Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My Salsa Cycles PonyThief, Horsethief/Ponyrustler Teasers

When I rode this bike for the first time I knew it was something special.  I had to get one, I also wanted to do something unique with it and change the colors over from the turquoise accents to green.  Heres where I am right now,  just waiting for I9 wheels, and some other small parts.

Dear Maxxis...

I just want a 27.5 x 2.8 Minion DHF before June thanks!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Salsa Demo: Highland Park May 23

Come join City Cycle Supply for some dual suspension fun.

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Rick's Salsa Cycles Ponyrustler w/ D.FENDER

This bike is so good.  Ever since I swung a leg over it for the first time at the product launch I knew it was something special.  Its not just the true plus size wheels, the suspension is some of the best on the market.  Dave Weagle developed the split pivot not too long ago.  Plus bikes aren't just about jamming 3" tires on narrow rims and calling it a day.  The Pony builds around a true fat rim, that has great cornering support, I really was blown away especially compared to some small rim/fat tire combos I've ridden on other "plus" bikes.  As a package I don't know that there is another suspension bike I would want right now.  Its like Salsa made this bike for Western Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Google you know

deleted some stuff of the blog as it lay dormant for a while... when you're so busy that the side project to your side project doesn't see the time it needs, yes its sad, but it's only cause you've had so many great bikes come through the door.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Dave's Salsa Cycles Ponyrustler w/ D.FENDER

One of the hottest bikes for 2016, the Salsa Ponyrustler was love at first ride for me, when I swung a leg over one in Utah.  This bike climbs pretty damn well, and descended like my DH bike.  I was absolutely floored when I rode one.  Fast forward a few months, this time in Lancaster, which had some similar terrain as my home trails, rocks, logs, etc.  I feel like Salsa really designed this bike for our local trails.  A slightly higher bb than what comes on the new school I-ride-up-fire-roads-or-check-out-my-shuttle-rig-bro. This has the bottom bracket clearance I need for places like Laurel, or even Highland.  It also happens to have the shortest chain stay on a 29er/27.5+ bike that will allow  a 2x drivetrain.  But numbers aside, this is the most fun dual suspension bike I've ridden in years.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Brian's Ibis Ripley 29er w/ D.FENDER, Pike, Chris King and MORE.

A few months ago we set out aligning the stars on this bike.  From becoming a dealer and securing one of the scarce new Ibis Ripleys, with updated bottom bracket, pivots, and the new Fox Evol shock.    The wide 941 rims really transform this 29er.  More campanies are understanding the benefits of wider rims, lower pressure, more sidewall support in turns etc.  Below are more shots of this beautiful bike.  The build is centered around the frame, the Chris King hubs and headset take it to another level, IBIS's 941 rims offer much more support in turns and a good bit more grip, the Pike is the best fork on the market right now, and offers a no compromise feel, combined with unrivaled stiffness.  Hope brakes are an old favorite of mine and using them on this build was a no brainer.  In all there isn't a part on this bike I think that I would personally change, save for the front tire, the Maxxis Minion DHF is still my favorite tire.  Brian was able to snag one of the D.FENDERs for the Pike, and has said that it kept his face clean on the last mudfest before the snow hit.  This is the nicest Ibis Ripley I have seen to date, hope to do more along this caliber of build.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ride Report- Showing People Around

Its not so often that I get out in the middle of a Monday for a ride.  I guess today was the exception to that.  Tori and Matt picked up some fresh bikes today (more on that later) and decided that they wanted to spend a few days camping and enjoy some of the local trails.  We went to Highland due to the time constraints, starting at 2:00 doesn't leave too much sunshine these days.  On arrival we were greeted with clouds, and a light rain. By the time we had our riding garb on, the rain died off leaving some glistening rocks to slip and slide on.  Their freshly built Salsa Cycles Bucksaws left them smiling ear to ear after the ride, and with good reason, its like the bikes were designed for the local trails in mind.  Even though I ride highland sometime 4 times a week with the fall ground cover and no fresh snow you can still easily get off of the trail at speed.  The expert side of the park was much more navigable, and the rocks weren't nearly as wet as the other side of the park.  It wasn't uncommon to hear "I can't believe how well this bike climbs" and other praises to their new bikes.  It was one solid day!  Don't be a stranger guys, next time I'll have to make it out to Ohio.

