Salsa Mukluk – Carbon

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27.40, 29.20, 30.50 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

18 reasons to buy

  • The Mukluk’s high modulus carbon frame was strong and light.
  • HED Big Deal carbon rims were strong, light and remained true.
  • A very generous standover height was appreciated from shorter riders.
  • Vibration dampening was exceptional on rocks, roots and other gnar.
  • SRAM Guide hydraulic brakes operated flawlessly in cold conditions.
  • The main triangle's baggage allowance was generous for frame bag/s.
  • A 50t granny-gear helped lift the Mukluk when loaded down or on icy climbs.
  • 45NRTH Dillinger 5 tires handled mixed and messy terrain with aplomb.
  • Geometry was suited to long donkey-slogs but also assisted climbs.
  • Many bolts allow for most fork attachments, a toptube bag, a rear rack etc.
  • Fat tires, from 4.0” to 5.0”, swallowed up chunky terrain.
  • An upright riding position assisted handling and suited long tours.
  • The Mukluk delivered power efficiently, thanks in part to short chainstays.
  • A low bottom-bracket contributed to a stable yet lively ride quality.
  • The carbon Mukluk was fun and capable on snow trails.
  • SRAM X01 drivetrains were consistently smooth and precise.
  • Internal cabling allowed unfettered attachment of frame bags and accessories.
  • Wide, 800mm Rustler handlebars were wieldy on wreckless trails.

8 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer sought tires that rolled faster than the stock 4.8 Maxxis Minions.
  • There’s no doubt that the 2020 Mukluk Carbon NX Eagle is a tad pricey.
  • One tester’s rear thru-axle head came undone, making it difficult to remove.
  • An alloy bolt corroded, allowing the lower part to fall inside the frame.
  • The GX trigger shifter was said to feel “a little clunky”.
  • An owner said they would’ve liked to see a chainguard protector.
  • Salsa File grips were often disliked, for numbing hands on long rides.
  • One long term owner felt that the Mukluk’s unique frame shape was ugly.

Bottom line

Salsa’s carbon Mukluk is best suited to epic quests. One of the bike’s most ardent admirers is a well-known bikerafter in the rugged New Zealand backcountry. In this environment, only the toughest and lightest of fatbikes will do. The vibration dampening offered by the high-modulus frame was said to be outstanding, over all kinds of rooty and rocky trails. A 69° headtube angle and 73° seat-tube angle was appropriate to hauling ass on trails but kept climbs doable. With its 30 tooth chainring and 50 tooth rear cog, the fully-laden Mukluk is apt to clamber up mountainsides. An upright riding position makes for a stable ride with nimble handling. This was said to suit long tours. Although the Mukluk was lauded for its performance on all kinds of trails, no-one saw it as a milk-run bike or daily rider. Unless you live in a year-round snowfield, the Salsa Mukluk Carbon is probably not an essential purchase. It’s a joyous indulgence with a price tag to match.

Expert Reviews

98/100 based on 1 expert reviews
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Fat-Bike
Level 3 expert

Salsa Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle Review

Level 3 expert

….a truly amazing fat bike that is light and comfortable. I would not hesitate to load it up and head out on a long bike packing trip or rip my favorite local single tracks like a demon possessed. The ride quality is superior, hands down.

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Deane Parker
Level 1 expert

11 Days on a Fatbike – Salsa Mukluk Long Term Review

Level 1 expert

Bikepacking, bikerafting, beach riding… all while carrying a load and fully rigid! Mostly due in part to a super strong and light frame… It’s so versatile that I’m sold as a fatbiker, for life…

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The Path Less Pedaled
Level 2 expert

Review: 2018 Salsa Mukluk GX

Level 2 expert

You can ride it naked and take it out on trails and have a good time, but it also has all the necessary accoutrements to put bikepacking bags, cages and even a rear rack on it…

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Outdoor Gear Review
Level 1 expert

Fatbike: Salsa Mukluk 2017 vs Salsa Mukluk 2018

Level 1 expert

No frame changes, just group set… If you can find the 2017, buy it. ‘Cos it’s a better spec than the 2018 in my mind.

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Deane Parker
Level 1 expert

Salsa Mukluk XO1 – Monster Truck Meets BMX!

Level 1 expert

The spec is top notch, the 1×12 SRAM drive train is precise and crisp… By far though the stand out component is the HED Big Fat Deal wheel set… This is a backcountry bikepacking rig.

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