Salsa Cutthroat

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Summary of Reviews

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

13 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers say that the Cutthroat easily tackles the toughest gravel trails.
  • Experts appreciate the bike’s ultra-endurance-friendly geometry.
  • The stock tires are 29" x 2.2". The frame has clearance for tires up to 29" x 2.4".
  • Riders say Salsa's Class 5 Vibration Reduction System absorbs chatter well.
  • The Cutthroat’s carbon frame has routing for a dropper seatpost.
  • Experts and owners appreciate the number of mounting points on the frame and fork (over 20).
  • The Cutthroat can fit up to five water bottles on the 54-60cm frames (four bottles on the 52cm frame).
  • Abrasion-resistant plates on the frame and fork offer protection against wear from mud and debris.
  • Riders appreciate the flexibility for customization, such as the ability to personalize wheels or add front suspension.
  • The Cutthroat is available in 1x11-speed, 1x12-speed, and 2x11-speed build options.
  • Riders praise the comfort and control offered by the stock Zoom DR handlebars.
  • The Cutthroat is rear rack compatible, making it suitable for bicycle touring or commuting.
  • Salsa offers a five-year warranty for the frame, three years for the fork, and two years on most other components.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Experts critique the BB92 press-fit bottom bracket which has a tendency to creak. They would prefer to see a threaded bottom bracket.
  • Several owners feel the Cutthroat C GRX 600 1x11-speed drivetrain has inadequate gearing range.

Bottom line

Salsa brands the Cutthroat as a mixed-terrain bike designed to handle the demands of ultra-endurance racing. Owners attest to its ability as a "comfortable touring machine," and experts call it a great gravel bike. Riders also say it performs well as a commuter, making the Cutthroat a hard bike to label. One thing is sure: with plentiful customization options, it is winning riders over in multiple categories. Additionally, buyers can choose between several build kits spanning a wide price range. While the Cutthroat has few critics, owners acknowledge that the quality comes at a higher price point.

Expert Reviews

84/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

2021 Salsa Cutthroat Carbon GRX 810

It might have drop handlebars and knobby tires, but the Salsa Cutthroat is no normal gravel bike.

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Salsa Cutthroat V2 Review + Direct Mount Frame Bag

The Cutthroat is lighter, more compliant, and comfortable on long rides…

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The Mother of All Gravel Bikes: Test Ride With the Salsa Cutthroat C GRX 600

John Moore

Salsa Cutthroat Review

The Cutthroat is a very capable gravel bike designed for long-distance bikepacking on rough trails.

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Chris Munton

Salsa Cutthroat 2022 Apex 1 Review

Definitely the best bike I have ever owned.

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Gran Fondo

Salsa Cutthroat GRX600 in Review

Packing space and comfort are unparalleled.

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The New Salsa Cutthroat Carbon GRX 810 1x Is Built for High-Speed Adventures

Even gravel lovers who carry no more than a grit-eating grin will love this stealth bomber of a bike.

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Gear Junkie

Salsa Redesigns Cutthroat: First Ride Review

Adding to the overall mountain bike feel, this new fork is a win.

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Bicycling Australia

First Ride: Salsa Cutthroat Ultra-Endurance Bike

Through a wet and windy descent filled with twists and turns, the Cutthroat held its lines and didn’t flinch.

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Salsa Cutthroat Apex Review

It’s more than a gravel bike. It’s much more versatile than that.

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Salsa Cutthroat in Test: Dream Gravel Bike With Lots of Speed for Professional Adventurers [German]

…this bike is just incredibly comfortable…

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Gravel Collective

Marcus’s Salsa Cutthroat [German]

A bike made for the special challenges of riding over the Rocky Mountains…hours of pushing through snow…Marcus has already covered 700km…

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Salsa Cutthroat Review – Finding Solutions [Danish]

Overall, it’s designed for light trail work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride this bike any other way, and that’s where it gets super interesting. 

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User Ratings

91/100 based on 7 ratings
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