Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saddle Drive 2015- Initial Thoughts On Salsa Cycles Deadwood




I saw the new line earlier this month and was sworn to secrecy (embargo).  Since then something about the new Salsa Cycles Deadwood, a boosted, 29+, dirt drop, backpacking machine, intrigued me.  I personally own and love my Surly bike Krampus and have spent enough time on an ECR to understand the subtleties in these similar bikes.




To me this took some of what a liked about my other bikes, and combined into a package with a much lighter front end that just felt super rowdy.  Luckily I was able to swing a leg over one at Quality Bicycle Products Saddle Drive.  I can't lie Salsa has some of the best finishes in the industry and this bike didn't disappoint.  Shod with a throwback script, and little subtle graphics throughout this bike is a treat to the eyes.

I was able to spend a good bit of time on this bike and took it around a loop several times, because at first I couldn't quite understand how it was ripping the way it was.  The engineers at Salsa really hit a home run with this bike, I don't think I left the drops once, and airborne this bike just feels natural.  The Surly Knard/WTB Scraper i45 rim combo was a damn fine setup with loads of grip and pretty good rolling.

I know that wasn't the intention with the bike, but its pretty cool to have a bike you can tour the weekend on and rip single track after work and still be extremely stoked.

How stoked was I?  I ordered one for myself.










5 comments:

Jason Novack said...

Ordered a Deadwood, nice! Bike Pack Bike for you?

Hope Cyclery said...

going to be my everything...

simon freeman said...

Looking at the photos I'm thinking this is how the big boys should play. Two direct market competitors giving the nod to each other by the salsa deadwood running on surly 29+ tires

simon freeman said...

Looking at the photos I'm thinking this is how the big boys should play. Two direct market competitors giving the nod to each other by the salsa deadwood running on surly 29+ tires

Hope Cyclery said...

Simon, the QBP brands sure do have something special. By way of competition they are in turn growing each others brand. I really love most everything that QBP and all of it's companies put out, just top notch quality.