Salsa Horsethief Carbon Mountain Bike Frame 2016

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Horsethief is the "any singletrack trail in the world" 29er. Featuring 120mm of rear wheel travel through Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot® rear suspension design, the Horsethief handles big mountain terrain with ease, whether pedalling to the top or descending to the next shelter on your hut-to-hut backcountry trip, plus it’s well-balanced with 130mm of front travel.


  • Frame: Horsethief High-Modulus Carbon
  • BOOST technology (12 x 148mm)
  • 29" wheelsize (27.5"+ compatible)
  • Compatible with full size 28oz water bottle
  • Rockshox Monarch RT 3 Rear shock
  • Composite Downtube guard
  • Rear 12mm Rockshox Maxle Lite
  • Front Mech mount
  • Salsa Lip-lock seatclamp

Split Pivot® Rear Suspension
The concentric rear axle pivot in conjunction with precise wheel link, brake link, and control link placement, results in several performance gains: Exceptional bump compliance, maximum traction, incredible pedalling efficiency, predictable braking, improved frame geometry due to the elimination of unwanted suspension movement during acceleration and braking

XC/Trail-Specific Suspension Travel
120mm of Split Pivot® rear wheel travel that is tuned with a progressive leverage ratio but slightly linear tail end; the end result is a very efficient pedalling frame that has very supple small bump feel off the top, a lot of mid-stroke support for corner and pumping terrain, and a subtle ramp (but not too much) in end-stroke that ensures a bottomless feel, while still maximising the use of all 120mm of rear wheel travel. The frame is designed and balanced for a 120mm travel, 51mm offset front fork, but can also allow the use of 130mm travel, 51mm offset forks for aggressive 29er riders looking to add BB height and slacken the headtube angle, and also to compensate for the slightly smaller diameter of 27.5+ wheel and tyre combos.

Versatile Wheel & Tyre Options
The Horsethief/Pony Rustler frame retains is capacity for run 29 x 2.25–2.4" wheel and tyres setups, but sees an upgrade to Boost rear spacing and Boost drivetrain component compatibility. This allows the use of 27.5+ setups (27.5 x 3.0") and gives rise to the Pony Rustler name, a Horsethief frame spec’d stock with 27.5+ wheels. Both Horsethief and Pony Rustler models are compatible with 110mm spaced 29/27.5+ (51mm offset) forks up to 130mm in travel, which allows the rider to toggle between 29/27.5+ wheelsets with simply a wheel change.

Horsethief Geometry
The Horsethief/Pony Rustler is a big-wheeled (29/27.5+) bike that is surprisingly playful and aggressive thanks to a low-slung stance and short 437mm chainstays. A 67.5–68.1° head angle (depending on fork travel) was progressive for a 29er back when the design was conceived between Dave Weagle and Salsa, and has since proven to be the modern-day gold standard for most 29er and 27.5+ trail bikes. This provides a confidence-inspiring angle of attack for rough and steep terrain, and the large wheel diameter paired with a 51mm offset fork maintains a well-balanced steering feel that is nimble enough in twisty corners and techy climbs, and still stable at high speed.

Boost Technology
148 x 12mm rear spacing paired with a standard width bottom bracket results in the most tyre clearance possible with the narrowest crank Q-factor, and also results in a stiffer and stronger rear wheel.

High-Modulus Carbon Fibre Front Triangle & Seatstays
This material offers improved stiffness, better vibration damping, excellent toughness and weight savings compared to other materials. This frame offers 340g weight savings over the aluminium version. 6066-T6 aluminium heat-treated chainstays are paired for durability.

Interior Junction Control Moulding Technology
Salsa use interior moulds at all the main front triangle junctions during layup and curing. This allows for precise control of wall thickness and inner wall smoothness in these areas. This process increases compaction and reduces voids and wrinkles in critical high stress zones. The end result is a high-quality, consistent-performing carbon frame.

Tapered Headtube
The modern standard for mountain bikes increases front-end frame and fork stiffness without adding significant weight.

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