Salsa Blackborow | Haul More Junk In The Trunk

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First published in Issue 124 of Singletrack Magazine, this Salsa Blackborow was reviewed as part of our Long Haulers test of bikes with racks. For when you really want to carry everything and the kitchen sink. Words by Antony de Heveningham. Photos by James Vincent. Salsa Blackborow Price: £3,450.00From: Lyon Equipment, you ever looked at the rack on your bike and thought ‘Wow, I could carry lots more stuff on this, if only it was longer’? You’re in luck – other people have already followed a similar trajectory of thought, and now there’s a whole genre of bikes which are designed to haul more junk in the trunk. The original longtail cargo bike was the Xtracycle, effectively a conversion kit that bolted to the back of your old mountain bike and turned it into a lengthy but practical beast that could carry shopping, children, and even a surfboard. Surly built on this concept with the Big Dummy, a frame built specifically to work with Xtracycle bags and accessories (although it now produces its own range of complementary kit) and, gloriously, the Big Dummy was hot-rodded into the Big Fat Dummy, a 4in-tyred off-road version. Wide angle lensSalsa is Surly’s sister company, and the Blackborow is effectively a junior sibling to the Big Fat Dummy. When the Blackborow was introduced in 2016, the name was attached to a fairly conventional fat bike. For a brand whose line-up already contains two well-respected fat-tyred models though, one more was arguably gilding the...

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