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.
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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