Tim’s Salsa Horsethief XX1

Tim’s long legged trail bike uses Salsa’s new Split Pivot suspension system and comes dressed to the nines. 

Fast, smooth, and with a killer paint job to boot.
Fast, smooth, and with a killer paint job to boot.

Tim’s new 29er is a full on trail bike, complementing a well rounded quiver of endurance bikes and a tandem. The Horsethief is a taking-care-of-business sorta ride; the bike to pick for unknown gnarly trails or a road trip to a singletrack Mecca. Salsa uses Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot suspension system to put 120mm of rear wheel travel into an incredibly nimble package with super short chainstays and a slack head angle to inspire confidence in the rough or the steeps.
The bike weighs in a scant 26 lbs. Very respectable for an aluminum bike in this class with a robust suspension system.

Split Pivot has 120mm of quality travel on the job.
Split Pivot has 120mm of quality travel on the job.

Tim’s Horsethief comes with SRAM’s renowned XX1 1×11 component group, providing a wide spread of usable gears with no redundancies and fast, easy shifting. Control is handled by Fox Factory level suspension with CTD dampening (Climb, Trail, Descend presets). Schwalble Nobby Nic tires mounted to DT Swiss/No Tubes Arch handbuilt wheels put power to the ground. The Rock Shox Reverb dropper post is sure to be habit forming.
As with all suspension bikes we sell, we spent some time with Tim setting up his sag and annotated our baseline settings for air pressure, dampening, and rebound before his first ride. We will follow up with him after a few rides and help dial in the ride to perfection.

Wide gear spread with no redundancy.
Wide gear spread with no redundancy.

 

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