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Bikepacking Patagonia: Finding Everything in the Southern Andes

We’re excited to present our second ISSUU publication; Bikepacking Patagonia: Finding Everything in the Southern Andes. Follow Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle’s two-wheeled immersion in the geography, culture, and rhythm of the Southern Andes through their trip journal and photography.

We here at Salsa are excited to present our second ISSUU publication; Bikepacking Patagonia: Finding Everything in the Southern Andes. Follow Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle’s two-wheeled immersion in the geography, culture, and rhythm of the Southern Andes through their trip journal and photography.

Unfamiliar environments, mediocre maps, a language barrier, and resistance to a strict itinerary all played roles in how this bikepacking trip went. Though Kurt and Kaitlyn are never ones to hatch garden-variety travel plans, they faced much more than they bargained for.

When all was said and done, though, the impression this part of the world left on them was palpable. As Kurt said, “I was told there was nothing in Patagonia. But here, I found everything. In Patagonia, I found a place where modern exists with a strong retention of the timeless sense of frontier freedom.”

We hope you enjoy Bikepacking Patagonia: Finding Everything in the Southern Andes, and that it inspires you to pedal out, ready to embrace the unexpected. Some of the greatest rewards of bikepacking reveal themselves when you do.

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Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide – Part Three

With June 9th looming just around the corner, all of Gleason’s training will soon be thoroughly tested. Aspects of the TDR just can’t be replicated though. Will what he’s been imagining, and talking and reading about match up with reality once he starts turning pedals?

We conclude our series, Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide...

Click here to read Part One...

Click here to read Part Two...

Part Three

With June 9th looming just around the corner, all of Greg Gleason’s training will soon be thoroughly tested. Aspects of the Tour Divide Race just can’t be replicated though. Will what he’s been imagining, and talking and reading about match up with reality once he starts turning pedals? “I’m still trying to get my head around two-plus weeks of constant riding. How do you prepare for something like that?”

Luckily, Gleason has a lot of past experiences and successes to draw from. “I would look at races like Trans Iowa when I first got into gravel racing, and shake my head saying to myself, ‘Who would do that crazy nonsense?  320-plus miles of gravel in the cold, yucky spring weather? Crazy! But I keep reminding myself that every time I thought something would be almost impossible, I did it. Trans Iowa, seven centuries in a row, Leadville, etc.” When asked how he’s feeling now, he’s got his range of emotions covered: “Calm, excited, nervous.” But, he quickly follows with, “Can’t wait to start!”

Gleason has also thoroughly researched his bikepacking legs, bike, and mind. Turns out his region provided him with some pretty arduous testing grounds that you can read about here, here, and here. “Right now, my gear is good – light and fast, and as far as fitness, I’m in the best shape of my life. Legs are starting to feel really great.”

In terms of what he’s looking forward to most, the beginning and end rank the same. “I’m excited for Banff and meeting everyone, but experiencing the finished result will scratch an itch I’ve had for a long time. ‘My destination is no longer a place, but a new way of seeing.’ - Marcel Proust…. This…this is what I think everyone talks about after finishing.”

He continues, “The scenery will be amazing, I’m sure, as well as experiencing all the different geographical regions and ecosystems of each state. I am just excited to have the chance to ride the Divide. I will start each day with a massive grin on my face.”

Worries are to be expected for an endeavor of this magnitude, and Gleason has a few. “I think I worry most about singletrack. I have never mastered singletrack so I ride like a stiff old man. No flow going on here!” He’s also concerned about the thin air. “All the altitude! I live at 1,200 feet so altitude has always been an issue with my asthma.” And lastly, “Water crossings.  It’s mainly because I hate wet feet. I know it is part of the gig but I don’t have to like it.”

So, what does riding the TDR mean when Gleason thinks of his previous life? “Courage. When I made the decision to ride the Divide, I did it to push myself into doing something that I was terrified of doing – basically I had no clue! I picked 50 because it felt appropriate to do something epic when I reached that age. The journey has connected me with some pretty amazing people and organizations, like Salsa Cycles. This journey has enriched my life in ways I cannot explain but it has been truly special.”

