Salsa Cycles Powderkeg – first look

Off-road touring 29er tandem

The big news from Frostbike may have been the release of Salsa Cycles’ redesigned Warbird, but there was no hiding the largest bike in the booth. The Powderkeg is a tandem mountain bike built to for bikepacking, gravel racing and general trail riding.


Salsa has tinkered with tandem designs for nearly five years. The company experimented two-person versions of its drop-bar Fargo off-road tourer as well as with the more traditional El Mariachi 29er. It appears that El Mariachi-inspired version won out.

The powderkeg was designed with adventure touring in mind :

The Powderkeg is constructed from large diameter 4130-chromoly tubing. The frame features Salsa’s Alternator Dropouts for singlespeed conversions and uses a pinch-bolt style eccentric bottom bracket shell to tension the timing chain.

In 2012, salsa-sponsored endurance racer kurt refsnider and his stoker, caroline soong, successfully completed the 2,700-mile tour divide race on a powderkeg prototype :
Kurt Refsnider

In 2012, Salsa-sponsored endurance racer Kurt Refsnider and his stoker, Caroline Soong, successfully completed the 2,700-mile Tour Divide race on a Powderkeg prototype in 20 days. Click here to read all about their adventure

The powdgerkeg will come in three frame sizes:

The Powderkeg will come in three sizes: Medium/Small, Large/Small and Large/Medium

This bicycle built for two adventurers will be available this summer. The Powderkeg will retail for US$3,999 with a Shimano SLX drivetrain and Avid BB7 brakes with 200mm rotors. The Powderkeg will also be available as a frameset for US$1,999.

UK and Australian pricing and availability have yet to be announced.


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