Salsa Shaft review£49.99

Salsa have never bothered to follow convention, and their sideways thinking often yields great products like this one.

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Salsa have never bothered to follow convention, and their sideways thinking often yields great products like this one.

The forged and machined shaft is ovalised internally for maximum fore and aft strength without excess side fat, but it's at the head end where things get interesting. The saddle clamps securely into a broad single-bolt top and bottom cradle, which gives almost a full inch of layback. Cunningly, this sits on a pivot connected to a cam and eccentric bolt mount that lets you adjust the saddle tilt totally separately. Despite the complexity, it all works very smoothly, with no creaking or wobble however dry or dirty we got it. The weight and price aren't too troublesome either.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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