We here at Salsa Cycles wish Gleason the very best for this pursuit, and we’ll be glued to his Trackleaders “dot” for the duration of his ride!

Good luck, Greg!

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Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide – Part Two

With the rediscovery of his mountain bike, and “The Thing” to help him meet his fitness goals, Gleason began his training for 2006’s Chequamegon 40 in May of that year.

We continue our three part series; Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide

Click here to read Part One...

Part Two

With the rediscovery of his mountain bike, and “The Thing” to help him meet his fitness goals, Greg Gleason began his training for 2006’s Chequamegon 40 in May of that year. “I started riding with a race date of mid-September knowing I needed to get out enough to be able to complete 40 miles of rolling, nasty off-road hills.” He started riding two to three times a week with short rides at first, slowly increasing the distance and time. “It was painful. My lower back would start hurting 10 miles into the ride, every time. By mid-July, I could finally ride 23 miles non-stop. It was time to celebrate! I was pumped. Still a long way from 40 off-road miles, but I started to believe I was going to be able to finish.” 

2008 and making a course adjustment...

Gleason finally reached his 40 miles goal a couple of weeks before the race was to begin. “I figured then was a good time to do a weigh-in to see if this silly goal of mine was working. 225 pounds. Success!”  It was time to start planning the trip to the race. “I started asking others what they wore in a race like this to stay comfortable. Everyone told me that it depended on the weather. I thought to myself, ‘Oh yeah! The weather!’ Now I’m panicking. I forgot to check the weather. RAIN!  And a starting race temperature of 34 degrees. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?”

At that point, Gleason had never ridden in rain, mud, or the cold.  He called a friend of his in Butte, Montana that was a year-round bike commuter for some advice on clothing and how to ride in those conditions. “He was awesome. He told me what to get and told me to never give up. It was all I needed to hear because I had worked way too hard to give up!”

The day of the race came, the rain cleared, and it warmed up to a steamy 37 degrees. Gleason was slightly less worried at the start line. “Gary (Crandall) the race director started the traditional countdown 10…9….8… I hear crack of the gun and I was off. I was racing again! It had been years and it felt great! I felt free and relaxed. This was the start of my adventure!”  

“I was 39 weighing in at 225 pounds. My Chequamegon finishing time was three hours, 17 minutes, and 22 seconds. I finished 193rd out of 340 in the 35 to 39 age group, and 876th out of 1677 finishers. And when I finished I could hardly walk or talk. I had given that race every ounce of energy I had.”

For anyone who’s only known “Greg Gleason the Cyclist,” hearing the story of not only his 2006 Chequamegon, but the years prior probably seems hard to believe. Accomplishments from the last five years would lead one to think Gleason has been pedaling non-stop his whole life. 

2011 at the Chequamegon Forty...

2012 climbing Nederland...

2013 Highlights:

Winter Ultra Cycling

  • Tuscobia 75 Mile Winter Ultra, 1st Overall
  • RiddleBox 100k, 1st Overall

2014 Highlights:

Winter Ultra Cycling

  • Triple D Winter Race, 2nd Overall

Gravel Road Racing

  • Trans Iowa v.10 – 1st Overall
  • Dirty Kanza 200 15th Overall/ 2nd age group
  • Filthy 50, 3rd Overall
  • Omaha Jackrabbit 125, 2nd Overall

2015 Highlights:

Winter Ultra Cycling

  • RiddleBox 100k, 1st GC
  • JayP’s Fat Pursuit 200k - Finished

Gravel Road Racing

  • Land Run 100 3rd Overall
  • Trans Iowa v.11, 1st Overall – race stopped
  • Almanzo Royal, 3rd Overall
  • Gold Rush Mother Lode, 1st Overall
  • Odin’s Revenge, 1st Overall

2016 Highlights:

Gravel Road Racing

  • Trans Iowa v.12 – 1st Overall – Tie
  • Gold Rush Mother Lode, 1st Overall
  • Omaha Jackrabbit 125, 1st Overall

