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    Cool-blue Rhythm SALSA Caballeros, aqui!

    here's a thread that hopes to consolidate all info about the Salsa Caballero. Other Salsa models are most welcome too!

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    here's mine, and my parts list:

    16" 04 Salsa Caballero
    03 Marzocchi MX-Pro w/ ETA
    Magura HS33 hydraulic rim brakes
    Mavic Crosslink wheelset
    Salsa Pro Moto flat bar, Shaft seatpost, and bell
    WTB Motoraptor Race 2.1's, Mometum GG headset, Dual Compound grips, Rocket V saddle
    Kore Elite stem
    Time ATAC Alium pedals
    Truvativ Firex Crankset and BB
    Shimano LX shifters, front derailleur
    XTR rear derailleur and cogset

    Hmmm what else did I miss?

    Haven't weighed it yet though
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    Aw yeah

    I got a '04 Cab on pro deal this fall, with the 5th Element. I located a new '03 frame for the black/gray color scheme and traded the guy straight up, couldn't be happier...
    Marzoc Marathon S 100mm
    Race Face Next LPs, red
    Race Face Deus hs
    SRAM X.O rear der.
    Sram x.9 front der
    Sram triggers
    Sram x.9 cassette
    Mavic ceramics, Hugi hubs
    Thompson post
    Titec stem and 1" risers
    Avid shifters and LX brakes
    (disc brakes is obviously my next purchase)
    Not even ridden yet, after I string the cables I'll post a pic!

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    cool can't wait to see pics of that!

    The 03 colors are nice too. Understated but with loads of personality. The inferno red of the 04 does scream for attention hehe

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    When does the El Santo come out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJay
    When does the El Santo come out?
    no official word yet i think, but a German website has it listed, here:

    http://www.cosmicsports.de/salsa/salsa_bikes.htm

    and here's a pic
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    Quote Originally Posted by CabRider
    no official word yet i think, but a German website has it listed, here:

    http://www.cosmicsports.de/salsa/salsa_bikes.htm

    and here's a pic
    Cool, thanks for the info. That will be my new ride as soon as it's released.

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    Caballero is finished!

    Here is my new baby! Just finished putting it together today about 1.5 hours ago. I then decided to go for a quick ride before it got too dark (I live in Australia and could be out without lights until about 8.45pm)...What can I say... AWESOME!! Will keep posted, I am hoping to give it a good run tomorrow night. Sorry about the dodgy photos
    03 Salsa Caballero 16"
    04 Manitou Skareb Platinum Forks
    Rock Shox SID shock
    Chris King pewter headset
    04 XT Hydro disks with dual control levers
    Thomson Post
    Thomson Stem
    SLR Gel Flow Saddle
    Mavic 717 Disc rims with XT Centre lock rotors and hubs
    Hutchinson Python Gold Elite tires
    Stan's Notubes
    Answer Protaper Carbon bars
    ODI Ruffian lock on grips
    XTR Front derailleur
    XTR Rear derailleur
    SRAM PC-99 Hollow Pin chain
    XT Cassette
    Truvativ Stylo Team cranks
    Crank Brothers Candy SL pedals

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    How do you attach photos. Cannot seem to work it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    How do you attach photos. Cannot seem to work it out?
    Done!
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    ooooh hot

    how do you like the ProTapers?

    Black looks the business!

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    Love them! Just the right amount of sweep and rise, very light weight and look awesome too! So what do you think?

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    what do i think? hmmm

    wanna swap frames? hahahaha j/k

    sweet build! been riding the wheels off of it yet?

    how did you set up the sid rear? i set mine a bit firm (equal my body weight on both + and - air springs)

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    I am still dialing the fork and shock in. The Skareb Platinum SPV is awesome and I think I have that just about right. The other day, I had the shock set around body weight but found it a little hard for racing, therefore I lowered it a bit. However I am still likely to fiddle around with it a bit more..

