The following owner testimonials have been collected from various bicycle forums, blogs and social media. The source links are provided for each testimonial.
That bike was the result of visits to Dale’s shop, of long conversations about types of tubes, materials and riding styles. I remember holding and looking at bare steel tubes and going through boxes of fork crowns and being able to specify the most small of details on that bike. It was a collaboration effort. I saw the bike evolve from metal.
My Saso bike is the result of the many conversations Dale and I had. Does that make me faster? No. Does that enhance my own personal riding experience? Yes, very much.
You may be surprised to find the cost is not as high as you fear. Only you can decide what you want. That’s what makes’em so cool.
I had Saso build a frame-set - a combination of Tange Prestige and Tange Ultimate. Prestige was the road bike set, Ultimate the mountain bike set. The Ultimate tubes were larger in diameter than the Prestige tubes. Ultimate tubes were used on the top and down tubes to increase frame stiffness.
... this magnificent machine has earned me three California Triple Crowns as well as a 3,000 mile transcontinental crossing of the US with PAC Tour....in just 23 days (with over 90,000 feet of climbing to add to the fun)! I've also ridden the Saso in over 100 "centuries".
This bike is a true warrior. I swear it possesses some kind of competitive spirit. I love this bike.
I think fillet is a stronger hold, but harder to repair, since the tubes cant slide out. I just had a custom
frame made by Dale Saso in San Jose and his brilliant insight led me to receiving a frame with lugs at all
joints except the bottom bracket, which was meticulously fillet-brazed.
I wanted lugs simply because I think they are little works of art, but when he was sizing me, he also asked me
to ride up the hill he lives on while he watched, and determined that I had too much power to deal with a
lugged BB, and asked if fillet brazing will be fine. It was an excellent catch and I couldn't be happier with
the work, now having the best of both worlds. I've seen some other amazing work by him in which he uses
filed-down lugs only as accents on the head tube, while still fillet-brazing the joints, creating a smoothness
with a little bit of flair.
By Court Lovely Bicycle!
A bike I had built by the legendary frame builder, Dale Saso. Inspired by the sport touring bikes of the 80s,
I wanted a bike that both fits me well and rides fast in the hills and mountains around me, but comfortable,
as the mountain roads can get rough. A bike that I don't have to dismount in complete pain, yet stays with the
Dale did it. Finished off with some custom wheels. Due to my love of steep mountains, but dealing with a
bad knee, I went with a triple crank and Deore rear so I can continue to ride up there.
Dale Saso custom. Made with Columbus, Tange & True Temper double-oversized tubes, Llewellyn Cadenzia lugs,
with a fillet-brazed bottom bracket
Dale Saso custom fork, Cane Creek headset
Specialties TA Carmina Triple, 187.5mm
Clipless: Speedplay / Platform: White Industries
Deore XT rear, Campagnolo Racing T Front. 105 Levers
Ritchey Wing, Ritchey Classic 130mm stem
Brooks Team Pro saddle
Velo Orange Grand Cru caliper
White Industries Hubs, Velocity A23 rims. Callenge Strata Bianca 32c Tire
White Industries Hubs with Velocity A23 rims. Callenge Strata Bianca 32c Tire