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Salsa Horsethief (2011)


Product Category
Brand Salsa
SizeS, M, L, Xl
ColorTwister Grey


Bottom bracketSRAM GXP
Brake leversSRAM Elixir 5
Brake rotor6-Bolt, HS1 Rotor
BrakesSRAM Elixir 5
CassetteSRAM PG-1030, 12-36T
CranksetSRAM S1000 GXP, SM = 170mm, MD, LG, XL = 175mm
    •    Horsethief - Devour Geometry

Designed for all-day riding in rugged terrain. Slacker angles, a low stance, and a longer toptube paired with a shorter stem length, combine with 29in wheels to create an agressive chassis that floats over rock gardens, motors up and over the roughest ascents and inspires confidence on descents. The bike to take when you want to enjoy conquering difficult terrain.

    •    Longer Cockpit -  
The toptube length of the Horsethief is longer than our other comparably sized MTB frames. The design intent is to use a shorther stem/wider bar to better position yourself for aggressive riding. We recommend using a stem that is 10-20mm shorther than usual to maintain proper fit and optimum performance

    •    120mm Rear Wheel Travel- 
Combined with 29er wheels and our Devour Geometry, the Horsethief is capable of tackling terrain you might not typically expect a 29er to excel on

    •    120-140mm Fork Compatible- 
Tested and approved for use with longer travel 140mm travel forks. 120mm fork for optimal trail riding. 140mm fork for more aggressive terrain

    •    Pivot Minimizing Suspension- 
A 120mm rear travel version of our link-actuated single pivot design. The Horsethief features our simplified one-piece rear triangle with shaped stays and a shared pivot link design that reduces pivot points and hardware. This creates a lighter and stiffer rear end with fewer wear and maintainance points

    •    Shaped Seatstays
- Used in favor of a rear pivot on the 1-piece rear triangle. A rear dropout pivot (if present) would only rotate 1-degree during full suspension compression. We eliminate this pivot point and instead transform the 1-degree of rotation into a slight 5.3mm deflection of the seat stays tubes. The seatstays are shaped and sized appropriately to safely handle this small amount of deflection far beyond the lifespan of the frame. The result is a lightweight, one-piece rear triangle with a single pair of bearings at the main pivot

    •    Forged Shared-Pivot Link
- Forged for increased stiffness and durability, the dog-bone shaped link feartures a shared pivot where the shock and seatstays meet the link. This removes a shock pin from the system and keeps the link small, light, and simple

    •    Fox Float RP2 Boost Valve Rear Shock- 
Custom-tuned to work with Horsethief's shock rate curve, Adjustable Rebound, Two ProPedal Settings, Boost Valve technology

    •    Boost Valve
- Proprietary Fox Racing Shox technology: Position sensitive damping adds efficiency at both ends of stroke

    •    ProPedal
- RP2 shock features two position ProPedal settings. ProPedal Off for unrestricted bump absorption, ProPedal On for optimized suspension activity while climbing

    •    Externally Adjustable Rebound
- Allows quick adjustment of rebound settings

    •    6061-T6 Heat-Treated Aluminum Tubeset- 
A mix of hydroformed and shaped tubing, custom spec'd with all-mountain riding in mind for strength and durability, while still working to minimize weight

    •    Tapered Headtube- 
Allows use of tapered forks or standard 1-1/8" forks. Combining the tapered headtube with the large downtube greatly increases the front end stiffness and strength of the frame without adding significant weight

    •    Hydroformed Toptube and Downtube- 
Hydroformed for optimal front triangle stiffness in conjunction with tapered headtube

    •    Forged Frame Fittings- 
Forged fittings throughout the rear triangle, combined with burly chainstays and large oversized main pivot create a rear end that is extremely stiff for positive tracking and reduced wear

    •    Direct Mount Front Derailleur- 
Provides stout, accurate front derailleur positioning

    •    Maxle-Compatible 142 x 12mm Rear Spacing
- Features hub-catches and a tool-free axle for simple and quick wheel installation. Also increases the torsional stiffness of the rear end

    •    Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
- Built-in Maxle threading

    •    Dropper Post Optimized
- Dropper housing guides on downtube for clean cable routing and no tire or leg interference

    •    ISCG 05 Tabs
- For simple, precise chain guide attachment

    •    Serviceable Bearings- 
Standard bearing sizes. Removable with standard bearing installation/removal tools

Fork typeFox 34 RL 120mm (convertible to 140mm), QR15, Tapered Steerer, White, Custom for Salsa
Frame typeHorsethief, Aluminum Alloy
Front derailleurSRAM X7, 2 x 10, High Direct Mount
HeadsetCane Creek 40-Series, Tapered ZS, Black
Hub frontFormula, 15mm Thru-Axle, Sealed Cartridge, 32H, Special Color
Hub rearFormula, Double Sealed Cartridge, 32H, Special Color
Rear derailleurSRAM X9, 10-Speed, Mid Cage, White
Recommended forAll mountain riding
Rims typeStan's Flow 29er, 32H
SaddleWTB Pure V, Black
ShiftersSRAM X9 Trigger, 10-Speed
ShifterSRAM X7 Trigger, 2 x 10 (Front) SRAM X7 Trigger, 10-Speed (Rear)
Shock typeFox RP2 Boost Valve Air Shock, Custom Tuned for Horsethief
SkewersStan's Flow 29er, 32H
SpokesDT Swiss, Competition, Butted 2.0/1.8, Black
StemSalsa Pro Moto 2, 31.8mm, Black
TiresContinental Mountain King II 29 x 2.35", Folding Bead
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