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Bringing speed to the mixed-surface, ultra-endurance bikepacking race scene, the Salsa Cutthroat Carbon Apex 1 bike is an evolutionary leap forward, designed to obliterate long-distance records.

  • Features

    • The Class 5™ Vibration Reduction System promotes vertical compliance by allowing the tall, thin seatstays to "flex" outward on impact
    • Horizontally oriented chainstays resist torque and maintain a laterally stiff rear end
    • The seatstays and chainstays lack bridges, furthering the full length of the stays to contribute to flexibility
    • Rear thru-axle delivers precise tracking while allowing the seatstays to provide incredible compliance
    • Interior molds at all the main front triangle junctions allow for precise control of wall thickness, reducing voids and wrinkles in critical high-stress zones
    • Full carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube provides confidence-inspiring tracking through the tough stuff
    • Fits 29 x 2.4 in. tires, plus the mud you are likely to encounter in multi-day endurance races
    • 15 x 100mm thru-axle and Salsa-designed carbon layup for frame matching compliance
    • 74mm post-mount style brake mount; 160 to 200mm disc brake rotor compatible
    • Cutthroat geometry—Salsa learned from their tried-and-true drop-bar mountain bike geometry and updated it for speed
    • 445mm chainstays get you up and over technical singletrack, doubletrack, gravel and long, desolate paved roads quickly, while preserving the comfort endurance riders need
    • Tour Divide-driven features—designed for maximum frame bag volume on every size (frame bag sold separately)
    • Internal wire routing for dynamo hub lighting systems (not included) built into the carbon fork
    • Direct-mount top-tube bag and frame-designed hydration routing take the ease of eating and drinking while riding to a whole new level
    • Compatible with all 1x and 2x mountain cranks, both GXP and 24mm spindle type
    • Many options for carrying water bottles; S frame can carry up to 4 bottles (2 on the fork via Three-Pack mounts), while M, L and XL frames have room for 5
    • Designed for use with most rear racks (not included) via hidden seatstay mounts and the Salsa Rack-Lock


    Free Adjustment Period:
    New bikes go through a normal break-in period, after which they should be readjusted. All bicycles sold at REI include free adjustments for one year after purchase date—as many times as you need. Included: derailleur and brake adjustments, lateral wheel truing, hub and headset bearing adjustments, tire inflation and chain lubrication. Not included: replacement or installation of new components or accessories, any other services. Call your local REI Co-op Bike Shop for more information.
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  • Technical Specs

    Best Use

    Bike Touring

    Bike Frame Material





    Cutthroat Carbon

    Bike Suspension

    No Suspension


    SRAM Stylo 6K Eagle DUB, 34t


    SRAM Apex 1

    Rear Derailleur

    SRAM Apex 1

    Rear Cogs

    SRAM PG 1130, 11-42t

    Number of Gears

    11 gear(s)

    Brake Type

    Mechanical Disc Brake


    TRP Spyre-C, 160mm rotors

    Brake Levers

    SRAM Apex


    WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0

    Front Hub

    Novatec 32h, 15x100 thru-axle

    Rear Hub

    Novatec 32h, 12x142 thru-axle

    Wheel Size

    29 inches


    Maxxis Ikon 2.2, 60 TPI/EXO/TR

    Tire Width

    2.2 inches

    Handlebar Shape

    Drop Bar


    Salsa Cowchipper


    Salsa Guide

    Seat Post

    Salsa Guide


    WTB Volt


    Not included


    Cane Creek 40


    SRAM PC 1110





  • Size Chart

    S M L XL
    Height Range 5'2" - 5'9" 5'8" - 6'0" 5'll" - 6'3" 6'2" - Up
    Reach 14.8 14.8 15.1 15.6
    Stack 23.4 24.4 25.4 26.1
    Effective Top Tube 21.5 22.2 22.8 23.6
    Seat Tube Center-Top 16 19 21 23
    Standover Height 28.3 31.0 32.7 34.2
    Head Tube Length 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.3
    Head Tube Angle (degrees) 70 70 71 71
    Seat Tube Angle (degrees) 74 74 73 73
    Wheelbase 41.4 41.6 42.0 42.9
    Chainstay 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5
    Fork Offset 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8

    Sizing Notes

    Measurements are in inches.

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