There are many mountain bike manufacturer's out there and today we are featuring a smaller one that develops some great bikes for all different types of terrain and fun on the dirt trails. The Salsa Horsethief comes in 3 different component levels and can be purchased as a frameset and built up custom your own liking!
Let's see what Salsa says about their Horsethief:
This blurb comes from the Salsa Introduction to the Horsethief: In the opening I mentioned that the Horsethief rides unlike any 29er we've created. This is no accident, and to understand why, it helps to know a little bit about how the bike came to be. Back in 2009 after the Big Mama had been released, and Spearfish development was well along, product manager Tim Krueger, industrial designer Mark Rane and myself started kicking around ideas for Big Mama V2. Mark and I are both not your typical midwest XC-oriented 29er riders. We both come from a riding background heavy in 4-6" travel 26" trail bikes. Mark cut his teeth riding in Oregon, Utah, and SoCal. He's a very technical rider up and down. He's spent more time on 4-6" travel trail bikes than anyone I know. Myself, I didn't get heavy into mountain bikes until knee injuries forced my snowboarding and wakeboarding to slow down in college. Picking up where those sports left off, I found I preferred to ride a bike as fast as possible through narrow trails in the woods of Montana with my wheels on the ground as infrequently as possible. Mark and I were both pushing Tim to let us see if we could prototype a 29er suspension bike that had all the benefits of 29" wheels in a package that captured as much of that playful and aggressive 26" trail bike feel we were both so partial too. Under the stipulation that is was lighter, less costly, and had more travel than the Big Mama (typical product manager checklist), Tim gave us free run to give it a go.
Horsethief is our full-suspension 29’er trail bike, designed for all-day riding on rugged terrain.
A very capable climber, Horsethief does have a slight bias toward descending, letting you enjoy the fruits of your uphill labor. By designing the bike for use with a shorter than normal stem, the body is positioned better for aggressive riding.
120mm of rear travel delivered through a custom-tuned Fox Float CTD shock is paired with a 120mm front travel (adjustable to 140mm) Fox 34 tapered thru-axle fork. Both the fork and rear shock feature the super slippery Kashima coating for the ultimate performance while riding the rough stuff.
The pivot-minimizing suspension design and 142 x 12mm Maxle dropout help keep the rear end tight and tracking well. Removing the rear pivot also reduces chassis weight, and reduces complexity and maintenance.
Devour terrain. Conquer obstacles. Enjoy the ride.
Horsethief. There’s a new sheriff in town.
|Frame||Horsethief 1 Aluminum w/ Thru Axle Rear|
|Front Der||SRAM X.7 HDM|
|Rear Der||SRAM X.0|
|Tires||Continental Mountain King II 29 x 2.4"|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-1070 11-36T|
|Crankset||SRAM S1400 24/36T w/ MRP 2x Guide|
|Fork||Fox 34, Tapered, Factory Kashima Coating, 120mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD Factory Boost Valve Kashima Coating, 7.5x2"|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 ZS44/56|
|Stem||Salsa Pro Moto 1|
|Handlebar||Salsa Pro Moto 2, 11-Degree|
|Grips||Salsa Backcountry Lock-On|
|Shifter||SRAM X.9 Ball Bearing|
|Front Brake||SRAM Elixir 7|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Elixir 7|
|Brake Lever||SRAM Elixir 7|
|Rotors||180mm Front/170mm Rear|
|Saddle||WTB Pure V|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss 350, 32H, 15mm Thru Axle|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 350, 32H, 12x142mm Thru Axle|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition|
|Rims||NoTubes Flow EX|
I have not had the chance to ride the Horsethief but I have demoed a Big Mama and loved it. There are slight differences in the different bikes but for someone like me I doubt it is enough for me to like one more than the other unless fit was an issue. To ask more questions or to order one stop by the shop or give us a call.