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Salsa Cycle’s Spicy New Moraine and Notch are Fun, Versatile Full Boinger eMTBs

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Moraine Hero(Photos/Ron Frazelle)
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It was day 2 when I stopped by the Salsa Cycles booth while strolling the expo at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. I wanted to see their brand-new full-suspension eBikes, the Moraine and Notch. I am eBike curious right now, and I am playing with getting one of these bad boys in for a review, I’m not sure yet, so stay tuned.

These 2 new eMTBs incorporate new RockShox forks, Split Pivot Suspension Design, and BOSCH or Fazua Motors. The Notch was hinted at with a prototype at last year’s Sea Otter Classic. Salsa officially delivered on the promise as these bikes were officially released on April 16th.

Let’s take a look…

The Notch and Moraine

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Moraine and Notch
(Photo/Salsa Cycles)

The Notch and Moraine leverage best-in-class drive systems, Split Pivot, and Salsa’s suspension design philosophy to create distinctly different rider experiences that are authentic to the Salsa brand and competitive in both the Full Power and Light eMTB spaces,” says Joe Meiser, Salsa Cycles Category Manager.

The Notch

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Notch in the booth
(Photos/Ron Frazelle)

Retail:
Notch CUES 10: $4999
Notch Deore 12: $5999

The Notch is Salsa’s new electric enduro bike. It is spec’d with geometry that aims at “stability at speed”. It features efficient Split Pivot suspension and ample on-bike storage.

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Notch flip chip

With two different spec choices, the top spec’s Notch Deore 12, uses the new 170mm RockShox Domain Gold RC fork. The fork is paired with the Fox Float X Performance shock and a Shimano Deore drivetrain.

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Notch rear shock

The Notch is a class 1eBike and it runs a BOSCH Performance Line CX drive system and packs 85Nm of torque and a 20MPH assist. This enduro eBike is geared towards enduro trails as well as exploring new singletrack.

The Notch is available now for purchase through the spring at official Salsa Cycles retailers.

Salsa Cycle’s Joe Meiser’s Notch Prototype

This may, or may not be coming down the pipeline… *wink*.

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Notch employee prototype

The Moraine

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Moraine in the booth 2

Retail:
Moraine CUES 10: $4999
Moraine Deore 12: $5999

Also on display at the Otter this year was the lighter, all-mountain, trail eMTB, the Moraine. With progressive trail geometry, and the versatile Split Pivot suspension and on-bike storage, it looks like the Moraine is ready for fun, flowy trails and all-day rides.

SOC Coverage Salsa Cycles Moraine clean headbadge

It features a Fazua Ride 60, class 1 mid-drive motor. It comes with the new 160mm Rock Shox Psylo Gold RC fork, Fox Float X Performance shock, and a Shimano Deore 1 x12 drivetrain. The Moraine is designed around being an all-around trail mountain bike, whether it be daily hot laps, park sessions, or adventure single track.

The Moraine will be available for purchase later this spring through official Salsa Cycles retailers.

Charge up your next adventure by hitting the link below!

SalsaCycles.com

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Matt
Matt
28 days ago

Those look great! That proto Notch is Top ‘Notch’!

Sevo
Sevo
28 days ago

Now give us a 120 rear and 130 front variation. Not all of us want a big sluggish bike just because it has a motor. Trek is the only company that seems to understand.

Ethan
28 days ago
Reply to  Sevo

The Moraine can be converted to 125mm rear travel paired with a 140mm fork, it just requires a Shock Link and a 190×45 shock.

J. Meiser
J. Meiser
28 days ago
Reply to  Sevo

@Sevo Leveraging the Split Pivot + approach Salsa’s Moraine can be setup with 125mm of rear travel and 130/140 front.

Mark
Mark
27 days ago

This is the kind of stuff I was hoping for Ron! Great write-up and I look forward to more. Cheers my Friend. – M

Dennis
Dennis
27 days ago

I’m looking at the “lightweight “ e-mtb segment, but the companies sure are reluctant to tell us just what the weights are. One was 52 lbs, not lightweight.

Waterat
Waterat
2 days ago

A Domain fork really? It seems when you go Rockshox you have to go down in spec to hit the pricepoint.

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