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Guest Blog: Montana Saddle Time

Today's guest blog comes from the tag team of Casey and Ryan Krueger. Coincidentally, they happen to be Salsa product manager Tim Krueger's brothers. Enjoy. -Kid

I recently returned from an epic summer road trip to Montana with a 2014 Horsethief as my sole companion. Meeting up with my younger brother and photographer, Ryan, meant that we would be spending some HUGE days on our bikes but also that we would have some great photos to prove it. The photos that follow, are the product of a guy that cannot only rip singletrack for hours on end, but ride it all with a very large, very expensive camera on his back.

On my first day in Montana and we tackled the biggest ride around, known as the Curly Lake Highline Trail. 26 miles, over 5,000 feet of elevation gain, and so deep in the wilderness that you feel like you’re the only people in Montana. Although the Horsethief climbed to this vantage point with ease, it was going to absolutely rip the ten-mile descent that was still to come.

Stealing horses at 10,000 feet and not a sheriff in site!

Bangtail Divide. This buffed out IMBA Epic Trail is a must for any rider passing through the Bozeman area. I had ridden this trail before on an XC bike, but being on the Horsethief was like seeing it for the first time. The climbs were not a problem and the fast flow sections were insanely fun!

Although I can’t tell you the name or location of this trail, I can say that the Horsethief ate it up! 

The perfect evening ride in South Cottonwood Canyon.

Montana really was a great trip. The Horsethief was able to handle the diverse riding experiences and trails I threw it at without problem. Quiver killer? Hmmm…could be. Thanks again to my brother Ryan for letting me play model, and for guiding me on his turf.

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ABOUT THE GUEST BLOGGERS

Ryan Krueger enjoys long rides on the beach at sunset. He lives in Montana, where the singletrack is terrible and the views are obstructed by tall, pointy rocks. When he’s not lost in the Gallatin National Forest, guessing his way back to the trailhead, he works as a photo editor and photographer. See more of his work at www.ryankrueger.com.

Casey Krueger is a bona fide singletrack junkie. His fixation with roots, rocks and dirt has lead him reside in Duluth, Minnesota. This mountain bike mecca is where he uses his carpentry skills to fund his addiction. 

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COMMENTS (6)

Steve g | October 11th, 2013

Nice pics Ryan. Keep the rubber down.

Ryan Krueger | October 12th, 2013

Thanks Steve!

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