1982 Salsa Mountain Bike - Fork Design

This shot features Salsa's first fork design which was not used ever again in later Salsas. It was only used in the first batch of bikes. The fork crown ( both plates and center tube) was machined out of a single block of steel, and the underside of the bottom plate is concave in a beautiful, sculptured curve. Later Salsas had a fork design that was less labor intensive.


This is one of first six Salsa mountain bikes, made in 1982 by Ross Shafer. An initial batch of five bikes was made and completed in July of 1982, then a sixth was completed later. These are the renowned "first six" Salsas. Only two have survived, this one which is completely restored and still owned by the original owner, and the one which belongs to Ross Shafer.


UPDATE: This Salsa was sold and has a very happy new home in southern California.

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  • topquark22 PRO 9y

    Very colourful, crisp, great DOF, nice!
  • Layne Russell PRO 9y

    Thanks, topquark. I had a great time shooting this cool bike.
  • t.finnan 8y

    This is beautiful. Salsa makes great bikes still today, but the style and craftsmanship that went into one-off pieces like this makes them unique and wonderful. Nice shot.
  • Layne Russell PRO 8y

    Thanks t. Salsa hasn't been owned by Ross for many years now. They're just not what they used to be. :)
  • elmario 8y

    Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Only Mountain Bike / Solo Mountain Bike y nos encantaría agregar tu foto al grupo.
  • Layne Russell PRO 8y

    Thanks, mario! :)
  • Jeroen Tiggelman PRO 7y

    This is a totally beautiful shot of a classic mountain bike. I don't go back to those days, I only started in 1989, but there's been a lot of revolution since then...
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Taken on November 4, 2006
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