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    Show me your Spearfish

    Show me your Spearfish-imageuploadedbytapatalk1413732370.483955.jpgstock 2014 RS1. Picked up in Laramie and rode 30 miles of dirt home
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    Ride report on that carbon spearfish,please.
    I ordered frame only and am waiting for it.I demoed the the orange one,but am interested
    in your opinion.

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    7 hours in saddle so far. DW link performs like a champ (just like last years). After years of hardtails, I never once noticed any pedal induced bob. The fork performed exactly as it should and the lockout was solid. The new SRAM brakes were unreal compared to previous gens. They really did a nice job on the new stoppers between power and modulation Overall no complaints and it wasn't like I wasn't trying to find any faults.
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    I have the guides for my fish as well,I hope they are as good as the XT's i'm used to.
    What size did you order,And your height. did you like the stem length?

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    Size large I am just over 5'10 with a 32 inch inseam. The stem could be shorter by about a centimeter and the design isn't flip-able so it's at a fixed rise. I'll probably change it out for a longer bike packing races
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    When I demoed the small it was the right size,but I felt like 10mm shorter stem and a little setback post would put me in a better seated position. Does this sound familiar ?

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    Not so much on the setback post. The saddle is in the middle of the rails and fits perfectly compared to how I run other saddle/bike combos. I just prefer a bit more of an upright position for long rides. The position I'm getting with the stock stem on the large puts me in a slightly more aggressive posture than I'd like for ultras
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    Just built it ups last night...A hair over 23#...About a pound less than my Aluminum fish....


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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    I used to have a carbon Santa Cruz Tallboy, but after realizing I didn't ride it all that much (and also needing some money to remodel a master bathroom) I sold it to "downsize" to something cheaper for XC-riding. I ride my Bronson 75% of the time, but after finding the Spearfish 3 on sale at Universal Cycles, it was tough to pass up. I just got it last week and swapped out some parts I had from other builds. Specifically:

    - Easton EA70 XCT wheelset
    - Geax Saguaro 2.2" rear, Kenda Honey Badger 2.2" front
    - Ritchey carbon handlebar, 740mm
    - RF Turbine 60mm stem
    - ODI Lock-on Grips
    - Setup 1x10 with RF Narrow-Wide 30t ring

    From a quick comparison, it's as light (or lighter?) than my old Tallboy, so I'm guessing its around 26 lbs. After a couple rides, I have to say I'm very impressed... I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do. Plus, it looks pretty sweet too.

    How does the 60mm stem work for ya? I'm riding the stock 110 and want to shorten it up a little but was concerned it would make the bike squirrelly?

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    Wow! This thing is a real beauty. Job well done.

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    Thanks!! Here is the build:

    Spearfish Carbon Frame Large
    RockShox Sid XX Fork
    LightBicycle Carbon Rims laced to American Classic Hubs
    Full X01 Drivetrain with Wolftooth 32t ring
    Shimano M985 Race Brakes
    Thomson Masterpiece Post
    Thomson 90mm 100deg Stem
    Enve flat bars
    Snakeskin Rocket Rons

    I could go lighter on a bunch of parts but I build bikes to be durable for an entire race season...

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    Show me your Spearfish-imag0544.jpg

    This is my first post but have been lurking for quite a while. In fact info on this site have helped me to build my last 2 bikes entirely.I read through this thread in the summer and decided that I wanted to build an orange spearfish. Thanks to all who have contributed, you inspired me!

    I bought this frame a couple of months ago but it has taken a while (and the swapping out of many parts) to get the bike how I want it. Think the basis is there now, it rides great and is the burly xc/ light trail bike that I was looking for. Pretty simple bike really but has taken a little effort to get it to 11.63 kg (just over 25.5 lbs) as the wheelset and forks are not too popular with the weenies!

