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:
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!).
The custard yellow paint job is amazing, just like new, partly because it's as thick as the furring in John Prescotts arteries.
And the best thing is it rides just like the one I had all them years back!