TRICKS, TIPS OR UPGRADES?
One of the biggest drawbacks of this bike was the lack of a
dropper post. Given the aggressive tires and trail-worthy build of
the bike, we were left scratching our heads as to why there was
no dropper post included. Salsa doesn’t spec the Horsethief with a
dropper post until the top-of-the-line version. If you plan to buy a
Horsethief, plan to budget for a dropper post.
There was noticeable wear on the Nobby Nic tires within the
first few rides. We recommend running a slightly narrower rear tire
given the tight clearance with the 2. 35 that came stock.
Though the 2x10 was a nice feature stock, Salsa did include a
mount cover for the front derailleur so that riders can convert to
a 1x10 or 1x11. Getting rid of the front derailleur and shifter and
reducing the cranks to one chainring could be a solid option for
riders looking to reduce weight.
BIKE TEST / SALSA HORSETHIEF
30. 5 pounds
Fox F29 CTD Evolution 130mm travel, 51mm offset
Fox CTD Performance w/ Boost Valve 120 travel
Stan’s No Tubes Rapid
Nobby Nic 29x2.35 Snakeskin TLR
Shimano SLX M678, 15x100 (front), 12x142 (rear)
Shimano Deore M615
SRAM S1000 34x22
Salsa Rustler 3, 15mm rise, 750mm width
Shimano Deore M610, 10speed
Shimano SLX M675 Shadow Plus SGS
Shimano HG50, 10speed, 11-36
None (weighed with Shimano XTR)
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
Bang for the buck: Value and durability are packed into this bike.
Serious suspension: Salsa doesn’t mess around when it
comes to suspension. The 130-millimeter-travel Fox CTD fork
adds to the performance and value of the bike.
If you ride hard and want versatility, the Horsethief 2 is a good
option. The price for the quality of the build is tough to beat. We
wouldn’t call this the ultimate trailbike, but we will give it credit for
its ability to handle adversity with confidence. Bang for the buck,
the Horsethief is a serious competitor for riders looking for a bike
that will do it all. ❏
With style: The
Horsethief has a
range of capabilities;
being able to handle
a whip is just one of