Salsa today has just announced a new bike – a full suspension, carbon fronted, 29+ bike. And whether you want to use it for racing, or map-crossing, they don’t mind.
Salsa says “Deadwood SUS is our 29+ full-suspension short-travel trail bike. The approach angle, traction, and rollover of 29 x 3.0” tires paired with Split Pivot® suspension help this bike subdue the most challenging terrain whether racing or exploring.”
Here are the three versions, above. The frame features “Backcountry singletrack and endurance racing-specific suspension travel” – by which Salsa means ‘around 100mm’ (plus up to a 3in tyre’s worth of squish).
Specifically, there’s 91 mm rear wheel travel and 100mm up front (with a 51mm offset fork). The bike features the same Dave Weagle-designed Split Pivot suspension system that has worked so well on the Spearfish and Pony Rustler among others.
The Deadwood is designed to use with 29+ tyres ranging from 2.6in to 3.0in in width on up to a 45 mm rim.
Deadwood is also capable of running 29 x 2.3–2.5in tyres. This shortens trail, thereby quickening handling and
acceleration.It also results in a bottom bracket height similar to the Spearfish model.
The bike frame features a carbon front end and alloy rear end. The frame will take a full size waterbottle and will run a front derailleur or chainguide for 1x or 2x setups. There’s a Pressfit BB.
UK prices will be £2400 for the frame, with importer Raleigh UK reckoning on ‘early 2017 delivery’.
What do you reckon then? The future? Or a niche too far? We kind of like it…
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More details can be found on Salsa’s website.