We are pleased to introduce the ALL NEW Salsa Beargrease Fat Bike!
Completely redesigned for 2019, we’ve taken the immensely proven bike and improved it further, all the while being careful not to lose the characteristics of the already well-loved fat bike favorite.
When asked what he’s most proud of about the new Beargrease, Salsa product engineer Pete Koski said, “I’m most stoked about keeping the Beargrease spirit while refining it. It maintains its snappiness and power transfer stiffness, while small geometry tweaks make it that much nicer. The end result is a fat bike that is incredibly predictable and stable in all conditions.”
Beargrease Carbon XO1 Eagle – MSRP $5599
So, what’s changed with Beargrease? The short answer is…pretty much everything.
Beargrease moves to a 1x specific drivetrain configuration and a 197mm rear spacing while maintaining its previous Q-factor. “We really manipulated the rear chainstays and seatstays to avoid heel strikes while allowing up to a 26 x 4.6” rear wheel/tire combo,” said Koski.
While Beargrease continues to be spec’d with fast rolling 27.5 x 4” tires, the frame can now also accept up to a 26 x 4.6” tire on 100mm rims.
Up front, three of the 2019 Beargrease models utilize our new Kingpin Fork series, while the fourth Beargrease model switches over to our Bearpaw Carbon fork.
While the Bearpaw Carbon fork continues to offer our Three-Pack mounts and clearance for 26 x 4.8” tires on 100mm rims, the Kingpin Forks bring a whole new level of whoop-ass.
The Kingpin Deluxe fork, featured on the two upper level models, is a full carbon fork packed with the most features yet seen on a fat bike fork:
26 x 5” tire fit on 100mm rims
Dual sets of Three-Pack mounts…that’s right, dual sets of Three-Pack mounts!
Mid-blade mounts for low rider racks/panniers
Internal dynamo wire routing for those upgrading to dynamo hubs
The Kingpin Deluxe fork of the Beargrease Carbon GX Eagle model
The Kingpin Fork shares the same features while utilizing carbon construction with an aluminum steerer.
Beargrease now accepts the Salsa Alternator 170/177 rear rack with the addition of a Salsa Rack-Lock seat collar. “For certain winter-ultra events, we know that some riders like to utilize rear racks instead of seat bags,” said Mike Riemer of Salsa’s marketing team. “The rear rack lets them quickly remove a stuff sack or dry bag of gear and take it into a shelter, instead of fussing with removing items from a seat bag out in the cold darkness. It might be a small detail, but it’s an important one.”
Beargrease Carbon GX Eagle – MSRP $3899
Beargrease now features numerous accessory mounts on the frame, including toptube mounts for strapless mounting of the EXP Series Toptube Bag, one accessory mount under the downtube, and two bottle mounts inside the frame triangle on frame sizes Small through XL, and one on size XS. Yup, for the first time ever, we’re pleased to have an XS frame size Beargrease Carbon in the mix.
Beargrease Carbon NX Eagle – MSRP $2899
And that isn’t all. Even inside Beargrease we’ve made improvements. Internal sleeved cable routing simplifies maintenance, and we’ve even included stealth dropper post routing because we know some of you are just like us and want the full trail bike experience…even in winter.
Beargrease Carbon Deore 1x – MSRP $2299
Koski has designed fat bikes for Salsa since our original 2011 Mukluk. “Fat bikes have come such a long way,” he said. “They were weird looking, awkward riding, heavy and had some pretty marginal tires. Now look at the Beargrease! It looks great. The geometry is dialed. It is light and fun to ride.”
Koski adds, “My hope is that folks experience riding a bike off-road in the winter time to be just as enjoyable as riding off-road in the other seasons is for them. I want the experience to be seamless.”
The new 2019 Beargrease is available now at Authorized Salsa Dealers!
Pedal powder, folks. Pedal powder.
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