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Old 06-27-09, 03:41 PM   #1
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Salsa La Cruz??

Does anyone ride a Salsa La Cruz for long rides/light touring/commuting? I'm looking for a long-single-day-ride bike that will carry a small load well and can have fenders. I was planning to get the cross check but now I'm thinking about saving that extra dough and getting the Salsa. I have a Rivendell Quickbeam which I use for long rides now, though it's a single speed--the small benefits of Indiana, and I really like the feel of the bike. I believe the Rivendell is mostly True temper OX platinum, so that's what has pushed me towards the more expensive Salsa with the same tube set.

Any pics or ride reports would be appreciated. Also, if you were going to go to the 1700-1900 range what would you buy for a bike that would do, at most, a credit card tour?

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Old 06-27-09, 04:28 PM   #2
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I've looked pretty carefully at the Salsa La Cruz because I've been considering a bike w/disc brakes for foul-weather commuting and light touring. Seems like a nice bike and I've met a couple of happy owners.

Two problems:
- The location of the rear disc brake mount will make it slightly complicated to mount a rear rack.
- There is no braze-on fitting on the top of the seat stay to make it easier to mount a rear rack. Not a killer, since you can use clamps, but worth noting.

I think if you really want disc brakes in the price range that's a potential choice, as is the Trek Portland.

If you don't want disc brakes, and want something lighter than an all-out touring bike, two other good choices would be the Salsa Casseroll and the Jamis Aurora Elite.
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That Jamis is a sweet bike as well, though the all black style is a little glam for my taste. I talked to a shop in Portland (visiting) that had the la cruz in stock. He said honjo or velo orange fenders work best and we claiming that you could put racks on the bike, though now I don't remember how.
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