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.