Velo City: Bicycle Culture and City Life

Salsa Cycles was founded in the early 1980s by Ross Shafer in California. Initially, he focused on producing frames and custom stems.

Today, Salsa Cycles is based in Minnesota, USA and produces a wide range of bikes — mostly manufactured in Taiwan. The range includes touring, road and full-suspension mountain bikes, as well as components.

The company is known for producing the first gravel race bike (the Warbird) and the full-carbon ‘fat tire’ bike, the Beargrease.

In 1997 Salsa was bought by Quality Bicycle Products, which is also based in Minnesota and owns other brands such as Surly Bikes and All-City Cycles.

Hot Rod Chili Pepper: Steve's Salsa Ala Carte

Hot Rod Chili Pepper: Steve West’s Salsa Ala Carte

The Ala Carte was the name given to Salsa‘s production offering back in 1984 alongside the custom bikes and stems. Atlantan jeweler and photographer Steve West nabbed one in 1999 and it was recently reborn as a single-speed hot rodder.

Salsa Beargrease 'Ursula'

Salsa Beargrease ‘Ursula’

We’ve spotted the Salsa Beargrease on the pages of The Spoken before, most notably being our review of it, riding along the soft sandy terrain of Sydney’s Cronulla Beaches. The bike raised the ire of a few readers because of its nature: that being a carbon fibre, race-bred machine — a different beast to most…

Velo City: Bicycle Culture and City Life

Review: Salsa Beargrease

I’d been looking to get back into mountain biking for a while, but the options were becoming overwhelming — do I make use of the…

Salsa Fargo Ti

More and more cyclists are discovering the joys of off-road bicycle touring and adventure biking. Salsa Cycles have established themselves as a leading supplier of…

Salsa Fargo

Salsa seem intent on manufacturing bikes that enable riders to truly live their slogan, ‘Adventure by Bike’; the Fargo is another model in a range…

Salsa Mukluk

Adam Macbeth is one of those people who love to ride. They don’t care what they ride, being on a bike—any bike—is their natural state.…