Salsa a la Carte Jellybean

Tomianson

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This is lovely super build sir. :cool:

I think that this pattern is Rasta - the Jelly Bean ones are the separated brush strokes.

I have a the same frame, Moto stem & bonty fork in the garage that is ear marked for a very similar build but with silver as the fork is a chrome one. My frame is right border line ‘patina vs down right scruffy’ not mint like yours - I have toyed with having it repainted but the history of those hand brushed rasta stripes means it’ll probably just stay that way :)

How did you look up your frame number?
I must confess I thought Rasta and Jellybean were different names for the same paint job. The variations in looks come down to them being done by hand randomly, but I now need to do a bit of research.
I think yours sounds ideal, it’s hard to repaint something that is totally hand painted. Keep it as is and build it.

Regarding the frame number I just looked at other frames and narrowed down the year of production.
 

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IMO, these are the best riding bikes of the period, I’ve owned and ridden klien attitude, merlin, pace rc100, gt xizang, marin team ti, kona hei hei all around the 1990/91 vintage, not sure what it is but the Salsa has always been #1 for me - guess that’s why I sold the rest and ended up with two of these 🤣

Do regret selling the Xizang though, and the FRO… :(
I can’t wait to ride this properly, just awaiting a cracked rib to mend then I will. Cursory trips on it feel amazing (apart from deeply painful lol)
 

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IMO, these are the best riding bikes of the period, I’ve owned and ridden klien attitude, merlin, pace rc100, gt xizang, marin team ti, kona hei hei all around the 1990/91 vintage, not sure what it is but the Salsa has always been #1 for me - guess that’s why I sold the rest and ended up with two of these 🤣

Do regret selling the Xizang though, and the FRO… :(
That´s the story i hear from people i highly respect: Salsas are the handling benchmark for all around rinding when it comes to late 80s/90s mtbs. On top of that, wonderfull style/attitude. It´s the bike to ride.
 
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