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    thought i would add mine up here as well

    thankyou for directing me over to the salsa page. i thought i would post my new ride up here with her sisters. This is the very last 2004 size 18 bandito that quality sold. it was a blemish frame. there was a dull part on the inside of the rear dropouts. this was the deal of my lifetime frame. i built it up with parts that were on my last frame. here they are NEXT race face cranks (comming today with no rings), XT hubs, BB, shifters, brake levers, rear and 2005 front, rims are mavic 517, brakes are avid 7.0, thompson post, time atac carbons, Duke sl 100 fork, easton EA50 stem and bars, specialized BG comp saddle, pepperjack grips, panaracer fire XC pro tires, and salsa tubes. i think that i got everything. if any of you have any suggestions on what chain rings to use it would be greatly appreciated also does anyone have any input on if it is worth 20$ to buy EA70 bars they are on sale.
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    Not a Caballero, but still... Here´s my Bandito.

    Xtr/xt, MX Comp w/Eta, Mavic-Crosslink, Deore-stoppers, Titec, Raceface and WTB



    Anybody who knows how much the 22" frame weighs?

    Check out my homepage: <http://hem.passagen.se/norrkopingmultisport/
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    My Salsa Caballero

    Here's mine. Unfortunately I have to sell it startng today because I cannot maintain two bikes. I know this is not proper but if your interested you can contact me.
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    Perfect Match

    Here are a few updated pics of my Caballero. This bike gets better every time I get on it, and the new Reba (installed it on Friday) just sets the whole bike off.
    Ride and Smile,
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    My updated Cab

    Since building my Cab, see photos above.... I had a huge stack 7 weeks ago and broke my elbow and destroyed tendons in my shoulder!! Just getting back to some road training and VERY light off road work. I also was bored during the time and needing to fix a few things from the stack (ie rear derailleur), I decided to change a few things. I went for SRAM X0 rear and grip shifters (much better than dual control) with XT 756 levers and Crank Bros Ti pedals instead of Candys. Also changed seatpost to Thomson setback (better position now), carbon bottle cage and some red Salsa flip offs... sets the bike perfectly, what do you guys think??
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    One more

    Here is one more pic I took, and another to show you what it looked like before the Marathon SL on it. The weight difference is very noticeable and the adjustability of the new REBA is incredible!!

    Another shot with the citrus REBA team-



    An older shot with the Zoke:



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    nice pics guys!

    ryan - hope you recover soon, and that your cab doesn't miss you too much!

    xc - citrus and salsa! all you need is tequila and chips!

    been alternating my SS and the Cab- and everytime I ride one, I appreciate the other more (that goes vice versa too)...no big upgrades for me yet though, just had my Marz serviced, and it rides much better now.

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    My new ride...
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    nice nice nice El Santo!

    What parts shall adorn it? Let us know! A lot of people are curious about that frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabRider
    nice nice nice El Santo!

    What parts shall adorn it? Let us know! A lot of people are curious about that frame
    Manitou Minute 1 or 2, DT XR 4.1s w/240s, SRAM X9 triggers RD and X Gen FD (No Shimano parts), Thomson X4 stem and Thomson post, King headset, WTB saddle and Exiwolfs, Answer pro taper OS carbon bar, Avid Juicy 5s, Truvativ Stylo team gxp crank.

    That is my plan but it may change slightly, not 100% on the fork or wheels yet. Cant wait to ride it, I haven't seen any reviews anywhere yet.
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    Salsa El Santo FINISHED!

    Was able to pick my Salsa El Santo up last night
    from my ace mechanic/bike builder friend (I wouldn't ride anything
    my hands put together).

    20" El Santo Frame/Manitou 3 way
    Fox 100 RLT Fork
    Race face crank/head set
    Salsa post/bar
    WTB Saddle
    717/XT rims
    '05 Hope mono mini discs
    XT drive.
    Ritchey stem,WTB grips

    Only got to get a ride around the yard to set shock.
    Then the rains came. Hopefully things dry out in a couple days
    and I can post some comments. According to the ultra scientific
    weight calculation of getting on the scale, then getting on again with bike
    it comes in about 27lb. Givin it's size, I'm pretty happy with that.
    Will take a few rides to get the shock dialed in, but it's pretty easy
    to do. Wll be using this ride for 6/12/24 hour solo races
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    All Salsas?

