2023 Salsa Blackthorn Mountain Bike Review

2023 Salsa Blackthorn

The Salsa Blackthorn is a versatile all-mountain trail bike designed to ride any trail confidently. The bike has a rear wheel travel of 140mm and a 160mm Fox 36 fork, making it easily handle technical terrain.

The frame is made of stiff and durable carbon and is designed around the Split Pivot suspension system, offering excellent small-bump compliance while pedaling efficiently. The bike also features progressive geometry and a Flip Chip 2.0 for versatility.

2023 Salsa Blackthorn

2023 Salsa Blackthorn
2023 Salsa Blackthorn

Salsa Cycles is an American bicycle brand based in Bloomington, Minnesota, that produces touring, mountain, road, and gravel bicycles and bicycle components.

The company designs and engineers its bikes in the USA, but the frames are made in Taiwan and China. The Blackthorn Carbon frame is priced at $3,499, and the SLX build is priced at $6,299.

The Blackthorn is designed to be a playful descender while still being remarkably pedal-worthy for an all-day ride.

The bike’s suspension platform responds predictably when approaching a jump, and the lightweight bike is stable mid-air, giving riders the confidence to position correctly and soak up the landing.

The overall balance for descending/climbing gives riders the confidence to take on another lap.

Overall, the Salsa Blackthorn is a seriously impressive and versatile bike that can handle UK enduro terrain or bike park up-lift days while still bossing it on mellower terrain.

It is a big step forward for the Salsa mountain bike line and stacks up against the best full-suspension trail bikes on the market.

Salsa Blackthorn Specs

Frame Carbon fiber
Fork RockShox Zeb Ultimate, 170mm travel
Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Shifters SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Brakes SRAM Code RSC hydraulic disc, 200mm rotors
Brake levers SRAM Code RSC
Cassette SRAM XX1 Eagle, 10-52 tooth
Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle
Crankset SRAM XX1 Eagle, 32 tooth chainring
Bottom bracket SRAM DUB
Headset Cane Creek 40
Handlebar Truvativ Descendant carbon, 35mm clamp, 800mm width
Stem Truvativ Descendant, 35mm clamp, 50mm length
Grips Salsa File Tread lock-on
Saddle WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost RockShox Reverb AXS, 170mm travel
Wheels DT Swiss EX1700 Spline Two, 30mm internal width
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″ front, Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4″ rear

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