    Basic spec is stans arch/veltec sl wheels with tubeless rocket ron evo 2.25 front 2.1 rear. rockshox revelation G2 110 with 20mm maxle, original monarch R avid trail brakes, X9 shifters, X0 derailleurs, XT cassette, XX crank, CB candy 1 orange pedals, KCNC grips, spacers and seatpost, hylix 90mm stem, FSA K force super CK 700mm bar and selle SLR saddle.

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    Nice job. As mine now has a tapered black Reba instead of the Fox, we'd better not attend any of the same rides or we could get our bikes confused with eachother. I like the idea of the 110mm G2 Rev - am I right in thinking as well as the extra length, it's also slacker geometry (more trail) than my 100mm Reba?

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    Very nice, mind you I haven't seen an ugly bike on this thread!

    The rev came about because of a conversation down the pub after a ride with a few friends of mine. Consensus was that the stiffer rev would be great for the kind of riding that we do. G2 was suggested as the original spearfish had a 71 degree head angle and the later ones, something like 69.5ish, so I am told. The 110mm G2 rev would alter the head angle to closer to what the later model had apparently and that G2 would give less of a geo change with the 10mm extra travel. I was a spectator during most of this discussion (and after a gallon of guinness had turned into a nodding dog!)but when someone else made a call to a friend of his who owns a bike shop and secured me the 110mm rev G2 with maxle brand new for a steal, the decision had been made.

    I have got no idea whether the info that I was given was 100% right but there seemed some logic in there somewhere so thought it was worth a try and would get my money back if I didn't like the fork/geo. I love the fork to be honest. It's steering is super tight and there is no flex at all, even with its guinness glugging owner on board!

    The only issue I had was after initial build (long steerer,heavy cassette, thomson/easton bits and bobs) it felt heavy but rode really well- 12.86kg. It also felt a little unbalanced, front heavy. After changing out bar/ grips/stem/stem bolts/ spacers/pedals/ cassette/saddle /seatpost/cutting down the steerer and converting to tubeless the bike lost well over a kilo, mainly off the front and improved beyond recognition

    Anyway, I recommend the revelation on the spearfish and I think it is 100% worth the weight penalty for the type of riding that I do.

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    Thanks for the excellent reply 'Baldie'. Yes the G2 bit rang a bell as I thought that was the Gary Fisher/Trek geomtry that gave the fork more trail. I took my 'Fish' to the Brecons recently and it did a great job on the rougher trails that would have hammered me on my El-Mariachi. However I do have the the 100mm Reba and Promoto flat handlebar so my hands and arms were feeling a bit battered by the time I got down the rocky section of 'The Gap' to Brecon. I reckon your longer, stiffer fork with more trail would do it better. TBH I ride with a lot of seatpost and leg extension - not the best position for rocky descents so I'd probably benefit from a dropper post.
    Regards, Timmee

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    Great place to ride and probably well suited to the Spearfish! The dropper post is a tough decision with the SF isn't it! I opted for the lightweight option but know I will end up installing one at some point.

    It's a trade off in a way I guess,need to tailor the bike to the rider and the conditions you ride most. Most of the time (for most sections/days) your bike won't be 100% ideal. I am 6ft 2 and about 15 1/2 stone (215 ish) with no prospect of being lighter and I tend to ride fairly gnarly trails. There is a sid on my hardtail 26 er, my last fs 26 er had a reba. They were/are borderline for me in terms of stiffness and were/are both QR. A reba 29 with a bolt through would probably be fine but the revelation on this bike is the better bet for me.

    Went out for a 20 mile test today, around the grand union/stratford upon avon canals> Fairly gnarly in places and muddy in others. Group of 12 cyclocrossers had to move aside to let the big bald fella on the orange bike past, one of which, probably 20 years my junior was singing "oranges and lemons said the bells of saint clements". I could hardly pedal, the sense of irony was making me laugh too hard.

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    about how wide of a tire can we run on the new 14's? Building out a frame. will 2.5" fit?

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    Show me your Spearfish-20150112_161140_lls1.jpg

    Just bought a 2014 Spearfish 2. I can't wait to ride it.