    Here's my Salsa Ala Carte that I bought new in '87. It's been through hell and high water - tons of SoCal riding, Moab, over Pearl Pass a couple of times - the last time in '89 fully loaded on my way to Boston from San Diego. I love this bike. It's been drafted into ss commuter duty now.
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    New pic and final build spec:
    SRAM X9
    Avid Juicy 5's
    Truvativ Stylo Team GXP
    Crank Bros Candy SL's
    Minute 1/Swinger Rear (SPV Evolve all around)
    Thomson X4 Stem/Thomson Post
    King Headset
    DT Swiss Classic Wheels w/340s
    WTB Pure V Team
    WTB Exiwolfs
    Answer Protaper Carbon OS Bar
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    1 more Salsa in the stable

    Hey guys- First, those El Santos look awesome. Very impressive! I just wanted to share a few pictures of my new Dos Niner. I like the bigger wheels (and will probably use it as the race rig) but for the time being, the Caballero just feels so d$*n good.
    Ride and Smile,
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    awesome!

    nice el santos!

    and that's a sweet ala carte

    the dos niner is cool too- all we need now are a few more juan solos, moto rapidos, las cruces etc!

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    maybe this thread should be re-titled, Salsa riders, aqui! (por favor, senor moderator?)

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    Oooh so many nice looking Salsa's
    Really like the white paint job on the El Santos, I bought one of the banditos last year because Salsa is a great oldskool name & its a pretty rare bike here in the U.K. (as well as the obvious reasons like the nice feel, light weight & good finish of the frame etc)
    Heres a couple of pictures of mine, it weighs approx 22lbs & rides very nice, infact I have to try to get out & ride it everyday & feel sad when its sat indoors for a few days
    Its had a few changes since these pic's but only minor ones (bit of bolt tuning, different tyres, carbon headset spacers, matching gold skewers)
    Hope you like it as much as I do




    Might as well list the parts=
    Salsa Bandito 16"
    Azonic CF1 Carbon risers
    Thompson Stem 100mm
    Chris King No-Threadset
    Carbon Spacers
    Fox FLT80
    Hope Mono Mini (140r 160fr)
    Hope XC Hubs
    Mavic X717 Disk
    Michelin Comp S Light Folding
    XT Chainset/Fr & R Der/Shifters
    Rohloff Nickel Plated Chain
    ODI Yeti Hardcore grips
    DMR V8 Pedals
    Easton EC70 Post
    Selle Italia Seat
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    Si, Salsa riders aqui...

    One more from my stable. This is my wife's custom Salsa from about '88. Old school cool. Gotta love a chainstay mounted WTB roller cam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xctearor
    Hey guys- First, those El Santos look awesome. Very impressive! I just wanted to share a few pictures of my new Dos Niner. I like the bigger wheels (and will probably use it as the race rig) but for the time being, the Caballero just feels so d$*n good.
    Ride and Smile,
    XC
    XC, sweet stable, man. What size is that Dos Niner? You'll have to let me ride it sometime. What's it weigh?

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    Thanks

    Split- Its a 20" weighing in @ 25.5 lbs. Bought the frame and built it up from there. The momentum from the 29er is incredible. I have a brake issue right now (Avid is sending me some new rotors) but when its fixed, we'll ride.
    -XC

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    For Sale

    Yeah- Its for sale... I should have never thrown a leg over the Dos Niner
    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bin/...uery=retrieval


    Ride and Smile,
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    Is my rear tire flat?
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    Just bought one. Had the headset installed today. Will be riding it by next weekend. The biek appears to be top notch!
    Liberty Lake Wa.

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    Width of bottom bracket?

    Hi,

    I'm going to buy a Caballero Frame with a headset and BB. I am going for the FSA Orbit UF (1-1/8th) and a FSA Platinum Pro BB. What size of BB do I need? 68x108 or 68x113?

    -Nathan

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    BB Width

    I have a 68 X 113 and dang those rings seem close to the stay. It almost looks like I need to be running a 118 or more.
    Anyone else know the answer to this question
    Liberty Lake Wa.

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    Nice rides! I'm considering getting one, does anyone know if the frame is compatible with a Fox RP3?

    edit: just spoke to salsa, they said that the RP3 should work fine you just have to get some new sleeves to install on the shock mount which fox can provide. Dimensions are:
    8 mm bolt, 25.4mm width
    6mm bolt, 22.2mm width
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    mike, if you or your wife ever sell that blue salsa let me know! i have an 89 frame and they would make a great pair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djuc Wun
    mike, if you or your wife ever sell that blue salsa let me know! i have an 89 frame and they would make a great pair!
    I'll keep that in mind. I can pretty much build up just about any bike for her, but she always goes back to the Salsa. Says it's just right. Says a lot about Ross' custom bike building.

