Salsa Cycles Beargrease Fat Bikes

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

The Beargrease Carbon is THE racing fatbike…simple as that. Think of all the terrain you can ride on a fatbike. Now think of riding it fast! The frame’s massive carbon ‘tubes’ combine with front and rear thru-axles they dramatically increase the stiffness and efficiency of the chassis. The Beargrease Carbon is agile and elegant, with internal cable routing, all excesses removed, and new geometry that will have you forgetting you are on a fatbike.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hotsalsa a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2014

Strengths:    Light (for a fatbike)
Fairly nimble
Great price for a carbon frame
So much fun you won't be able to ride anything else

Weaknesses:    Heavy wheelset (to be expected)
BB7 is average at stopping
A sus option would have been nice (although they offer that now)

Bottom Line:   
I got the 14 Black X7/9. Love it. Once you get used to the slower steering (not too slow) because of the large tires it's a blast. So much fun I sold my 29er and use this bike year round. Ample clearance, climbs like a beast, and really holds turns and rolls over everything. It is bouncy being rigid so descents I recommend dialing it back a little.

X7/9 is spot on, and I see no reason for X0 unless you are actually racing it against people. BB7 is acceptable. Things I did to really improve it:

1. Understand tire pressure. I run low (between 6-9) most of the time. Get a digital gauge. I still need to try tubeless...
2. Consider front sus. Not needed but definitely recommended. I added a Bluto.
3. To accommodate the Bluto I got spacers for the hubs. This made me change the rotors to 180 in the front, so I put the old 160 in the back. This also helped with the average BB7 stop times. I can also swap forks quickly if needed.
4. I also intend to get a set of 29+ wheels for the summer if I feel like riding lighter and faster. Again, not needed but now I have two bikes in one.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Kelly

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2014

Strengths:    Light, stiff, geometry is dialed for snow, sand, or general trail riding
Good component spec on all models
Great looking bike

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Favorite bike in the stable. Super predictable handling in all conditions (snow, ice, mud, singletrack). It's a fat tire mountain bike and that's exactly what it feels like. Every bit of power to the pedals goes to the back end. Even though it's designed as a race bike it has good low speed handling as well, thanks to the slack HT angle.
Salsa sets this bike up around 80-82mm rims with 4 inch tires with a 170mm rear spacing (which equates to 178 as it has a thru-axle, and honestly that width of rear end is more than enough for the majority of fatbiking). Bike comes stock with Dillingers but once you stud them up, you don't want to run them in the summer. Specialized Ground Control 4.6 has plenty of room on both 1X11 and 2X10 drivetrains without any adjustment, and gobs of clearance with Husker Dus or Nates.
Would absolutely get this bike again - in any configuration.

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Thinking about jumping on the band wagon for a go at winter riding. I have two bikes for normal stuff so it may or may not see summer duty. Saw a deal for a salsa beargrease for $2600. Curious about thoughts on this be honest I haven't had time to do much research - just looking to ho ... Read More »

2015 Beargrease

After much decision of some of the new bikes I pulled the trigger on the new Carbon One. My decision to go fat was by pure chance when my twice a year ridden MTB failed at an 8 hour race up here in Canada. By chance Specialized was there with demos and they were my brothers go to shop as the sponso ... Read More »

29ers for my Beargrease???

Hi All - I've heard I can switch my Rolling Darryl's with 4-0s for 29ers. I'm rolling on a Beargrease with 42 front and 77 rear hubs and wonder if anybody has had any experience here. Is it as simple as finding a setup with the same hub size? Thanks all for sharing the trail with us oldies :)Read More »

Salsa 2014 Beargrease self build VS Trek Farley 8 from the shop

Hey guys, This is my first post, I've been lurking in the background for a while reading posts etc, but I thought it was time to get involved. Recently I've become OBSESSED with fat bikes and decided I want (more like NEED) to get involved. The only issue is I cant make my mind up on what way to d ... Read More »

Adding an SRM powermeter to a Beargrease

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