For 2018 Salsa is returning to their mountain bike roots, updating the Deadwood for a broader range of uses — and budgets. The Deadwood is known for a playful feel and a do-it-all ride, performing well whether on a bikepacking adventure or marathon racing.
The Deadwood, first launched last year, is a 29+ full-suspension rig built around 29×2.6 tires, 100mm of front travel and 91mm rear. The latest model has 120mm of travel front while maintaining the 91mm rear, bringing it into the realm of modern full suspension race rigs. Salsa calls this “backcountry singletrack and endurance race travel.” The design utilizes a progressive mid stroke adding support entering and exiting corners. The Salsa split-pivot suspension and a tuned anti-squat help shelter the rider from bumps and chatter.
Fans of the original Deadwood need not worry about changes in ride characteristics, as the axle-to-crown length on the fork stays the same, leaving the geometry unaffected. The 2018 Deadwood will arrive with 29×2.6 tires, an update from the 3.0s it came with in 2017. The updated bike will be offered in two carbon frame models, and in aluminum for the first time with an MSRP of $2799. At the other end of the price point spectrum is the Salsa Deadwood GX Eagle, which has a carbon front triangle, alloy stays, RockShox Pike fork, and RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair shock. Price is $5099.
One step below that is the Salsa Deadwood SLX 1, which also has a carbon front triangle and alloy stays, but steps down to a RockShox Revelation 120mm fork and RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair shock. It sells for $4099.
Salsa was most excited about the Deadwood NX 1, which adds accessibility to the Salsa line and is packed with value. This build features a SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain, RockShox Recon RL fork, RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair, and Salsa branded bars, stem, and seatpost. Price is $2799.
Also recently unveiled is the 2018 Salsa Pony Rustler, which has received small updates and upgrades. There are no changes made to travel lengths. Salsa is continuing to use 130mm front and 120mm rear across the line. The flagship Pony rustler will be decked out in SRAM GX Eagle kit with a carbon frame and seat stays. Price is $5099.
The Pony Rustler is also available in an aluminum version with a SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain and RockShox Recon RL fork. Price is $2799.
Last but not least is the Salsa Redpoint, a 27.5-wheeled, 150mm travel trail. No significant changes we made in the spec department, but they are shipping it with 2.5 tires. The Redpoint GX Eagle has a full carbon frame, 160mm RockShox Pike RC fork, and RockShox Monarch RT3 shock. Price is $5099.
Check out all the bikes and build specs at www.salsacycles.com.