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Dave's Intergalactic Surly Ice Cream Truck w/ D.FENDER

I like the Ice Cream Truck, ever since I saw them at Frostbike last year, I was stoked that Surly released a symmetrical fattie, that had the clearance I loved from my Moonlander.  Surly added some updates, geometry similar to their venerable Krampus, their MDS (modular dropout system), 44mm head tube, and 150x15 front end make this bike fairly future proof.  Dave snagged a Salsa Horsethief last year, and had been wanting a fattie.  Problem solved, Surly blew out some of their models to make way for new pricing and different specs.  Their current run down of specials are:
Pug SS $799
Pugsley $899
Pug OPS $999
Moonlander $1199
Ice Cream Truck $1199
If you're looking for one I know a guy...  Not much to say other than this bike is sure to rip, congrats, can't wait to shred.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ride Report- Saddle In The Fresh Snow

Sometimes you just need to get out.  Call it stir crazy or what not, but for nearly 8 months I haven't had a Saturday off of work.  I made sure to use this one wisely.  I think one of the most underrated places to ride around town is Saddle Club.  I like the feeling of earning my turns, small climbs with fun descents make this one of my favorite places to go.  Even though Ive gotten to ride there a bunch its still pretty easy to get turned around.  Some last minute planning and a small get out ride was born.  Rob and I decided to enjoy the light dusting and do some #fatbikeshit.  Since the weather has been all over, I mean seriously I rode in shorts last Sunday at Frick, getting my layering back is going to take some time again.  Wool has been my go to for the last couple of years, and it seems that even if you end up too hot a sweat through it, you will still be warm, something that I remembered pretty quickly into the first up.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Halie's Salsa Cycles Beagrease Carbon

If you've spent any amount of time on the internet, at this point you probably have seen this bike.  As far as bikes go, this "broke this internet".  We built this up for a very special client who wanted something much nicer than an off the shelf "special", we were happy to oblige.  Personally the best gift to me is still getting to see someones face when they check out their bike for the first time.  There have been some crazy bikes the last year, but this Salsa Beagrease still gets me stoked, and knowing its going to get ridden for a very long time makes me even happier.  Enjoy your bike Halie, and Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

This Just In- Cannondale's New FAT CAAD w/ LEFTY OLAF

I don't always get super excited, but it looks like Cannondale finally made the bike I had been hoping for.  A 4.8" tire fatbike with the combination of the LEFTY this thing is sure to rip.  As it sits speced with an X.01 drivetrain and SRAM's Guide brakes, I'm not sure that there is anything I would change, except maybe add a dropper post.  I can't wait to swing a leg over this, and get some time on it.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Butch's Salsa Cycles Carbon Warbird

An all arounder, gravel grinder, do it all, dirt drop, bike packable.   Yep this bike checks all of those boxes.  This Salsa Cycles Warbird Carbon was built custom, using Chris King hubs, Pacenti SL25 rims, SRAM's new Rival 1 with 10/42 XD Cassette, with red accents to match and keep it classy at the same time, this bike rips.  I was extremely happy with the way this came out.  The WTB Nano Raptors are 40c and set up tubeless.  Ive had good luck even riding this tire on MTB trails so with versitility in mind we put these on it. I can't wait to get out on a ride with Butch to see how much he loves it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Salsa Cycles X CIty Cycle Demo 2016

Thanks to Rob and Edwin for helping to make this happen, Thanks to Ethan and Salsa Cycles for the demo.  It was a rainy day but everyone had a blast.

