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First Impressions: 2013 Salsa Spearfish 1

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

When I took home a sleek black Spearfish, I also took home a lot of firsts for me: first full-suspension, first 29er, first hydraulic disc brakes, first 2×10 drivetrain, and first Fox fork. That provided me with some very exciting first few rides, but not with an abundance of useful opinions. I was riding the top-shelf offering, which comes with X9/X0, Fox CTD fork and shock, Pro Moto 1 carbon cockpit, and Stan’s Arch EX’s spun to DT Swiss 350′s. Those features are nice, but the two upgrades that caught my attention were the sleek black anodized finish — which is lighter, tougher, and a good deal sexier than their painted frames — and the 12 x 142mm rear thru axle. Salsa locking grips, a WTB Silverado, and Conti X-Kings round out the spec.