Bikepacking Racing

·    Black Hill Expedition – 1st Overall

2017 Highlight:

·     Trans Iowa v.13 – 2nd Overall, only 6 finished out of 78 starters, rode with a loaded bike to prep for TDR

·     Almanzo Royal 162 – 1st Overall – with a full Tour Divide load on my Salsa Cutthroat

Personal Milestone Accomplishments

      ·    2010 Triple Bypass 125-mile road ride - 1st major long ride

  • 2013 Blue Ox Trail Expedition Fatbike, 217 miles, temperature range 46 to 36 degrees, 40% rain, 8 miles of route was under water sometimes waist deep. Time: 15 hours (Note: This is the ride that gave me the confidence to sign up for Trans Iowa v.10 and start the ball rolling to go all in on the Divide.)
  • Trans Iowa Masters – 380 Miles of gravel river to river across Iowa – 2014 Only ITT to finish, 2016 Training Ride that I learned what “sleep biking” was all about.

Mountain Biking Cross Country Accomplishments

  • Chequamegon 40 – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Butte 100 – 2011
  • Barn Burner 100 – 2013
  • Leadville Silver Rush – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Leadville Trail 100 – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

USA Cycling Road Accomplishments

  • Twin Bing Road Race – 2 Time, 1st Overall
  • SD State 40k Time Trial Championship, 1st GC, Cat 3
  • SD State 20k Time Trail Championship, 2nd Cat 3
  • Nebraska State Time Trial Championships, 3rd Cat 3
  • Chris Lillig Memorial Cup/Old Capitol Criterium-Time Trail, 3rd Cat3
  • Bicycle Blues and BBQ – 3rd Overall Omnium Cat 3

Will racing the Tour Divide be as challenging to a rider that’s achieved so much in such a short time? Gleason’s not taking any chances, although he admits, “When I declared I was going to do the Divide it was just to finish. Now I’m preparing my rig to go as fast as my 50-year-old body will allow! Just crazy what can happen over five years!”

When asked how he’s been preparing for TDR, Gleason shares the, “little tests or challenges I made for myself.”

  • Hard work, a strong mental attitude, and mileage in the range of 12-14k a year
  • Ride Leadville MTB 100
  • Ride Almanzo 100
  • Ride over 200 miles in the nasty fall time weather
  • Ride a century every weekend for a year
  • Ride seven centuries in row in a week after working all day
  • Ride Trans Iowa 
  • Ride in early spring weather lasting over a 24+ hour’s period
  • Ride several 200-plus-mile events: Trans Iowa Masters 380 miles, Dirty Kanza, Gold Rush Motherlode, and Odin’s Revenge
  • Participate in bikepacking tours and races
  • Ride multiple trips around the area: Trans South Dakota 700 mile; Ponca, Minneapolis, and the Black Hills Expedition (BHX) practice multiple times
  • BHX practices with different setups each time

That’s a lot of crossed “t’s” and dotted “i’s” for a fast border to border run this June. Barring any unforeseen problems, Gleason looks set up to surprise again – maybe himself most of all.

Check back Friday for Part Three of Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide, to see how he’s feeling for this year’s TDR run…

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Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide – Part One

Salsa sponsored rider Greg Gleason just turned 50, and as a birthday present to himself, he’s embarking on 2017’s Tour Divide Race. But his route to the start line of this monumental endeavor has had a few turns along the way.

“The Tour Divide. I had no clue what I signed up to do. I sit here now shaking my head thinking about it. This IS BIG!” – Greg Gleason

Part One 

Salsa sponsored rider Greg Gleason just turned 50, and as a birthday present to himself, he’s embarking on 2017’s Tour Divide Race. But his route to the start line of this monumental endeavor has had a few turns along the way.

