Salsa Launches New Redpoint All-Mountain Trail Bike

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Salsa is a brand known perhaps for their more quirky take on the world of – y’know – bikes ‘n’that. But now they’ve shouldered their way into the full-bore gnarmobile arena with this – the Redpoint:

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The Redpoint is Salsa’s 27.5″ wheeled 150mm trail bike for ‘tackling the roughest and most remote all-mountain terrain’. It’s Boosted, so Salsa claim increased stiffness coupled with ‘massive amounts of mud clearance’ – an American bike company designing in mud clearance? Fingers crossed they’re right.

There’s a split pivot back end, which Salsa tells us is more progressive than their other bikes – which should be  good for climbing, as well as what can only be described as ‘hucking’. It’ll run well with a 150 or a 160mm fork.

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Redpoint Carbon X01

For those that want to go plus sized, the bike is compatible with 26″+ (26 x 3.0″) tyres on 45–50mm wide rims, as well as 27.5 x 2.3–2.5″. Which explains the mud clearance claims.

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It comes in carbon and aluminium flavours, with slight differences in geometry between the models. In the US the Carbon XO1 and GX1 are $5499.99 and $4499.99 respectively, while the Aluminum is $3499.99.

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Again in the US versions, finishing kit between the GX1 and aluminium version is largely the same, although the Aluminum comes with a 2x set up, rather than the in-vogue 1x. UK specific build specs and prices are still to be confirmed, although we do know that the frame only version of the carbon models will be £2300, and that it’ll be available in 3 full-bike models.

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Redpoint Carbon GX1

With short (ish) 430mm chainstays, the Redpoint should be agile in tight terrain and through corners. Salsa claims the  66.9° head angle is slack enough to the take full advantage of the bike’s travel and charge the descents, but allowing for a stable and well-mannered bike on the climbs.

Salsa has pitched the Redpoint, available to order now from Salsa dealers, as a modern-day all-rounder capable of handling any trail on the mountain. If the capability matches the promise, then with this bike there’ll be no excuses for not conquering that trail – it’s just a case of whether you’ve got the nerve and the skills.

For more details check out Salsa’s website. Salsa is distributed in the UK by Raleigh UK Ltd.

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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