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    new project (Salsa content)

    My birthday present came a day early!

    The frame/fork is a 1997 Salsa Ala Carte. Everything looks to be in great shape except for a nice rusty flora in the seat tube. I've been soaking it in PB Blaster and scraping out with a rough rag over a dowel......maybe go pick up a wire brush tomorrow. Then a coat of Framesaver and the build will commence!
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    niiiice. painting seems great. 97, a yr i like in steel frames.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Happy Birthday. Enjoy the build. Another cool bike in the makings...
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    Thanks! Here's the build plan copied over from the post I just added to RBUK.

    This one is going to be fun. My first bike with a 1 1/8th headtube
    1997 but still fully rigid.

    Arrived today and I sent off an order for a few bits (seat collar, FD shim, etc) . This will be my "into spring" build. More pics to come!

    The build plan so far is below:


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    Frame: 1997 Salsa Ala Carte 19" metallic silver
    Fork: Salsa rigid

    Headset: Chris King Sotto Voce black nothreadset
    Stem: Thomson
    Handlebar: either a carbon Monkeylite riser or a gold SWorks flat bar
    Grips: most likely Oury, maybe WTB
    Barends: probably nothing, but if I go with the SWorks bar, black Onza chromo skibends

    Brakes: XTR m950 v's
    Brake Pads: Kool Stop salmon
    Brake Levers: XTR m950

    Shifters: XT thumbies
    Front D: Suntour XC Pro or XT
    Rear D: XT with Carmichael Ti pulleys
    Cassette: XTR m950 11-32
    Chain: Shimano Hg91
    Cranks: Raceface Turbine 175mm black
    Crank Bolts: Shimano
    Chainrings: Sun Ringle
    Chainring bolts: .........
    BB: Shimano UN72
    Pedals: XTR SPDs

    Hub Skewers: American Classic
    Rims: Mavic Sunset 517s
    Hubs: Chris King classic black
    Tyres:
    Tubes:

    Saddle: trying to decide between two different Flites (harlequin yellow-black or gray-orange-black kevlar), a perforated black Turbo, or a perforated white Regal
    Seatpost: IRD
    Seatpost Binder: Salsa Liplock

    Weight: we'll see........
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    Very nice!

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    Ohhhhhhhh..... that is going to build into a very nice bike.

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    Easily one of my favorite riding bikes. You're going to have a good time with it.
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    NOS UN-72 BB and new CK sotto voce nothreadset: check!
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    Excellent frame.. the nicest Salsas imo... late enough to be 1.125, early enough to be pre QBP. Great color too.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    Excellent frame.. the nicest Salsas imo... late enough to be 1.125, early enough to be pre QBP. Great color too.....



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    Maybe you missed the first 100 or so Salsas brazed by Ross? So nice.

    Not that these later ones aren't great riders...much less character IMHO, though.

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    I am really excited about it. My first bike with a 1 1/8th headset! Hah. Also the newest bike I own (since selling a 2003 Pista earlier this year).

    I'd love an 80s Salsa, and I still dream of a jelly bean Ala Carte.....but this one is coming along nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletracktourist
    Maybe you missed the first 100 or so Salsas brazed by Ross? So nice.

    Not that these later ones aren't great riders...much less character IMHO, though.

    Those are nice in a vintage way. I'd take a later one for a real rider though... I know I know.. there are those among us who think 1" is the bees knees, amp forks are the end all, cantis work better than both v's and discs, etc, etc. Not me. I like the old stuff, but hold no illusions.

    That frame could be built up and be uber relevant as is as a daily rider. Some would pooh pooh no discs, but it's dry where I live, and a good set of v's won't hold you back one bit.

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    Very nice

    Is that the salsa Sky was selling on ebay recently? I watched it, but didn't bid. Looks like a great bike, can't wait to see it built!

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    Skye's was a earlier 90s white jelly bean job and started at $499 with no fork if I recall.
    ....this one was frame and fork for $228 from a seller (drops1?) who has been putting up a lot of cool vintage stuff recently.

    I was very happy that I was able to get it. Pretty sure it was going to go higher.
    The only disappointment was the fairly rusty seat tube. I've been working on that one. PB Blaster, sandpaper on plungers, and FrameSaver to the rescue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    Those are nice in a vintage way. I'd take a later one for a real rider though... I know I know.. there are those among us who think 1" is the bees knees, amp forks are the end all, cantis work better than both v's and discs, etc, etc. Not me. I like the old stuff, but hold no illusions.

    That frame could be built up and be uber relevant as is as a daily rider. Some would pooh pooh no discs, but it's dry where I live, and a good set of v's won't hold you back one bit.

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    Agreed.

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    what fork is that?
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Right before the qbp buyout I sold a complete custom Salsa build to guy of 'a certain age' just my size. Deep blue with gold decals, silver/blue Z2, blue/gold nipples on silver 517's, king, xtr, yada yada. Totally decked out and still has <100 miles.

    Someday... someday....

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    Schmitty----That sounds like a project!!

    Colker--- Salsa? Logic? It has Ritchey drop outs, but beyond that, I have no idea.
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    a 97 would wear a 63mm fork really well... just sayin.

    i would build it all siver from there. silver and ti. white saddle. gray grips. salsa crmo stem.

    xtr m950 ain't bad either.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    It will stay rigid for now, but yeah, the fact that it is 1 1/8th makes suspension a nice possibility.

    I had fun playing around with a few build options last night (pics at RBUK). Now I am just waiting for the FD shim (every FD I have is 31.8!) and a seat collar to arrive.

    It would be nice to round out the Salsa-ness of it with a Salsa stem instead of the Thomson or Bonty I've got, but we'll see......
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    It will stay rigid for now, but yeah, the fact that it is 1 1/8th makes suspension a nice possibility.

    I had fun playing around with a few build options last night (pics at RBUK). Now I am just waiting for the FD shim (every FD I have is 31.8!) and a seat collar to arrive.

    It would be nice to round out the Salsa-ness of it with a Salsa stem instead of the Thomson or Bonty I've got, but we'll see......
    imho... it screams for a silver build. the color of that frame is close to classic bikes of the 70s when components were silver all over.
    i would do it silver including headset except for salsa cromo stem and yellow Judy SL but bikes are meant to be ridden more than looked at on the internet so ride it and be happy.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    I wish I could ride it this weekend!

    I think I've gone with the anti-silver since I have a host of nice parts in black I was planning to use on my (postponed) '91 Yo re-paint. I agree that the Salsa paint is great though--the rainbow metallic is deep and shiny. Maybe all solver someday in the future when the Yo Eddy gets done. Woo-hoo!
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    I vote for black components. Build it with a Fox F80X!

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    White Fox fork, white Flite, and a full M900 group! Damn!

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    Metallic luster!
    M900 would be sweet but now I've got a m952 mech and another stem option headed my way.
    A white Fox F80 would be rad.....but double the price of this build. Rigid to begin.
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    Saw this on the Groovy blog:

    Groovy BOI replica fork
    1.125" steerer, uncut
    430mm axel to crown length, Old school 80mm suspension corrected
    1.56" standard offset
    canti bosses
    currently in primer...pick your color!
    $315.00 plus shipping





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    Ha-- the temptations never cease.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    Saw this on the Groovy blog:

    Groovy BOI replica fork
    1.125" steerer, uncut
    430mm axel to crown length, Old school 80mm suspension corrected
    1.56" standard offset
    canti bosses
    currently in primer...pick your color!
    $315.00 plus shipping





    -Schmitty-
    Man, I remember when "good" suspension forks cost $300 - $400.

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