TPC Retro Build #3: 1982 Salsa Scoboni #5

1982 Salsa Scoboni #5

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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.

Stay tuned!

1982 Salsa Scoboni-1

1982 Salsa Scoboni-2      1982 Salsa Scoboni-4

1982 Salsa Scoboni-5      1982 Salsa Scoboni-7

1982 Salsa Scoboni-10      1982 Salsa Scoboni-12

1982 Salsa Scoboni-13


Update #1

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.

1982 Salsa Scobini Top Tube1982 Salsa Scobini in Dirt Rag 110


Update #2

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 On Mombat’s site it says that 6 bikes were originally made however no one can confirm that there were ever 6 including Ross himself.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)

Panaracer Timbuk II TiresShimano Uni Glide 600 Chain


Update #3

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.

quill bolt salsa scoboni


Update #4

The test ride!

test ride

Once we get the correct pedals, we’ll upload a full run of studio shots and complete bike specifications!

TPC Museum Series #2 with Juli Furtado

Juli Furtado’s 1990 Yeti FRO

Juli Furtado introduced herself to the mountain bike racing world in 1990 when she was crowned Women’s XC World Champion in her rookie season. She rode this steel Yeti FRO with Campagnolo Euclid and Centaur components until the Mountain Bike World Championships in Durango when she traded it in for a Yeti C-26.

In December 2014, Juli stopped by our headquarters in Boulder to talk about the early days of MTB racing and her experience as a top female rider.

We present, TPC Museum Series #2 with Juli Furtado.

2000 Giant ATX oneDH

Myles Rockwell won the 2000 UCI downhill world championship aboard this Giant ATX oneDH

2000 Giant ATX One-1

By the start of the new millennium, downhill racing had undergone a lot of changes from its very early days – at least in terms of equipment. While the courses were still comparatively non-technical, the bikes were now being purpose-built for the task at hand. Modern racers might look with mouths agape at what was used at the time, but in 2000 Giant’s then-radical ATX one DH was more than good enough to help American racer Myles Rockwell bring home a rainbow jersey.

A glance at the Giant’s geometry lays out plainly just how much downhill bikes have evolved. Whereas modern machines are unquestionably long, low, and slack, Rockwell’s 8in-travel Giant was distinctly short and high. The head tube angle was reasonably slack at 66 degrees, but the wheelbase measures just 1,130mm (44.5in) and the bottom bracket is a mighty 395mm (15.5in) off the ground. For the sake of comparison, Giant’s latest Glory 27.5 downhill bike has the same amount of rear wheel travel but is about 140mm (5.5in) longer, 60mm (2.4in) lower, and three degrees slacker at the head tube.

2000 Giant ATX One-6

Add in the very high speeds for races at the time and Rockwell’s 1.91m (6ft 3in) height and you’ve got a recipe for instability. As luck would have it, however, that tendency to slide on loose surfaces played well not only to the tracks that were used at the time but also to how Rockwell grew up riding in Marin County, California – and his distinctive ‘foot out, flat out’ riding style.

“That skill was something I brought in from a lot of old-school style stuff when you were racing on more raw, unprepared surfaces in California summertime – really loose and rocky and sketchy with no groove. That was the kind of stuff that I had to practice on,” Rockwell said. “The bicycle and the riding style back in the day kind of went hand in hand. Back in the day when the bikes were really sketchy, that foot-out style was kind of mandatory for me. There’s a place for it still, but it’s fewer and farther between now. Even toward the end of my career, it was much less common for there to be the right situation. That type of high-speed corner with no ruts is now a distant memory.”

2000 Giant ATX One-3      2000 Giant ATX One-16

That isn’t to say that companies weren’t trying to push the envelope at the time, and Rockwell’s bike features some decidedly forward-looking features. The Mavic D321 Disc rims, for example, would be considered wide even by modern standards with their 29mm internal width. Stopping power came courtesy of Hope hydraulic disc brakes with massive four-piston calipers that clamped down on custom-cut rotors (albeit rather small ones at 185/160mm, front and rear). And even back then, the suspension was being wholly custom tuned and built by RockShox‘s elite BlackBox program.

“There was more potential for adjustment and more oil volume – things that really became the norm later,” said Rockwell. “At one point in 2000, there was a guy named Dirk who came in for an internship for his engineering degree. He set us up with telemetry and had been trying to talk me into making a spring change. I was too set on a stiff spring setup because I didn’t really like the way those eight-inch bikes were undulating so much. It didn’t feel how I wanted it to efficiency-wise and in terms of responsiveness so I was always trying to keep it kind of tight. I was very rarely using all of the travel.”

2000 Giant ATX One-11      2000 Giant ATX One-12

“I finally took his advice going into the Worlds and agreed with him that I would try a different setup. I always thought that I knew everything but I really didn’t, and having somebody there to help me a little bit made a big difference for me. It probably helped me win the Worlds that year.”

2000 Giant ATX One-13One of the biggest differences between new and old, though, is weight. Cutting-edge carbon fiber flagship bikes these days can easily come in under 15.5kg (34lb). In comparison, Rockwell’s aluminum-intensive rig is positively leaden. The bare frame-plus-rear shock is roughly 5kg (11lb) and each rim is nearly 700g. All totaled, the complete bike is a whopping 19.11kg (42.13lb) – and that’s without the weighty Shimano SPD pedals he used at the time.

Rockwell retired from competition in 2002 at the ripe young age of 30, but he certainly hasn’t walked away from the sport entirely. He recently acted as a “rider liaison” to champion downhiller Aaron Gwin (Trek Factory Racing). Rockwell also won the inaugural Red Bull Road Rage event in 2005, and even revisited his old stomping grounds with a second-place finish at the Legends of the Kamikaze downhill race this past September at Mammoth Mountain, California.

2000 Giant ATX One-15

Complete bike specifications

  •     Frame: 2000 Giant ATX DH
  •     Rear shock: RockShox BlackBox
  •     Fork: RockShox Boxxer BlackBox
  •     Headset: Race Face Real Seal DH, 1 1/8in
  •     Stem: Tioga Cube DH 286, 70mm x 0°
  •     Handlebars: Tioga 286 DH High Rise, 680mm
  •     Tape/grips: ODI Ruffian
  •     Front brake: Hope DH4 hydraulic disc with custom “Myles Rockwell World #1″ 185mm rotor
  •     Rear brake: Hope DH4 hydraulic disc with custom “Myles Rockwell World #1″ 160mm rotor
  •     Brake levers: Hope Pro
  •     Chain guide: AC Components
  •     Rear derailleur: SRAM ESP 9.0SL Woody edition
  •     Shift lever: SRAM Grip Shift ESP 9.0SL
  •     Cassette: Shimano Deore XT CS-M737, 11-28T
  •     Chain: Sachs PC-61
  •     Crankset: Race Face North Shore DH, 170mm, 44T chainring
  •     Bottom bracket: Race Face
  •     Pedals: n/a
  •     Front rim: Mavic D321, 36h
  •     Rear rim: Mavic D321, 36h
  •     Front hub: Hope Bulb, 36h
  •     Rear hub: Hope Bulb, 36h
  •     Spokes: DT Swiss Competition 14/15g double butted, 3x, brass nipples
  •     Front tire: Michelin DH32, 26×2.8in
  •     Rear tire: Michelin DH24, 26×2.5in
  •     Saddle: Selle Italia Max Flite
  •     Seatpost: Kalloy
  •     Weight: 19.11kg (42.13lb, without pedals)