Salsa Bucksaw Carbon - first look

Full suspension fat bike now available with a carbon frame

Salsa Cycles has just released details of the next fat bike in its line-up: the Bucksaw Carbon. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company unveiled the aluminum version of this full suspension fat bike earlier this year and has wasted no time in creating a carbon fiber counterpart. 

Related reading: Salsa Bucksaw First Ride Review

The Bucksaw Carbon shares the same frame geometry as the alloy version and offers the same 100mm of rear suspension travel via Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot suspension platform. Likewise, the Bucksaw carbon has external cable routing, a 121mm-wide PressFit bottom bracket, a 177x12mm rear thru-axle and is designed to accommodate 26x3.8in tires on rims up to 82mm wide. 

Salsa claims the move to carbon shaved approximately 300g from the aluminum frame. 

The bucksaw uses the split pivot suspension system:
The bucksaw uses the split pivot suspension system:

Both the aluminum Bucksaw and Bucksaw Carbon use carbon seatstays with aluminum chainstays

The Bucksaw Carbon will be available in the spring of 2015. Salsa will offer it as frame with Monarch RT3 shock for US$2,699, as well as a single complete build that will retail for US$6,499.

The complete Bucksaw Carbon will come equipped with a RockShox Bluto fork, SRAM X01 drivetrain,Guide RS brakes and a RockShox Reverb stealth seatpost. The complete bike will roll on 70mm wide Whisky No. 9 carbon rims shod in Schwalbe’s new Jumbo Jim tires.

Interested in a full suspension fat bike but turned off by the price of carbon? If so, you’ll be glad to know The aluminum Bucksaw 1 and Bucksaw 2 will be available later this month. 

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Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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