1982 Salsa Scoboni #5
Most folks here know the story of Ross Shafer, founder of Salsa, and his famed first batch of 6 bikes. Well this bike is either #5 or #6 (really doesn’t matter which one), and was featured in Dirt Rag Issue #110.
Out of Ross’s six original bikes, this one was built for Terry Holben (maker of the early Salsa decals). This frame is unique as it had the fish mouth top tube rotated 90 degrees since the top tube had been cut slightly short. We reached out to Ross to gather some details about the paint and his response about the first six bikes was: “It may be #5 since as it was in the first batch of Salsa’s I built. I’ve always remembered that first batch as being 6 bikes, but for the life of me I can’t come up with the 6 names they went to, I can only account for 5. …no matter really.”- Ross Shafer.
Lucky enough for me Terry and I are the same size so I will be restoring this bike to ride in the annual Pearl Pass ride this summer. The build starts here as I begin to source the original build parts down to the greatest detail. In the mean time, We wanted to photograph the bike exactly she sits prior to the restoration. As you can see most of the parts are not original and have been swapped out over the years.
Below is the photo of the unique fish mouth top tube that was rotated 90 degrees since the top tube had been cut slightly short and a scan of this bike featured in Dirt Rag 110 in 2004.
After a lot of research and talking with Ross Shafer himself, we are confident that this bike is Salsa #5 not #6. On Mombat’s site it says that 6 bikes were originally made however no one can confirm that there were ever 6 including Ross himself. He is confident that there are only 5 and there are 5 that are accounted for.
All the parts for this build have officially been curated and the bike should be finished being built up in the next couple weeks! In order to ride this bike on a regular basis with “period correct tires” I opted for this repop set of Panaracer Timbuk II’s available over at First Flight. Great for someone that doesn’t want to ruin their NOS snakebelly’s but wants to have a period correct look to their vintage stead. (and they even have that fresh new rubber smell)
The bike is finally complete! Just waiting on the correct pedals and we’ll share some photos.
Interesting detail that was found during the restoration build is that some reason the whole quill bolt assembly was fabricated from scratch. The wedge is TiG welded to a long tube on the bottom, and a nut is welded to the other end of the tube. The whole assembly doesn’t save any weight over stock parts. The bolt is English 5/16 x 24 tpi.
Not sure what or why but it is definitely interesting.
The test ride!
Once we get the correct pedals, we’ll upload a full run of studio shots and complete bike specifications!