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Brand: Salsa



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  • Jonathan Danz
    ****

    I wholeheartedly recommend this bike. With the 2016s out, if you can score a Purple Haze Carbon 1, do it.

    Pros
    So I reviewed this in early summer and forgot (see below). Think of this as an update, although I feel like it's more of an expounding on the earlier review a bit.

    This bike is smooth as butter and responds really well from pedal stroke one. I test rode this both in Moab and at Raystown in Pennsylvania and enjoyed it both times. It's not crazy flickable, but it's not a tank, either. The carbon front triangle and tubeless setup go a long way toward keeping this bike lively.

    I weigh 185-190, and am 6'2". I chose the large because I wanted the bike to be as lively as possible given that it's full suspension and a 29er - So far so good. I pretty much ride the suspension wide open all the time.

    The geometry is fantastic as it keeps me in a more upright riding position and the full suspension is kind to my back on long rides.

    The short chainstays make seem to play into the bike being livelier.

    With the split pivot, there's very little bob when I'm standing and stomping up hill.

    The component spec is fantastic all the way around. I wasn't sure what to expect with the SRAM Guide brakes, but they've been great. Loving the SRAM Roam 40 hubs and rims.

    I feel like I can ride this thing all day and honor Salsa's motto: Adventure by Bike.

    Cons
    For the price, it would have been nice if they had included a dropper post.

    First time with a carbon frame. It seems weird that Salsa wouldn't protect the points where cables rub against the frame.

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  • Jonathan Danz
    *****

    I've been riding this for a month now (100 miles) and, while there's been a bit of a learning curve coming from a hard tail, I'm really starting to tap into this bike's capabilities. It's a smooth rider that's quick to respond to a pedal stroke. It climbs very well, seated or standing. It hauls a$$ down the trail and the full suspension as definitely saved my bacon a few times.

    At retail cost, it seems like Salsa could've included a dropper post, but the SRAM 1 drivetrain, front and rear RockShox and Roam 40 wheelset are solid and perform well. This is, by far, the most I've ever spent on a bike and I have no regrets. I hope to ride this for a good long while.

    It's perfect for short aggressive rides as well as all day excursions.

    Solid value.

    Pros
    Easy to pedal - super responsive
    Split Pivot separates suspension from pedaling and braking
    Great component spec
    Easy on the back
    Feels stable and capable

    Cons
    Lack of stock dropper post

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