The folks in Minnesota are drumming up some pretty sweet fatbikes and a nice lineup of capable full-suspension trailbikes. For 2015, Salsa is topping out their Spearfish Carbon with an “as good as it gets” component package. That package includes the unmatched SRAM XX1 drivetrain and is mated to a RockShox RS-1 fork with 100mm travel.
As with all of the full-suspension bikes in the Salsa lineup, the 2015 Spearfish Carbon utilizes Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot suspension design. This suspension platform is one of the most effective in both pedaling and braking — isolating their forces from the suspension performance and delivering an efficient ride.
Salsa intends the 100mm travel spearfish to be used for marathon or endurance races — not necessarily hard-core XC races. As such, the geometry is a little more slack and long (except for the top tube). It also features shorter-than-most, 17.2″ chain stays for a more playful feel on the trail.
The entire package is really impressive with SRAM Guide RSC brakes (fantastic stoppers) and solid components throughout. You can’t go wrong with the no-nonsense Stan’s Crest rims and the whole package tips the scales at a respectable 24.5 lbs.
To get a RockShox RS-1 alone, you’re talking almost $2000 (after lacing the proprietary SRAM hub), so to get a complete, top-of-the-line carbon bike for $6899 is the least expensive way to get into a bike with this wonderfork. Comparable builds with other brands start at $8k+.
2015 Salsa Spearfish Carbon RS-1 Features:
- High-modulus carbon fiber frame drops a half pound over the alloy model
- Split Pivot suspension design with 100mm travel
- RockShox RS-1 inverted fork with 100mm travel
- SRAM XX1 drivetrain
- SRAM Guide RSC brakes
- weight: 24.5 lbs (large)
- Price: $6899
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for something a little different than the usual suspects and can appreciate a solid value, the all-new Salsa Spearfish Carbon should be on the short list. With a venerable XX1 drivetrain and the RS-1 wonderfork, this one packs a punch for less money than the competition.