Holy shoot! In a (gravel) world gone technology mad and drunk with power(meters), Salsa Cycles makes a curiously courageous move:
They have introduced an Aluminum Single Speed Gravel Bike.
Already there are some nay-sayers out there who haven’t given this a real think-through. Here we have a single speed bike (no shifty bits to break) made of aluminum (no corrosion), with beefed up tire clearance (for the muddy parts), and all the bosses to mount all the cages and racks and fenders you want. It even comes with a derailleur hanger drop out JUST IN CASE you want to ruin the thing with gears.
Personally, coming from a land of ice and snow, wind, rain, and mud, I feel this is a completely genius move on the part of Salsa. It makes me wish I needed one. Forget that I’m a kind of a “Salsa Guy” and take my opinion here as unmarred by fandom.
I’d give you all the specs and story, but you can read it on the Salsa Blog for yourself. Have a great weekend and good skill to all those at The Mid South!
Introducing Stormchaser; Salsa Cycles’ single speed gravel bike designed for the days when dirt turns to derailleur-breaking, ride-ending mud.