Salsa Timberjack 27.5+

Salsa Timberjack Women's Mountain Bike

If you’re like most mountain bike riders who started riding a hardtail and are now looking to step up your travel game without committing to a full-suspension bike, a 27.5+ hardtail could be the right choice for you. A 27.5+ hardtail will generally cost less than a some of the women’s full suspension trail bikes, and you’ll likely gain confidence on more techy trail sections thanks to the better traction and stability of wider tires.

Enter the Salsa Timberjack 27.5+.

The Timberjack 27.5+ is a versatile trail bike offering clearance for either 27.5+ or 29″ wheels, front travel options of 120mm (standard), 130mm, or a rigid fork, geared or singlespeed drivetrain versatility, and the choice between a 1x or 2x setup. In Helena’s review of the Salsa Timberjack 27.5+, she says it’s “a lively, versatile bike at a great value, whether you want an all-mountain hardtail or a comfortable bikepacking rig.”

Since her review, the Timberjack 27.5+ (SLX 1×11 build) now includes a RockShox Judy Gold fork, 2.8″ Maxxis Recon tires, and unfortunately, still no dropper. Since it’s not a “women’s-specific” mountain bike, while you’re upgrading the seatpost you’ll probably also want to add a women’s saddle.

See Also
By Helena Kotala

Key Specs:

  • Category: Trail/Bikepacking
  • Travel: 120mm front (also 130mm or rigid)
  • Wheel Size: 27.5+
  • Smallest Frame Size: XS (5’1″ – 5’6″)
  • Standover: 26.4″ (670mm)
  • Reach: 15.78″ (401mm)
  • Frame Material: Aluminum (or Ti frame-only option)
  • Price: $1,699

Key Components:

  • Fork: RockShox Judy Gold
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX 1×11
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore Hydraulic
  • Seatpost: Promax
  • Wheelset: Sun Ringle Duroc
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Sport

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# Comments

  • Leah Barber

    Hiya Rowdy_Burns, funny you should ask – I was actually concurrently working on a women’s budget mountain bike list when I was researching these bikes and I planned to include the Norco Charger – so defintely worth a test ride. If she doesn’t mind pushing a little extra weight, I’d try a 27.5+ hardtail like the Trek Roscoe 8 (1×11, 120mm Judy, dropper, and 2.8″ tires) or Diamondback Rely 2 27.5+ (similar build). Happy riding!

  • mongwolf

    Thanks Leah for the nice list. I’m taking notes for my daughters-in-law (or as we prefer to say daughters-in-love). My wife is also starting to make some comments of wanting to start riding. So that might mean three bike purchases in the coming year or so. As such, I may buy used to get them all started. It seems the older models of the Ibis Mojo (HD or otherwise) might be good for gals because of the shorter cockpit. Do you have any other favorites from over the years?

    • Leah Barber

      Hi mongwolf, im so happy to hear about all these women in your life getting into mountain biking! thats awesome! used bikes are a great (smart!) way to start, women’s specific bikes will probably be harder to find resale or on ebay though. ive always been a fan of santa cruz, though i did have to do some minor mods to get the reach right. while i have not ridden all the bikes on this list, ive never ridden a bike that has fit me “off the rack” better than my old trek wsd. hopefully you can help them get to some shops/demo days to try a few on for size, “just looking” at shops is part of the fun right? happy shopping!

  • mongwolf

    Thanks to tips Leah. I knew nothing about the Trek wsd. And I have always seemed to gravitate towards Santa Cruz bikes simply because they use a threaded BB. All the gals are fairly short 5’3 – 5’4″. Yes, hopefully, we can have some fun together shopping and test riding. I may try to make the purchases as gifts for birthdays and Christmas together.

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