Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Salsa Cycles Horsethief

The Horsethief is Salsa's new trail bike for 2012.  As it comes stock from Salsa it offers a lot of performance for the dollar.  This is what we've come to expect from Salsa's models across the line, and this bike doesn't disappoint.  Finished in a really subtle gray/green color with various green, white and brown accents this bike is a looker.

I love the graphics on this bike.  Paired with the low stack height of the tapered head tube and next to the big white fork they really set the feel of the bike.  

The bike gets it's kicks from 120mm of travel front and rear via Fox Float forks and rear shock.  The Fox Float up front comes set at 120mm, but is internally convertible to 140mm of travel if you so desire.  

This fork is one of the latest gen 29er forks to get 34mm legs.  This combined with the 15mm thru axle hub really keep things tracking well up front.  For those of us who have ridden 29er's from the onset, this is about as far as things could get from the original Marzocchi noodles that first came on stock bikes!  I love the graphics on these forks as well, they are a highlight component on this bike.  

Fox's Float rear shock is also used on this bike.  With a bigger air chamber and a Propedal damper, this shock gives you plush travel and pedaling efficiency. 

Parts spec on this bike is a really nice mix of performance while keeping costs reasonable.  The Horsethief uses Salsa's own bars, stem, and seatpost.  Braking is handled by Avid's Elixer 5 hydraulic brakes.  Drive train components are composed of Sram X7 parts with a X9 rear derailleur. These are all serviceable parts that should provide reliable performance for years.  Though the Horsethief frame is equipped with ISCG chain guard tabs, but the complete bike comes stock with a 2x10 set up.  Overall the spec is what I would term overall trail feeling, or maybe rough use XC parts.  

Wheel spec on this bike is a great blend of weight, performance, and strength.  These wheels are all handbuilt in house in Bloomington by QBP's Handspun wheel house.  They are built around Formula cartridge bearing hubs, (Sram X9's basically,) and they are laced to Stan's No Tubes excellent Flow rims.  Tire spec is the newly revised Continental Mountain Kings.  These tires have changed for the better over the previous generations of Mountain Kings.  

The tread pattern on the new tires is all business.  Big, open spaced knobs with large side knobs should make these a hell of a gripper.  In the background you can see the colored decals carried through to the seat stays as well.   

Overall this is an impressive bike.  It looks good, it's built with reliable parts, and at $2950 for the complete it's a great value.  This bike is a great choice for those folks looking for a XC worth bike that has bigger aspirations.  With features such as the ISCG tabs and adjustable fork this bike can be built to do whatever you'd like.  Stop in and check it out today. 


Wally said...


Ben said...

I have something coming in the next few days that will be a little more your flavor sir. Just wait.