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    Where are you finding the carbon frames? I can't find anyone that has them. I like the carbon 1 build, but w/a couple exceptions. May be easier/more cost effective to build my own spec for less.

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    Sfo, try a top Salsa dealer. They are pretty good at getting them. Give Acme Cycles in Rapid city a call 605-343-9534 ask for Tim. Tell him Brian sent you
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    Any idea on MSRP and or what they are selling for?


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    As far as frames go, no idea. Just ask. It'll be better than msrp
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    Bumblefish

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post

    Sick! How's that shock working out?
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    Noah where did you get the sticker kit? I don't mind the pink,it doesn't match the purple bits that I have.

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    The Fox? It's alright, gonna send it off to Push on Monday for tuning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kell12 View Post
    Noah where did you get the sticker kit? I don't mind the pink,it doesn't match the purple bits that I have.
    Talking about the yellow on the frame? It's painted that way. The frame was a leftover '14 Spearfish 3.

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    Where's everyone's '12 green SF models at? Looking for what type crankset the shell is setup for, GXP or PF? I had been using a Problem Solvers bb adapter cups for my XTR 960 series cranks.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    All the '12 frames were PF30

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    All the '12 frames were PF30
    Ok. So in looking for a different new crank set it needs to be of that type. I take it then the 24mm adapter would come out of the pf30 cups that are in the shell now and the new bb would slip right in to it?
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    Not 100% sure what you're asking - you currently use PF30 adapter cups so your 24mm shimano crank can fit into a PF30 bottom bracket, right? If so then it should install right in.

    Either way - you need an adapter designed for a PF30 bb shell, or a full PF30 crank/BB setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    Not 100% sure what you're asking - you currently use PF30 adapter cups so your 24mm shimano crank can fit into a PF30 bottom bracket, right? If so then it should install right in.

    Either way - you need an adapter designed for a PF30 bb shell, or a full PF30 crank/BB setup.
    Got it. Thanks mr adrenalin. I ment to add in there that I don't have any cranks in hand now and would need to buy. So in shopping for them, if not a 24mm type crank setup that I'm use to, I wasn't sure of all the new types i.e. GXP,BB30,PFBB30,SRAM/Truvativ-FSA etc. I do have access to an e13/HIVE xcx crank set off my ss but they are 30mm I believe. I was able to find an old blog from Salsa on Spearfish frame build up which has answered some of my questions.
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    this is my fish, there are many like it , but this one is mine

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    my new 'Fish. x9 rear, 42 tooth conversion, XX crank with Wolftooth 36t chainring, XX SID Fork, Whisky Bars, Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs laced to Arch EX rims, FastTrak Control tires.
    waiting for better weather or a road trip to break it in

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeksy950 View Post

    Nice build! What year mode is yours? Mine has the metalic charcoal rear triangle.

    *Edit-More research mine's an '11
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    Oder thread 2.25 vs 2.0/2.1 tires
    What did you end up doing with the squirlley handling issues on your Spearfish?
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    Just finished building this one up!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    What did you end up doing with the squirlley handling issues on your Spearfish?
    Resurrecting this old comment I didn't see. I didn't really do anything - lowered tire pressure a couple of pounds, and rode the bike a bit more to get used to it.

    I still think that the Racing Ralphs are a big contributor - my SS with WTB Nanos feels a lot more planted in corners, but I'm not going to replace a relatively new set of tires just to experiment - especially since they're set up tubeless and sealed up well. (If I remember to and add a little sealant every once in a while)

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    Resurrecting this old comment I didn't see. I didn't really do anything - lowered tire pressure a couple of pounds, and rode the bike a bit more to get used to it.

