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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Salsa Horsethief. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- The Salsa Horsethief has 120mm of rear travel, making it ideal for a variety of trails.
- The bike’s slack head tube and 29” wheels create stability for descents and cornering on the bike.
- The geometry of the bike allows riders to push more on the downhills.
- The Horsethief has an efficient pedaling platform. The rider can use the bike’s full gear range without needing to dampen the rear shock.
- The bike’s wide range of gears helps riders on steep technical climbs.
- The wide 800mm handlebars help the rider maintain stability on steep descents.
- The head tube and bottom bracket are adjustable with flip chips. This allows riders to adjust the bike to their comfort or the terrain they hope to tackle.
- The Horsethief has room for two water bottles in the frame.
- The bike has mounts on the top tube for a bag.
- The Super Boost 157mm hub provides clearance for mud and a tire up to 2.6”.
- The 76.3 degrees seat tube angle positions riders for efficient pedaling.
- Riders find it easy to shift their weight from seated to standing with the long wheelbase and large 29” wheels on the Horsethief.
- The geometry places riders in a position for climbing that allows them to maintain traction on both wheels as they climb.
- The bike is available in sizes small through XL, fitting a wide range of riders.
- There are five build options available to allow riders the choice of frame material and components that meet their needs and budget.
3 reasons not to buy
- Experts found that the handlebars were too wide on the Salsa Horsethief.
- The bike’s only available with a 1x setup.
- One expert found the bike’s dropper post was short, with only 125mm of travel.
Expert Reviews77/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Salsa Horsethief Deore Review
We feel the Horsethief is a good value and a great option for riders who aren’t necessarily pushing their limits and are simply out riding for the fun of it.
2019 Salsa Horsethief Review: What a Beast!
Absolutely, without a doubt, the best descender of the day.
Salsa Horsethief Test Ride
This bike’s nice.
First Ride: Salsa’s New Spearfish and Horsethief
The Horsethief is Salsa’s 120mm travel trail bike. With a 67-degree head tube angle and 140mm of travel up front, the bike is geared to be a versatile all-arounder.
2019 Salsa Horsethief and Spearfish: First Look
Going back down is where I felt the bike come to life. It felt confident in and out of corners and handled most of the rough terrain with ease.