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It’s hard for me to fully back the idea of a quiver-killing bike—the one machine that does it all—but were I looking to shell out my own precious shekels for a bike that could support me anywhere from the odd XC race to a high-mountain adventure to light bike-park duty, this new Horsethief would definitely be on my shortest of short lists.
-BIKE Magazine – July 2013

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The updated Horsethief 1 we rode on the tight and twisty trails around Duluth, Minnesota, is a much more refined bicycle than its predecessor in terms of handling and suspension performance.
-BikeRadar – July 2013

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On Salsa’s recommendation, I left the Fox CTD shock in Descend mode which they said would illustrate how well the suspension design, not the damping was working. They were absolutely right, with the bike feeling incredibly efficient while climbing without having to use the Climb mode once. Of course this meant the suspension felt extremely plush and active when you hit a rock or root, but there was very little pedal induced suspension bob.
-BikeRumor – July 2013

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…I was immediately struck by the bike’s sense of poise. Again, with both wheels shifted forward under the rider, rider weight distribution is similar to that of a 26-inch trail bike; weight back over the rear wheel, with the front wheel well out in front for stability. Within minutes aboard the bike, I was extremely comfortable with capable handling. The increased fork offset kept things moving along nicely at slow speeds, too.
-Dirt Rag – June 2013

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I spent two solid days piloting the Horsethief, and although it’s a bit too much bike for my preferences, I was really impressed with how nimble and responsive it was for such a big bike. Whether behind the saddle dropping the big rock faces at Piedmont Trails known as “Medropolis”, carving up tight, technical singletrack above the town of Duluth or doing numerous runs down the irresistible Candyland flow trail at Spirit Mountain ski resort, the Horsethief showed off its versatility.
-MTBR – June 2013

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There was no pretense here. It was just tasty food, good company, easy conversation, and the satisfaction of sitting out in the woods after a solid day of riding. The moment captured Salsa and the new Spearfish and Horsethief well. These are no-bullshit, fun-loving bikes built for whatever adventure life throws at them.
-Outside Magazine – August 2013

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We spent time on the bike while covering some natural, rocky terrain, as well as on Spirit Mountain's berm-filled Candyland trail, with the bike offering a great sense of its capabilities at both locations. It obviously excelled and felt more at home while on Duluth's cross-country loops, but we were surprised at how easily it carved the tight bermed corners at Spirit Mountain, feeling very unlike some other big-wheelers that we've thrown around on the jump lines.
-PinkBike – July 2013

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…Salsa has really stepped things up. With competent suspension, neat welding and lovely finishes, Salsa has moved into the big league.
-Singletrack – July 2013

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