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  • Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Does it still have the awful BB whatever pressfit bottom bracket? If so, I’m out

    khani
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    BB92 apparently, That put me off em as well..

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    Surely, writes Eduardo de Salsa Astroturfini – no relation – the Salsa Spearfish is the ultimate 29er. With its round wheels, rotating cranks and forks that move up and down in response to undulations under the wheels it re-writes the rules of cycling. Other manufacturers can only watch in envy as the Spearfish hurtles over the horizon utlilising its uniquely circular wheels to maximise speed and efficiency.

    Is it the most sorted all-round 29er? Eduardo says: ‘Si!’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    23.8lbs ๐Ÿ˜†

    Toasty
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    “Most sorted all round 29er” is an 80mm travel xc frame?

    Looks nice, it’s like a heavier Scott Spark with less travel and Dave Weagles million dollar name written on the seat stays.

    khani
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    They’ve also decided you’re not allowed to run a triple as well.. Which is cobblers..

    fasthaggis
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    BB92 apparently, That put me off em as well..

    I am waiting to hear about some long term tests ( not just sitting in a shed )on bikes with these fitted.
    I wouldn’t trust anything with a push in BB ,but I will happily change my mind if people start to shout about how good they are. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Toasty
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    Wouldn’t that require one to last a long time? ๐Ÿ™‚

    fasthaggis
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    I assumed they were push in fit and forget.

    I am sure they will rival UN55s ๐Ÿ™‚

    khani
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    I’ve seen plenty of owner reviews where they lasted months, allegedly they make the bb area stiffer but having various bikes over the years where the bb area was plenty stiff enough it makes me think its easier and cheaper manufacturing costs rather than a better standard that is the reason they’ve been introduced..
    Also they’re much more dependant on precise manufacture to last properly, if they’ve been made slightly out of tolerance they eat bb’s and can’t be easily fixed, but you can face and retap a threaded bb if its not right relatively easily

    bonesetter
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    What’s cobblers to not running a triple?

    I’ve ran a single for years and can go up and along everything steep and road

    khani
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    Well good for you, you’re my Aero… ๐Ÿ˜‰ some of us lesser mortals still like triples..
    Or at least like to have the choice to..

    Toasty
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    I’ve ran a single for years and can go up and along everything steep and road

    Well if you can, it’s safe to assume everyone can. 1 out of 1, 100% out of your test sample agreed.

    People use triples on 26″, 29ers require 10% more effort at the same ratio.

    FuzzyWuzzy
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    Have a push-fit BB on my 2009 Zesty, on my third BB now – a press-fit BB wouldn’t concern me on a new bike although if it were badly machined and loose I’d want a replacement frame or would reject it.

    bonesetter
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    With DW on board for the rear suspension, uber short CS’s, sorted geo, 23.8 lb’s etc, is this Salsa the most sorted all round 29er?

    fasthaggis
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    How much does it get used Fuzzy ?

    BTW I am not being cheeky,just genuinely curious about how much abuse
    they can take .

    What a strange idea, a bike no one’s ridden, therefore it must be the best ever!

    If it’s that good, whats wrong with a Trek Superfly 100?

    And if the DW split pivot is such a game changer and the best idea ever, how come on the Trek rotates the seatstays clockwise when compressed and DW anti clockwise (look at the different geometries of the linkage), yet both claim it isolates the braking from the suspension? Surely the whole thing can’t be marketing BS can it?

    steve_b77
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    Is it shiny?

    martinh
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    80mm or rear travel because with the split pivot you don’t need 100mm – thats a good one

    bonesetter
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    OK, perhaps what I should have asked was what folk thought of this new bike?

    We know the Spearfish has been around for a bit and know what that’s like

    We know Salsa has been making cool 29er stuff for a long time, so teaming up with Dave whatsisface can only be good, right?

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    Are you on commission? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    thisisnotaspoon – Member

    What a strange idea, a bike no one’s ridden, therefore it must be the best ever!

    If it’s that good, whats wrong with a Trek Superfly 100?

    And if the DW split pivot is such a game changer and the best idea ever, how come on the Trek rotates the seatstays clockwise when compressed and DW anti clockwise (look at the different geometries of the linkage), yet both claim it isolates the braking from the suspension? Surely the whole thing can’t be marketing BS can it?

    I thought it was because the suspension and the disk rotor both have the same pivot point (the rear hub).

    Toasty
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    Bigger fan of William Singlepivot’s work personally.

    First page I went to:

    http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/news/article/salsa-cycles-spearfish-and-horsethief-first-look-37717/

    So, why choose Split Pivot over Weagleโ€™s dw-link? In a word, cost.

    The likes of Maestro offer much the same if you wanted that anyway. Found them a bit dead feeling personally, same with my Mojo :S

    KZP894
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    How difficult is a split pivot system to maintain? they look really vulnerable. I liked the simplicity of the last design, no BB issues to date on mine.

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    I’ve been looking at the horsethief. Initially put of by bb, but still may consider it, then find out I have to change my chain set as you can’t run bigger than a 38t double. It alls starts getting pricey when coming from a 26″ set up. It does look good though! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    cooie
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    I’ve been looking at the horsethief. Initially put of by bb, but still may consider it, then find out I have to change my chain set as you can’t run bigger than a 38t double. It alls starts getting pricey when coming from a 26″ set up. It does look good though!

    Could wait a bit and see if they reduce the current non split-pivot, threaded bb shell, triple c/set frame, like they did with the ’12 model. Got one for a bargain ยฃ800 from CharlieTBM, and although I’ve only been able to ride it a handful of times, it is brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Initially put of by bb, but … you can’t run bigger than a 38t double…

    don’t forget that a 29er wheel makes for ‘bigger’ gears compared with the same rings on a 26er, you sure you need* bigger than 38t?

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    I already have 40/28 on the current 26″so I’d have to change it. Which is basically a new chainset

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    you’ll have to change something anyway, unless you want your gears 11% ‘bigger’…?

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