Saddle Drive 2017: Salsa Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle

We’re here in Tahoe at Northstar for QBP’s Saddle Drive!

The Salsa family of fatbikes didn’t change much this year, aside from more kit offerings and what I would consider a great bang for your buck, in terms of a full-fat expedition rig. In this family tree, the Beargrease is the more nimble of the two, yes, even for a fatbike, making it the ideal race machine. Yet, for expedition-style riding, or bikepacking, the Mukluk reins supreme. This year’s model has four pricepoints, ranging from the balleur Mukluk Carbon XO1 Eagle build for $5,399, down to the alloy Mukluk NX1 for $1,799. Resting between those two kit options is the Mukluk Carbon SLX 1×11 for $2,699 and this model, the Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle for $3,499. The paint remains earth-toney and muted this round, but these build kits, especially the GX, offer versatility to a go-anywhere expedition rig.

There’s more to come from Salsa next week and in the near future, unfortunately, with so many of their bikes under embargo, we’ll have to wait until September to see more.

  • Harry

    I really want a fatbike or a plus bike even though i have no real need for one. They look fun

    • It’s a bike you can ride all year long, for me on the east coast I gave up skiing when I got my fatbike.

    • hannah

      Agree with Hope Cyclery! I take mine on regular MTB trails but also can ride in snow, sand, or to the grocery store. It’s a beastly machine!

  • Erik Steele

    Looks really good! I may be regretting the ICT build I just did. ;( . Steel is cool, but this bike looks rad ,and probably weighs a lot less.

  • catnipjunkie

    10/10, would ride into battle. That’s a feckin tank!

  • Nicholas Petersen

    A cool, but kinda boring bike.

  • hansgman

    qbp giving up on tires? They put non qbp rubber on this at the unveiling?

    • Kurt Schneider

      Q does sell Maxxis, along with 45NRTH and others.
      Were you thinking of non-Surly tires on the fatbikes?

      • hansgman

        well yeah qbp distributes other brands.. Q owns 45NRTH and Surly

        Ok I’m overthinking it.. current mukluk models are already spec’ed with maxxis tires.