Gleason keeps a blog about his racing life, and in 2015 he shared, “A moment of inspiration came to me while watching "Ride the Divide" – a movie about the Tour Divide, the longest mountain bike route in the world that traverses over 2,700 miles along the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.” He set 2017 as his goal to sign up. “I turn 50 that year, so I wanted to celebrate 50 years of life by doing something epic. One thing to note is that the thought of doing this event terrifies me. But I love thinking into and about the future, and all the prepping I will be doing to go on this amazing journey.”  

There’s the saying that the focus isn’t on the “destination” but the “journey.” Gleason’s journey to this point has seen ceiling repairs, countless mile markers, loads of determination, and an awesome attitude.

Pedal Backwards a Bit

Mid-30's and the whole family has matching kit...

Over the last ten years, Gleason has amassed some pretty impressive bike racing results in some truly grueling events. But getting to the place he’s at as a cyclist wasn’t a straight shot by a long shot.

Throughout his early years, he was drawn to the experiences that riding his bike provided him. “Growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota, I spent all my days riding my bike out in the open prairie and Ponderosa pine forests. I loved wandering, discovering, being free...I guess today we would say I loved adventure!” He ran in high school and enjoyed it, and in college, he bought his first mountain bike and was immediately drawn to riding in dirt.

In his early 20’s though, the athletic course he was on took a bit of an all too common detour. “I stopped biking and got very busy with a career and a young family. I went from 180 pounds at 24, to 245 pounds in my 30’s. I had a knee that was giving me fits from a torn ACL that I had never repaired, and I missed how I felt when I was in shape.”

Once I'm done with this I think I'll head up into the attic...

The motivation he needed to take control of his health came rather unexpectedly. “With the bad knee and all the added weight, my quality of life was being negatively affected. I discovered just how much one day in the attic of my newly built house. My knee buckled and I fell partway through the ceiling causing a lot of damage. Not good! Time for some changes.”

Gleason tried dieting, weight lifting, and even some running, but saw little success. Changing the habits he’d adopted was hard. He needed “a thing.”

Hidden in plain sight was the solution. “One day cleaning out the garage I looked up to realize I still had my old college mountain bike. A flood of memories of riding my bike everywhere while I went to college rushed through my head. I remembered a race I did back then called the Chequamegon 40 – a 40-mile mountain bike race in Hayward, Wisconsin. At that instant, I realized my new thing to try: I would train to do the 2006 Chequamegon 40!”  

Gleason’s life on two-wheels was about to get back on track.

1989 Chequamegon Forty...the first major course adjustment...

Check back Wednesday for Part Two of Route Adjustments: Greg Gleason and His Tour Divide,,,

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Red Dirt And Courage: A Salsa Storysite

Salsa Cycles is proud to present, “Red Dirt and Courage,” our recap of a truly amazing event.

Salsa made the trip down to Stillwater, Oklahoma this past March for the Land Run 100 – a gravel bike race organized by Bobby and Crystal Wintle of District Bicycles. The morning of the race, the weather did a 180 from the previous days of sunshine, and cold rain and mud put riders to the test. But despite the challenges of navigating the infamous red dirt backroads in those conditions, the warmth and generosity of the cycling community in that town became the stars of the weekend, and we returned home inspired. Salsa Cycles is proud to present, “Red Dirt and Courage,” our recap of a truly amazing event.

Click here to visit our Red Dirt and Courage Storysite.

Click here to read Red Dirt and Courage on ISSUU.

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Introducing Deadwood SUS

I’m pleased to introduce Deadwood SUS to the world; what I believe to be another “see off-roading in a whole new way” bike from Salsa. Deadwood SUS is our 29+ full-suspension short-travel trail bike. The approach angle, traction, and rollover of 29 x 3.0” tires paired with Split Pivot® suspension help this bike subdue the most challenging terrain whether racing or exploring. 

Today, I’m pleased to introduce Deadwood SUS to the world; what I believe to be another “see off-roading in a whole new way” bike from Salsa. Deadwood SUS is our 29+ full-suspension short-travel trail bike. The approach angle, traction, and rollover of 29 x 3.0” tires paired with Split Pivot® suspension help this bike subdue the most challenging terrain whether racing or exploring. 