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    Good job! Freshly Built

    Rode the Caballero for the first time today (Lake Sawyer). Rode 12 miles of soaking wet twisty, tight, rooty, slick log piles, and small steep sprints.
    I loved this bike today. I never noticed any power sucking bob and the rear shox (RS SID) ate up the bumps. I weigh 215 and I used 215 psi in each rear shox chamber. This bike also climbs very well. I rode longer today than I would have with the Ti hardtail and this bike weighs 1.5 pounds more total.
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    In case anyone wants to know the weight.....

    I weighed it at the bike shop today and it came in at 27.5 pounds. With discs, full lengh housings (all), 2.3 tires, and heavy duty Dave's Speedream wheels. The goal was not to be super light, but not super heavy either. Sure feels lighter than 27.5 on the trails and it tackles the tight twisty rooty singletrack very well.
    I am very pleased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbennett
    Rode the Caballero for the first time today (Lake Sawyer). Rode 12 miles of soaking wet twisty, tight, rooty, slick log piles, and small steep sprints.
    I loved this bike today. I never noticed any power sucking bob and the rear shox (RS SID) ate up the bumps. I weigh 215 and I used 215 psi in each rear shox chamber. This bike also climbs very well. I rode longer today than I would have with the Ti hardtail and this bike weighs 1.5 pounds more total.
    Liberty Lake Wa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbennett
    I have a 68 X 113 and dang those rings seem close to the stay. It almost looks like I need to be running a 118 or more.
    Anyone else know the answer to this question

    I asked Salsa this question and they said to run the BB spindle width spec'ed by the crank manufacturer.

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    Final build and weight!

    I have finally got a final weight on my 03 Caballero. A few more adjustments lately (including 5th element shock instead of Rock Shox), Kenda Karma non ust tires (with stans), Shimano XT 765 24 UST spoke wheelset, got it down to 23.8 pounds...pretty darn happy! I have finally finished .... i think

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    This is a REAL full sus Salsa......

    .......none of your new fangled "proven" suspension designs...... should be mine soon
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    el kab

    Quote Originally Posted by Djuc Wun
    .......none of your new fangled "proven" suspension designs...... should be mine soon
    wow! blast from the past! what build kit is going on it? are you keeping it "in era"?

    can't wait for more pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabRider
    wow! blast from the past! what build kit is going on it? are you keeping it "in era"?
    hell yeah, I'm thinking cover it in XC Pro and a selection of the silliest, most fantastical cnc'd components from history, Machine Tech, Gravity Research, AMP, Interloc etc.....

    Djuc

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    Stem, handlebar and setpost change!

    Quote Originally Posted by dlbennett
    Rode the Caballero for the first time today (Lake Sawyer). Rode 12 miles of soaking wet twisty, tight, rooty, slick log piles, and small steep sprints.
    I loved this bike today. I never noticed any power sucking bob and the rear shox (RS SID) ate up the bumps. I weigh 215 and I used 215 psi in each rear shox chamber. This bike also climbs very well. I rode longer today than I would have with the Ti hardtail and this bike weighs 1.5 pounds more total.
    So I was feeling a little too far over the handlebars with my stock setup of a flat bar, 120mm stem and Thompson post.
    I switched out to a riser bar, 80mm stem and laidback Thompson post. The bike has a whole different feel now. I feel more upright and comfortable. It also seems better on the climbs and stunts.

    Still fiquring out the stock RS SID rear shox.
    Liberty Lake Wa.

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    Just weighed my 16" Cab frame with RP3 shock w/out Salsa Fliplock: 4.93 # !!
    I was happily surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilgore
    Just weighed my 16" Cab frame with RP3 shock w/out Salsa Fliplock: 4.93 # !!
    I was happily surprised.
    how's it ride with the RP3?

    oh, dropped by the LBS, and guess what? they have the El Santo and Moto Rapido! The MR is scary light- a hair above 3 pounds I think. felt wierd hefting it...it was like it wasn't there! the carbon fiber seatstays look sexy...snake-like hehe

    the El Santo seems pretty light too- though not as light as a Cab. The pearl white paint job is sweet though!

    gotta stop ranting, my Cab is giving me dirty looks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabRider
    how's it ride with the RP3?

    oh, dropped by the LBS, and guess what? they have the El Santo and Moto Rapido! The MR is scary light- a hair above 3 pounds I think. felt wierd hefting it...it was like it wasn't there! the carbon fiber seatstays look sexy...snake-like hehe

    the El Santo seems pretty light too- though not as light as a Cab. The pearl white paint job is sweet though!

    gotta stop ranting, my Cab is giving me dirty looks!
    Still in the process of building it up. Waiting for a cassette to come in and then I'm going to decide wether to go with a flat bar or a riser. I haven't ridden a flat bar for about 8 years!

