Salsa Beargrease

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Numbers of Gears
27, 27.88, 29, 29.69, 30 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Salsa Beargrease. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

18 reasons to buy

  • The Salsa Beargrease excels at riding through snow and sand.
  • The bike is available in sizes XS to XL.
  • The bike has numerous fork and frame mounts for riders looking to take on winter endurance races or bikepack on it.
  • The bike can be set up to tackle a variety of off-road terrain. The bike is compatible with 26", 27.5" and 29" wheel and tire setups.
  • Experts agree this bike is lightweight, making it ideal for fat bike racing.
  • The 73 degrees seat tube angle combined with a moderate reach places riders in a comfortable riding position for seated climbs.
  • The stiff frame is responsive and efficiently transfers power on climbs.
  • The 68.4 degrees head tube angle provides the rider with a position for greater control and confidence on descents, according to one expert.
  • The bike is easy to maneuver with its short wheelbase.
  • The wide tires provide riders with stability for taking corners smoothly and floating over sand traps.
  • The wide tires help minimize chatter from trails and rougher roads.
  • There is internal routing for a dropper post on the Salsa Beargrease.
  • The bike has the capability of internally routing a dynamo hub.
  • The front fork can easily be swapped for a suspension fork.
  • The wide handlebars provide riders with extra leverage for climbing up steep trails.
  • The standard 27.5” fat tires and wheels that come on the Salsa Beargrease have excellent rollover helping the bike maintain its speed.
  • Experts found the stock WTB Volt saddle comfortable.
  • The bike is affordable for rider’s desiring a carbon fat bike.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The bike is not 2x compatible.
  • The Salsa Beargrease is not immediately comfortable for riders. One must ride the bike several times before they feel comfortable on it, according to an expert.
  • One expert found the brakes were not the best for stopping at higher speeds.
  • The wide tires are loud on paved and buffed out gravel roads.

Bottom line

The Salsa Beargrease is a racy, light, carbon fat bike. It has a short wheelbase and moderate reach, making it both stable and responsive on trails, through sand and over snow. The bike has plenty of bosses for mounting water bottle cages, bags and other gear onto it. The bike has internal routing options for a dynamo hub and dropper post. The bike is compatible with 26”, 27.5” and 29” wheel and tire setups making it extremely versatile for riding and racing year-round.

Expert Reviews

77/100 based on 2 expert reviews
Outdoor Gear Lab
Level 4 expert

Salsa Beargrease Carbon Deore 2019 Review

Level 4 expert

This lightweight carbon-framed ride is a comfortable and adept climber, a playful and relatively competent descender, and a versatile enough to go bike packing one day and take on a snowy backyard ride the next.

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Level 3 expert

2019 Salsa Beargrease Carbon X01 Eagle Review

Level 3 expert

Once up to speed the bike is fast and comfortable. It is however a bit slow to get the bike to that point out of corners.

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MTB Cincinnati
Level 1 expert

2019 Salsa Beargrease Fat Bike Test Review

Level 1 expert


If you are looking to get a fat bike or upgrade your old one, the 2019 Beargrease is a good place to go.

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The Cranemeister
Level 1 expert

Salsa Beargrease Review: My Thoughts and Comparing It to My Trek Farley 9.8

Level 1 expert

Overall, I’d say it’s a great bike.

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Elevation Every Weekend
Level 1 expert

Salsa Beargrease 2021: First Ride Impressions Carbon Fatbike

Level 1 expert

The bike feels great, still comfortable, still obviously going to be highly capable but its definitely going to fill that niche that I want to fill in my lineup compared to my other two fat bikes and it’s going to be a much faster fat bike.

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