Salsa Updates Full Suspension Lineup, Including First Official Downcountry Bike
Split Pivot Updates: Salsa claims their revised leverage rate offers more progression and improved bottom out performance, increasing confidence and control on big hits and giving the travel a deeper feel. The beginning and mid-stroke remain relatively unchanged. A slightly lower overall rate yields lower shock pressures for easier initial setup. The Split Pivot suspension will now be driving metric shocks, and there is also a flip chip that adjusts the bottom bracket height and head angle.Salsa have also revised the anti-squat which is claimed to offer better pedaling performance in tandem with the new 1x-specific design optimized for a 32-tooth chainring. The result is more efficient pedaling without over-damping the shock (which hinders small bump compliance) or using a lockout.
Shared frame features: Salsa have switched up their carbon manufacturing for these bikes, using pre-molded EPS foam mandrels. They claim, "EPS construction allows for greater manufacturing control, smooth surfacing, a simplified bottom bracket junction, and an integrated shock mount." The carbon bikes all have aluminium stays and sleeved internal cable routing. Aluminium frames are also available and share the tube-routed internal housing feature.
Spearfish - Progressive XC The Spearfish is the shortest travel bike in the range. It's a 100mm travel 29er with efficiency in mind. It comes paired with a 120mm fork, which has led to Salsa officially calling this a 'Downcountry' bike.
Horsethief - All-round trail bike The Horsethief is another 29er but this time it's 120mm travel is designed to be mated with a 140mm fork for trail thrills.
Rustler - Playful trail bike The longest travel bike in the range, the Rustler is a 130/150mm trail bike with "popping off rocks and roots, sending drops, boosting doubles, railing berms" in mind.
Full ride impressions and a deeper dig into the tech coming soon
More info here.