2015 Horsethief Goes Carbon

I recently had the opportunity to ride the Bangtail Divide trail in Bozeman, Montana. My brother lives out there, and I went for a visit, and asked him to take me out on one of his favorite trails. My brother uses a 2014 Horsethief 1 as his primary bike, and I had brought my 2015 Horsethief with me on the trip. Without pause, he said that Bangtail was the place.

The Bangtail starts with a relatively brutal five-mile climb, switchbacking up 2000 feet of vertical immediately. With such a steep climb, and over 30 switchbacks, the Horsethief tackled the climb well, with its Split Pivot rear suspension perfectly balancing bump absorption and anti-squat, and the very short 437mm-length chainstays brought the bike around each tight switchback with ease.

Once we reached the top of the climb, there was an excellent 13-mile stretch of ups and downs, across alpine meadows, down rocky chunder-filled hills, and swoopy berms through the pines, while still adding in another 1700 feet of climbing as we crested three different mountain tops. Finally, the trail pointed down for good, with the remaining five miles being a 2500-foot descent of high-speed singletrack through the ponderosas.

This trail, with its steep climbing, tight switchbacks, fast, rocky downhills and berms was a great display of how the Horsethief is the bike that can be taken to a new trail, able to handle anything up, and anything down.

Last year, we made the switch to using Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot™ rear suspension design. This year we are upping our game again, and I’m pleased to introduce our new Horsethief Carbon bikes and frames.

2015 Horsethief Carbon XTR...

Carbon fiber has many different characteristics that can be beneficial in frame design. Our high modulus Horsethief Carbon gets a huge boost in stiffness that leads to more precise steering and rear wheel tracking. At the same time, the frame does an event better job of vibration damping. An additional bonus is that we were able to remove three quarters of a pound compared to our aluminum Horsethief frame.

2015 Horsethief Carbon 1...

For 2015 we are offering the Horsethief in two carbon builds, and one 6066 aluminum build. The beauty of it is that each of these provides all the benefits of Split Pivot rear suspension, as well as the same great frame geometry.

2015 Horsethief 2...
My Horsethief has been an incredible bike for riding and discovering new trails across the country. It lets me confidently approach any trail knowing the bike won’t let me down. If you’re looking for a new all-day, any-trail bike that pedals uphill as well as it descends, be sure to check out Horsethief…now in carbon or aluminum.

2015 Horsethief Carbon XTR...



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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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Jarett | July 21st, 2014

I was already drooling over 2014’s Horsethief, now they are offered in carbon! I must start saving and try to keep it a secret from my 2014 El Mariachi singlespeed.

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Nick | July 22nd, 2014

How do you tell your wife you need to sell her wedding ring set because you can’t live without a carbon Horsethief?

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Sean | July 23rd, 2014

She will be mine, owe yes she will be mine…

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Giddyknot | July 28th, 2014

Teasing accomplished; rave reviews are out; Demo truck busy on the west coast.
When will the 2015 carbon Thiefs & Fishes be available through dealers?

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Mike | August 1st, 2014

How come the specs don’t show the actual weight? Or am I mis-reading the information?

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Kevin | August 2nd, 2014

I’m excited about the Carbon. I have an 2012 and love it. Drooling over this new bike.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 5th, 2014

Giddyknot - Here is what my ETA sheet says:

Spearfish Carbon RS-1 - Mid-October
Spearfish Carbon - Mid-October
Spearfish 2 - September
Spearfish 3 - Mid-September

Horsethief Carbon XTR - November
Horsethief Carbon 1 - Mid-October
Horsethief 2 - Mid-September

Jarett and Kevin - I am the Marketing guy but I’m being honest when I say the stiffness and tracking boost from the carbon frames is incredible.

Mike - Weights…we are pretty darn terrible at working weighing into our process. Our website will be updated with the new bikes around August 22 and at that time, we will have at least one weight for each model level. Then as the production bikes arrive and we start assembling the other sizes we will be sure to add more weight info.

Thanks for your interest everyone.

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Giddyknot | August 15th, 2014

Kid - much appreciato.  Funds looking good, now just need that Demo truck in reach (in Quad Cities).  Or send it to Copper Harbor for the Bells fest Aug 31st, dontchyaknow.  Likely HT1 for me & SF1 for wifey - much test riding first.

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Shawn | October 22nd, 2014

I recently rode the carbon horsethief at the Salsa demo in Wichita. As a Spearfish owner I went for the carbon spearfish. It was awesome! However the lap on the carbon Horsethief blew me away. Damn you Brian! I am selling me cherished 1985 BMW 535 to buy a new Horsethief.

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