Salsa
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Country:United StatesPrimary Focus:Frames & Components
Years of Operation:1982 - Current
General Information
Salsa Cycles was started by Ross Shafer in Santa Cruz CA in 1982 (after building for friends under the name Red Bush and Santana since 1976) He started with frames and stems and quickly grew in popularity
History
The Mombat Salsa History article

Ross Shafer bought a frame kit in 1976 and began building under the name Red Bush

Ross goes to England in 1978 to learn that he bikes will probably not sell there. He works in a shop for a month

Ross starts at Santana bikes in 1979 and builds there for a year

1981: Ross builds a 650B lugged MTB. All his friends want one

Throughout 1982 everyone wants one of Ross' bikes. He changes the name to Salsa

Ross sees Scott Nicol at Ibis in Petaluma CA in 1983 and decides to move up there. He starts building stems to go with his bikes

1984: Salsa Alacarte frames begin production

Ross starts making handlebars in 1988

Ross in inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1991

1992: Flip Off quick releases introduced

Ross sells the Salsa name to QBP (Quality Bicycle Products, a wholesaler of bike parts and frames) in 1997
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