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    My Salsa Spearfish

    My Single Speed, fully rigid Surly Karate Monkey did great in Indiana. But I got a job in Colorado and soon after was feeling held back by my lack of gears and suspension. I decided to go in a different direction completely and pick up a Salsa Spearfish. Just got my 6 year old Reba rebuilt and threw it on. It's a bit of a Frankenstein build at the moment, but rides great.


    Here's my work in progress:



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    What a fantastic photos! I love your bike´s colour. Congratulations.
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    Love it!

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    That scenery is unreal, like a fake backdrop almost. I'm jealous.

    Nice bike too.

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    cool bike and nice photos, are they photoshopped or from hipstergraham?

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    #1 Flatirons vista or Dowdy draw.

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    Congrats on the sweet new Fish. And the move.

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    looks awesome..im interested in that frame, but dont have a tapered fork. what kind of headset do you use to fit a non tapered fork into the frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by axcxnj View Post
    looks awesome..im interested in that frame, but dont have a tapered fork. what kind of headset do you use to fit a non tapered fork into the frame?
    You just use a "reducer" crown race. Around $10. Your tapered headset might even come with one.

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    Great looking bike. I love these Frames. Look forward to some action shots....please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    That scenery is unreal, like a fake backdrop almost. I'm jealous.

    Nice bike too.
    +1 - looks like a great place to ride....
    Safe riding,

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    Quote Originally Posted by loginhater View Post
    You just use a "reducer" crown race. Around $10. Your tapered headset might even come with one.
    Yeah... I just put a Cane Creek 40 headset in my wife's Spearfish frame. Had to use the reducing race. That freakin' race feels like it weighs a pound compared to the rest of the headset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loginhater View Post
    You just use a "reducer" crown race. Around $10. Your tapered headset might even come with one.
    Exactly. I think I used this: Cane Creek 40 Series Reducer Bottom Cup > Components > Headsets and Spacers > Headsets | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop and a reducer race

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    My Single Speed, fully rigid Surly Karate Monkey did great in Indiana. But I got a job in Colorado and soon after was feeling held back by my lack of gears and suspension. I decided to go in a different direction completely and pick up a Salsa Spearfish. Just got my 6 year old Reba rebuilt and threw it on. It's a bit of a Frankenstein build at the moment, but rides great.


    Here's my work in progress:



    Nice Spearfish. Very similar story to me, though I went with a Stumpjumper Carbon HT.

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    Gorgeous bike. Excited to see what you change on it.
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    Nice bike and great scenery!!
    I just picked up a 2012 Spearfish 1 and so far I am loving it.
    Fantastic bike. Does everything I want it to do! :-)

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    Thanks for all the nice comments! My friends and I drove to Fruita, CO this last weekend. Beautiful riding!


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    I feel like it's your bike telling the story since there are no humans in any of these shots. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dras View Post
    I feel like it's your bike telling the story since there are no humans in any of these shots. lol
    Maybe there are no humans. Maybe the bike is making these posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dras View Post
    I feel like it's your bike telling the story since there are no humans in any of these shots. lol
    I'm usually the only one taking photos / video out of my buddy's that I ride with. Which means there aren't usually very many pictures of my ON the bike.

    Here's a helmet cam shot of my arms!


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    The standard bar has a weird bend... Awesome shots! Nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLEJCE View Post
    The standard bar has a weird bend... Awesome shots! Nice bike!
    Agreed. It's the Salsa MotoAce bar. Not a big fan. I just switched out to risers with a much shorter stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    Agreed. It's the Salsa MotoAce bar. Not a big fan. I just switched out to risers with a much shorter stem.
    Brad,
    I know everybody fits their bike a little differently, but what length stem and which bars did you switch to. I'm not a real fan of the 100mm stem and the 11 degree sweep pn the stock Salsa Pro Moto bars that came on the bike.
    Trying to figure out what to try next. FYI- I'm about 5' 10 1/2" w/ 32" inseam.

    Any thoughts in what direction to head would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Ron

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    I've heard a lot of good things about that area. Also been lusting after that bike for awhile now. Great shots and thanks for sharing!
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    ....just got back from a week in Fruita...it is a great place to ride both MTB and Road. Best kept secret in cycling!. BTW..great looking "fish!

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    One of the better snow rides ive had. I just built up some XT hubs to salsa hoops and they feel tough as anything.


    My ride was cut short due to a broken chain.






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    I'm currently on those same rims. Love em.
    Don't you carry a chain tool??
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    Somehow I knew you're going to post a pic of that broken chain, great photog! On to the bike, any issues with the flexing alum stays, any ghost shifting?

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    Sweet bike and unreal scenery!!

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    Nice bike, I couldn't find a bike shop that would let me demo one. Ended up with an Anthem 29er

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    Quote Originally Posted by aohammer View Post
    Somehow I knew you're going to post a pic of that broken chain, great photog! On to the bike, any issues with the flexing alum stays, any ghost shifting?
    Same bike. I weigh about 220 lb and ride tech on it, but have never experienced issues such as ghost shifting

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    Nice bike. I live in GJ/Fruita and love my Fish! I weigh 240ish and I've had no problems with the bike after a full season.

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