Product Manager Joe Meiser and Engineer Pete Koski took some time to get into the background, numbers, and benefits of this unique trail ripper.

The Deadwood SUS Backstory

Deadwood SUS 29+ XO1 Eagle...

Meiser: “One of the many questions we ask when starting the development of a bike is ‘Why does it deserve to exist?’ When RockShox shared with us that they would be developing the Pike and Yari forks in a 29+ specific chassis, we started with a layout and buck prototypes that would be refined to become the Deadwood SUS. We knew from experience working on groundbreaking products like Bucksaw (our fat suspension bike) and Ponyrustler (our 27.5+ trail suspension bike) that big tires offered advantages in rollover and traction with lower pressures and larger footprints. We didn’t quite know how a 29+ suspension bike would perform until we got on those prototypes.” 

“Riding the early prototypes was when the tire size really began to make sense for me. Like any new bike, it took me some time to get the suspension tune dialed for my preferences and terrain, along with the fit and components. I have a ton of time on the Pony Rustler as my go-to trail bike. I found myself wanting to treat the Deadwood SUS the same way, but it was telling me to treat it differently. Once I learned to trust the incredible traction and keep my fingers off the brakes, I found that I could maintain more speed through the corners.  With the rollout of a 3.0” 29+ tire, I can pick nearly any line I would like through a rock garden and not have to worry about getting hung up on the front edge of a rock or in a gap between two. It stays on top of the rocks and roots. When it comes to climbing, the traction is incredible, and the effect of body position on the bike isn’t nearly as sensitive as when I am on a standard 29” tire. These characteristics paired with the suspension travel front and rear make it a bike that is great whether riding local trails or covering a long distance. I have visions of an overland motorcycle adventure when I am on Deadwood SUS. It’ll get rowdy when I need it, and I can turn the throttle wide open when I want.”

Koski: “Deadwood SUS is a little bit of Spearfish (short travel and efficient), and a little bit of Pony Rustler (trail bike geo), smashed up with 29+ tires. Why’d we make it? Because we could! And because it presents another new ride offering that just might be the ticket for what certain riders are looking for.”

Deadwood SUS 29+ XT 1x11...

The Numbers

Deadwood SUS is built around 91 mm of rear wheel travel and a 29+, 100 mm travel 51 mm offset front fork. Within those 91 mm of rear end travel is a surprising amount of small bump sensitivity and supple braking performance, and a progressive mid stroke that provides support heading into and out of corners. On the bigger hits, the travel just doesn’t seem to run out, leaving you with a heaping helping of trail courage.

Meiser: “Deadwood SUS is built around short travel, but that travel is paired with the geometry of a trail bike. It’s a child of our experience with the Spearfish, fat bikes, and the Pony Rustler. The Spearfish is a short travel XC/Endurance bike that has had trail focused geometry since its inception. Only now are others catching on to the fact that trail focused geometry, particularly when it comes to front end handling, makes a bike more capable. Mix in the 29 x 3” tires, and you have an incredibly capable short-travel trail bike that lends more confidence in rocks, roots, and descents.”

The volume of 29+ wheels and tires and the tuned anti-squat of the Split Pivot suspension lead to an efficient platform that shelters you from the bumps and jolts that would otherwise make for taxing hours and days.

Meiser: “29+ tires have proven that there is no such thing as too much traction on a mountain bike. In addition to traction, they have incredible rollover capabilities. When mated to the incredibly efficient pedaling and the sensitive bump compliance of Split Pivot, it makes for a bike that stays up on top of the rough stuff and doesn’t get hung up on square edges, or stuck in bumps through a corner.”

Like its predecessor Spearfish, Deadwood SUS continues the pairing of slack and low “trail bike” style geometry - 68-degree head angle and 45mm BB drop - with travel amounts usually reserved only for steep and twitchy race bikes. Deadwood SUS uses the BOOST 148 standard and is one of the first production suspension frames designed specifically around 29+ (3.0”) tires. This tire size offers up big time smooth rolling traction, a planted and confident feel, and increased momentum - all great when you’re putting in mile and mile over extremely varied terrain. But note that with a simple tire swap down to standard 29” widths (2.3 - 2.5”), Deadwood SUS gets a snappier, faster-accelerating feel, making it better suited for high-octane pursuits and any trail riding where increased agility is desired.

