1978 Red Bush Tandem 

This bike is part of the MOMBAT collection and is NOT FOR SALE.  Please check out our Vintage Bikes for Sale page to see all of our current offerings.

The "Red Bush" name was used by Ross Shafer prior to switching over to the Salsa name.  I can only imagine the number of hours that were spend smoothing all of the fillet work on this bike.  After all of the hours spend with the fillets, there were many more spent on details such as the unique fork crown, fillet brazed stoker stem and hand made cantilever mounts. This bike was a spec bike built in 1978 or 79 and sat at the Bicycle Center for a couple of years before it was sold. 

Here is a little info from Ross Shafer about this bike:

"I only made a couple Red Bush tandems and about 6 or 7 Salsa tandems. When I left Santana, I thought I'd become the custom tandem king. I found I just wasn't a nice enough guy to act as a marriage counselor with some tandem customer couples I ended up in the middle of and decided to specifically not do anymore custom tandems.

I don't remember much about the bike, except that it was my first
tandem and my first lug less bike.....and way harder to build than I thought it would be. I seriously considered giving up frame building by the time I finished it, I felt so inept."

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Frame Fillet brazed Cro-Moly
Fork Cro-Moly blades, lathe-turned  solid billet crown
Rear Shock NA
Rims Ukai front, Sun rear 27 x 1 1/4", 48 hole
Hubs Suzue tandem hubs, 48 hole
Spokes Stainless steel 4 cross
Tires Specialized Turbo 27 x 1 1/4"
Pedals KKT Top Run
Crank Sugino AT tandem
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Suntour 5 speed
Bottom Bracket Sugino with front eccentric
Front Derailleur Suntour Superbe
Rear Derailleur Suntour Cyclone
Shifters Campagnolo down tube
Handlebars SR Road Champion
Stem Rear fillet brazed, front SR
Headset Campagnolo steel
Brake set Mafac Tandem cantilevers front and rear, drum rear
Brake levers Mafac levers with right side operating both canti brakes and the left operates the drum
Saddle Ideale 92 rear, 90 front
Seat Post Campagnolo
Colors Metallic copper
Size 21.5" c-t
Serial #   None found


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