Introducing the New 2018 Mukluk Fat MTB Bike from Salsa Cycles

Introducing the New 2018 Mukluk Fat MTB Bike from Salsa Cycles
Salsa Cycles (USA) – Press Release: We’re excited to present the 2018 family of Mukluk. Many of us here at Salsa have had the pleasure of watching Mukluk evolve over the last decade, and we believe that today, it stands as the most progressive fat bike in the industry.

Product Manager, Joe Meiser is a big fan and proud Mukluk rider and racer, and he plays an instrumental role each year in helping to push the line up to the next level.

When asked what his favorite features of the current Mukluk are, the five that immediately came to mind were:
  • The clearance for tires ranging from 26 x 3.8–5.0″, 27.5 x 2.8–4.0″, and 29 x 2.2–3.0″
  • The ability to change the chainstay length from 432–450 mm on the Carbon model with the Alternator 2.0 dropout
  • 197 x 12mm rear spacing and a 100mm BB shell keeps the Q-factor narrow and open to a wide range of drivetrain configurations, including 1x and 2x
  • The Bearpaw fork is the first carbon fat bike fork to feature Three-Pack mounts for our Salsa Anything Cages, and its suspension-corrected numbers play nice with up to 120mm travel suspension forks if the rider chooses to go that route
  • Thoughtful and useful features like toptube mounts for our EXP Series Toptube Pack, three water bottle mounts, and the option to run our Alternator Rack 190 with a Rack-Lock seat collar

Meiser put together some killer builds this time around. “In 2018, spec highlights include HED carbon wheels on Mukluk Carbon X01 Eagle and HED aluminum rims with DT Swiss hubs for Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle. All models now roll on Maxxis 26 x 4.8″ Minion FBR tires, and wider range mountain 1x drivetrains (X01 Eagle, GX Eagle, and SLX 1x11) will add to Mukluk’s off-road prowess. We’re stoked about our new thru-axles, and new handlebar, seatpost, and stem widths and lengths will help to dial in the fit across frame sizes.” He adds, “We carefully think through every price point of our bike specification to give a great ride experience and a product that will provide riders with season after season of enjoyment.”

Mukluk is our most versatile fat bike, engineered to excel in just about any off-road scenario you can throw at it. Meiser can attest to that. “I have ridden the Mukluk on fresh snow, perfectly groomed snow singletrack, dirt, and pavement. Using the Alternator Dropouts, I’ve come to really appreciate how it carves singletrack with 26 x 4.0″ tires in the shortest wheelbase configuration, and the amount of stability that it offers with a 5.0″ tire in the longer wheelbase configuration.” When he’s got the fire for some fat bike competition, he goes for his Mukluk too. “I chose it to race this year for Fat Bike Birkie, and our team riders have used it for Arrowhead and Iditarod. It is incredibly capable, versatile, fast, and tons of fun. At the same time, it’s also the fat bike I choose when I want to go off-trail and do some exploring in the woods.”

On any surface, in any season, Mukluk has the chops to tackle whatever lies ahead. If your answer to, “What are your fat bike interests?” is, “All of them,” then Mukluk may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

The 2018 Mukluk is available in three build levels and as a frameset in carbon, and one build level in aluminum.

Mukluk Carbon X01 Eagle:

Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle:

Mukluk Carbon SLX 1x11:

Mukluk Carbon NX1:

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