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Crucial BMX Shop – Test Pilot 186 Subrosa Salvador

Bike Test: Subrosa Salvador

Words and Photo’s: Dunk

Positioned slap bang in the middle of the Subrosa complete range you’ll find this months test bike, the Salvador. Coming in at a reasonable £365 the product you’re faced with is an intermediate entry-level bike – so you’ll see a few features found on the higher end models, but some materials may not be the same. The frame is a mix of 4130 Chromoly and 1020 Hi Tensile steel (top and down tubes being the former). The forks have a Chromo steerer with HiTen legs, which are tapered, giving it a higher end look, and the bars are full Chromoly. The 20.5” top tube would indicate that this bike is more suitable for the younger rider who may not be fully grown yet, but rides well and feels super solid right from the word go. The parts are all Rant – Subrosa’s in house parts company – with the exception of the Shadow grips. Looks wise there’s really nothing to fault this bike on, the front hub has female bolts, and the downtube is a cool teardrop shape, and as mentioned before the forks are tapered at the end, which ads a little bit of class. It would have been nice to see removable lugs and a decent chainring to really top it all off, but for a sub £400 bike you get everything you’d ever need to get riding!

It seems only right that we should have a Subrosa rider testing out the Salvador. Emerson Morgan transfers over the bricks at his favourite undercover spot.



Frame: 20.5” Chromo top and down tubes with 1020 Hi-tensile tubing elsewhere

Fork: Chromoly Steer Tube with 1020 Hi-Tensile Steel tapered Legs

Bars: 100% Chromo 8.5″ rise, 28″ wide

Grips: Shadow Thirteen

Headset: Sealed Integrated

Stem: Subrosa Hold Tight Top Load

Rims: Rant alloy 36H

Front Hub: Rant 3/8″ Loose Ball Female Axle

Rear Hub: Rant 14mm Semi-Sealed Cassette 9t driver

Tyres: Rant 2.3″ front and rear

Cranks: Rant 3pc Chromo, 175mm

BB: Sealed mid

Sprocket: Rant Steel 25t

Chain: KMC 510

Pedals: Rant Plastic

Brakes: Rant Alloy U-brakes

Seat: Subrosa Rose Shield Mid 1pc Combo

Seat Clamp: Rant Alloy

Weight: 26.8 lbs

Colours: Gloss Black, Silver, Green and Red.

RRP: £364.99


Distro: Seventies

Thanks to: Crucial BMX Shop


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