A look at one of our DeSalvo Titanium Buy Local Cyclocross race bikes
November 27, 2009
From the time the idea was born for the team -- to use local builders and as many local parts as possible, it's been a long journey putting a team together, making connections with builders and manufacturers, and finally, doing loads of research to try and meet the goals of the team to ride on bikes and products made locally.
This particular bike is mine, and I'm 6'4" so it's a very large frame (seat tube is about 64cm). It's a custom geometry (after a fit from Seth Hosmer) titanium frame built by Mike DeSalvo in Ashland, Oregon. From there, we assembled parts with the following priority:
- Companies making parts locally in Oregon (DeSalvo frame, Chris King hubs & bottom bracket, Kool-Stop brake pads, Ruckus bashguard)
- American companies making parts in the US (Thomson stem & seatpost, Paul brakes, Selle An-Atomica saddle, Woundup Components Fork, Stans NoTubes rims & sealant)
- American companies making parts internationally (SRAM Force shifters & derailleurs, Salsa components, FSA crankset)
People told us going into this project that it's wasn't possible to ride a truly local bike from the top of the seat to the bottom of the tires, and though it's true you can't build an entire bike from parts produced in Oregon, we did our best here to show you can go pretty far and find some really top quality components and frames produced quite closely to where our team members live.
I want to give a big thanks Mike DeSalvo for believing in our team when it was barely more than an idea. I want to thank Spectrum Powder Works for the amazing detailed all powdercoat paint job and Woundup for making a custom carbon cross fork with fender eyelets for winter training after cross season is over. I want to thank Gordie at Northwest Multisports for wrangling up our parts and Shawn at Ruckus for getting me parts on short notice. I also want to give a big thanks to Mike at my local bike shop Tommy's for dialing it all in just in time for racing. Lastly I want to thank local bike photography legend Jared Souney for taking the time to shoot this and make it look amazing.