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    Salsa Selma SS 29er Bike

    Hi Guys,

    Last year was my very first foray into the world of single-speed bikes. I bought a rigid single-speed steel 29er which surprisingly turned out to be one of the best bikes I have ever ridden. I had so much fun with it that I decided to build another single-speed 29er but this time, using a suspension fork instead.

    Enter the Salsa Selma. This frame is a single-speed specific frame which merges the properties of carbon-fiber and scandium. This mixture supposedly made for a firm but comfortable ride. So far this has proven to be true. I've ridden her exclusively for about 500kms. now and I must say that my enjoyment of single-speed rides is at an all-time high.

    Here are some pics of her:















    The components I used for this build were:

    Salsa Selma Frame
    Mavic C29SSMax Wheelset
    Manitou Minute 100mm Fork
    XT Cranks with E13 Bashguard
    XT Brakes
    Ritchey WCS Carbon Handlebars
    Ritchey WCS Carbon Seatpost
    Thomson Stem
    Cane Creek 110 Headset
    Salsa Seatpost Clamp
    Crank Brothers Eggbeater Pedals
    Fizik Gobi XM Saddle
    Oury Lock-On Grips with Blue Lock Jaws
    Specialized Bottle Cage
    Kenda SB8 29er Tires
    KMC 710SL SS Chain
    Garmin 305 Cyclocomputer

    Thanks for looking guys!

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    That is one gorgeous bike.

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    @Icecreamjay:

    Thanks a lot bro!

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    Awesome pics! I've been seriously considering ordering myself a Selma.

    The only unanimous complaint I've heard is about tire clearance. I run SB8s and I though for sure that those wouldn't have a clearance issue, but man, your pics looks as if you couldn't even wedge my pinky finger between them and the wishbone!

    What is your opinion on the clearance? Do you see any foresseable problems like mud-rub, etc from the tire and wishbone?

    Also, what was your bike weight as pictured?

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    @Loggahead:

    Thanks bro! Yes, I was also shocked to see the small tire clearance using the SB8s! I would think that mud might be a problem because of the small clearance as pictured above. I haven't tried it yet though since all our trails here are dry but I sure will give it a try once the rainy season kicks in this May. I'll be sure to give you feedback regarding this issue.

    With regards to the weight of the bike, I haven't had the chance to weigh her yet. I'll do so as soon as I get the chance and update you guys.

    The ride has been really great so far. I'm loving every second of it!

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    Nice bike!

    The tire clearance surprised me as well, I don't think a 2.25 or 2.4 racing ralph would fit.
    I don't regret going for a Niner One 9

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    Quote Originally Posted by pieterp
    Nice bike!

    The tire clearance surprised me as well, I don't think a 2.25 or 2.4 racing ralph would fit.
    I don't regret going for a Niner One 9
    Gosh pieterp, nice of you to drop in and bash on Salsa...

    The Salsa Selma is an excellent frame. The tire clearance issue is pretty weak. I put a Ralph 2.25 in there fine. And then removed it since Racing Ralphs are the worlds wimpiest tires...sure it is a bit tight, but there have been absolutely no issues with mud, actually it helps trim excessive mud when it gets down and dirty....believe me I live in the South and ride in mud constantly...

    "I don't regret going for a Salsa Selma"

    Ride & Smile!
    Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel Because Those Who Mind Don't Matter and Those Who Matter Don't Mind...Dr Seuss.

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    That is a beautiful bike! What size is it?

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    @CoffeeBean:

    I too don't regret getting the Selma. The ride has really been amazing so far. I'm gad to know that mud wasn't a problem for you. Our trails here have been really dry so I really haven't been able to run the Selma on muddy trails.

    @Randy777:

    Thanks bro! I got a size small. I was in between a small and medium so I opted to go for the small frame.

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    Supposedly only the small has clearance issues. I have a friend with a small and it is indeed tight, but I've seem a large w/ a WTB WW 2.55 fit in there.

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    One very sweet ride.
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    One is good!

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    I'm a small, so I have been looking for a good picture of a small Selma.

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