Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chili Con Crosso Supplemental.

Salsa released their 2011 Chili Con Crosso info on their blog and website. It's a great looking bike, and the $1649 complete and $799 frame/fork/headset MSRPs make them a killer value. I really love the color scheme on this year's bike, and the component spec on the complete is pure CX performance for the dollar. They also come with interchangeable horizontal of vertical dropouts, so they are good to go geared or single speed. Arrival dating is set for mid cross season, but well before winter. Let us know if you want more info, or if you'd like to get one coming for yourself.

Photo credit to David of Salsa. Serious props to all of their photography for this year, they have really stepped it up. The photos on their site now truly do their bikes justice.

Full info at Salsa's Website, and Salsa's Blog

8 comments:

Wally Kilburg said...

I really like cross bikes. I don't race but I like the design and geometry of a good cross bike. I like being able to ride them in lots and lots of different terrain and weather.
I applaud some of the updates, good stuff with the tapered head tube, I dig the flattened stays but I'm also glad there are lots of other choices. If I was looking to spend some $$$$, I'd be looking at other stuff.
Thats only the opinion of a non racing guy that likes to ride bikes.

Ben said...

I certainly understand that some people wouldn't like everything about this bike. In my mind, the complete especially is really a race bike. While I know it is certainly capable of other types of riding, it's really an affordable, nicely specced out of the box racer. The 1x10 and other component choices seem to point it in this direction. It is of course going to happen that by making a bike so good out of the box for racing, it can invariably push the bike away from some people's sentiments.

All in all I think it's an excellent bike. I would change very little from the complete if I were looking for a race bike for myself, and I think the price for what you get for that is pretty great. So, end all cross bike, I think there are others that vie for that a bit better. Go fast, sand beating, barrier hopping, cow bell ringing madman... I think it'll do that very well indeed.

Anonymous said...

I was waiting for this day to come, to see the new Chili. Well, is all I can say. I will be looking to buy another brand. RedLine is looking good now.

Ben said...

Good thing that we sell Redline as well ;) Those will be out around Interbike for most 2011 models. They do have a really good reputation of building some really nice, real world bikes as well. Their 2011 Conquest Team is an especially good looking bike I think.

Anonymous said...

I was wishing for a little more from Salsa. Please do not get my thoughts about the new Chili wrong. It looks great,the specs are good. I am not a fan of the Swiss rims,but I am only one person. I am sure alot of people will love the new Chili.

Ben said...

Not at all. I think it foolish to assume that every one person would find each bike a company produces to be to their liking. It's a great thing that we have so many great choices from reputable companies to choose from. While I really do like the Chili, I won't be getting one for myself. It's just not my thing, and I have other bikes further up the list.

Thanks for sharing your opinion, it is certainly welcome.

Anonymous said...

Ben if I ever get back to Mn. I am going too make it a point to drop by your store. It was nice talking with you. Are you coming to Bend OR for the big one this year? I am there. I live 90 miles from there, in Eugene OR. Have a good night.

Ben said...

A pleasure. Unfortunately I won't be coming out there. I have some good friends who do that every year, and I'd love to go. It's probably not in the cards for a while though, as I can't really call it legitimate business travel at this point. Kind of like the Chili, it's on my list to own someday, it's just a few ticks down right now. Have a good one, I hope you do stop by some day!