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Salsa Ponyrustler Carbon Frame - Medium

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The “big” little brother of Salsa’s 29er Horsethief, Pony Rustler features the same “any singletrack trail in the world” capability, but takes a more aggressive approach with the ground-clawing, inspirational stability of 27.5 x 3.0" tyres. Mix this footprint with 148 x 12mm axle spacing, short and agile chainstays, and BOOST crankset specification, and you’re dressed to impress while you bust new moves on the high mountain dance floor.

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  • Frame: Pony Rustler Carbon
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3
  • Colour: Khaki
  • Design Wheel/Tyre Size: 27.5 x 2.8–3.0" (27.5-plus)
  • Alternate Wheel/Tyre Size: 29 x 2.2–2.4"
  • Suspension Fork Length (Travel): 528-542mm (120-130mm)
  • Fork Offset: 51mm
  • Rear Shock Size: 184 x 44.5mm (7.25 x 1.75")
  • Rearward Shock Mount: None (Ø15mm clevis)
  • Forward Shock Mount: 8 x 22mm
  • Headset-Upper: ZS44
  • Headset-Lower: ZS56
  • Seatpost: 31.6mm
  • Seat Collar: Carbon: 36.4mm, Alu: 35.0mm
  • Front Derailleur Type: Compact 2x; top-pull only
  • Front Derailleur Mount: High direct mount (29mm offset)
  • Bottom Bracket: PressFit 41 x 92mm
  • Crankset: 2x: 36/24t max Boost MTB only, 1x: 32t max Boost MTB only
  • Rear Brake: 51mm standard (140–180mm)
  • Rear Spacing: 148 x 12mm thru-axle
  • Rear Axle Size: 12 x 188L, TP = 1.75 TL = 20
  • Derailleur Hanger: FS2322
  • Bottle Mounts: 1 

Split Pivot® Rear Suspension - The concentric rear axle pivot in conjunction with precise wheel link, brake link, and control link placement, results in several performance gains:

  • Exceptional bump compliance
  • Maximum traction
  • Incredible pedalling efficiency
  • Predictable braking
  • Improved frame geometry due to the elimination of unwanted suspension movement during acceleration and braking

XC/Trail-Specific Suspension Travel - 120mm of Split Pivot® rear wheel travel that is tuned with a progressive leverage ratio but slightly linear tail end; the end result is a very efficient pedalling frame that has very supple small-bump feel off the top, a lot of mid-stroke support for corner and pumping terrain, and a subtle ramp (but not too much) in end-stroke that ensures a bottomless feel, while still maximising the use of all 120mm of rear wheel travel. The frame is designed and balanced for a 120mm travel, 51mm offset front fork, but has been updated for 2016 to allow the use of 130mm travel, 51mm offset forks for aggressive 29er riders looking to add BB height and slacken the headtube angle, and also to compensate for the slightly smaller diameter of 27.5+ wheel and tyre combos.

Versatile Wheel & Tyre Options - For 2016 the Horsethief/Pony Rustler frame retains its capacity for run 29 x 2.25–2.4" wheel and tyre setups, but sees an upgrade to BOOST rear spacing and BOOST drivetrain component compatibility. This allows the use of 27.5+ setups (27.5 x 3.0") and gives rise to the Pony Rustler name, a Horsethief frame spec’d stock with 27.5+ wheels. Both Horsethief and Pony Rustler models are spec’d and compatible with 110mm-spaced 29/27.5"+ (51mm offset) forks up to 130mm in travel, which allows the rider to toggle between 29/27.5+ wheelsets with simply a wheel change.

Horsethief/Pony Rustler Geometry - The Horsethief/Pony Rustler is a big-wheeled (29/27.5"+) bike that is surprisingly playful and aggressive thanks to a low-slung stance and short 437mm chainstays. A 67.5-68.1° head angle (depending on fork travel) was progressive for a 29er back when the design was conceived between Dave Weagle and Salsa, and has since proven to be the modern–day gold standard for most 29er and 27.5"+ trail bikes. This provides a confidence-inspiring angle of attack for rough and steep terrain, and the large wheel diameter paired with a 51mm offset fork maintains a well-balanced steering feel that is nimble enough in twisty corners and techy climbs, and still stable at high speed.

BOOST Technology - 148 x 12mm rear spacing paired with a standard width bottom bracket results in the most tyre clearance possible with the narrowest crank q-factor, and also results in a stiffer and stronger rear wheel.

High-Modulus Carbon Fibre Front Triangle & Seatstays - This material offers improved stiffness, better vibration damping, excellent toughness and weight savings compared to other materials. This frame offers 340g weight savings over the aluminium version. Aluminium 6066-T6 heat-treated chainstays are paired for durability.

Interior Junction Control Moulding Technology - Salsa use interior moulds at all the main front triangle junctions during layup and curing. This allows for precise control of wall thickness and inner wall smoothness in these areas. This process increases compaction and reduces voids and wrinkles in critical high stress zones. The end result is a high-quality, consistent-performing carbon frame.

Full-Size Bottle Compatible - Front triangle is capable of fitting a full-size (28 oz) water bottle

PressFit 41 x 92mm Bottom Bracket w/ ISCG05 Tabs - Compatible with all 1x and 2x BOOST mountain cranks, both GXP and 24mm spindle types. ISCG05 tabs for chainguide mounting to increase chain security.

Replaceable Derailleur Hanger - Extra, sold separately, Salsa Split Pivot® Top Cap Dropout Tool included with frame for field changes without the need to carry a 22mm cone wrench.

Replaceable Sealed Cartridge Bearings - 17287-2RS (qty 4), 6801-2RS (qty 6).

Tapered Headtube - The modern standard for mountain bikes increases front-end frame and fork stiffness without adding significant weight.