Core Bike 2011: Latest mountain and road frames from Salsa

Mukluk snowbike, Spearfish FS 29er, redesigned Casseroll and plenty of Ti

Ison Distribution showed off a number of new frames from Salsa at the UK’s Core Bike show, covering an impressive range of bases.

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The Spearfish is a new full-suspension 29er, giving 80mm of travel from a linkage-driven RockShox Monarch shock. It features flattened seatstays that flex just enough to let Salsa do without a pivot near the dropouts.

With a tapered head tube and BB30 bottom bracket shell, it’s bang up to date, and at a claimed 2.5kg (5.5lb) for a medium frame it’s not too shabby for weight. The geometry is designed to accommodate a 100mm suspension fork. The Spearfish is competitively priced at £1,000 for the frame – complete bikes will be available too.

The Spearfish is Salsa's new full-suspension 29er
The spearfish is salsa’s new full-suspension 29er:
Mike Davis

Full-suspension 29ers are almost mainstream these days, but that’s not a label likely to be applied to the Mukluk. This aluminium machine is designed primarily as a snowbike, with 170mm rear dropout spacing, 135mm fork spacing and clearance for 26x4in tyres on 100mm rims.

The interesting bit, though, is the bolt-on adapter that lets you drop a conventional 135mm rear wheel in, giving you the option of easily running offset wheels. At just over 2kg (4.5lb) it’s not outrageously heavy for a big-clearance frame either. RRP is £499.

The Salsa Mukluk is designed as a snow bike but has potential for other applications
The salsa mukluk is designed as a snow bike but has potential for other applications:
Mike Davis

Elsewhere in the range, Salsa have teamed up with Lynskey Performance to produce titanium versions of the Ala Carte hardtail, Fargo tourer, El Mariachi 29er, Selma singlespeed 29er, Vaya disc-ready touring frame and La Cruz ‘cross frame. All of the Ti frames feature etched graphics and cost £1,699, except for the Vaya and Fargo that come in at £1,799.

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Finally, Salsa have a redesigned Casseroll which goes for more of a traditional tourer feel than the previous bike, which was a bit more “cafe racer”. The double-butted chromoly frame features an extended head tube to put the bars in a comfy and accessible high position. Cantilever brakes bring it to a halt, and a brake-boss mounted front rack is included for carting things around. A complete bike is available for £1,349, or go for the frame only at £449.

The redesigned Salsa Casseroll goes for more of a traditional tourer feel
The redesigned salsa casseroll goes for more of a traditional tourer feel :
Mike Davis