    I still think that the Racing Ralphs are a big contributor - my SS with WTB Nanos feels a lot more planted in corners, but I'm not going to replace a relatively new set of tires just to experiment - especially since they're set up tubeless and sealed up well. (If I remember to and add a little sealant every once in a while)
    Yeah people seem to have live/hate feel for the RR's hardly any happy medium ratings. I always felt comfortable with the Nanos too.
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    Revived again

    Got my '11 frame/fork back from my bro after 3 yr hiatus.
    Slowmo rebuild as funds allowed.
    Partially hijacked XT 1x10 drive train and brakes off my 650b convert Superlight.
    New hoops laced to spare XTR/XT center lock hubs.
    Virgin ride today.
    I'm back in luv with the Fish.

    **Dang pix wouldn't load.....to be continued.
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    Awesome day on the Big Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave National Park...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Hey Noah,

    Your Spearfish looks great. Could you please let us know more about it and how it worked out for you? (is the fork a Stage? wha travel? rear tire size and clearance?)

    I hopped on a friends 14 Fish and was surprised how much stiffer it is than the last version. I am looking for a bike to compliment my Knolly Warden and this looks like a great light trail option for me at reasonable cost. My days are numbered for hard tail riding and an aggressive build Spearfish could fill that roll well for me. I already have a Stage and most of the parts to make a build like yours happen. Your opinion would be appreciated

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    Love my 'fish. Built it for long distance - this was it half way along the Ridgeway double having come from Ivinghoe Beacon 87 miles away and about to head back. 14.5 hours in the saddle and comfy at the end.

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/68424083@N07/Aj7d7z

    Didn't buy it for racing but it's so good I did a 12hr with it - brilliant.

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    KCNC seatpost (changing to Masterpiece setback as clamp slipping)
    Fizik Gobi Kium
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    24.5lbs (tyres quite weighty)

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    @ Von Kneip Very nice! I'm considering one but can't find a medium (I'm 5'10"). How tall are you on a large (I'm in uk too)?

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    @ Von Kneip. Will have to try the DW fish some time and I plan to do that Ridgeway ride some time (probably not double LOL). I still love my bright orange old-style single-pivot fish. I lent it to my brother for our new year's trip to ride with our buddie at Rivington Pike (Lancs) and he said he liked it at least as much his usual 26" Turner DW Flux. I rode my rigid El-Mariachi ti so I had to be a bit more careful on the rocky downhill bits with no suspension to help. Go Salsa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwincamRob View Post
    I have the same model Spearfish in 16" and love it!

    Curious about your bike mount setup though, what SUV is that?
    It's my 2005 pathfinder. The rack was a Nissan Yakima rack I got with my 00 Xterra when it was new. I've run it in the Xterra two suburbans a Tahoe and the pathfinder. My wife is now the suv driver with a new Audi Q5 and our college age son has the pathfinder. I'm getting a hitch installed on our Passat wagon and I'm going to be using external transport for the first time in 17 years. I'm a little creeped out by the concept. I picked up the last Kuat NV core in America I think....

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    My first Salsa, 2014 Fish. I have 4 rides on it and so far very pleased. Show me your Spearfish-fish1.jpg

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    Here is the new setup


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    Quote Originally Posted by grantini View Post


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    What fork are you running on her? travel? offset? year of your frame?

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    2015 spearfish Medium 18"
    arch ex wheels laced to xt hubs
    2.4" maxxis ardent front tire tubeless
    2.25" racing ralph rear tire tubeless
    ks lev titanium 125mm dropper
    pivot 740mm carbon handlebar
    thomson elite 80mm 10deg stem
    ergon ti rail/carbon shell saddle
    ergon lock on grips
    xt 11sp shifter/der/11-42 cassette
    xt front and rear brakes w/160mm icetech rotors
    stock sram s1000 cranks with 30t raceface ring
    stock fox ctd evolution fork and rear shock
    deity plastic v2 pedals
    bontrager racelite cage

    Comes out to around 27.8 lbs with pedals and water bottle cage. Would like to upgrade to a fox sc fork, xtr cranks, and xtr pedals and hopefully get into the 25ish lb range... maybe some carbon wheels if necessary. I dont want to lose the dropper, its about 500g and worth it. Wishing salsa would sell the 2017 spearfish as a carbon frameset..

