Gomez is out at Saddle Drive and will likely have more on the new 27-plus (27.5+) Pony Rustler from Salsa but we’ve got a bit on it here.
The new Pony Rustler is based off another well liked Salsa model, the Horsethief with the same 120mm of Split Pivot rear wheel travel while gaining clearance for the new breed of 27.5 x 3.0” tires. Enhanced traction should make this one worth a look.
To gain the necessary tire clearance the Pony Rustler features a Boost 148 rear end that makes room for 27.5 x 3.0 tires. As many of you already know, the 27.5+ tire features a similar overall tire diameter as a 29er, but with a smaller diameter rim and increased tire volume. The wider hub flanges of the Boost 148 rear hub not only allow for a wider chainlink but also produce a stronger rear wheel that has the same roll-over characteristics of a 29er, but with even more climbing and cornering traction. The promise of the Pony Rustler is that the magic of the mid-sized tires is closer to a modern 29er on steroids than a fat-bike, fast, smooth, and nimble. We can’t wait to ride one!
Pony Rustler will be offered in four sizes in both carbon and aluminum versions. Every frame size features a mount for a full size water bottle and stealth dropper seatpost routing. A Boost 148 compatible crank is required (and spec’d on completes) for adequate ring clearance and drivetrain alignment with the wider Boost hubs, while retaining a standard MTB Q-factor. All other components are standard sizing. Pony Rustler is compatible with both 1x (32T max) and 2x (34/24T) drivetrains. All Pony Rustler completes come with 27.5+ wheels and tires, but the bike is fully compatible with 29 x 2.2-2.4” wheels and tires with no compromises to handling or geometry, so long as the wheelset is laced to Boost 148 and Boost 110 hubs.
With models from the carbon XO1 build at $5,499, a GX1 build at $4,499, and an aluminum with 2×10 $3,499, they are slated to be available in January of 2016.