Salsa & Split Pivot: Media Launch Day One…Behind The Scenes

We thought we’d share a quick “behind the scenes” look at Day One from the Salsa/Split Pivot Media Launch yesterday.

We’ve brought nine journalists from Canada, Germany, and the United States up to Duluth, Minnesota to showcase our new bikes…but also to showcase Duluth and the incredible effort that is being put into developing it as a mountain bike destination.

Special thanks to the following for taking the time to speak with us at dinner:

Mayor Don Ness, City of Duluth

Hansi Johnson, Upper Midwest Regional Director for IMBA

Adam Sundberg, Chair of COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gummi Shores)

This post filed under topics: Horsethief Kid Mountain Biking New Product Spearfish

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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


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Ben | June 19th, 2013

Very cool guys!

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Fatty | June 19th, 2013

Up next details on 2014 fatbikes??

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Ray | June 19th, 2013

love it!  Horsethief in the summer fatty in the winter.  LIFE IS GOOD!

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Joshua R | June 19th, 2013

So, I’m both happy and sad about the 2014 Salsa Horsethief and Spearfish.

I’m happy about the Split Pivot and the G2 offset forks.  I’m digging the paint schemes.

But I’m sad about the price.  The brand new Trek Fuel EX 7 is a thousand dollars less than the low end Horsethief.  Yes, the Horsethief is running nicer shifting gear.  But for the $1000 difference, I could live with Shimano stuff and replace it with SRAM as it wears out.

I want to support Salsa because QBP has done a lot for MN mountain biking and for Cuyuna.  But I’m not a doctor nor a drug runner so I don’t have money to burn.  This is twice now I was going to pull the trigger on a Salsa bike and had to rethink things over cost. (Warbird became a Specialized Secteur Disc.) That is not a good thing.

I realize components and outside forces dictate costs.  But don’t forget that a lot people, including a lot of potential customers of Salsa, aren’t rich and $3300 as a starting price puts them out of reach of a bike made by Salsa.  Your motto is “Adventure by Bike”.  How can working class mountain bikers go on that adventure when the bike costs a seventh (or more) of their yearly salary?

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