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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:30 pm 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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Back when I worked in Action Bikes in Embankment around 1993-1996 I had an opportunity to borrow a demo Salsa roadbike off NTi (the then importers), It was a real beauty: bright red, campag parts, Rolhoff chain, SR forks, the lot. Best thing was it was in my size (52cm) and it rode like a dream. Only downside was that I had to hand it back and I couldn't afford to buy one of my own.
Then, of course, Salsa was sold, the Raza became some Taiwanese 'me too' frame and the spark of desire I had went.
For the past umpteen years I have been searching for an original to build up and ride and then this turned up:
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Frame number SR1135.14.
I had sourced a completely NOS 8 speed Campag Record Titanium and Campag Racing T groupset for a song a few days earlier so it was only natural that the Salsa was built up with that along with a set of 15 year old Speedplays, Nitto bars, a King 'No-logo' headset, a Rolhoff chain, an Avocet 30 computer, a Syncros Ti seatpost and a smattering of rasta coloured parts (this is no Bob Marley tribute bike, i wanted to be a little more subtle!).

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The custard yellow paint job is amazing, just like new, partly because it's as thick as the furring in John Prescotts arteries.

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And the best thing is it rides just like the one I had all them years back!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:50 pm 
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SWEET!

;)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:16 pm 
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That is stunning - I want one!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:21 pm 
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Say man that is nice. . . ticks my boxes on all the same fronts. Embankment in the early 90's. . . I was at covent garden cycles then, when it had the Jo Burts on the wall. . . :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:22 pm 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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theboy wrote:
SWEET!

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It's the girly twin to your butch MTB one, even looks like the same pot of paint!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:25 pm 
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not twins, its the younger sister of mine ;)

oh, and do you know who built it, I have a hunch it may be a Mr Shafer built one? track him down and mail him, he's pretty helpful, although they didn't keep any frame no. records so he may not know - I could only get an approximate build date and a builders name for mine...


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:34 pm 
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Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:00 pm 
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elite504 wrote:
Say man that is nice. . . ticks my boxes on all the same fronts. Embankment in the early 90's. . . I was at covent garden cycles then, when it had the Jo Burts on the wall. . . :wink:


When did you leave?

I ran another CG Shop a few years after that.....


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:05 pm 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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elite504 wrote:
Say man that is nice. . . ticks my boxes on all the same fronts. Embankment in the early 90's. . . I was at covent garden cycles then, when it had the Jo Burts on the wall. . . :wink:


Funny you should say that, that's where I tended to get all my quality stuff from back then along with Magic Bikes in Whitechapel (even when I worked in AB). Bought a lovely Titan 1/2 trac from CGC back then. Sadly I went past CGC yesterday and it's now a barbers.....


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:14 pm 
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That is a true 90's classic when the majority of brands had their own individuality and stood for principles or concepts the owners believed in rather than purely a marketing .


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