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What It’s Designed For: Matt Acker’s Very Muddy Mid South Salsa Stormchaser SSGX

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What It’s Designed For: Matt Acker’s Very Muddy Mid South Salsa Stormchaser SSGX

As you can imagine, the Mid South was intense this year. Between the Corona Virus pandemic and the weather, the team running the race had to scramble to adjust to the ever-changing circumstances. At the last minute, our coverage team decided to pull the plug, and we didn’t get a whole lot from the weekend, but luckily Jared Harber was able to shoot Matt Acker‘s winning Stormchaser. I wish we could have also shot Hannah Finchamp and Payson McElveen’s winning bikes, but as I said, it was a chaotic event!

This bike was just about the only thing Jared shot from the weekend and while we didn’t really get a lot of other coverage, we have a few things that we’ll be sharing shortly. I really wanted to share not only Jared’s amazing photos but Matt’s thoughtful insight into his build, which he rolled into 8th position, so read on below.

Salsa’s New Gravel Singlespeed Bike: the Stormchaser

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Salsa’s New Gravel Singlespeed Bike: the Stormchaser

Available in April and launched today at the Mid South, the Stormchaser is Salsa’s new singlespeed gravel bike. This new bike is available at the moment only as an aluminum frame, with a carbon fork, and is inspired by the Warbird’s all-road, all-conditions, no-nonsense geometry.

Because gravel races often take place in inclement conditions, Salsa added abrasion plates on the fork, internal routing, and extra clearance for when the mud really gets caked on.

The all-new Alternator Flat Mount dropouts allow for single speed setups or 1x drivetrains with a geared dropout plate. This geometry is adapted so that wider bars can be run with it as well.

Complete builds are priced at $1,499 with the frameset coming in at $1,099. See more information at Salsa.

Salsa’s New Rangefinder SX Eagle Hardtail Retails for $1,299 and a Deore Build for $1,099

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Salsa’s New Rangefinder SX Eagle Hardtail Retails for $1,299 and a Deore Build for $1,099

With a 68º head tube angle and a 74º seat tube angle, the Rangefinder might not be the shreddiest hardtail out there but it’ll be a more than capable bike for most trails. Plus, we need more approachable and affordable mountain bikes in this industry. With a 27.5+/29er wheel platform, a dropper post, and SRAM’s SX Eagle kit, you get to whet your appetite for trails and bikepacking all for under $1,300. Not bad.

There’s also a Deore build for a mere $1,099. Check out more of the Rangefinder at Salsa.

Wide is Better: Salsa Cowchipper Bars Now Come in 52cm Wide

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Wide is Better: Salsa Cowchipper Bars Now Come in 52cm Wide

The Cowchipper (322g) and Cowchipper Deluxe (293g) are widely popular in the touring and gravel market. Rightfully so, too. People love the shape and pricepoint of these bars. Keeping up with the current market trends, these bars are now available in an even wider 52cm, measured at the hoods. See more at Salsa and at your local dealer.

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Ride What Ya Brung

Deane Parker recently took on a 250km bikepacking trip in the Canterbury high country of New Zealand and has a nice video short showcasing the tour.

Long Term Review with the Salsa Warroad 650b All Road

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Long Term Review with the Salsa Warroad 650b All Road

When the Salsa Warroad launched, it was marketed as an endurance road bike, to be ridden all day on various surfaces, both paved and dirt, yet I wouldn’t characterize it wholly as a gravel bike. Not by today’s standards. These days, bikes like the Ibis Hakka, the Santa Cruz Stigmata, and the Trek Checkpoint – just naming bikes we’ve reviewed here in the past year or so – fly that banner with their massive tire clearances. Yet, the Warroad has carved a niche in this ever-expanding marketplace where companies are making moves to make you use your wallet. Well, I’d like to think that we offer no-bull reviews here on the Radavist and after spending a considerable amount of time on this bike, I’m ready to do just that…

Salsa Updates the Cutthroat Tour Divide Bike for 2020

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Salsa Updates the Cutthroat Tour Divide Bike for 2020

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.

A Look Inside Santa Cruz’s Spokesman Bicycles Outpost and Their Wild Custom Builds

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A Look Inside Santa Cruz’s Spokesman Bicycles Outpost and Their Wild Custom Builds

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 Revisits Hell Biking

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Salsa Revisits Hell Biking

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.

Imperfect Asphalt: Riding the New Salsa Warroad in Los Angeles

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Imperfect Asphalt: Riding the New Salsa Warroad in Los Angeles

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.”

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Salsa Cycles Skamp Life

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.

Salsa Cycles: Titanium Fargo Frameset

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Salsa Cycles: Titanium Fargo Frameset

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.