Salsa Cycles Demo Day Highland Park, Johnstown, PA from Rob Dorchak on Vimeo.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ride Report: In It For The Future

Ask anyone who truly cares about riding, one of the best feelings is getting someone new onto a bike.    For those with kids I would think the moment would be getting out and enjoying a ride together.  For me I just wanted to document this after X-Fest this year, I think it was fun for everyone, and some people even got to experience some things for the first time.  Enjoy some stuff from the day.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Salsa Cycles Beargrease Suspension w/ D.FENDER, Initial Review

I was lucky enough to get to enjoy this ride for the better part of a week, and I thought I would share my thoughts on how this bike rides.  I don't own this bicycle, I own a Blackborow and this bike shares some of the good things that I LOVE about my blackborow.  I did notice that the turn in on this bike is snappier as expected.  Between the smaller 4" tires, carbon frame, and tubeless wheels, it weighs a good bit less than my current ride, and remains quite playful most of the time.  This bike is a definite keeper, and I hope to make room in my stable for it one day.

Friday, September 18, 2015

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Brian's Salsa Cycles Bucksaw w/ D.FENDER

I had had heard that Brian got rid of his first Bucksaw (a decision he obviously regretted)  I was bummed.  I got a message not too long after that and we started planning another build, a redux, something new with a touch of the old.  Im pretty happy with this build, we were able to spec some Made In USA products including, ENVE bars,  THOMSON Stem, and dropper post, ONYX Racing Fatbike hubs, and the D.FENDER.  The carbon wheels really reduce the overall weight of the build, and together I couldn't get over just how light these wheels turned out.  I will be sad to see this bike go when it gets picked up sometime next week, but that comes with the territory.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

D.FENDER- Some New Stuff Happening

Showing up shortly, I cannot wait for the new V2 D.FENDER.  This one has more coverage, yet, fits 27.5"+ forks better.  The original fatbike fender is back in a design that works well for multiple forks, wheel sizes etc.  For our dealers we have added hang tags, exclusive to our dealers.

- New material
- Made In USA Zip ties (always have been, but new version is stronger)
- Hang tags for dealers
- Fit 27.5" + forks 
- 1 year warranty
- New branding for a more subtle look
- Still made in USA
- Still screen printed in USA
- Color is still black with white logo


Thursday, August 27, 2015


This thing is a beast, but in a good weigh, get it weigh, because it doesn't.  Seriously when did a 120mm dual suspension bike get so light.  I've had the pleasure of riding it a few times and I must say  that initial impressions are quite good.  Twenty-seven point five wheel just accelerate for days, steep up, no problem, quick down no problem, rock garden here, no dab there, you get the drift.  Except I didn't drift, never really breaking traction.  I had one of the only positive experiences with Schwalbe tires I've ever had, the new Knobby Nic V2 tubeless Easy Snakeskin pacestar tires gripped when I wanted them to, even in the wet, even on a pretty fast section of trail.  The lefty made short work of everything I threw at it, and I was blown away at the turn in feeling at speed, just such a stiff dampener.  In all the initial rides on this thing were great, more to come later in the month after a few more rides, but right now this bike is a contender.  In other news sunrise rides are a fantastic way to get your miles in before work, all while experiencing beautiful light for this photoshoot.

Friday, August 21, 2015

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Carlo's Salsa Cycles Beargrease Carbon Custom w/ D.FENDER

