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Sporting shred-any-trail geometry and suspension, the Salsa Horsethief Carbon SLX 29 is a one-bike-quiver that's ready for anything from weeknight hot laps to extended destination riding vacations.

  • Features

    • Durable, high performance Shimano SLX drivetrain components provide silky smooth shifting that'll keep you covering ground and pouring on the miles
    • Horsethief Geometry combines a 67° head tube angle, 432mm chainstays and overall wheelbase length to promote confident descending while retaining slow-speed maneuverability
    • Revised anti-squat design is 1x specific and optimized around a 32-tooth chainring for better pedaling performance without the need to over-damp or lock out the rear shock
    • Combination of a low top tube and dropper post provides plenty of room for on-trail body language shifts, improving the bike's descending prowess
    • Modern trail bike fit uses a short stem, wide bar and longer effective top tube to get you into the same familiar position as on your older trail bike
    • Carbon fiber material offers improved stiffness, better vibration damping, excellent toughness and weight savings compared to other materials
    • Heat-treated 6066-T6 aluminum chainstays add durability
    • With 140mm front and 120mm rear suspension, this bike is ready to tackle all the trails on your bucket list
    • Metric shock standard requires lower air pressures, resulting in increased stiffness in rear triangle/rear suspension frame members and the ability to fine-tune ride quality
    • Split Pivot® features a pivot in line with the rear axle that isolates pedaling and braking forces for more traction and control when climbing, descending or cornering
    • Horsethief can run 29er or 27.5 wheels thanks to Flip Chip technology; max tire width is 29 x 2.6 in. or 27.5 x 3.0 in. (27.5 in. wheels not included)
    • Flip Chip technology integrated into the shock link mount allows quick adjustments to bottom bracket height and head tube angle with just a hex key or multi-tool
    • In high mode, Flip Chip sets head angle 0.5% steeper and bottom bracket 4mm higher for quicker turns and more pedal clearance, ideal for technical terrain and 27.5 wheels
    • In low mode, Flip Chip sets head angle 0.5% slacker and bottom bracket 4mm lower for stability at speed and lower center of gravity, ideal for flow trails and 29er wheels
    • Top tube accessory mounts bolt on your Salsa EXP Series top tube bag (not included) for a secure connection and elimination of strap wear
    • All sizes accommodate 2 full-size (26 oz.) water bottles within the front triangle
    • Internal tubes guide cable housing through the frame, simplifying setup and maintenance and creating a clean bike profile
    • Stealth dropper post routing compatibile (fits 30.9mm diameter posts); comes with a TranzX YSI05 dropper post
    • Molded frame protection
    • Pedals not included; specs and images are subject to change


    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

    Mountain Biking

    Mountain Bike Style


    Bike Frame Material

    Aluminum / Carbon



    Bike Suspension

    Full Suspension


    RockShox Pike Select

    Fork Travel

    140 millimeters

    Rear Shock

    Fox Float DPS Performance


    Shimano SLX 32t


    Shimano SLX

    Rear Derailleur

    Shimano SLX

    Rear Cogs

    Shimano SLX 10-51T

    Number of Gears

    12 gear(s)

    Brake Type

    Hydraulic Disc Brake


    Shimano SLX 4-piston, 180mm rotors

    Brake Levers

    Shimano SLX 4-piston


    WTB ST Light i29 TCS 2.0

    Front Hub

    Shimano SLX 110 x 15mm

    Rear Hub

    Shimano SLX 157 x 12mm

    Wheel Size

    29 inches


    Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5 in.; Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.4 in.

    Tire Width

    2.5 inches

    2.4 inches

    Handlebar Shape

    Riser Bar


    Salsa 35.0 Deluxe


    Salsa Guide 35.0


    WTB Volt Comp


    Not included


    Cane Creek 40


    Shimano SLX

    Dropper Post






  • Size Chart

    S M L XL
    Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'8" - 5'11" 5'11" - 6'2" 6'2" - UP
    Reach 16.22 / 16.34 16.97 / 17.09 17.72 / 17.83 18.46 / 18.58
    Stack 24.21 / 24.13 24.57 / 24.49 24.96 / 24.88 25.31 / 25.24
    Effective Top Tube 23.46 / 23.43 24.33 / 24.29 25.16 / 25.12 26.02 / 25.98
    Seat Tube Center-Top 16.50 17.50 19.00 20.50
    Standover Height 29.53 / 29.65 29.72 / 29.84 30.16 / 30.28 30.59 / 30.71
    Head Tube Length 4.06 4.45 4.84 5.24
    Head Tube Angle (degrees) 66.8 / 67.0 66.8 / 67.0 66.8 / 67.0 66.8 / 67.0
    Seat Tube Angle (degrees) 73.4 / 73.6 73.4 / 73.6 73.4 / 73.6 73.4 / 73.6
    Wheelbase 44.84 45.75 46.65 47.56
    Chainstay 17.05 / 17.01 17.05 / 17.01 17.05 / 17.01 17.05 / 17.01
    Fork Offset 1.65 1.65 1.65 1.65

    Sizing Notes

    Measurements are stated in inches unless otherwise indicated.

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