Well folks, we finally get to see what was born from all the Buckshaw prototypes that have been floating around the internet since Salsa put Prototype #3 on display at last years Frostbike. We can’t think of another bicycle manufacturer that has embraced the Fatbike world quite like Salsa has. Their team of riders and fans share some of the greatest ride reports we’re seeing these days in the world of ‘Adventure Fat’. Releasing right now at Sea Otter is the world’s first full suspension Fatbike, meet the Buckshaw.
From Salsa: Bucksaw is a new breed of mountain bike that takes the best attributes of fatbikes and blends them with the proven benefits of Split Pivot™ full-suspension. Floatation and traction are further enhanced by bump absorbing suspension that features a properly tuned leverage ratio and damper unit, in a layout that yields great pedaling efficiency and exceptional braking performance. Bucksaw will change the way you ride. Every obstacle will be encountered with increased traction and stability. Your choice of lines will increase exponentially, only being limited by your sense of imagination. As long as you can provide the power, Bucksaw will supply the traction. Where does Bucksaw thrive? Start your list with places where trails don’t exist and go from there. Now add in pretty much any trail in the world, whether dirt, sand, or rock. Picture open country with slickrock to ledge transitions, and big sandy washes. Head out into a vast expanse and let the big fat wheels and efficient suspension do the talking. Bucksaw. Redefining boundaries.
6066-T6 Aluminum Front Triangle & Chainstays
Top-shelf, double and triple-butted, heat-treated 6066 Aluminum tubing; Formed and shaped for optimized and appropriate stiffness, strength, and weight
Increased stiffness and lighter frame weight than aluminum
Split Pivot™ Rear Suspension
Ground-up application of the Split Pivot suspension design to solve fatbike design challenges/opportunities
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 pedaling efficiency
• Predictable braking
• Elimination of unwanted suspension movement during acceleration and braking
100mm of Front Travel
Designed around the RockShox® Bluto™ fork at 100mm of travel
100mm of Rear Wheel Travel
100mm of rear wheel travel, combined with 3.8” fatbike tires, makes the Bucksaw capable of taking on incredibly diverse and challenging terrain
RockShox Monarch™ RT3 Rear Shock
Custom-tuned for Bucksaw
Maximum Rear Tire Clearance
Designed for use with 3.8” tires on 82mm, or narrower, rims
Combining the tapered headtube with the large downtube greatly increases the front-end stiffness and strength of the frame without adding significant weight
PressFit 41 (121mm width – same as used on Salsa Beargrease fatbike)
177mm Rear Spacing
Equivalent to 170mm rear spacing, but thru-axle design adds convenient hub catches that make wheel removal/installation easier; results in a properly aligned drivetrain for optimal shifting performance
High direct mount, 2x, top-pull only
31.6mm Seatpost/35.0mm Seat Tube
Dropper-friendly diameter with stealth routing. Get loose!
Allows mounting of 1x and 2x chain guides for added chain security when the going gets fast and rough
Water Bottle Friendly Layout
Front triangle design provides space for full-size water bottle
Full-length housing; 1x, 2x, moto/regular, and dropper/stealth dropper routing compatible
Small through X-Large sizes; exceptional standover clearance
The new Buckshaw will be available this fall in two variations. Buckshaw 1 in Transparent Blue rings in at $4,999 with SRAM X01 and Buckshaw 2 in Gold Rush will open your wallet for $3,999 with SRAM X7 & X9 components. Read more about how the Buckshaw was created here and the rest of the juicy details here.
We’re pretty sure we will be seeing Danielle Musto on one next winter!