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.
- 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
- 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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