evolution Cycle and Ski is the exclusive Salsa dealer in the St. Cloud area. Salsa makes some of the most awesome complete builds as wellas frames on the market - from your basic commuter, the Casserrol, to some extremely light scandium rode bikes and incredible off-road bikes.
Here is a sample of some built up Salsas led by the new 2014 Mukluks starting with the 2014 Beargrese, the sub-30 pound full carbon frame machune:
The Mukluk 2 is our ride-anywhere fatbike designed to take you where other bikes can’t, or just plain refuse to go. Discover a new world of riding where the word ‘trail’ takes on a whole new meaning. Alternator dropouts and the Bearpaw fork make this an even more capable aluminum explorer. Run geared or singlespeed setups depending on the mission at hand. Use waterbottles or Anything Cages on your fork legs for a bikepacking trip. Or add our Alternator Wide Rack and panniers for an extended trip.
The Mukluk 3
First introduced in 2008, the Fargo has developed a cult status as a bicycling anomaly: a disc brake only, drop bar mountain bike designed for off-road touring and bikepacking. Drop bars provide multiple hand positions for long rides on singletrack, gravel, and pavement…or possibly, a mix of all three. The Fargo is designed to take you wherever it is you wish to go. Throw a dart at a map, make some plans, load up your gear, and hit the dirt.
The Chili Con Crosso is Salsa's competition-based cyclocross machine. It is designed for lightweight efficiency for ‘cross and gravel racing. Front end steering control is improved through the use of a tapered headtube and tapered carbon fork. The PressFit BB 30 bottom bracket increases power transfer. Cantilever brakes keep the weight down. Swappable vertical and horizontal rear dropouts allow you to choose a geared or singlespeed setup. The ‘Chili’ doesn’t load up on extra braze-ons. Its features are all realistic, race inspired, and focused on the task at hand.
The El Mariachi is the get-it-done-well-everyday mountain bike. It is proof that a mountain bike can kick ass repeatedly. Salsa first introduced the steel El Mariachi in 2007, and riders have given it rave reviews ever since. After all, every triple-triangle frame with 29er wheels is not necessarily equal. The El Mariachi’s use Alternator dropouts for either geared or singlespeed setups. The Alternator’s provide quick and secure wheel adjustment and have proven themselves in the longest, toughest races and rides. In fact, an El Mariachi set up singlespeed took second place in the 2011 Tour Divide race.
Horsethief is Salsa's full-suspension 29’er trail bike, designed for all-day riding on rugged terrain. A very capable climber, Horsethief does have a slight bias toward descending, letting you enjoy the fruits of your uphill labor. By designing the bike for use with a shorter than normal stem, the body is positioned better for aggressive riding. 120mm of rear travel delivered through a custom-tuned Fox shock is paired with 120mm to 140mm of front travel to help you enjoy riding the rough stuff. The pivot-minimizing suspension design and 142 x 12mm Maxle dropout help keep the rear end tight and tracking well. Removing the rear pivot also reduces chassis weight, and reduces complexity and maintenance.
The Vaya is a road adventure bike, designed to handle any ‘road’ surface, from pavement to gravel. Loaded with braze-ons for fenders, racks, and lowriders, the Vaya is capable of everything from full-on touring to wet-weather training rides to gravel racing. Stable geometry keeps the bike from being twitchy, and makes the bike a pleasure to ride while loaded. Our two smallest sizes use 26” wheels to provide improved fit, better standover clearance, and to eliminate toe overlap. The larger sizes use 700c wheels.
Enjoy a long day in the saddle. Hit that 100-mile gravel grinder you’ve been scoping. Do a light tour. Or load your panniers to the hilt for a month of two-wheeled exploring.