Salsa Woodsmoke

First Look: Salsa Woodsmoke

400-millimeter chainstays?!

The wild-looking Woodsmoke is a new addition to Salsa’s mountain bike lineup. Designed around a carbon-fiber frame, this hardtail can run 27.5-plus, 29-plus to regular 29er wheels. Salsa paired the various options in tire size with progressive geometry to form what will likely be a versatile hardtail.

Salsa Woodsmoke
The top-of-the-line, $4000 X01 build, shown here with 29-plus wheels, includes a RockShox Reverb dropper, 120-mil-travel Pike RC fork, SRAM Guide RS brakes and a SRAM X01 drivetrain with some X1 bits mixed in.

Geometry highlights include long reaches, head angles ranging from 67.8 to 68.4 degrees (depending on wheelsize) and chainstay lengths between a ridiculously short 400 millimeters to a still-stubby 417 (also depending on wheelsize). Those short stays, which are adjustable via Salsa’s Version 2 Alternator Dropouts are made possible by the elevated drive-side chainstay, which also allows for the Woodsmoke to run a direct-mount front derailleur.

The $3000 GX1 build kit gets a 120-mil-travel RockShox Yari RC, SRAM GX drivetrain and Level brakes.
The $3000 GX1 build kit gets a 120-mil-travel RockShox Yari RC, SRAM GX drivetrain and Level brakes.

Salsa will sell five complete builds–there are $3000 and $4000 options in both 27.5-plus and 29-plus wheels and a $2000 build with traditional 29er hoops.

Only offered with traditional 29er hoops, the $2000 NX1 kit sports a primarily SRAM NX drivetrain, Level brakes and a Salsa cockpit.
Only offered with traditional 29er hoops, the $2000 NX1 kit sports a primarily SRAM NX drivetrain, Level brakes and a Salsa cockpit.

Geometry: 27.5+ / 29+ / 29

More at salsacycles.com.