2015 Mukluk Introduction

Fatbikes have come a long way…especially during the last couple years. There have been huge increases in fatbike componentry, a surge in popularity as people around the world discover these incredible macines and what they are capable of, and because of that, many new players are joining the party.

2015 Mukluk Ti...

The Mukluk has become an iconic part of Salsa and the fatbike genre, and it serves as perhaps the best representation of where we have been and where we are heading in the world of fatbikes.

For model year 2015, we’ve made a few notable changes to the Mukluk line, as we have seen how riders are using their fatbikes.

Mukluk 2 Suspension in Orange Sparkle colorway...

First, all Mukluk models feature hydraulics brakes. We spec’d the amazing Avid BB7 mechanical disc brake for the past five years because of its reliability and simplicity. However, we see more people using their fatbikes as all-season fat mountain bikes. More folks are riding further on bigger terrain and the need for more consistent, powerful brakes is there.

Second, all Mukluk models come equipped with Surly Holy Rolling Darryl rims and 26 x 3.8” Surly Nate tires. It’s not the fattest, or the lightest setup, but this combo is incredibly versatile in all seasons and on all surfaces. The Holy version is on all models to keep the overall bike weight lower, especially in the wheels (rotating weight, you know), and will help to continue to push the boundaries of how people are using fatbikes to explore the world.

2015 Mukluk 3 in Arctic White colorway...

Lastly, we’ve spec’d the RockShox Bluto fat suspension fork on Mukluk Ti and a Mukluk 2 model. For quite a few years, Salsa led the push for a fatbike suspension fork. Our excellent partners at RockShox stepped up, and their Bluto fatbike suspension fork will be a major step in redefining fatbikes and what they are capable of. After all, fatbikes ARE mountain bikes.

2015 Mukluk in Ruby Red colorway...

The Salsa Mukluk is a great balance of flotation, traction, stability, and weight for exploring the world around us. It’s taken us through deserts, over mountain passes, through frozen swamps, and down swooping singletrack trails. We look forward to seeing where Mukluk takes you.



2015 Mukluk Spec

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Tim Krueger

I come from the land of trees, lakes and cheese. I like beef jerky, singletrack and pale ale. I believe derailleurs were invented for a very good reason. Long rides with good friends and campfires is really what its all about. Oh, and if its not anodized, its worthless.


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Sean | July 21st, 2014

Fat bike lineup looks sweet.  Will it be possible to use thru axle alternator dropouts on the Mukluk with 170 hub spacing?  I.e.  I have last Year’s Mukluk Ti and was told the thru axle alternator drops for the Beargrease would not work with the Mukluk.  Has this changed with the 2015 lineup?

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Rob | July 21st, 2014

Will the Muk 2 be available without the suspension fork? The 2015 line-up looks great! Can’t wait for my 2015.

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Welnic | July 21st, 2014

For Sean. I have a 2014 Mukluk Ti with a 177x12 thru axle. Salsa make a set of Maxle swing plates for their Alternator dropouts, but they normally come with a 142x12 axle since they are meant for their normal tire sized bikes. My LBS was finally able to track down the correct axle for the Mukluk. So it is possible. The Beargrease doesn’t have Alternator dropouts.

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Sean | July 22nd, 2014

Welnic…thanks.  Yes, that’s right.  My LBS said the 177 TA from the Beargrease was a different threading than that used with the Alternator dropouts Any idea where your LBS sourced a compatible TA at 177?

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Welnic | July 23rd, 2014

They got it from Salsa. The part number is QBP FS1332. That is for the Maxle swing plates with a 177x12mm thru axle. I did a search and found that at Universal Cycles with the correct description. QBP also carries just the axle, part number QBP QR8281.

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Kid Riemer | July 24th, 2014

Welnic - Thanks for helping Sean out with that info. You are correct. Thru-axle plates for our 135mm spaced bikes are different than thru-axle plates for our 170 and 190mm spaced bikes.

Rob - The Mukluk 2 will also be offered in a frameset only (frame and fork) in a very nice metallic green color.

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Steven dukes | August 6th, 2014

I really hope it is better than this years mukluk.

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Brandon Swanson | August 12th, 2014

Whats the frame weight of the ti and aluminum mukluk?

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Erik | August 14th, 2014

IS the 2015 Mukluk 3 Rohloff compatible ? )Rohloff has a 170 mm hub)

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Sean | August 14th, 2014

Erik : Salsa offers a Rohloff alternator drop out kit for the mukluk

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Erik | August 14th, 2014

Thanks, Sean

What will be the biggest tire that will fit using 70/80 mm rims ?

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Rolf | August 15th, 2014

What kind of rear hub are you using in Mukluk 3 in 2015. Is it easy to disassemble? Our winter lasts seven months and most of hubs fails here because of freezing. Is it possible to disassemble and degrease and re-grease the freehub body and clutches? This aspect is very important. And I mean an operation which can be done by competent customer.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2014

Brandon Swanson -

Mukluk Ti Frame Weight - XS 1880g, SM 1900g, MD 1980g, LG 2040g, XL 2100g

Mukluk Aluminum Frame Weight - XS 1870g, SM 1930g, MD 2040g, LG 2100g, XL 2180g

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Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2014

Erik - I run a 4.7” Big Fat Larry mounted on a 100mm-wide ClownShoe rim on the rear of my Mukluk Ti. But to do so I use an abbreviated cassette, eliminating two of my smaller cogs and moving my cassette outwards to gain chain clearance.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2014

Rolf - The Mukluk 3 continues to be spec’d with our Mukluk 3 hub. That hub can be serviced, it just take s a bit more knowledge. The Mukluk 3 hub doesn’t use cartridge bearings but it is still possible to re-grease the hub for good true-cold weather performance.

