News: 2016 Salsa ‘Plus’ Bikes – The 29+ Deadwood & 27+ Pony Rustler
Today Salsa introduced their 2016 bike line up at SaddleDrive, the QBP model year event. Included in the line up are two brand new ‘plus’ bikes – the 29+ Deadwood & 27+ Pony Rustler. Both are very intriguing bikepacking options.
The Salsa Deadwood 29+
Playing off the geometry and disposition of their classic Fargo, on paper the Deadwood reads as an excellent bicycle choice for the nomadic expedition cyclist. It takes cues from the Fargo that make it an solid option for long rides in the saddle, such as the upright geometry and drop bars, and adds the cushion, traction, and go-anywhere prowess of 29+ tires.
The Deadwood is built on a ‘Cobra Kai’ double-butted chromolly tubeset with Alternator dropouts and uses the Boost 148 x 12mm rear spacing and crank configuration. Engineer Sean Mailen says, “SRAM’s Boost technology is perfect for the Deadwood because it allows for the same Q-Factor and proper crankset fit with a 3-inch tire, without sacrificing geometry or forcing some crazy chainstay design. Boost makes life simpler within these design parameters.”
Deadwood takes the “go far” mantra of our Fargo and challenges you rumble over even rougher terrain while going even farther. It’s another bike that will lead to the kinds of stories from far away places that we always love to hear. We look forward to seeing where Deadwood takes you.
Read more about the introduction at salsacycles.com
The Pony Rustler 27+
The Pony Rustler looks like the bike for folks melding enduro backcountry mountain biking with bikepacking: trips with rugged trails, epic descents, and a campsite in between. The Pony Rustler is closely based on the Horsethief, with a similar geometry and the proven 120mm Split Pivot rear suspension. With the added performance and traction of 3” tires, the Pony Rustler should be able to tackle an expanded portfolio of trails and surface conditions, with confidence.
The Pony Rustler also features a Boost 148 rear end which makes room for the bulky 3” WTB tires.
Read more at salsacycles.com
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