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    2015 spearfish Medium 18"
    arch ex wheels laced to xt hubs
    2.4" maxxis ardent front tire tubeless
    2.25" racing ralph rear tire tubeless
    ks lev titanium 125mm dropper
    pivot 740mm carbon handlebar
    thomson elite 80mm 10deg stem
    ergon ti rail/carbon shell saddle
    ergon lock on grips
    xt 11sp shifter/der/11-42 cassette
    xt front and rear brakes w/160mm icetech rotors
    stock sram s1000 cranks with 30t raceface ring
    stock fox ctd evolution fork and rear shock
    deity plastic v2 pedals
    bontrager racelite cage

    Comes out to around 27.8 lbs with pedals and water bottle cage. Would like to upgrade to a fox sc fork, xtr cranks, and xtr pedals and hopefully get into the 25ish lb range... maybe some carbon wheels if necessary. I dont want to lose the dropper, its about 500g and worth it. Wishing salsa would sell the 2017 spearfish as a carbon frameset..
    They are now only carbon

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    yep. just upset they arent selling a frameset only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbadwrench View Post
    just upset they arent selling a frameset only.
    No frameset, but they're selling the frame for $2,499, right?

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    Yep. Just sucks its that ugly black and puke yellow. I should have been more clear and meant to say that I would like the black/blue carbon frame as a frame only option.

    Took off my dropper(500g), replaced with a thomson elite post(~200ish?g). Ordered some chunky grips(60g) to replace the "heavy" ergon lock ons(130g), and ordered a 2017 fox 32 sc fork (1360g) to replace the 2015 fox evolution (1850g)

    Trying real hard to get into that 24lb range. from the 28 I was just at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbadwrench View Post
    Yep. Just sucks its that ugly black and puke yellow. I should have been more clear and meant to say that I would like the black/blue carbon frame as a frame only option.

    Took off my dropper(500g), replaced with a thomson elite post(~200ish?g). Ordered some chunky grips(60g) to replace the "heavy" ergon lock ons(130g), and ordered a 2017 fox 32 sc fork (1360g) to replace the 2015 fox evolution (1850g)

    Trying real hard to get into that 24lb range. from the 28 I was just at.
    Are the newer frames so much heavier? My '13 was 24.3 with pedals set up 1x10 and a 120mm Reba RL. The Alloy frame/rear shock/axle/collar was about 5.6lbs.

    You probably have a bit of weight hiding in your wheelset/tires. Heavy cassette can do some damage too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    Are the newer frames so much heavier? My '13 was 24.3 with pedals set up 1x10 and a 120mm Reba RL. The Alloy frame/rear shock/axle/collar was about 5.6lbs.

    You probably have a bit of weight hiding in your wheelset/tires. Heavy cassette can do some damage too.
    Nope, my 2014 (first of the newer) weighs 5.6 lbs as well.

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    I don't know how heavy you are, but arch ex's aren't light wheels. The new Shimano XT 11 spd cassette is a tank as well (I have the same). If you are light, bike bling is slinging stan's crest wheelsets for $420, <1600g, what I use on all 29ers to reduce rotating mass.

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    I just had xt cranks installed, and also ordered mk3 crests, dt 350 hubs, and dt comp 1.8/2.0 spokes and alloy nipples. should be a bit lighter than my arch ex/xt hubs.

    im running a nobby nic 2.25 front and a racing ralph 2.25 in the rear. so those are pretty decent weight/traction mixture i think.

    i am running an xt 11sp cassette. is the xtr cassette a good upgrade?

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    XT M8000 11-40 cassette - 398g
    XTR M9000 11-40 cassette - 323g

    I just found this. Don't think thatll be worth the $$. I try to stick to at least $1 per gram as a rule of thumb when shedding weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbadwrench View Post
    XT M8000 11-40 cassette - 398g
    XTR M9000 11-40 cassette - 323g

    I just found this. Don't think thatll be worth the $$. I try to stick to at least $1 per gram as a rule of thumb when shedding weight.
    Good job finding those weights, for some reason Shimano doesn't publish that on their site. Sunrace also 400g, Sram xg 1180x1 is only 315g, but you would also have to buy an xd driver freehub.

