The Salsa La Cruz Ti cyclocross frame will be shown for the first time at Frostbike, the annual industry event of SalsaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exclusive distributor, QBP, February 20Ã¢â‚¬â€œ21. The La Cruz Ti is the third in SalsaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new line of titanium frames.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We chose three models [the Ala Carte, El Mariachi, and La Cruz] that have been staples in our lineup,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Salsa general manager, Jason Boucher. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They have proven Salsa geometry, they get it done time and time again, day after day. Titanium makes them lighter, more responsive and comfortable.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Salsa uses seamless 3/2.5 titanium tubingÃ¢â‚¬â€Grade 9 titanium composed of 3% aluminum and 2.5% vanadium. The downtube is biaxially ovalized, which provides vertical stiffness at the headtube and lateral stiffness at the bottom bracket. The resulting frame balances strength, durability, weight and ride quality.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“All frame materials have their own merits, but titanium gives riders the best complement of features,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Salsa product manager Tim Krueger Ã¢â‚¬Å“We wanted to give our customers an even better Salsa ride.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While the La Cruz Ti is just joining the Salsa lineup, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s already experienced racing success. In 2009 Salsa product designer Joe Meiser won the 340-mile Trans Iowa V.5 race on one of the prototypes. Available through pre-order only, Salsa authorized dealers will be able to order La Cruz Ti frames until March 1, with delivery expected mid-year.
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