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Salsa Introduces a Stiffer, Lighter Bucksaw Carbon – Full Suspension Fat Bikes Taken Up a Notch

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You could basically see it coming. Salsa is no stranger to carbon bikes so when the Bucksaw full suspension fat bike was first introduced, “where is the carbon model?” was a question we heard a lot at Saddle Drive.

Well, here it is – the new lighter, stiffer Bucksaw Carbon. The big addition is the new carbon front triangle since the chainstay is still aluminum and the original Bucksaw already utilized a carbon seat stay. But, that addition of a high modulus carbon front triangle results in a frame that is 300g lighter and said to offer better vibration damping and ride quality than the aluminum brother.

If you’re still on the fence about full suspension fat, you’ll have to ride one before you make the final call. Until then, check out the details and pricing next…

Bucksaw Carbon Salsa full suspension fat bike(3)

Full suspension fat bikes are weird. There, I said it. I recently had a chance to ride the original Bucksaw on my home turf after a few demos out West, and while in the back of my head I was wondering what I would ever use it for, I was also constantly laughing, smiling, and having a blast. Before long were sessioning jumps, pulling wheelies, skids, and generally not concerned about the rolling resistance, weight, or any of the other criticisms.

Just like my questions regarding fat bike suspension forks, full suspension fat bikes seem like something that doesn’t make much sense until you ride one. They’re still not for everybody, but that’s why so many different bikes exist. One thing is for sure, I promise you will smile at least once while riding the new Bucksaw carbon.

Bucksaw Carbon Salsa full suspension fat bike(4) Bucksaw Carbon Salsa full suspension fat bike(5)

Overall, the Bucksaw carbon frame looks to be nearly identical to the Bucksaw 1 and 2 including geometry numbers and tire clearance. Complete carbon bikes will retail for $6,499 (build kit below) with frames coming in at $2,699. You’ll have to wait until Spring 2015 to get your hands on the new Bucksaw carbon, but the aluminum Bucksaw 1 starts shipping to dealers in just 4 days, with the Bucksaw 2 about 2 weeks behind.

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Bucksaw Carbon Complete Bike Spec

 

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Kyle D
Kyle D
8 years ago

It would be fun to take this on some of the old man freeride skidder trails out here in northern AZ.

Gunnstein
Gunnstein
8 years ago

“vibration damping” – what kind of vibration can be felt through fat tires AND full suspension, I wonder? Bumps, sure, but vibration? Sounds like a princess-on-the-pea situation.

aaron
aaron
8 years ago

I think the 29+ and 27.5+ full sus will be super sweet.

Brock H
Brock H
8 years ago

Gunnstein: look at a mountain biking video. all the latest technology, and it still looks like stop-motion video. Particularly in the techy sections. Herky jerky.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
8 years ago

i want that on a scree slope during a downpour

nightfend
nightfend
8 years ago

I rarely see fat tires bikes on any trails. So who are buying these things?

ayyggss
ayyggss
8 years ago

I am.

groghunter
groghunter
8 years ago

Thing looks like normal bike. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: 10 years from now we’ll all be riding something a lot fatter than what we are now. The advances in bigger rim & tires, will trickle down to all bikes, as fat tires & wider rims become less & less of a weight & durability penalty.

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

@nightfend, I’m not sure where you live and ride, but here in the Upper Midwest you see fatbikes everywhere.

Poncho
Poncho
8 years ago

…better vibration damping…
The muffled sound & resonance of Marketing shaking the dollars out of your wallet! 😛

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith
8 years ago

@Poncho

Yeah seriously. It may even be correct from an engineering standpoint, if you look only at the frame and ignore tires/suspension. But it sure as hell as no bearing on the real world.

BTW, does anybody else wanna go on a road ride and beat roadies with a full susser fat bike? Can you imagine the looks? Tehehehe

Timquila
Timquila
8 years ago

I’d sure look good on that.

Gunnstein
Gunnstein
8 years ago

Brock H: That would be what I call bumps. Vibration is something of higher frequency and lower magnitude. And I don’t think any rigid part of the bike (such as the frame) can dampen that to any meaningfull and noticeable degree, compared to what the tires and suspension do. I mean, lower your tire pressure by 0.1 bar, and you have better damping than any rigid frame. Princess on the pea.

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

@AlanM well you answered my question for me

Dumb
Dumb
8 years ago

what purpose does a full suspension bike really serve? I have a very hard time believing anything that’s ride able on a full suspemsion bike isn’t rideable on a full suspension xc or trail mointain bike.

To me these serve no purpose other than to sell ridiculous stuff to idiots who are willing to burn money on it and get in my way on them on the trails during the summer.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
8 years ago

@all the haters above-

So don’t buy it!

Go ride a fatbike around and try not to smile. Can’t do it. They’re fun!

Dirty Sanchez
Dirty Sanchez
8 years ago

@dumb–at least you chose the correct name for yourself

rlee
rlee
8 years ago

I think the haters don’t realize that a fatbike won’t replace your xc/dh/road/trail bike. It is a addition to your fleet of bikes. I bought a fully ridged fatbike last fall and have used it way more than I ever expected.
This fatbike is very expensive. But so is a high end road bike.
You only own one bike? Work some overtime, that’s what I do.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
8 years ago

It’s like a wave runner/jet ski try and not smile when you’re on one. Impossible. It’s another fun thing a bike can do. Nbd.

charliegoodvibes
charliegoodvibes
8 years ago

I Recently demoed the Bucksaw here in Duluth, MN. That thing slays. Sticks like glue, hammers over just about anything, and you can pound the piss out of it without worry. The only downside is that it makes you way too overconfident, but even when I ate s#! / on it I still had an ear to ear grin on.

jeff
jeff
8 years ago

Are the marketers in the bike industry really that good, that the company they work for can come out with a fs fat bike, a 27.5″ bike, etc, and you are buying it because of their claims? No, you buy them because they are right for you and fit what you are looking for.There are niches in every faucet of just about anything, if a fs fat bike doesnt float your boat, dont buy one.
I personally dont own a fat bike, I have ridden them, and one day I wiill have one in my stable.

Vail Beargreaer
Vail Beargreaer
8 years ago

I guess the reason these bikes exist is because full sus, rigid etc normal Mtn bikes didn’t work in the conditions being asked of them. I.E. Winter, snow and sand etc later on so the segment slowly grew. As more and more of us in those types of conditions were able to obtain these bikes they also trickled/rolled over into other markets as well. I certainly never liked putting my Mtn bike away for the winter and went to studs until this option became available….. Bingo year around riding! Then I got it out a little earlier in the fall and put away a little later in the spring…year after that it stayed in play year round. I ride it way more than I ever thought I would. If you are trying to figure out how it fits in your existing riding, it may not. If you have to put a bike away because of the seasons it probably will. I guarantee you tho that if you ride one as a bike lover you will have a blast and revert to your inner childhood again and you will be right back here saying what I just did…. Time to go ride! See ya!

Woker
Woker
8 years ago

Bikes are fun.

Jose
Jose
8 years ago

Why not a carbon chainstay? (rhetorical question)

Aaron
Aaron
8 years ago

$3000 dollars for 10.5 ounces of weight savings over the alloy model? Seems legit.

AdventuresAnonymous
AdventuresAnonymous
8 years ago

@Jose: All of Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot bikes (Devinci, Salsa) so far have an alloy chainstay, because by the time they made a carbon chainstay that could handle the necessary forces for that particular design, it would be as heavy or heavier, plus more expensive, than the alloy chainstay. So alloy it is…

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