Salsa Deadwood 29+ adventure bike launched

Short travel full suspension carbon frame comes in three builds

29er All Mountain Trail Plus
Salsa Deadwood 29+ Builds 2017

The new Salsa Deadwood harnesses 29+ wheels and an efficient short travel carbon frame to create a solid bike packing and endurance racing machine.

The plus movement have been largely confined to the 27.5 wheel size. There are a number of brands who have experimented with 29+, like Trek, but they’re typically deployed on hardtails.

Salsa likes to think different. They’ve always explored unique sub niches and in the process, helped develop now categories. Their newest bike, the Deadwood, takes the 29+ standard and pairs it with a short travel full suspension carbon frame.

Salsa Deadwood GX1 2017 Split Pivot

The front end has 100mm of travel, while the rear gets 91mm via Dave Weagle’s vaunted Split Pivot configuration.

The idea is that by matching an efficient pedaling platform with large volume tires, the frame will retain its zippy handling, while also benefiting from added roll-over, traction, and stability. The end result? A great rig for bike packing, backcountry adventures, or even endurance racing.

Salsa Deadwood SUS 29+ 2017 Geometry

The Deadwood is available in four different sizes. The small model will fit riders starting at 5’5”. Salsa claims the XL will work for riders 6’2” and up.

The geometry is oriented towards XC/trail riding. The 68 head angle probably won’t help you win any enduro races but should provide quick handling. Out back, the 449mm chainstays are on the longer side but are required for the massive tire clearance.

The Deadwood is designed around 29×3.0 tires, but will work with tires ranging from 2.6-3.0 The bike can also be setup with conventional 2.25-2.5 tires for snappier handling. Salsa suggests using no wider than a 45mm rim.

Salsa Deadwood GX1 2017

The base SRAM GX1 model retails for $3799. A frame only is $2499.

The bike is available in three configurations, plus a frame only option for $2499. The base model retails for $3799 and comes with a SRAM GX1 drivetrain, SRAM Level T brakes, RockShox Yari fork, and no dropper post. Claimed weight for the size large is 32 pounds.

Salsa Deadwood 29+ XT 1x11 2017 Red

The Shimano XT version of the Deadwood retails for $4500.

The Shimano XT version retails for $4500. It comes with an 11-46T cassette and Shimano XT brakes, plus a RockShox Pike fork and Reverb dropper post. Both the GX and XT builds share the same DT Swiss 370 boost hubs, brass nipples, 35mm wide WTB rims and rubber. Claimed weight for the size large is a shade over 33 pounds. The added weight over the GX version is due to the addition of a dropper post and larger cassette.

Salsa Deadwood X01 Eagle 2017

The premiere build is decked out with the best from RockShox.

The premiere build retails for $5999 and is decked out with a SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain, RockShox Pike fork, Reverb dropper post, and SRAM Guide brakes. You also get bumped to DT Swiss 350 hubs, which have the star ratchet system. The 370s used on the other builds has a two-pawl system similar to what you’d find in a Shimano hub. Claimed weight for a size medium is 30 pounds, 15 oz. To see the Deadwood in action, check out this video.

For more info, visit salsacycles.com.

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  • yakkoTDI says:

    And it has the same problem as the previous (and more awesome in my opinion) Deadwood and that is standover height is too high. I would have loved to purchased the drop bar version but alas it was not to be.

  • Need_Some_More_Salsa says:

    Ok, I just demo’d this bike this morning. These are my impressions…

    1. This is a SERIOUSLY heavy and big bike !
    2. My right calf kept hitting the upper seat stays on the right side.The swingarm is aluminum and the front triangle is carbon.
    3. The 3.0 tires stick like velcro in turns.
    4. The demo bike came w/a 150mm rockshox dropper and I couldn’t get the seatpost down low enough so I had to just drop the seat using the dropper and leave it there for the ride. For reference I’m 6’1′.
    5. Uphill this bike is a P.I.G. – Downhill this bike is a MONSTER !!! It rolls over anything downhill with the 3.0 sized tires.

    Honestly, I think the Deadwood is a work-in-progress. I rode the Pony Rustler also with 3.0 tires and that bike is a much lighter, great handling and well-balanced bike.
    On both bikes I thought that the suspension performed well.

  • TOM HORN says:

    This bike is the best money i ever spent love it climbs well!
    its like a road bike in woods

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