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    Juan Solo

    Thought I would post my JS
    Vanilla fork running at 80mm (I'm looking for a Float if anyone wants to trade)
    Hope mini's
    Free pair of Ritchey wheels from my buddy Norm
    Running 34/18
    XT 180mm old school cranks ($15 on craigslist)

    It's a sweet ride!


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    Any setup tips for the Sid XC

    Just built up my cab. Waiting on a slightly longer stem to allow me to stay seated on climbs and get more weight on the front end.

    Just wondering any setup tips for the SID XC rear shock. I weight 135lbs. And started with 125 in both chambers but felt like there was a fair amount of bob. According to the Rock Shox manual that comes with it they said a higher negative air level makes the shock engage easiers, so should I try lowering the negative air pressure?

    What other shocks have people been using. 5th Element, RP3, cloud 9, what are the relative merits of those over the SID. I've read the reviews of the SID with them breaking, but I'm talking about performance issues.

    This is my first dually after 15 years on a hardtail so I also have to relearn how to ride a little

    Thanks

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    Ala Carte '05

    Heres my new Salsa, been waiting for about 4 months now to get my hot little hands on it.

    As you can see, the paint job is pure Salsa, and the finish is beautiful, ive got a new bed partner tonight!!

    I cant wait to build this thing up, ive already got a full DT wheelset, carbon bars, skewers (Salsa of course!) and the seat and post.

    Next on the list are some tyres, Race Face cockpit and a Rock Shox Reba.

    Thanks for lookin!
    and.....
    Bon Appetite!
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    Attn All Caballero Riders

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    Moto Rapido 05

    Since this thread is the closest thing to a Salsa forum here I thought I'd show off my new Moto build ... With my light wheelset and a couple of final changes to come it will weigh around 19.7lbs.

    I've got a thread on the build in the 'save some weight' forum with more info, thanks for looking .... http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=122403

    All the pictures don't do it justice, everyone who has seen it in the flesh have done the MMmmm... Ahhhhh thing...

    Salsa's are such sweet looking bikes
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    hello Moto!

    how's the ride with the carbones stays? I rode a Vellum that had the same technology, and was impressed on the comfort.

    hmm...they should change the thread topic to cover all Salsa bikes

    I must confess though, I haven't gotten on the Cab much since I built up the singlespeed!


    Quote Originally Posted by Laika
    Since this thread is the closest thing to a Salsa forum here I thought I'd show off my new Moto build ... With my light wheelset and a couple of final changes to come it will weigh around 19.7lbs.

    I've got a thread on the build in the 'save some weight' forum with more info, thanks for looking .... http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=122403

    All the pictures don't do it justice, everyone who has seen it in the flesh have done the MMmmm... Ahhhhh thing...

    Salsa's are such sweet looking bikes

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    Here's my '05 Ala Carte. XT 9 drivetrain, Sid Race fork, Truvativ Stylo Team crank, Bontrager bar/stem, carbon fiber seatpost, and oodles of love. If it ain't Moto it's worthless!

    I was going to shell out for an IF Steel Deluxe and I'm soo glad I didn't. My Ala Carte rides like a dream. Makes me want to get a La Raza road frame!
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    You Bastard!!!

    Oh god that makes me sooo sooo jealous!!

    My ala carte frame is just sitting in my bedroom with some wheels and a fork, God Dammit i wish i wasnt a tight arse and could build this thing up!!!

    I bought that bleeding frame in march for crying out loud!!

    I cant wait to get the rest of the parts, which should be soon since i just got a job yay!!

    Man, i am so sooo bloody jealous.......................

    I will post pictures in about 30 years time when i finish my build.

