Ready to hit the trail? Whether prepping for a day ride or an epic on the Tour Divide, the new Salsa Cutthroat is here to make it a bit more enjoyable. From the improved cargo carrying abilities to a more compliant fork, this dropbar MTB is ready for some serious adventures.

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

At the front end of the bike is a redesigned fork with some clever improvements. Notably, the fork claims to be 32% more compliant over the previous Cutthroat fork for ride comfort. Backwards compatible with the previous frames, the new fork uses a 483mm axle to crown measurement with a 51mm offset, and Boost 110 x 15mm spacing. Available aftermarket as well with a 350mm steerer, the fork does not have fender mounts, but it does include three pack mounts on each leg, Salsa Down Under rack compatibility, and internal dynamo and brake cable routing. Claimed weight is 775g with a Deadbolt UL axle, and the fork uses flat mount brakes.

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

The frame is updated with a new 52cm frame size, and all sizes move to a 69° head tube angle with a longer wheelbase for more stability.

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

With cargo carrying a big focus for the Cutthroat, the new model adds even more options including a direct mount frame pack. This new pack attaches with EXP Series thumb screws for a tool-free install, and will be offered in five sizes to perfectly match each frame. Constructed with waterproof fabrics the bag attaches to the frame without straps with a bungee over the top tube for stashing small items.

If not using all of the braze ons in the front triangle for the frame pack, they can be used for three bottle cages (two on the 52cm), and there are two accessory mounts under the downtube. Then there are top tube mounts for a top tube bag, and the frame is compatible with the Salsa Wanderlust Rack using the Salsa Rack Lock seat post collar. Thanks to all the options, there are a ton of ways you can outfit your bike based on your needs and your bags.

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

The Cutthroat uses what Salsa calls “Road Boost” spacing – but don’t freak out. It’s just mountain bike Boost 148mm spacing on a bike with dropbars. In order to provide ample tire clearance for 29 x 2.4″ tires and provide options for both 1x and 2x drivetrains, the Cutthroat uses 12 x 148mm spacing with mountain Boost cranks. It should also make for stronger wheels on a bike that is sure to get loaded down with a ton of gear on gnarly terrain.

The Boost crank allows a 40t maximum chainring for 1x, or 50/34t max for 2x. The bike is also Shimano Di2 1x/2x compatible using Race Face or Easton cranks, and SRAM AXS 1x compatible as well.

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

Cable housing is internal with sleeved routing for brake, shift, and dynamo routing, and the frame is dropper compatible with 1x or 2x drivetrains (2x requires the use of external cable droppers).

Specs

• Frameset weighs 2.32 kilograms (5 lbs. 2 oz.) including fork, headset, seat post collar, and Salsa Deadbolt UL axles
• Suspension corrected for 100mm travel 29″ forks
• 12 x 148 mm rear spacing
• BB92 press-fit bottom bracket
• Maximum tire clearance of 29 x 2.4”
• 27.2 mm seatpost
• IS41/52 headset
• No fender mounts

New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures New Salsa Cutthroat adds more cargo carrying abilities, smoother ride for more bike packing adventures

Offered in five complete builds, pricing starts at $2,699 for the Cutthroat Apex 1, and tops out at $5,799 for the GRX 810 Di2.A frameset will also be offered at $2,199 which includes the frame, Cutthroat V2 fork, headset and thru axles.

salsacycles.com

12 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like a suspension corrected fork length, but the flat-mount brake is telling of how fast drop-bar hydro is abandoning the post-mount standard. If one were to go to a suspension fork, they’ll probably have to mix an MTB caliper with road lever/shifter.

  2. good point about the post mount. I have a Krampus that run Rigid, or with suspension, pretty quick if I can keep the same caliper. This one not so much….

    • You could also use a flat to post adapter by A.S. Solutions on the fork and not have to worry about it.

      assolutions.ca has all the specs you’d need to look at. Or like Greg said just get a post mount caliper and get the adapter for the flat mount fork.

      Either way there are options that will work without much of a hassle.

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