hell, maybe even 2. Give me the structural cracking risks, make me sign a waiver, whatever. All I can say is that nothing I've ridden rides quite like it. I wish I could find the words to describe it... precise? the perfect blend of compliant and powerful? predictable? Nimble?
I don't know. I just want another for when mine ultimately cracks.
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