Salsa  Blackthorn Carbon SLX Mountain Bike

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Built to take on serious topography, the Salsa Blackthorn Carbon SLX bike is a capable climber and stable descender with Split Pivot suspension dialed for maximum traction and pedaling efficiency.


  • 6061-T6 aluminum chainstays provide durability
  • Split Pivot suspension design remains fully active under braking while supportive through its 140 mm travel for efficient pedaling and maximum traction
  • 160 mm suspension fork
  • 64.6° head tube angle inspires confidence on the descent
  • 76.5° seat tube angle; seat tube length optimized for longer dropper posts
  • Rear Flip Chip adjusts the head tube angle and bottom bracket height for varying terrain, wheel sizes and personal preference
  • Super Boost 12 x 157 mm rear hub spacing allows for a shorter chainstay length (431–432 mm), more tire clearance, stiffer wheels and more chainring options
  • Clearance fits 29 in. wheels with up to 2.6 in. tires or 27.5 in. wheels with up to 3 in. tires (equipped with 29 in. wheels and tires; 27.5 in. wheels and tires not included)
  • Integrated strap location on the frame lets you secure a tube or tool kit (strap and accessories not included)
  • Pedals not included
  • Specs and images are subject to change


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  • 1 year of free adjustments (see more below)
  • In-store bike assembly
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Technical Specs

Item #199784
Best Use

Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Style



Blackthorn carbon V1

Bike Suspension

Full Suspension


RockShox Lyrik Select+ RC 160 mm, 42 mm offset

Fork Travel

160 millimeters

Rear Shock

Fox Float X Performance


Shimano SLX M7130, 30T

Bottom Bracket

Shimano SM-BB52 73 mm BSA, threaded


Shimano SLX M7100

Rear Derailleur

Shimano SLX M7100 SGS

Rear Cogs

Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51T, 12-speed

Number of Gears

12 gear(s)

Brake Type

Hydraulic Disc Brake


4-piston Shimano Deore M6120

Brake Levers

Shimano Deore M6120


WTB KOM Trail i30

Front Hub

Shimano SLX M7110 15 x 110 mm hub

Rear Hub

Shimano SLX M7130 12 x 157 mm hub

Wheel Size

29 inches


Front: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5 in.; back: Maxxis Dissector 29 x 2.4 in.; Maxx Grip/Maxx Terra, EXO+ and tubeless ready

Tire Width

2.5 inches

2.4 inches

Handlebar Shape

Flat Bar


Race Face Aeffect R 35


Salsa Guide Trail 50 mm

Seat Post

TranzX YSI05, Shimano MT500 lever, 30 mm travel adjust


WTB Volt 250 Steel, 250 x 135 mm


Not included


Cane Creek 40 Series, ZS44/ZS56


Shimano Deore M6100

Dropper Post






Size Chart

Height Range165-173 cm173-180 cm180-188 cm188-UP cm
Reach448 / 451469 / 472490 / 493510 / 514
Stack611 / 609 615 / 613624 / 622633 / 630
Effective Top Tube594 / 593616 / 615640 / 639663 / 662
Seat Tube Center-Top405430455480
Head Tube Length95100110120
Head Tube Angle (degrees)64.6 / 64.964.6 / 64.964.6 / 64.964.6 / 64.9
Seat Tube Angle (degrees)76.5 / 76.876.5 / 76.876.5 / 76.876.5 / 76.8
Bottom Bracket Height26 / 2226 / 2226 / 2126 / 21
Wheelbase1204 / 12041228 / 12271253 / 12521278 / 1278
Chainstay432 / 431432 / 431432 / 431432 / 431
Fork Offset43434343

Sizing Notes

Measurements are stated in millimeters unless otherwise indicated.

How we measure bikes

  1. Standover Height Standover Height is a measurement from the ground to the top of the top tube, measured at the midpoint of the top tube.
  2. Reach Reach is the horizontal distance from the center of the cranks to the center of the head tube, measured at head tube level.
  3. Stack Stack is the vertical distance from the center of the cranks to the center of the head tube, measured to the top of the head tube.
  4. Effective Top Tube Effective top tube is the distance from the center of the head tube to the center of the seat tube/seat post, measured parallel to the ground.
  5. Seat Tube Center to Top Seat Tube length is the measurement of the seat tube, from the center of the cranks to the top of the seat tube.
  6. Head Tube Length Head Tube Length is measured from the bottom to the top of the head tube.
  7. Head Tube Angle Head Tube Angle is the acute angle between the head tube and the ground (measured towards the rear of the bike)
  8. Seat Tube Angle Seat Tube Angle is the acute angle between the seat tube and the ground (measured towards the rear of the bike).
  9. Bottom Bracket Height Bottom Bracket Height is a measurement taken vertically from the ground up to the center of the cranks.
  10. Wheelbase Wheelbase is the measurement from the center of the front axle to the center of the rear axle.
  11. Chainstay Length Chainstay Length is the measurement from the center of the cranks to the center of the rear axle.
  12. Fork Offset Fork Offset, or rake, is the distance from the front axle to a line drawn parallel to the center of the head tube or steering axis.

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