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    Ride report: Salsa Colossal (steel)

    After I had to hit the ditch in August, I hung the bike up in the garage and haven't ridden it: I believe it now has bad juju! The local bike shop was clearing out the 2014 floor models, some good deals! The owner had been riding a Salsa Colossal Ti on his group rides and raving about it. Another local, who is a Salsa Brand Ambassador (?) was also riding a Colossal and he too was raving about it! While in the shop, I saw the "Sale! 30% off" on one of the floor model Colossal. My old bike is a 54, this was a 56. My old bike was a Aluminum frame with carbon stays and fork, this was steel, with carbon fork. The Colossal also sports road disc brakes. "Will it fit me? Well, most folks can be fit on two sizes, bring the old bike in and we can compare.

    I was back rather quickly, and sure enough, they lined up very close. He adjusted the bar and seat height and off I went on a test ride. I was impressed that it felt like a light bike, even though it was a couple pounds heavier than mine.

    Sold!

    I have now ridden it over 700 miles, and here are my impressions:
    The ride is very comfortable. It sports 28mm tires and I run them between 95-100 psi.
    The fit is better than my old bike, I felt stretched out, but not so on this bike.
    The disc brakes are flawless. I had them on another bike in the past (Kona Sutra touring bike) and like them, a lot.
    I still have the stock saddle on it, no problems with it. Not sure if I will ever put my Fizik on it!
    It sports the Shimano 105 group set, with compact crank. Not as slick as the Ultegra on my old bike, but stable and sure, none the less. Possible upgrade down the road.

    It rides like a champ, very stable. I can no hand it at any speed, it tracks straight and true! With the larger tires and stout rimes, I experience a "gyroscope" like effect at speed, mostly downhills. The faster the speed, the more effort required to turn. I need to use more body as it won't flick to a new line like a lighter "race" bike. Riding in the wind the other day, I was blown around more than the old bike. My guess is the larger tire/rim along with the discs catch more wind. Like deep v aero rims, I guess.

    The bike is billed as a bike for long rides on pavement, Randonneuring, endurance riding. My longest ride so far has only been about 50 miles, but felt as good at the end as at the beginning. I used to experience mild back pain, but not since I began riding this bike. Makes me think that stretched out position on the old bike was causing it! So if anyone is looking for a comfortable long distance bike, and not a lightweight race bike, I can heartily recommend the Salsa Colossal.
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    Thanks for the review / report!

    Good deal on the bike, it looks like a nice ride.

    I love this line from their website:
    Colossal is for riders who look forward to lying down on the floor in their salty riding kit with tired legs, looking at a map and realizing just how far they rode.

    Colossal. Eat a big breakfast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruised View Post
    Colossal. Eat a big breakfast.
    Stem cap:

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    You report may have cost them a sale of a Ti version, in favor of the steel version. I was torn between the two but your glowing report makes me consider saving the $1600 of the steel version to be a better path for me.

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    I tried one recently and really liked it. Very smooth ride and the fit was perfect. I want one but I just can't convince myself that I ride enough to justify the expense. I keep remembering what my good friend says, "at our age, you need to use the good stuff."

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    My hopes were dashed today. I went to my local shop to order a steel 56 and was told they are out of stock for the foreseeable future. Could be weeks or months. The store manager is meeting with QBP in three weeks and hopes to get more info for me then.

    This appears to be an East Coast thing only due to the San Diego dock worker strike. The frames can be unloaded but not reloaded to new ships for the journey to the East Coast.

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    It's the first steel frame I've seen with a tapered headset, using a larger bearing at the fork crown. Salsa does a great job with their bikes.
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    Nice review. I need to find one to take for a spin.

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