Along with updates to their Split Pivot full suspension range, Salsa also had a few other bikes to show off at Frostbike this year. Similarly to the full suspension bikes, the changes are mostly highlighted by spec and color change, but that may still be very welcome news depending on which bikes you’re looking at.

Salsa Randoms - New spec and colors for Timberjack NX, Woodsmoke NX, & Marrakesh

Salsa Woodsmoke NX 27.5+ $2,599

2018 Salsa Woodsmoke NX 27.5+

For their wild Woodsmoke hardtail, 2018 sees a new color and a new 27.5+ spec. By adding in a SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain, Salsa was able to get the carbon framed bike in a 27.5+ build down to $2,599. That includes a RockShox Recon RL Solo Air 140mm fork, SRAM Level brakes, and Formula/WTB Xcraper i40 wheels with Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.8″ tires. The frame continues as a jack of all trades 27+/29″/29+ ripper with the option of ultra short 400mm chainstays (depending on the tire choice), thanks to the adjustable Alternator Dropouts V2.0.

Salsa Randoms - New spec and colors for Timberjack NX, Woodsmoke NX, & Marrakesh

Salsa Timberjack NX 27.5+ $1099

Salsa Randoms - New spec and colors for Timberjack NX, Woodsmoke NX, & Marrakesh

2018 Salsa Timberjack NX 27.5+

This version of the Timberjack gets a new color, but also a new combination of components with an NX build in 27.5+. The aluminum frame retains the Alternator dropouts, and goes with a RockShox Judy Silver TK Solo Air 120mm fork, SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain, and Tektro hydraulic brakes for $1,099. The bike rolls on WTB Ranger 27.5 x 2.8″ tires on WTB Scraper i40 rims.

Salsa Randoms - New spec and colors for Timberjack NX, Woodsmoke NX, & Marrakesh

Salsa Marrakesh Deore $1,499

Salsa Randoms - New spec and colors for Timberjack NX, Woodsmoke NX, & Marrakesh

2018 Salsa Marrakesh

Salsa’s full featured world tourer stays in the line up for 2018, but only as a drop bar build – the flat bar option is gone. It also comes in a new dark blue colorway complete with a blue Brooks B17 medium saddle which looks great in person. The cromoly steel frame includes Alternator 1.0 dropouts and an Alternator 135 Low Deck rear rack, as well as three pack mounts on the steel fork. Built with a Shimano Deore 3×9 drivetrain (with Shimano bar end shifters), wider Maxxis Roamer 700 x 42mm tires, and WTB ST i19 rims, the Marrakesh is ready to travel the globe at $1,499.

2018 Salsa Timberjack Kids’

Salsa was also very excited about their new Timberjack Kids’ bikes which we recently covered here. Important details include specs that were carefully chosen based on the preferences of Salsa employee’s own children. The result is a 20″ and 24″ plus bike that are built to last, light weight, and most importantly fun to ride with real features like bottle cages, three pack racks, 1x drivetrains, and disc brakes. The bikes also include 110/141mm spacing and suspension corrected forks so you can actually upgrade them in the future if you’re so inclined. Most importantly, at $549 and $559, the prices aren’t outrageous and the bikes should hold their resale value quite well to make it easy to unload them after your kids out grow them.


  1. SSorGears on

    I own and ride two Salsas – one is a 20+ year-old road bike and one of their Ti framed MTB’s from 5 or 6 years ago… Not much in their current list of bikes that interest me. They seem to be in a departure from their core strengths that attracted a lot of us to the brand. They are just doing a lot of the “same old” sorta stuff that a lot of other brands are doing, or have already done… IMO the last really innovative bike(s) they have done were the Pony Rustler and the Bucksaw FS fat bike. Hopefully they continue to do OK, but hopefully also start getting unique again.

    • Sxm235 on

      Remember when Salsa bikes were “affordable”? I think that went out the window around the time they turned the spearfish from a $1900 beginners bike to the split pivot design that starts significantly higher.

  2. caliente on

    Anyone ridden the woodsmoke? I’m curious if it would be a good fit in the PNW with a lot of the trails around here being a little more on the gravity side of the “trail” spectrum.


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