Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Building a Lifetime of Adventure...

Several of you requested shots of the new Salsa La Cruz Ti, so without further ado, here you go! Yes, it rides as sweet as it looks.Look at that awesome downtube!

The complete bicycle...

To say I feel fortunate is an understatement...

Look at those welds!!

Isn't she lovely?

The awesome Woodchipper handlebar in a 46cm width on a 100mm ProMoto Ti stem. Quality up front.

Thanks for looking! Now get out and ride...

Have a great day,


Guitar Ted said...

Beautiful! I know Lynskey does a great job of welding. Amazing craftsmanship, and I like the red stuff.

If you have time, what is the "real world" tire clearance on that thing?

Thanks MG! I'd tell you to enjoy that thing, but I know that is a needless statement!

MG said...

Thanks GT, It's true, the La Cruz is an amazing ride and I'm enjoying getting to know it a ton.

As far as tire clearance goes, the tightest point is at the chainstays, and with 34c tubulars (which measure more like a 37c clincher), there's about 5mm of room on either side of the tire there. The seatstays have a fair bit more clearance. That said, I don't think you'd want to deal with the hassle of inflating/deflating your tires every time you went to install them, like you'd have to if you went with anything much larger than what I'm running. I already have to almost fully deflate the front tire to get it into the fork/front brake now, because the pads don't open wide enough to let the tire pass inflated. The rear doesn't run into that yet.

I'm going to have Sam Rosenau at War Axe bicycles build me a steel fork for the front of the bike at some point that'll address that whole deal with the front brake, and will allow me to run a bigger front tire. I guess I could also just run a Vaya fork and run a disc brake too... That'd add too much weight to this super light roller though! All of the sudden the weight weenie in me comes to the fore. LOL...

Thanks for checkin' in, good buddy.


Jim said...

Congrat's, Matt, on that awesome ride. And just in time for Worlds. I'm stoked for you. I'm really sad that I won't be able to see you next weekend. But it's too far from eastern PA. Good luck.

MG said...

Thanks Jim -- I really appreciate it. We miss you back here, my friend, but I'm glad to hear things are going great with your new job in PA.

Thanks again Jim. Can't wait 'til we're able to ride together again.

Talk to you soon,