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    I've had my Spearfish for five or so years but it's been gathering dust since I started down the 29+ path, so I thought why not try to make a 29+ Spearfish!

    I installed a Fox 27.5+ Boost fork on the front that would clear any 3.0 tire, on the back I needed a 2.6 tire as that's all the clearance there is. I temporarily settled on a 2.4 Ardent mounted on a 50mm carbon Nextie rim that measured exactly 2.6 when mounted on the big rim. I've got a 2.6 Nobby Nic on the way

    The bigger tire would not clear the stock brace so I took out the hacksaw and dremil and cut it out. I had an old Amp Reseach bike in the attic that has a bolt on brace and it fit perfecltly after rounding the old welds off a little. The brace is now a half inch higher

    It ended up being a fun bike and the first couple of rides last week I set some PR's on a trail I've ridden hundreds of times. A Spearfish is meant to be raced though, so I raced a 12 Hour this past Saturday and ended up 1st overall with 125 miles. The bike was perfect with 10.5 psi in the front tire and 13.5 in the blown up Ardent.

    This is what Salsa needs to built but with more clearance in the rear!
    Show me your Spearfish-salsaamp.jpg
    The tricky part...

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    Under 26 lbs, It's got Next cranks on it now, INine hubs, Nextie 50 mm rims XTR 11SP, XTR brakes, Syntace bar and stem, Easton post

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    In action!

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    Tons of traction, never even slid in 125 miles of loose, silty cornering!

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    Nice work, SC. Thanks for posting that up!

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    That plus spear is sweet!

    I just got done building up the crests/dt350s.Show me your Spearfish-14522784_1198010406923624_1121971223571675467_n.jpgShow me your Spearfish-14717040_1198010426923622_8410397580545165757_n.jpg

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    2011 Spearfish. Fox 100 mm ctd front, Fox RP23 rear. Sram X9 10 speed (11-36) with Shimano Deore 22-36 front chainrings. Shimano XT brakes. Mavic Cross One wheels with tubeless Maxis Ardent Race (29x2.20) front and Maxis Crosmark (29x2.25) rear - both are actually 54 mm wide. I got the bike for a good price second hand with the never-used Salsa framebag thrown into the deal. Put on the framebag and it hasn't come off again.

    Great bike.

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    Nice Lieven. What size is your bike and which framebag model is that? They currently list the 6 and 7 for the split pivot models but the prior frames called for a BG5710 and 11. The older ones look to be out of stock everywhere so I'm wondering how the 6 would fit my medium 2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankZappa6 View Post
    What size is your bike and which framebag model is that?
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    I'm currently abroad for a week, but can check on the framebag after getting home again. Anyway it is one of these : 2013 & Prior Spearfish Frame Bag | Parts & Accessories | Salsa Cycles, but I don't remember what size exactly. Bike is a size Medium.

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    Spearfishers, I could use your advice. Looking at a spearfish for longer rides endurance racing in Colorado. I can't find a demo ride the closest I can get my hands on is a Horsetheif and that has a lot more travel. I have read a lot of good stuff about the spearfish but the 80mm out back is throwing me a bit. Everything seems to point that it rides like more but I was hoping to get input from someone that has ridden in Colorado or similar type trails. Thanks for any input you may be able to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenry View Post
    Spearfishers, I could use your advice. Looking at a spearfish for longer rides endurance racing in Colorado. I can't find a demo ride the closest I can get my hands on is a Horsetheif and that has a lot more travel. I have read a lot of good stuff about the spearfish but the 80mm out back is throwing me a bit. Everything seems to point that it rides like more but I was hoping to get input from someone that has ridden in Colorado or similar type trails. Thanks for any input you may be able to offer.
    The fish "is what it is," a short travel 29er, nothing more. That being said, xc bikes today have slacker head angles, shorter chain stays, longer top tubes, much funner to ride on technical rocky trails. My fish is my go-to all around trail bike, I ride it anywhere I would ride my trance. In fact, the 29er wheels alone roll over gnarly sh** so much better than little brothers, I almost prefer a short travel 29er for all around trail riding. I do use the entire rear shock on pretty much every ride, but have never felt any harsh bottom outs, and that's with 25% sag. Dropper post, 120mm fork, Hans Dampf 2.35 in the front, no-one can argue with its trail capabilities. If you're into huge jumps, 6'+ drops, downhill speed, and the gnarliest of gnar trails, then shes probably not your beast.

