For four years, the Salsa Spearfish has been at the forefront of showing what an endurance mountain bike can do. Blazing through 100-milers, supporting delirious racers in 24-hour solos, and setting records in the Arizona Trail Race, the Spearfish can help you go further, faster.
Kurt Refsnider upon crushing the AZT 300 record earlier this spring aboard a Spearfish XX1...
For model year 2015, we have upped our game again, adding high-modulus carbon fiber frames to the impressive Split Pivot™ equipped chassis. Carbon fiber adds incredible chassis stiffness, which improves tracking and handling. High-modulus carbon fiber also allows for fine control of material to create incredible toughness while also reducing frame weight where possible. In fact, a size medium Spearfish Carbon frame weighs in at 4.97 lbs, a half-pound less than its same-size aluminum counterpart. It’s also worth noting that both our carbon and aluminum suspension frames vastly exceed EN testing requirements, as well as many other stiffness and destructive tests.
Our 2015 Spearfish line is comprised of four models.
2015 Spearfish Carbon RS-1...
We’re excited to offer the top-of-the-line Spearfish Carbon RS-1 featuring RockShox’s new inverted RS-1 wunder-fork and RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock. MSRP $6899.
2015 Spearfish Carbon 1...
Spearfish Carbon 1 features the same high-modulus carbon frame but is spec’d with a Fox F29 CDT Performance fork and Fox Float CTD Performance rear shock. MSRP $4899.
Spearfish 2 and 3 features the same great Split Pivot performance via double-butted, mechanically formed, top-shelf 6066 aluminum frames.
2015 Spearfish 2...
The Spearfish 2 is spec’d with a RockShox SID RL fork and RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock. MSRP $3399.
2015 Spearfish 3...
Spearfish 3 receives a Fox Float CTD Evolution fork and rear shock. MSRP $2799.
Whether crafted of carbon or aluminum, Spearfish utilizes several design features that are directly aimed at endurance racing.
First, the Spearfish features an ultra-efficient 80mm of Split Pivot rear travel design. In a nutshell, Split Pivot accomplishes all of the following on a Spearfish, while keeping the focus on maintaining speed.
The concentric rear axle pivot in conjunction with precise wheel link, brake link, and control link placement, results in several performance gains:
Exceptional bump compliance
Incredible pedaling efficiency
Improved frame geometry due to the elimination of unwanted suspension movement during acceleration and braking
2015 Spearfish Carbon RS-1...
The Spearfish geometry is designed to be responsive, yet comfortable and predictable. We accomplish this with very short 437mm chainstays and a relatively long front center due to a slacker than normal headtube angle and a 51mm offset fork. All of this creates a longer front center, lending to excellent stability, while maintaining the mechanical trail of a typical cross-country bike.
Lastly, 29er wheels are still the fastest wheels around, especially for endurance racing. There are many other wheel sizes out there now, and each has its merits, but there is no denying the 29er is still the go-fast and go-long favorite.
2015 Spearfish Carbon...
The Spearfish has proven itself as a unique, but incredibly capable steed for those looking to cover a lot of singletrack in as short a time as possible. If you’re looking for a new go-fast bike, I hope you’ll check out our Spearfish line. Tell them Jay Petervary, Kurt Refsnider, and Danielle Musto sent you.
Keep reading for complete spec and geometry info.
2015 Spearfish Specs
2015 Spearfish Geometry
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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.