The New 2016 Salsa Deadwood Adventure Bike

Just days after I’ve completed a list of off-road adventure touring bikes, Salsa has brought a new bike to the table. The 2016 Salsa Deadwood.

Update: This is a discontinued bike line.

The 2016 Salsa Deadwood

2016 Salsa Deadwood

It’s based around Salsa’s Fargo off-road touring bike if you compare frame geometry, frame material and components. The biggest difference between these models is tyre clearance. The Deadwood is a 29+ bike, meaning it will squeeze in 29×3.0 mountain bike tyres; the Fargo maxes out at 29×2.3.

What that means for you, dear reader, is that this bike will take you to places you haven’t been before. Fatter tyres provide more traction, more comfort and a larger footprint for stability on softer surfaces. Think of it like taking a dedicated 4×4 on a rough track, rather than an urban SUV.

The frame is made from double-butted cromoly tubing, the fork is carbon fibre. There are 3-boss luggage mounts on the fork (2) and downtube (1), there are two more bidon mounts on the frame. The frameset also features thru-axles for both wheels.

2016 Salsa Deadwood

The price on a complete Deadwood with SRAM components is US $2599. If you’re looking for just a frame only, that’ll be US $1099.

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  1. Is this called the Deadfish or the Deadwood? The article seems to use both as the name.

  2. This bike looks amazing, but seems like overkill for most types of loaded off-road touring. Where would this bike be preferred over the Fargo? For a ride like the Great Divide the Fargo seems just about perfect.

  3. What’s the downside compared to the Fargo?? There must be something. Are the chain stays flared out such that it is hard to use standard compact low-Q-factor cranks or something? Or hard to use a 52T or 50T chain ring (should one want to)?

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