Deadwood SUS 29+ GX1...

Enter the Realm of Singletraction

Meiser: “Over the last year we have seen several short travel suspension bikes with trail-oriented geometry come into the space where our Spearfish has been. The Deadwood SUS is a 29+ bike that could easily be built into a 25lb. race machine with a swap of tires and elimination of the dropper post. It is a short travel trail/xc/endurance 29/29+ suspension bike that can serve race duty and/or trail duty depending on what type of personality the rider wants to give it within their own build or customization perspective.”

Koski: “Deadwood SUS is made for playgrounds like the Kokopelli trail; long distance, rugged, off-road riding where you need the efficiency of 29” wheel to cover long miles, suspension to soak up rough sections, and plus size tires to float through sand and variable road/trail conditions. 29+ tires make it behave like a Spearfish w/ 10 mm more travel and a bunch more traction.”

Add a few more hours each day to your scenic off-road bikepacking tour, or push yourself to the “Weird Zone” in a 100-mile race in the mountains. Whatever endeavor, Deadwood SUS is packed with any of the right-for-the-job attributes a trail-focused mountain biker would look for.

Deadwood SUS comes in 3 builds: Deadwood SUS 29+ XO1 Eagle at $5999, Deadwood SUS 29+ XT 1x11 at $4499, and Deadwood SUS 29+ GX1 at $3799.

Deadwood SUS is now in stock and available through Salsa Authorized Dealers!

For complete Deadwood SUS info, including Frame Features, Bike Spec, and more, click here...

Video Credits:

Riders – Lindsey Carpenter and Ethan Frey

Art Director – Kelly MacWilliams

Script – Mark Sirek

Videography – Brendan Lauer

Drone Videography – Skyclad Aerial

Editor – Brendan Lauer

Music Composition – Ethan Houser and Brendan Lauer

Sound Design – Ethan Houser

Voiceover – Brendan Lauer

Location - Shenandoah Mountains near Stokesville and Harrisonburg, Virginia

Special thanks to – Chris Scott of the Stokesville Lodge; Thomas Jenkins of the Shenandoah Bicycle Company

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Introducing: Salsa EXP Series Bikepacking Bags

Today, I’m more than a little excited to introduce to you our new EXP Series Framepacks – built with the same adventure-ready intentionality, functionality, and get-after-it-ability that you’ve come to expect from Salsa.

Today, I’m more than a little excited to introduce to you our new EXP Series Framepacks – built with the same adventure-ready intentionality, functionality, and get-after-it-ability that you’ve come to expect from Salsa. Not gonna lie, I love me some well-built packs; they invite possibility and introduce the potential to transform any ride into so much more.

Our collective bikepacking experiences led to our want list, and helped guide the hands of our engineers Andrew Cottrell, Joe Meiser, and Sean Mailen. The EXP Series checks off all the boxes we were after and then some. The EXP moniker was chosen to link "explore, expedition, and experience" and as you’ll see as we get into the details, every piece is built with those words in mind.

The EXP Series includes: EXP Series Cutthroat Framepack, EXP Series Seatpack, EXP Series Toptube Bag, EXP Series Anything Cradle, EXP Series Dry Bag, EXP Series Anything Cradle Front Pouch, and EXP Series Anything Cradle Front Straps

 

EXP Series Cutthroat Framepack

The EXP Series Framepack creates storage capacity in the main triangle of your frame, keeping weight centered, and gear out of the way of off-road obstacles. It’s built with extremely durable fabric and zippers, and the result will see you through many miles, and many adventures. Our first framepacks are designed to fit the Cutthroat frame perfectly.