    Cheers,
    wil

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    Bandito looking for direction

    I have had this bandito for about 7 months now. since then i went from 15th or so in beginner to 2nd in the state norba series in sport. i need advice on where to go from here with the bike. it is a 2005 bandito frame, 2005 Sid race with adjustable poploc, duece cranks, thomson post, ea50 bar and stem, S2 headset, XO twist shifters, X9 rear der, XT front, avid 7.0 brakes with pauls 2.5 love levers, selle itialia slr saddle, time carbon pedles, XT-mavic 517 wheels, Lunarlight tubes, speciailized new rim strips, specialized pro fast track tires and a whipperman stainless chain.
    i am looking for some advice on where to go from here with this bike. i ride for a shop and get the ususal shop deal. i am looking into upgrading again but don't know where to go. i am looking to lighten up the bike with some style from all i can tell parts like shifters, brake levers and cranks are about as light as i can go in my pricerange. also the seat is as light as it gets on a college budget. here is also a picture i know you have almost all probly seen this frame many times on this post asking what to do next. here it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chirider990
    I have had this bandito for about 7 months now. since then i went from 15th or so in beginner to 2nd in the state norba series in sport. i need advice on where to go from here with the bike. it is a 2005 bandito frame, 2005 Sid race with adjustable poploc, duece cranks, thomson post, ea50 bar and stem, S2 headset, XO twist shifters, X9 rear der, XT front, avid 7.0 brakes with pauls 2.5 love levers, selle itialia slr saddle, time carbon pedles, XT-mavic 517 wheels, Lunarlight tubes, speciailized new rim strips, specialized pro fast track tires and a whipperman stainless chain.
    i am looking for some advice on where to go from here with this bike. i ride for a shop and get the ususal shop deal. i am looking into upgrading again but don't know where to go. i am looking to lighten up the bike with some style from all i can tell parts like shifters, brake levers and cranks are about as light as i can go in my pricerange. also the seat is as light as it gets on a college budget. here is also a picture i know you have almost all probly seen this frame many times on this post asking what to do next. here it is.
    Nice Bandito ! ... If your looking to go lighter you should post in the "save some weight" forum to get some good advice. From the parts you listed I'd say have your wheels rebuilt with DT240 hubs and DT spokes, change your bar/stem to something like Easton EC90 and Syntace F99.

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    aside from going carbon on the bars, how about getting a carbon crankset and a ti-spindle bottom bracket?

    look into lightweight race tires too...

    if you ask me, the bike looks great as it is

    Quote Originally Posted by chirider990
    I have had this bandito for about 7 months now...

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    Nice!

    How much does the frame weight?

    Espen



    Quote Originally Posted by Little Willy
    Heres my new Salsa, been waiting for about 4 months now to get my hot little hands on it.

    As you can see, the paint job is pure Salsa, and the finish is beautiful, ive got a new bed partner tonight!!

    I cant wait to build this thing up, ive already got a full DT wheelset, carbon bars, skewers (Salsa of course!) and the seat and post.

    Next on the list are some tyres, Race Face cockpit and a Rock Shox Reba.

    Thanks for lookin!
    and.....
    Bon Appetite!

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    Thanks for all the pics and support

    Someday, maybe we'll have our own forum board in the manufacturer section. Until then, keep riding and thank you for your continued support of Salsa Cycles.

    Heres my pic riding with Oda-san of the Farm in Japan. June 06.

    Jason
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    2005 bandito rebuild

    I thought i would repost my 2004 bandito on here since i just rebuilt it this week and have more parts on order. here is the list
    2004 bandito 18 inch
    cane creek S-2 headset
    easton ea50 stem (syntace F-99 on order)
    easton EC 90 CNT bar
    Pauls love levers 2.5
    Avid 7.0 brakes
    X.O grip shifters
    Odi lock on gripshift grips
    2005 sid team with adjustable poplock
    thomson post
    slr saddle
    race face duece cranks
    the new style look pedles
    9.0 rear der
    XT from der
    whipperman stainless chain
    american classic wheelset
    XT cassette 11-32
    lock on skewers (anno purple)
    specialized turbo tubes
    3M strapping tape for rim strips
    generic 13g seat post binder
    specialized cable housing generic cables (will be putting on aztek housing and power ---------cords cables)
    irc semi slicks (thanx to our new sponsor Maxxis 310 tires will be on when they arrive)
    current weight as it sits. 21 lbs 3 oz 9.6kg
    if you have any suggestions that are relitively reasonable to put on a bike that will be raced every weekend and will lighten up this bike please let me know.

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    SPAM- 2005 Salsa El Santo Frame For Sale

    Just posting my link to the MTBR classifieds.

