Salsa Cycles Reveals More Bikepacking Friendly Cutthroat for 2020

Salsa Cycles Reveals More Bikepacking Friendly Cutthroat for 2020
Salsa is not new to the bikepacking game, they have had a complete range of bikes purpose built for everything from single day gravel rides to intercontinental tours for years. The Cutthroat has been in the Salsa lineup for a few years and now it’s getting an update to better handle long distance rides over mixed surfaces.

A New Cutthroat Fork

The new Cutthroat fork gets an overhaul, starting with high modulus carbon which adds 32-percent more compliance. Weighing in at 775-grams, the fork features three gear mounts on each side and internal cable mounting. The fork is backwards compatible with the previous generation Cutthroat, if you’re looking for an upgrade. The fork will retail for $549.

Cutthroat Frame Updates

The Cutthroat frame also now comes with a new high modulus carbon for more compliance, but some geometry changes are on the way as well. All day comfort is bolstered by a slack 69 ° headtube angle which increases the wheelbase for increased stability. The Cutthroat also maintains Salsa’s Class 5 Vibration Reduction System, which adds compliance to the rear end through bowed-out seatstays. The Cutthroat is now available in a smaller 52cm size all the way to 60cm in 2cm increments, and has tire clearance of up to 2.4”.

Accessory Mounts

One perk of riding a Salsa is that the company also makes bikepacking bags. The Cutthroat gets its own purpose built frame bag, made specifically for each frame size. The direct mount bag installs without tools and features waterproof materials for an overall water-resistant construction. In addition to the three mounts on each side of the fork, there are three main triangle bottle mounts,, two accessory mounts on the underside of the downtube; and a toptube mount.

Cutthroat Drivetrain Updates

To pull off a wide tire clearance, Salsa uses boost mountain bike cranks. The rest of the components can then be road specific. With mountain boost cranks, 1x setups on the Cutthroat have a 40t chainring maximum up front. With Race Face mountain boost cranks mounted to Easton direct-mount chianrings, a 2x setup can have a maximum 50/34t chainring combo.

Salsa Cutthroat Availability, Sizes And Pricing

These new Salsa Cutthroats won’t be hitting shop floors until the first week of November, with a few Apex equipped bikes showing up in mid- October. Salsa Cutthroat Carbon bikes will be available in even sizes 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, and 60cm sizes.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Cutthroat Carbon GRX 810 Di2 MSRP $5799
  • Cutthroat Carbon GRX 810 1X MSRP $4199
  • Cutthroat Carbon GRX 600 MSRP $3299
  • Cutthroat Carbon Apex 1 MSRP $2699
  • Cutthroat Carbon Frame Set MSRP $2199
  • Cutthroat Fork Aftermarket MSRP $549

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