Salsa bikes are all about rider empowerment. With each release, Salsa presents a uniquely purpose-driven platform and lets us run wild with the most fanciful journeys our adolescent, two-wheeled imaginations could possibly drum up. Three years ago, if a fortune teller could have told us that fat bikes would be one of the most compelling new innovations to greet the bicycle industry in the near future, we would have asked for our money back, and then used that money to buy another full-suspension 29er. But flash-forward to the present with legitimate snow-bike races on the horizon, and plans of epic island circumnavigation bike tours spinning about our heads with fanciful paperboy-esque innocence. One ride aboard the Salsa Mukluk was all it took -- our lives, and the off-road bicycle industry, will never be the same. We're now offering an extension of Salsa's genre-defying new series of fatbikes with the Mukluk 2 Complete Bike, which includes everything but a weatherproof map of regions far off the beaten path.We'd be lying if we said that bigger tires didn't equal bigger fun, but therein lies the inherently empowering beauty of Salsa's ethos behind the Mukluk 2 -- the bike challenges you to find unique riding opportunities in terrain previously thought un-rideable. With the bike's massive Surly Nate tires measuring nearly four inches across, your own imagination is your only limitation, as we've seen these bikes pedaling across moonlit sand at low tide, charging through fresh powder on ski runs, and deftly scrambling over large rocks and logs on long-forgotten forest trails. These tires also provide a remarkable degree of squish, softening up the ride in ways you never thought a fully-rigid bike possibly could. The Mukluk 2 isn't just about short afternoon rides either -- its Enabler fork lets you mount additional water bottles for extra hydration, or Salsa's oversized Anything cage which cleverly holds anything from wine bottles (again, extra hydration) to a tent for your weeklong bikepacking trip. The Mukluk 2 also benefits from Salsa's ingenious Alternator dropouts, giving you a bevy of build options to best fit your riding style. We're offering the Mukluk fully geared with a nine-speed SRAM X.7 and X.9 groupset, but die-hard singlespeeders can also rejoice in the Alternators, which accomodate those no-frills drivetrains without the need for unsightly tensioners. You can also tailor the Alternator to best match the challenges of the trail ahead. Running the dropouts in their forward positioning gives the bike an added kick of agility, while a more rearward positioning increases stability and comfort on those long, snowy rides. And speaking of comfort, the aluminum Mukluk 2 borrows many of the trail-centric geometry cues from Salsa's award-winning El Mariachi, albeit with shorter chainstays and a taller bottom bracket to give you ample clearance over fallen logs, driftwood, or snowbanks. The Salsa Mukluk 2 Complete Bike is available i
Strengths: Relatively light weight for a "Fat bike". The selection of components like the E -13 crank and the drilled RD rims help keep the weight down.
This bike will allow you to expand your bike skills. - Technical trail capability. This bike will make you a better rider. The combination of "29er" diameter tires and fat stability allow you to select different lines and crawl through nasty stuff that is just not as optional on a skinny tire bike. - Momentum. Use the bikes weight to your advantage. Much like a single speed, keeping your momentum up will allow you to use the bikes weight to coast and "pump" sections of single track and down hill.
The anodized frame has a nice finish and IMO is much easier to keep looking good over the long haul.
This bike will make you popular. Everywhere you go people will be looking at and asking you about the bike and where you got the "big" tires.
Weaknesses: Low bottom bracket. I have way too many pedal strikes on this bike. To be fair though this is most notable when ridden in the summer months on single track trail. The stock tire combination could be better, but again at the time of production the options for tire selection was not nearly as optional as it is today.
I could not get comfortable with the stock bars for my riding style. I replaced them with some Salsa - Pro-Moto bars and felt much more ridable for my conditions. The stock brake levers also had to go, and for $20 they were upgraded to Avid Speed Dial 7 levers.
Replacing the stock cassette is one of the best weight saving upgrades you can do. I put on a Sram PG - 990 11-32 and PC 991 chain and It was over 1/2 pound in weight savings.
I was a going to purchase the Mukluk 3 but when I compared the bikes side by side, the Mukluk 2 was my better option. The upgrade in components and weight savings was worth it for me.
I have riden this bike a lot for the last 6 months over all types of terrain. Snow,sand, rocks, single track, gravel roads, it has handled it all. It is an extremely fun bike to ride and It continues to surprise me with its abilities every time I take it out. It is not my only bike, but it gets ridden as much if not more than the others. These bikes are a lot of fun and make a perfect addition to anyones bike collection. They are not "just for snow or beach" bikes.