Salsa Updates Full Suspension Lineup, Including First Official Downcountry Bike


Salsa has launched an overhaul of its full suspension bike line up today with three new models - the Spearfish, the Horsethief and the Rustler. Salsa's new range comes revamped with shorter chainstays, more travel, refined geometry and dropper posts on all models. They have also tuned the Split Pivot suspension system’s leverage rate to offer a more progressive ramp feel in the final third of the stroke. Frame designs will cover the XC to trail spectrum, including the first bike to be officially labeled as Downcountry. (please, nobody tell Levy.) As the bikes all share a similar shape and DNA, here's what you're looking at across the range.

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.