Frostbike 2018: Fresh Salsa

Alloy Deadwood, Timberjack Kids, and brand new bars

The Salsa Deadwood has been around for a while now. It is a short-travel trail bike with big wheels and bigger tires. And it used to only be available with a carbon front triangle and an aluminum rear triangle. With that setup the lowest build was GX and retailed for $3,800. The bike was specced with 3-inch tires and a 100-millimeter travel fork. All of that has changed. Salsa will now be offering the Deadwood in an all-aluminum NX option for $2,800 and the bike will no longer be the big-wheeled basher of old. Kind of. It will still have big wheels and bigger tires, but not 3 inches. Across the Deadwood line the bike will come with 2.6-inch rubber. The slightly smaller width means the Deadwood will ride like a more aggressive, precision-oriented bike.

 

The change in tire size also allowed Salsa to use a standard boosted 29er fork instead of a 29+ specific model. The standard fork is 20 millimeters shorter from axle to crown, and Salsa made up for the change in height by adding 20 millimeters more travel. The new fork can fit up to 2.8-inch tires and the frame can still fit 3-inch tires, so if wider rubber turns you on, there is no need to fret. The difference in tire size has also dropped the bottom bracket height a touch, but otherwise geometry will stay the same. The bike will maintain its 91 millimeters of rear travel brought to you by the Rockshox Monarch RT3 across every build.

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The new Deadwoods will start at $2,800 for the aluminum NX build with a Recon RL fork and go up to a carbon GX Eagle build with a Pike RC for $5,099. The carbon models also now have a carbon seat stay, while the chainstay is still aluminum. The new Deadwoods are available now at retailers and coming soon online.

Read our review of the carbon version here.

The old Deadwoods numbers. All the angles are the same on the new Deadwood, although the bottom bracket and standover have dropped due to the more traditional tire size.

Timberjack Kids

The new Deadwood promises to be a good bike, and the aluminum model will be affordable for those getting into the sport. But you have to learn how to bike first. Luckily, Salsa can help with that too. The company has released its first kids bike. The Timberjack Kids is a plus-sized bike with 3-inch tires available in 20- and 24-inch wheel sizes. These are not your standard kids bikes. We aren’t talking pedal brakes and no gears. The Timberjack Kids is essentially an adult bike paired down to fit a kid. There is a cassette hub, a front and rear disc brake and a suspension-corrected rigid fork. If you kid is getting too sendy for a fully rigid bike, SR Suntour offers 110×10-millimeter axle suspension forks. The 24-inch size has a mount for a bottle cage and the fork has the same three braze-ons found on adult models for fork mounted bottles or the Salsa Anything Cage. But wait, there’s more. The rims are also tubeless compatible, although the tires technically are not. The 24-inch version retails for $560 and the 20-inch is $550 and are also available now.

Salt Flat and Rustler Bars

The lunatic fringe of small bike brands often like their creations to be controlled with oddly-shaped handlebars. Sometimes they’re inspired by classic dirt bike bars. Sometimes by beach cruisers. Other times by mustaches. While many are a little too over the top, there’s something compelling about them. They just need to be reeled in a bit to appeal to the masses, and Salsa is just the brand to do it. Their 20-millimeter-rise Rustler bar and dead-flat Salt Flat bars are available with 6 degrees of upsweep and a whopping 11 degrees of backsweep. Especially at 800-millimeters, that angle makes a lot of sense, though it may take some getting-used-to. Both bars are available in a 6061 alloy for $39, 7005 alloy for $69, and carbon fiber for $140.

Find more information on the Salsa website.