Golden Saddle Rides: DeSalvo Titanium All Road

As a big rider, I commend when a big bike can look so balanced. Perhaps that’s what drew me to this De Salvo All-Road the guys at GSC recently built up for a customer. It just looks so balanced. Part of my attraction to this machine is also due to Mike DeSalvo being such a stand-up guy and capable frame builder, but it’s not every day that you see a big bike like this have such a pleasant stance.

The formula is simple, the components to the equation began with a custom titanium frame. Custom in its fit, not necessarily its use. Mike DeSalvo builds lots of disc road bikes for his clients and while the others might not have a pump peg or a third bottle cage on the downtube, they’re two easy details Mike can add to his beautifully-fabricated titanium frames.

For a build kit, the client chose SRAM Red eTap, Boyd Wheels, Fizik, White Industries, and a Parlee Fork. Staple brands void of ostentatious flashiness. Why distract from such pristine titanium construction? Mike DeSalvo’s work is impeccable and this build came out so clean that I’m stoked to be able to share it here. Check out more at DeSalvo Cycles.

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If you want a custom build like this and live in Los Angeles, hit up Golden Saddle Cyclery.

  • AnzaBags

    I love DeSalvo’s work. No nonsense build.

  • GNARdina

    That looks mean for a tall frame.

  • Jeremiah Klashorst

    “For a build kit, the client chose SRAM Red eTap, Boyd Wheels, Fizik, White Industries, and a Parlee Fork. Staple brands void of ostentatious flashiness. Why distract from such pristine titanium construction? Mike DeSalvo’s work is impeccable and this build came out so clean that I’m stoked to be able to share it here.” John, you got what I was going for here. Bad ass, but no bling.

  • Baler71

    Those seatstays are stunning, and the placement of the fender mounts is on point. Love it.

  • Kyle Polich

    Looks nice, only thing I would change would be take some acetone to the seat post and stem to de-badge. Lovely pump peg as well!

    • Zach Roeder

      I have the same post, and I’ve covered the logo with a couple of wraps of electrical tape. Definitely would love to debadge it instead. Any known safety issues with using a bit of acetone on carbon?

      • Tim Noyce

        Totally fine. No issues there.

  • George T Rosselle

    A beautiful bike. Your photographs are so clear and show such detail, for whatever reason my eye is always drawn to the welds. More often than not I see flaws and sloppy welds, and I choose to say nothing because the rest of the bike is interesting. But the welds on this bike are almost flawless. As is the rest of the bike.

  • Tom Greek

    Lovely bike… has me thinking

  • hans

    DeSalvo’s welds are always soooo nice!