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    Who's running a 120mm fork on a split pivot fish? Thoughts?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane5001 View Post
    The fish "is what it is," a short travel 29er, nothing more. That being said, xc bikes today have slacker head angles, shorter chain stays, longer top tubes, much funner to ride on technical rocky trails. My fish is my go-to all around trail bike, I ride it anywhere I would ride my trance. In fact, the 29er wheels alone roll over gnarly sh** so much better than little brothers, I almost prefer a short travel 29er for all around trail riding. I do use the entire rear shock on pretty much every ride, but have never felt any harsh bottom outs, and that's with 25% sag. Dropper post, 120mm fork, Hans Dampf 2.35 in the front, no-one can argue with its trail capabilities. If you're into huge jumps, 6'+ drops, downhill speed, and the gnarliest of gnar trails, then shes probably not your beast.
    Shane,
    Thanks for the advice on this Spearfish. I have a different bike if I want to go off drops etc. It sounds like a good fit for what I am wanting to do with it. To continue to nag with questions how do you like it with the 120mm up front. Does it still stay planted on steep climbs?

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    The split pivot fish is designed for 506mm a-c with a G2 offset. Trying to find a super sale on a G2 fork proved hard for me, but I ended up with a 2014 G2 Fox float 120. Its a-c is only about 518mm. All in all it rides great, but I suspect that I don't like the G2 offset. I am going to try a standard offset fork at 120 and 100. The front end doesn't wander on climbs or feel high, but it feels harder to make sharp turns than on my yelli screamy with a 140mm fork on it, maybe due to G2?? I have a couple of 29er forks, so I will swap out for awhile and chime back in later when I get some rides in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane5001 View Post
    What fork are you running on her? travel? offset? year of your frame?
    I think it's a 13. It's red. Thats about all I know!


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    Show me your Spearfish-img_2825.jpg


    2015 Spearfish 3: Aluminum, Large Frame

    -Fox 100 mm, 32 mm sta CTD Evolution fork with 51 mm offset
    -Fox Float CDT Evolution rear shock
    -Shimano HG50 10 spd (11-36t cassette) with Shimano Deore (22-34 t) chainrings
    -Shimano Deore Hydro brakes (160 mm front and back)
    -WTB SX19 Rims with tubeless Nobby Nics (29x2.35)
    -KS Lev Dropper with 125 mm and external routing
    -Race Face Chester Flat Pedals
    -Bontrager Lock on grips
    -Bontrager ion 700 light

    Solid XC bike, is my primary racing platform

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    Show me your Spearfish-salsa120.jpg
    OK, Magura ts8 120, standard offset, tall 530mm ish axle to crown, probably as tall as you'd want to go with this frame. 3 rides and no prob, actually steers as good or better. Have't decided if its better than the g2 yet, only 3 rides, but cleared 3 super sharp turns first ride, and 2 super steep techy climbs on the 2nd ride.

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    Hello all,

    I am new member here and bought my first new Full-Suspension Mountain bike 2 months ago. It's a '16 Salsa Spearfish SLX Carbon. It's a great bike. Literally, I was on the fence between '17 Santa Cruz Chameleon and the Spearfish. I hope I made the right purchase!