Carlo made the decision that "fat is where it's at"  a while ago.  Going through this build we chose parts for longevity as well as weight, with weight not being the primary goal, but a 26lb fatbike with pedals is pretty damn good.  Starting with Whiskey Trail Carbon rims, we laced to Industry 9 Hubs (our go to for a reliable, Made In USA hubset) and kept the same matte carbon aesthetic through the whole build.  Frame, rims, bar, and seatpost were all matte.  As an added bonus Carlos snagged a D.FENDER (more on the way this week) .Not sacrificing durability for weight we used tried and true 45NRTH VanHelgas.  Stopping power is delivered by the SRAM Guide RSC brakes. Carlo knew he wanted a fork on this build so we specd the new 2016 Rockshox Bluto RCT3 after spending some time on the new dampener ourselves, this was a no brainer (more on just how much better it is later).  In all this build was a lot of fun and I am sure that Carlo is loving it.  For more info on builds or to schedule your own dream build click this link.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ride Report- Amelia's First Real MTB Ride

It's pretty rad when your significant other gets out for a ride and enjoys it. Even though she not on the best bike she sure was able to make quick work out of the rocks, and her speed was even pretty good. We (Amelia and I) joined Dave and Trista for a little shakedown ride.  Its pretty fun just getting out and enjoying riding for what it is, while also watching someone grow as a rider.  Thanks for the stickers Bike Jerks.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saddle Drive 2015- Horsethief VS Ponyrustler, Is This The New Conejo Rabbit?

Coming in to Saddle Drive this year I knew that I wanted to throw a leg over the Ponyrustler and compare it to the Horsethief.  These two bikes share the same frame and have very unique ride qualities that set each other apart.   I would like to thank Salsa Cycles for setting their bikes up perfectly for the riders, specifically Pete Koski for taking extra time on the Ponyrustler demo.   Lets start off with the suspension design, the Split Pivot pedals really well, for almost all of the time I rode both bikes without any assistance of their Rock Shox Monarch's compression adjustment ( a real testament to the design).  I was able to climb and descend the loops that were setup and have a blast while doing so.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saddle Drive 2015- Initial Thoughts On Salsa Cycles Deadwood

I saw the new line earlier this month and was sworn to secrecy (embargo).  Since then something about the new Salsa Cycles Deadwood, a boosted, 29+, dirt drop, backpacking machine, intrigued me.  I personally own and love my Surly bike Krampus and have spent enough time on an ECR to understand the subtleties in these similar bikes.

To me this took some of what a liked about my other bikes, and combined into a package with a much lighter front end that just felt super rowdy.  Luckily I was able to swing a leg over one at Quality Bicycle Products Saddle Drive.  I can't lie Salsa has some of the best finishes in the industry and this bike didn't disappoint.  Shod with a throwback script, and little subtle graphics throughout this bike is a treat to the eyes.

I was able to spend a good bit of time on this bike and took it around a loop several times, because at first I couldn't quite understand how it was ripping the way it was.  The engineers at Salsa really hit a home run with this bike, I don't think I left the drops once, and airborne this bike just feels natural.  The Surly Knard/WTB Scraper i45 rim combo was a damn fine setup with loads of grip and pretty good rolling.

I know that wasn't the intention with the bike, but its pretty cool to have a bike you can tour the weekend on and rip single track after work and still be extremely stoked.

How stoked was I?  I ordered one for myself.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bunyan Velo X Porcelain Rocket- limited camp mugs

Limited to just 225 pieces you should probably pick one up before they're all gone.

Snag one here


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Frontage Roads Pre-Order Kit

Errin is donating a portion of these kit sales to support MS research, snag a jersey, bibs, or whole shebang and score a rad kit with a good cause.

"Hey gang, today the store opens for the 2015 Team Frontage Roads Bike MS cycling kit. The kit was designed by Aaron Edge with artwork by Zack Bolotin of Porchlightcoffee.com. The kit is for available for pre-order through Primal starting today through July 31st. 
This kit is designed for our team that will be riding in this years SoCal BikeMS event, but it is available to everyone to purchase. You don’t have to be on the team to rep us! In fact, for every kit we sell Primal will donate 10% back to our team, so you’d be making a donation and getting something rad to wear while you pedal around town! The jerseys are $60 and the bibs are $122.50. I have a fit kit available so if you are local and want to try on a kit I can make that happen.