BILTO = Bikes I’d Like To Own. That’s a new RATG acronym. We’re big on acronyms here.
Today’s BILTO is a bike that appeals to me on some very basic level. Since I have the Vaytanium, I’m not building up this bike. But if I didn’t have the Vaytanium…
I find this build intriguing because: 1) it’s a collection of nice components; and, 2) it shows how incredibly versatile Salsa bikes are. This particular La Cruz happens to be a steel frame.
Uhh…wait a minute…
Build Specs that I can discern from the pics:
La Cruz (steel)
SRAM X7 Rear derailleur, Shimano 105 Front derailleur. SRAM Brifters (look like Rival, perhaps?)
Stan’s ZTR Arch. Looks like Schwalbe Smart Sams (maybe 700 x 40c? Or are they 29×1.75?)
Thomson seatpost and stem.
Not sure what bars (perhaps Salsa Bell Lap?) Man, those brifters are waaaay up there in the mounting. Probably for single track controllability.
Anyhow…it’s a nice build spec–reasonable budget for a highly functional bike. It’s probably equally at home on single track, doubletrack, cross, gravel…maybe even light touring. The owner indicates that it’s “1/2 cross, 1/2 mtb, 1/2 graveler.” Sounds about right–that would mean 150% awesome. Manbearpig…it’s a BILTO.