Materials- 500D Nylon with TPU lamination and PU coating, 1000D Polyester with dual sided TPU lamination, #10 weather-resistant YKK Zippers, Duraflex Hardware

Construction Methods- Cut and sewn with welded-in-in zippers

Features

  • Weather-resistant with fully welded-in #10 YKK weather-resistant zippers
  • Internal hook and loop divider for separating gear and managing storage
  • D-ring to keep water bladder from compressing itself in the bottom of the bag
  • Exit port along downtube for use with water bladder or lights
  • Non-driveside flat pocket for storage of maps, tools, phones, wallet, etc.

XL - Weight- 360 g, Volume- 6.1L

L - Weight- 320 g, Volume- 5.2L

M - Weight- 300 g, Volume- 4.5L

S - Weight- 260 g, Volume- 3.5L

 

EXP Series Toptube Bag

The EXP Series Toptube Bag provides quick and easy access to essential food and gear needed during quick rides or throughout a bikepacking adventure. Mates perfectly to our frames with two-bolt mounting eyelets on the toptube, or adjusts with hook and loop straps to just about any other.

Materials- 500D Nylon with TPU lamination and PU coating, Duraflex hardware, #5 YKK weather-resistant zipper

Construction Methods- Fully welded-in construction

Features

  • Weather-resistant welded-in design
  • 2 bolt holes in the bottom for use without straps on Salsa frames with toptube mounts
  • Closed cell foam internal structure for stability
  • 2 internal mesh pockets
  • 2-way #5 YKK zipper for managing access

Weight- 160g, Volume- 1.2L

 

EXP Series Anything Cradle

The Anything Cradle, much like our Anything Cage HD, is built to create carrying capacity where once there was none. The Anything Cradle mounts horizontally in front of your handlebars with super tough 6066 aluminum mounting hardware, and hinges for supremely easy installation and removal. The same amount of thoughtful flexibility in our Anything Cage HD can be found throughout as well with multiple loop options for our Anything Straps. The placement of the Anything Cradle holds your gear about two inches away from bars. This gives ample room for cables without fear of kinking them, but not so far away that handling feels like you’re grabbing the pointy end of a fencing sword. Loaded up, everything feels well distributed and cockpit components can still be adjusted just how you like them.

We also offer the Anything Cradle in two other configurations. 1) Anything Cradle, Straps, and Dry Bag  2) Anything Cradle, Straps, Dry Bag, and Front Pouch. Note that each part can be purchased individually as well.

Materials - Nylon 6/6 composite cradle, 6061 forged aluminum arms

Construction Methods- Injection-molded cradle and forged arms

Features-

  • Modular system, use our EXP Series Dry Bags for the perfect carrying system or your own dry bag with a ladder strap system
  • Works with or without front pouch
  • “Ladder Lock” 3-slot strap weave design that eliminates straps from slipping
  • Extremely versatile

Weight- 420g with hardware, Max. Load Weight – 8 lbs (3.7 kgs)

 

EXP Series Dry Bag

The EXP Series Dry Bag is tailored to fit the Anything Cradle, attached via a pair of our Anything Cradle Straps. Fully welded construction, maximum versatility, and clever hook and loop points for ease of attachment make this supremely useful dry bag a crucial part of your bikepacking set up.

Materials- 420D Nylon with TPU lamination and PU coating

Construction Methods- Fully welded-in construction

Dimensions – Length- 850mm, Diameter-200mm

Features-

  • Slots and hook and loop for easy installation,
  • Slots for straps to keep bag from moving sided to side when installed
  • Weather-resistant welded-in design

Weight- 220g, Volume- 15L

 

 EXP Series Anything Cradle Front Pouch

The Exp Series Anything Cradle Front Pouch adds easy accessibility to the kinds of gear you rely on throughout the day on a bikepacking adventure. Fully welded-in construction for day in, day out abuse, and a buckle attachment design that fully integrates with our EXP Series Anything Cradle and EXP Series Dry Bag.

