Today we take a quick look at the 2012 Spearfish range of bikes and frame.
Our 2012 update takes a great product and makes it even better, while also bringing more choices to the table for you to choose from.
We still consider the Spearfish the perfect bike for ultra-endurance XC racing and riding. Its goal continues to be efficiency of suspension and pedaling. Our endurance geometry results in balanced handling and is unchanged from 2011. Our sponsored riders have proven it works when a rider is fresh, but also 23 hours into a 24-hour event, or after six hours of ripping singletrack with your buddies.
The Spearfish continues to use our pivot-minimizing suspension design, creating a lighter and stiffer rear end with fewer wear and maintenance points. Through thoughtful design, the shaped stays deflect a mere 5.2mm as the rear end moves through its 80mm of rear wheel travel, removing the need for a pivot. In fact, if we did use a pivot it would rotate less than one degree during full suspension compression.
Three Levels of Bikes, Two Levels of Frames
The most obvious change for 2012 is that there are now three levels of Spearfish complete bikes, and two levels of frame-only offerings. Each of those levels of bikes and frames gets a different component spec, and there is also a difference in the rear dropout between the Spearfish 1 and Spearfish 2 and 3 frames.
New Rear Dropout Design
Designed in conjunction with the new Horsethief model, all the 2012 Spearfish frames receive a new forged dropout that is both lighter and sleeker than the original. It was designed to be forged and then machined specifically to either the 142 x 12mm (RockShox Maxle) thru-axle standard or the 135 x 10mm QR standard.
Above, the Spearfish 1 rear dropout: 142 x 12mm Maxle standard...
...and the Spearfish 2 and 3 rear dropout: 135 x 10mm quick-release standard
Here’s the quick take on each of the Spearfish bikes and frames.
For 2012 this frame is offered in a beautiful Speedy Black anodized frame. Anodizing does more than just create a durable finish. It also is a lighter weight finish than powdercoat paint.
We’ve collaborated with Fox to bring you a Float RP2 rear shock with Boost Valve, tuned perfectly for the Spearfish 1, and Fox F29 RL up front on the complete bike.
The Spearfish 1 uses the new rear dropout design, machined to only accept a 142 x 12mm Maxle (ala the Horsethief), adding considerable torsional stiffness to the rear triangle, boosting rear wheel tracking.
Spearfish 1 will be available as a frame (including Lip-Lock seat collar and Fox RP2 shock) or a complete bike. See the Spearfish 1 complete bike spec here.
Spearfish 1 Complete Bike MSRP is $3499, available February 2012.
Spearfish 1 Frame MSRP is $1399, also available February 2012.
We admit it…we’ve got a thing for orange bikes. Our Spearfish 2 complete bike will come with a Super Orange powdercoat finish. Our Spearfish 2 frames will be available in a choice of Super Orange or Green Machine colors.
Spearfish 2 uses a RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock with custom-specified tuning. The shock features adjustable rebound and adjustable threshold for dialing in rear suspension performance.
Spearfish 2 receives the new 2012 dropout design, but machined for use only with a standard 135 x 10mm quick-release.
Spearfish 2 will be available as a frame (including Lip-Lock seat collar and RockShox Monarch RT3 shock) or a complete bike. See the Spearfish 2 complete bike spec here.
Spearfish 2 Complete bike MSRP is $2649, available November 2011.
Spearfish 2 Frame MSRP is $1099, also available November 2011.
2012 brings not just the higher pricepoint Spearfish 1, but also a more affordable version in Spearfish 3.
Available only as a complete bike with Green Machine powdercoat paint job, Spearfish 3 uses a custom-specified RockShox Ario RL Air Shock with adjustable rebound and lockout.
Once again, the frame uses our new rear dropout design machined for 135 x 10mm quick-release use.
Spearfish 3 will be available only as a complete bike. See the Spearfish 3 complete bike spec here.
Spearfish 3 Complete bike MSRP is $2199, available November 2011.
For those that are riding our Spearfish already, we thank you for your support and hope you are enjoying the bike. For those that are considering this as a new steed, we hope you appreciate the choices you now have. Enjoy the singletrack!
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I?m Mark, living the dream as an Industrial Designer, married to my amazing wife, and now trying to keep up with our new baby girl! I love to see the world and I?ve lived everywhere from New York to Paris to Utah to California, and a few places in between. I started mt. biking in the soggy forests of Oregon almost 15 years ago, and I?m still coming to terms with the mountain-less Midwest - but who can pass up an opportunity to work for Salsa? If I?m not with the family or on my bike, I?m probably tinkering with an old Saab 900 or trying to manage the ever-growing list of things to fix on our old house.