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Sean | August 19th, 2014

Erik, on an 80mm rim, I can run a Lou (4.8”) using a 1x10 drivetrain with good clearance.  A truncated cassette or a Rohloff should have plenty of room.

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Erik | August 20th, 2014

Thanks all for the info.

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Brandon Swanson | August 23rd, 2014

I am going with the mukluk ti… Mostly for the 1x setup, but somewhat for the look of titanium (to be honest). This will be my BIKE. only bike. The end. Quiver be damned.

When is it available?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 25th, 2014

Brandon Swanson - My ETA sheet shows Mukluk Ti available Mid-September. Thanks for your interest in the Mukluk Ti. I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

Joshua | August 26th, 2014

I wanna go fat, and not go back!

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Erik | September 12th, 2014

What size seat post (diameter) is on the 2015 Mukluk 3 ?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | September 23rd, 2014

Erik - 31.6mm. You can find all this sort of info on our site, here:  http://salsacycles.com/bikes/mukluk/2015_mukluk_2_suspension/frame_tech/

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Erik | September 25th, 2014

Thanks Kid.

Any idea when the 2015 Mukluk Alum bikes will be shipped. I have one on order ?

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Erik | September 25th, 2014

Never mind Kid. Bike arrived today and will be on it Saturday. Looking forward to it. Thanks for all the assistance.

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BenT | November 14th, 2014

Kid,  I am a bit confused I have these dropouts :

I would like to convert my 2014 Mukluk Ti to thru axel ...

So would I not need a 177x12mm thru axel to complete this process?  Or are you saying that this would not work…?

Bruce | November 23rd, 2014

What is the deal with converting the rear hub/QR to a 12 mm thru axle? and what do I need to get to accomplish this? Thanks.


PK | November 24th, 2014

BenT -  Those plates are threaded with an M12x1.75 thread pitch, if you can find a 12x208L, TP=1.75, TL=20 axle, then you can use those plates, however, I predict that axle will be difficult to find.  The Mukluk (& Beargrease) frames are designed around a 12x208L, TP=1.50, TL=20 thru-axle.  We sell the axle & plates together for the Mukluk, and the Beargrease comes stock with a DT axle in this size. (Our hardtail fatbikes use a 1.50 thread-pitch in order to prevent someone from mistakenly using a few existing 1.75 threaded axles options that are close in length, but not a full 208mm long - which would result in an unsafe rear wheel connection.)

Bruce - You need the above mentioned axle & swing plate kit, as well as set of thru-axle hub end caps.  Conversion steps are located in the hub instructions found on our website, Your LBS should be able to get you the parts.

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Chris | December 20th, 2014

I’m a little confused trying to figure out converting my 2015 Muk Ti to a through axle (TA).

Using the 177mm plates and Salsa 12mm Thru-Axle End Caps for Fat Conversion Hub I (actually my LBS) can convert my OE Salsa Fat Conversion to TA without having to build a new wheelset?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | December 22nd, 2014

Chris - Yes. That’s how it is done.

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Brandon Swanson | May 3rd, 2015

I’ve been too busy riding my 2015 Mukluk Ti to even think about reviewing it.  Awesome bike.  Making climbs I could never do on my 29er.  I love everything about the build on the Ti. X1 is awesome. Smooth shifts, no chatter, no dropped chains (and I’ve ridden in the deepest mud and rockiest descents you can imagine on my mukluk). The guide brakes are great. They performed perfectly even down to -18. No difference.

On Bluto: I think it’s a very good fork. 32mm are enough. Don’t listen the the review by some bike mag saying its flexy and they should have gone 34mm for a fatbike. The guy who said that weighs 330 pounds. Not ripping on him, just a fact of forces. I weigh 210 pounds so I am a decently heavy rider. No flex. The fork lets me bomb in the backcountry with confidence.

BE WARNED however that this is not a winter fork… At least in cold climates. I kinda wish I had known that. My Positive air chamber leaked on a descent in -15F. The fork started bottoming out. Angry Catfish in Minneapolis was awesome and took care of servicing it. They even gave me a discount on the bearpaw 150 rigid fork. It’s pretty easy to swap back and forth per season. I just want folks to know riding your Bluto locked out in winter isn’t a good option. Turnagain out of Colorado made a cold weather Bluto seal kit, but after I lost pressure out in the woods alone I was done with winter suspension. Too bad because it was cold without snow a lot earlier in the year.

All that said I love my Mukluk Ti. Can’t say I loved winter riding, but I am not privy to groomed single track and it was ska bad snow year on the north shore of Lake Superior. At least where I am.  For summer riding It’s crazy rugged and rocky around me and the muk with Bluto just owns it. Selling my 29er. This is MY mountain bike.

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Mark | July 14th, 2015

What is the minimal seatpost length? Can I use a 31.6X350mm post?

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