    Great frame. Updating to the 2006 El Santo for the coming race season so I need to sell this one. Thanks for letting me spam. -JM

    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bin/...uery=retrieval
    Former XXC Mag publisher (re)turned amateur bike blogger at The Soiled Chamois.

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    Ala Carte...

    Hi there fellow salsa riders!,

    as you can see further up the post, I am the proud owner of an 05 Salsa Ala Carte.
    Now, for those of you who are impatient, you now have nothing to stress about.
    I purchased my frame in March '05, followed by:

    -DT Swiss wheels, 340 hubs, supercomp spokes and XR rims
    -Fox Vanilla RLC fork
    -Race Face Deus Headset, stem, h/bar and cranks
    -Schwalbe Albert UST tyres
    -Avid BB7 brakes and SL levers
    -Thompson seatpost
    -Fizik Gobi wing saddle
    -Sram X9 gears
    -Full metal jacket and flak jacket cables

    This purchasing process has taken me 12 months.
    Yes, 12 months.
    If youve ever been annoyed at waiting for parts, you have nothing on me.
    For a good 5 months, the frame, headset, fork, wheels and tyres just sat in my bedroom, doing absolutely nothing.
    Now i am a student, and jumping around with jobs, the finances were difficult to arrange, and many people suggested i put cheap stuff on the frame so i could ride it, then upgrade to the neccessary parts in the future.
    But this is the first bike build ive ever done, and god damnit, i wanted to do it properly!!!!
    I have spent the last two weeks at work (bike store) building it up ever so slowly, getting everything perfect.
    Yes, it has been an agonising process, very agonising, but the result is stunning
    I am so happy with this bike, and cant wait to ride it more.
    At present it has slicks for me to bed it in and until i find some decent trails in my new neighbourhood, but already i can tell its the best bike i have ever ridden.
    The position is fantastic, and with the 100mm fork on the front, the weight balance is perfect for me.
    Pictures are waiting to be put up, and of course, i will post a full ride review, just to let you know how lucky i am!
    Cheers guys and gals!
    Ride and Smile!
    Wil

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    Does anyone know how much rear travel a Cab has? I can't find too much info. and I might be picking one up used. I have never been a big proponent of FS. Just happened to look like a good deal on a light weight fs race bike and thought I should try it out for once.

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    New toy

    Well people i just got myself a caballero this week and went to the shop and ordered all my parts. This is what it is going to be:

    18 frame
    RP3
    R7 Platinum up front
    Hope minis 160 front 140 rear with floating rotors
    Thomson masterpiece seatpost
    Thomson Stem
    Bontrager Race X-lite wheels with crossmax tires
    XT drivetrain

    man i can't wait to get it going

    here is a pic now that it is up and running. I need to cut down the brake lines as well as the steerer tube, but that can be done later i just had to ride this thing.
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    I've got about 100 km on my new (to me) Caballero build, and so far I'm loving this bike! I was riding an old Fisher Wahoo rigid hardtail, so the difference is huge.

    The build is pretty straightforward:
    RockShox Recon 351 fork
    XT all around
    RaceFace Evolve XC cranks with Shimano M540 pedals
    FSA stem & bars
    Avid SD-7 levers and brakes (with Jagwire cables)
    Thomson post with Specialized Avatar 143 saddle
    Velocity Aeroheats (32) with XT hubs running Fire XC Pro 2.1s

    IMG_1908.jpg

    So far the older Rockshox rear shock is holding air, and since there isn't much need for a lock-out on the trails around here I'm not going to worry about upgrading until I need to. And I know bar ends are considered dorky (for some reason), but I might throw some on to help me get over the front wheel more.

    The bathroom scale says it's about 27 lbs, give or take a bit. There's a race in southern Manitoba at the end of the month that a friend and I might try, so I'll christen her properly then.

    JJ

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    thread resurrection

    just found this thread tonight - purchased an 18" '03 Cab off eBay early this fall & have been slowly piecing it together. now, other than some M960 or 970 v-brakes, the build is basically complete. one thing i don't like is how tall the frame is. wouldn't mind a little more slope in the geometry too.

    that being mentioned, i'm very satisfied w/the ride & craftsmanship of this bike. weight is 26.3 w/the kevlar Panaracers - pretty sure i can shave about a quarter pound w/my Bontrager Revolts.

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