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.
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.