First and foremost, new frame, new bike build. 2010 Salsa Chili con Crosso Put in around a hundred miles on it over the weekend. Mud, cold, 4500+ feet of climbing. Grit, grime, and gross.
Still waiting on a few parts, so I whipped the SS dropouts and did that for the weekend. First thought.... solid. And once I covered the blue and silver paint job with mud, I didn't mind looking at the frame. I'll finish the build this week.
The front end is light and solid, and the frame, for being aluminum, isn't that brutal. I was very happy with nearly zero road chatter from the canti brakes, too. Being the first cross frame I've been on, I can't compare it to much. But I'm satisfied, and I look forward to putting gears on it-- I've grown tired of the 46x17. It's like a constant TT.
|I'll need to pull about the rear hub to recover from the grime.|
The day turned into a muddy mess and 75 miles became grueling with drivetrains crying and my grumpiness growing. But what can you do?
|Dirty Bird (not actually bird)|
Here's a gallery from the previous weekend, and a short one from this last weekend as well. Dig it. If you need more grit, check out out out the Mod-Spot.
Somehow Bryan ended up in the first gallery.
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individuals or maybe I'll just post them.