Materials- 500D Nylon with TPU lamination and PU coating, 1000D Polyester with dual sided TPU lamination, Duraflex hardware, #5 YKK zipper, nylon webbing

Construction Methods- Fully welded-in construction

Dimensions – Length- 250mm, Width- 150mm, Height- 50mm

Features-

  • Designed for use with our EXP Series Anything Cradle and EXP Series Dry Bag system
  • Extremely weather-resistant welded-in design

Weight- 160g, Volume- 1.7L

 

EXP Series Anything Cradle Front Straps

Anything Cradle Straps are the perfect width for our Anything Cradle, but can also be used to strap stuff down on racks or wherever the heck you want to strap stuff. They cinch tight but easily release tension with a push of the buckle. Carry a couple with you for your planned or unplanned strapping needs.

Materials- 25mm nylon webbing, Duraflex hardware

 

EXP Series Seatpack - CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION - STAY TUNED FOR PRODUCT DETAILS

So there you have it. With the EXP Series, you’ve eliminated a big hurdle to get out, and stay out as long as you can with everything you need. We thank you for your continued support of Salsa Cycles.

EXP Series Anything Cradle Kit...complete with Anything Cradle, Straps, Dry Bag, and Front Pouch...

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The Adventure Cycling Association 40th Anniversary Salsa Marrakesh

This year the Adventure Cycling Association celebrates 40 years of showing cyclists all over the world how to best see America from the perch of their saddles.

A Fitting Tribute: The Adventure Cycling Association 40th Anniversary Salsa Marrakesh

This year the Adventure Cycling Association celebrates 40 years of showing cyclists all over the world how to best see America from the perch of their saddles. The ACA’s mission “is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle.” Established in 1973 as Bikecentennial, they’re the premier bicycle-travel organization in North America, and more than 50,000 cyclists are proud to call themselves members. 

Walk into the ACA offices in Missoula, Montana and you are certain be greeted with a welcoming smile...

When the ACA was looking for a way to commemorate this milestone, they reached out to us and asked if we’d be interested in collaborating on a special bike. We thought, what better bike than the Marrakesh? Our world-touring bike, designed for fully loaded, rugged exploration is the perfect home away from home while exploring the ACA’s network of cycling routes that now cover over 45,000 miles! Salsa’s Art Director, Kelly MacWilliams set to work, and we’re pleased to share the result.

“I have always had this romantic idea about moving to Missoula and trying to get a job with ACA,” says MacWilliams. “The work they do to get people on bikes, document routes, and publish the tools for folks to have amazing experiences on a bike is inspiring. Needless to say, we were stoked at the opportunity to collaborate on a special edition Marrakesh to commemorate their 40 years.”

Highlights of this bike are definitely the graphic details. To celebrate ACA, MacWilliams designed a 40th anniversary badge, ACA logos, the Bikecentenial rainbow icon, and the inner chainstay declaration “I am an adventure cyclist.” Other special details like a blue Brooks B17 saddle with Salsa gel bar tape to match provide comfortable touchpoints for the lucky owners of these special bikes.

MacWilliams was able to show off the fruits of her labor this past July. “The whipcream on top of this whole project was being able to ride the anniversary bikes to the 40th anniversary party. From the Amtrak train station in Whitefish, Montana, we rode the ACA route across Montana to the Bikecentennial office in Missoula with many other people we met along the way. Meeting the ACA staff, seeing their iconic building, taking part in the anniversary festivities, and delivering this rig to its rightful location was a special treat indeed.”

The ACA 40th Anniversary Marrakesh Dropbar features the same thoughtful component spec and Alternator 135 Low-Deck rack as our standard models. Throw on some panniers, and you’re set to hit the road. Own a bike that embodies the spirit of traditional touring, and show off your appreciation for the millions of miles the ACA has helped cyclotourists discover and ride!

A few of the countless bicycle tourers who've stopped in to visit the ACA while passing through...

The ACA 40th Anniversary Marrakesh Dropbar bike is available now. Our thanks to them for including us in their special celebration.

Click here to learn more about the Adventure Cycling Association

Door handles to the ACA offices remind you that you are among friends...

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