1983 Salsa

restored by: Fraggle

owner: Cycleshark


Built by Ross Shafer himself -the founder of Salsa Cycles- in 1983 in Santa Cruz California, before moving his shop to Petaluma in 1984

Serial# SM031

Size 23"

Weight 13.7 Kg


Mainly black anodized Shimano Deore XT M700 "deerhead" groupset

3x6 speed friction shifting

Tommaselli Racer (Italy) motorcycle brake levers


This is one of the first 50 Salsas ever made. Salsa Cycles was an early MTB custom builder, also well-known for the fine Salsa Moto roller stems.

The frame is fillet brazed of a mix of Ishiwata, Tange, Columbus and Reynolds tubing.

It shows a welded unicrown fork, which was very hard to come by back then. It replaced the then common biplane-crown-fork.

The stem is Salsa made as well, an early type without roller pulley.