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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Salsa Rangefinder. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- A tester appreciates the wealth of mounting points for accessories.
- Users consider the Rangefinder a good entry-level bikepacking rig. One calls the Advent X 27.5+ a "nice entry-level trail bike."
- The Rangefinder is sold at three entry-level price points in four builds, each with a choice of 27.5" or 29" wheels. The frame is compatible with both wheel sizes.
- Salsa offers the Rangefinder with microSHIFT or Shimano components and a choice of 10, 11, or 12-speed drivetrain.
- A reviewer says the microSHIFT Advent X drivetrain shifts well.
- Citing the oversized aluminum frame, 120mm SR Suntour XCM32 Boost fork, and Maxxis Rekon 29" x 2.6" tires, an expert says the Rangefinder Advent X 29 feels "confident and capable" on trails.
- A combination of low gearing and a steep seat angle allows riders to sit and spin up climbs, according to a tester.
- An expert says the thru-axle fork and Maxxis tires make the Rangefinder a capable descender.
- Internal cable routing keeps things tidy and reduces the risk of damage from snags.
7 reasons not to buy
- Two users call the fork "dangerous." Many Suntour XCM users think they barely qualify as entry-level.
- An expert says the Rangefinder is "heavy and slow-rolling." It weighs between 32lb and 33lb without pedals.
- The quick-release rear axle limits upgrade options.
- In one expert's view, the Rangefinder's 160mm brake rotors are insufficient for high speeds and steep descents.
- Though the WTB ST rims are tubeless compatible, the Maxxis tires are not.
- A user says the Rangefinder represents poor value due to its low-spec components.
- Similarly priced alternatives are available with better forks, rear thru-axles, and lower weight.
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