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Salsa Casseroll - 2012 $0.00
Salsa is known for adventure bikes, so it's no surprise that it has redone the Casseroll to be both an urban and road warrior. Before the Casseroll, it took different bikes to do long country rides and gritty commutes, but the Salsa Casseroll offers a compliant ride without sacrificing speed. However, it isn't just this one revision that makes the Casseroll the mystical bike that we've been searching for. The combination of frame material, geometry, and a quality build kit makes this bike perfect for commuting, randonneuring, century rides, and credit card touring.
The Casseroll's double-butted Classico Cro-Moly frame offers a lightweight, sturdy, and smooth ride on the streets of your daily commute. Unlike bikes that are fashioned exclusively for racing, the Casseroll's longer wheel base efficiently distributes load, and it tracks a straighter line on steep descents. And when you aren't busy commuting with loaded panniers, the Casseroll will be ready for a comfortable century ride.
Salsa gave the Casseroll a front rack that's as adaptable as the rest of the bike. The right side of the rack has a braze-on for mounting a front dynamo or battery-powered light. The top of the rack is equipped with three braze-on mounts for anything that you might need to secure—like lights, rack accessories, a basket, or hood ornaments. The front rack also accepts a decaleur-style handlebar bag, or any load up to 11 pounds. The addition of mounting bosses on the rear triangle make this bike ideal for a trip to the grocery store or a 200km jaunt through the country. When you're feeling adventurous, load up your tent and supplies and head for the hills for an S24O with friends.
The Casseroll's 3x9 drivetrain comes equipped with a Sugino XD350 triple crankset that's been mated with a SRAM PC 951 chain. The shifting is handled by a Shimano Tiagra rear derailleur, a Shimano HG-50 10-speed cassette, and a Shimano Sora front derailleur. Combined, the two systems provide a sweeping gear ratio for road sprinting and loaded hill climbing. And if gears aren't your thing, the semi-horizontal, forward-facing rear dropouts let you set the ride up as a singlespeed or as a 1x10. For stopping power, the Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes provide dependable speed regulation under load or in inclement weather.
The bike rolls on 32-hole Salsa Delgado Cross rims laced to Formula hubs. The rims have been designed with a 22.5mm width to add strength and to reduce maintenance. The wide stance also allows the use of awesome rando tires like the 32mm Panaracer Pasela TourGuard. Planning ahead, Salsa increased the fork and brake clearance so you can run up to a 38mm tire with fenders.
The Casseroll features two standard water bottle mounts, with a third bottle mount on the underside of the down tube for extra hydration storage. To keep your touch points happy, the alloy Salsa Short & Shallow bars come wrapped in cushy Salsa Gel bar tape, and you sit on a Velo saddle that's been custom-made for Salsa.
The Salsa Casseroll is available in six sizes from 51cm to 60cm and in the color Vintage Blue.