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…
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.
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.
Bucksaw Carbon Complete Bike Spec