    However, I will be heading out to Davis, West Virginia with my buddy for mountain bike trip! I changed the tires to Maxxis IKON EXO 29x2.35 on the spearfish. I wasn't too impressed with the tires that came with the Spearfish, it was very slippery when I did my first ride at Rosaryville Park in Maryland.

    Here's the pics of my Spearfish and my friend's SC 5010
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    Fully loaded bike packing 'fish. Just don't ask me how much it all weighed ...

    CCC MTB by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

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    Where did you get your frame bag? Would you sell it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dickyelsdon View Post
    Here is a pic of my Spearfish in bikepacking mode. Rode really well despite the extra weight.


    Looking down on Gladhouse Reservoir by dickyelsdon, on Flickr
    Would you consider selling your frame bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lieven View Post
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    CCC MTB by Lieven Loots, on Flickr
    Where did you get your frame bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by santacruzer View Post
    I've had my Spearfish for five or so years but it's been gathering dust since I started down the 29+ path, so I thought why not try to make a 29+ Spearfish!

    I installed a Fox 27.5+ Boost fork on the front that would clear any 3.0 tire, on the back I needed a 2.6 tire as that's all the clearance there is. I temporarily settled on a 2.4 Ardent mounted on a 50mm carbon Nextie rim that measured exactly 2.6 when mounted on the big rim. I've got a 2.6 Nobby Nic on the way

    The bigger tire would not clear the stock brace so I took out the hacksaw and dremil and cut it out. I had an old Amp Reseach bike in the attic that has a bolt on brace and it fit perfecltly after rounding the old welds off a little. The brace is now a half inch higher

    It ended up being a fun bike and the first couple of rides last week I set some PR's on a trail I've ridden hundreds of times. A Spearfish is meant to be raced though, so I raced a 12 Hour this past Saturday and ended up 1st overall with 125 miles. The bike was perfect with 10.5 psi in the front tire and 13.5 in the blown up Ardent.

    This is what Salsa needs to built but with more clearance in the rear!
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    Under 26 lbs, It's got Next cranks on it now, INine hubs, Nextie 50 mm rims XTR 11SP, XTR brakes, Syntace bar and stem, Easton post

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    Tons of traction, never even slid in 125 miles of loose, silty cornering!
    Is there any possible way you can help me find one of those frame clamps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eherchmer View Post
    Here's my 2011 Spearfish fresh off the Colorado Trail Race this past summer. Perfomed flawlessly...not even a flat tire. About 45 lbs fully loaded.
    Where did you get your frame bag from?

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    I am close to having mine done. Got it used from someone who didn't care for it at all. All bearings trashed and rusted, among other things. Here it is with new pivot bearings, BB, headset, tires, and a new drivetrain. I am loving this bike. My other ride is a Beargrease. I had 27.5+ setup for it, but it just can't match the speed/ comfort of a FS29'er.

    2015 Spearfish Carbon Frame
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    RaceFace Next SL Crankset w/ Wolftooth 34t oval
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    Niner RDO seat post
    Mavic Crossride wheelset (I know, it's what came on it)

    Hoping to put some carbon wheels on it over the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartan_msu View Post
    I am close to having mine done. Got it used from someone who didn't care for it at all. All bearings trashed and rusted, among other things. Here it is with new pivot bearings, BB, headset, tires, and a new drivetrain. I am loving this bike. My other ride is a Beargrease. I had 27.5+ setup for it, but it just can't match the speed/ comfort of a FS29'er.

    2015 Spearfish Carbon Frame
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    SRAM Level TLM brakes
    RaceFace Next SL Crankset w/ Wolftooth 34t oval
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    Mavic Crossride wheelset (I know, it's what came on it)

    Hoping to put some carbon wheels on it over the winter.

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    Whats that framepack you have? Is that just a saddlebag you put in there?

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    It is a top tube bag that I have been using on my Beargrease for a while. Fits pretty good,but I am considering having someone make a custom fit bag.

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