In 2015, I was able to partake in the launch of the Cutthroat, Salsa’s Tour Divide Race Bike, a unique drop bar 29er and since then, I’ve had zero contact with it. That is until I unboxed the brand new 2020 Cutthroat, which is full of new updates and boy is it a long list. While I plan on reviewing this bike in more detail further down the road, I wanted to give you a look at the new model on its launch day. Read on below for a first look at the new Cutty.
Santa Cruz has no shortage of bike shops. This sleepy little beach town might be known for its surfing and pesky vampires, but the road and mountain riding is exceptional. With a myriad of dirt and paved roads snaking their way through coastal redwoods, and dusty, steep mountain bike trails, any cyclist can spend days upon days exploring the terrain. Spokesman Bicycles is one of the powerhouse shops in Santa Cruz and just recently opened up what they’re calling Outpost on the West Side of town, right next to their friends Sawyer and Co, a surfing lifestyle shop.
Salsa just announced their 2020 steel bike lineup including the Apex 1 Fargo (pictured here), GRX 600 Vaya, and Sora Marrakesh. From rugged bikepacking to all-road touring and bikepacking, these models are staples in the Salsa lineup, with their limitations being how long you can take off work for a tour. Head to the Salsa Blog to see more details.
After much speculation, Salsa has announced their complete fat bike lineup for 2020, redefining their three flagship models and fine-tuning their performances. With the Beargrease you can expect a race-ready geometry, a Mukluk is for winter exploration, and the Blackborow is a long-range tourer. Head on over to Salsa for the minutiae and your local dealer to see these paint jobs in person.
Perhaps you remember this story from Salsa? I do! It all began with an inscription: “LIVE TO RIDE. RIDE TO DIE. MOUNTAIN BIKES FROM HELL!” Head to Salsa to immerse in this three-part photo epic.
Salsa hasn’t had a true road bike in their lineup for some time now. Sure, they have the Warbird, which is a gravel racing road bike, but with that, comes a more stable geometry with a longer wheelbase. The Warroad is a straight up endurance road bike, with two wheel sizes and multiple build kit options. Warroad is a new platform for Salsa, designed to take on chunky, imperfect asphalt, with what Salsa is calling their “Endurance Road Geometry.”
For 2019, Salsa revamped their all-road lineup, making some of the most capable bikes even better. Check out three of our favorite models and their upgrades below and see more at Salsa!
This video offers a glimpse into the life of Salsa’s team riders Eszter Horanyi and Scott Morris as they travel the country, shredding trails by way of their home, the Scamp.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a snowy region, or like bikepacking in the desert during the winter, having a good, lightweight fatbike will provide hours upon hours of entertainment. Salsa just announced their new fatbikes for the year, including this wild Beargrease, with a series of Razzle-inspired paint jobs. Head to Salsa to see more.
Out of the blue, Salsa Cycles announced the arrival of the new and improved titanium Fargo, with a Firestarter 110 fork. These frames are veritable do-it-all pack mules, offering a variety of cargo solutions for just about any excursion you could throw at it. See more details at Salsa.
Salsa brand manager Justin Julian takes his son Waylon out on a ride…
When you’re dead set on breaking the Tour Divide single speed record this year, ultralight is the way to go. Bailey, who is currently working at District Bicycles, recently built up his 2018 TDR race bike. He chose the Salsa Woodsmoke for the geometry, tire size, and most importantly weight. Even though he’s racing single speed, he still needs to keep the bike as light as possible. As it sits now, the bike weighs 30lbs on the nose, with everything he needs. It’ll weigh 35lbs on the trail, with water. The parts selection is spot-on, with components that will withstand the 2745 mile trek from Canada to Mexico.
An unexpected snag Bailey ran into while building this bike was that the elevated chainstay caused a lot of lateral sways and without a large chainring and large cog, would cause the chain to kick. Problem-solving like that is always best to do before you find out on the trail…
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I’m here in Stillwater, Oklahoma at District Bicycles for the Land Run 100 where Salsa Cycles just launched a new all road bike platform, dubbed the Journeyman, which offers the 27.5 or 700c platform in an affordable package, opening this exceptional wheel size to a lower pricepoint. As someone who has thoroughly enjoyed the 27.5 x 2.1″ wheel platform on my personal bikes, I’m stoked to see a sub $1,100 bike adopting this platform.
The Journeyman comes in a 27.5″ or 700c option with drop bar models, or a geometry-tuned flat bar version. There are two pricing options, beginning at $899 for the Journeyman drop bar Claris, flatbar Claris 700c or 27.5″, and $1,099 for the Sora build kit options, which comes with a carbon fork. These frames come with all the provisions you could want, flat mount brakes and most importantly for events like the Land Run 100, ample mud clearance. The rear spacing is 135mm, with QR front and rear so even “older” wheels will work. The model I photographed is the Journeyman Sora 27.5″.
This bike has so much potential yet at the moment Salsa is not offering it as a frameset, so if you want to deck it out with a balleur build kit, expect to part out the Sora option. Other than that, I have no critiques of these pricepoint, path-finding bicycles. Head to Salsa for more information and your local dealer for test rides and purchasing.
There’s nothing better than an injection of humor into a very hard ride. That’s what Salsa aims to do with their Chase The Chaise campaign. Head on over to read all about it!
What an amazing story!
“Dreams come in many forms, unique to each of us, and ranging from the fleeting to the enduring. Our dream to ride the divide of North America begins in the Arctic and proves to be a challenging start to our nine-month journey. In the wilderness, we discover strength in our diversity and that our direction is influenced by many dreams.”
See more at Simply Propelled.
Seth’s Land Run 100 Salsa Cutthroat
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
Seth’s Cutthroat is a Testament to having one bike that can do a lot of things well. Seth has raced the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, DK200, and completed Land Run 100 more than a few times, this bike was ridden 10,000 miles last year alone. Local knowledge certainly paid off for him as I’m told he didn’t have to walk any of the hike-a-bike sections. It makes sense to see a 38c tire on a MTB then, especially with the notoriously muddy terrain that can take you from 30MPH to zero in a flash. Those Prototype 38c Vittoria Mud Tires were proven that day, from the loose slick climbs, to the bombing descents they never skipped a beat. Last year was probably the worst year for mud, ever, and the Shimano Di2 drivetrain worked flawlessly, even when caked full.
If you’re thinking about riding Land Run this year sign up is live – I know a few people from the Radavist will be there – and you can bet Seth will be there ready to rock as the cannon fires this year. What bike will you bring?
This Ross Shafer-built, custom MTB from the 90’s was made especially for Paul of Paul Component Engineering. Check out this video for all kinds of tidbits from the early days of Salsa and Paul, for that matter!