Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″


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Rangefinder is Salsa’s confidence-building trail hardtail. Built for riders who want to start discovering their local trail systems, Rangefinder offers geometry and spec designed for the perfect introduction to mountain biking.


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Rangefinder Deore 10 29 opens up the beautiful world of mountain biking. Take to the trail with frame geometry that puts you in complete control through descents, rock gardens, and other trail obstacles.

A 120 mm suspension fork takes the edge off of rocks and roots, while the 29 x 2.6” wheels and tires help you roll right over them. The Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain provides countless miles of trouble-free performance, for a reliable 29er hardtail that’s always ready to ride when you are.

Geometry & Ride Characteristics

The geometry of the Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″ is notably accommodating and balanced. Its headtube and seat tube angles are consistently moderate, aiming to offer a middle ground between aggressive speed and comfortable cruising. The chainstay length is uniform across all sizes, emphasizing a harmonious blend of agility and control. The BB drop is moderate, striking a balance between stability and ground clearance.

Riding the Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″ offers control and freedom. The 29″ wheels and 2.6″ wide tires offer excellent traction and roll-over capabilities, making it easier to tackle obstacles. The 120mm front suspension absorbs shocks effectively, allowing for a smoother ride on rough trails. The bike’s geometry contributes to a riding position that is upright enough for long rides, yet aggressive enough for technical descents. Overall, it offers a ride that is both exhilarating and confidence-inspiring.

  • Wheel/Tire Sizes: The bike accommodates a range of 29 x 1.9–2.6-inch tires. This range is broader than many traditional mountain bikes, allowing for customization based on terrain and rider preference.
  • Alternate Wheel/Tire Sizes: The bike also supports 27.5 x 2.8–3.0-inch tires. This provides flexibility for those who prefer the agility and traction of 27.5″ wheels.
  • Suspension Fork Length: The fork length can be adjusted between 100–130 mm. This adjustable range is more versatile than bikes fixed at either end, allowing for both cross-country and more aggressive trail riding.
  • Fork Offset: The bike has a fork offset of 46 mm, which is standard for trail bikes and contributes to stable yet agile handling.
  • Headset Sizes: The bike uses ZS44 for the upper headset and ZS56 for the lower. These are common sizes, making it easier to find replacement parts or upgrades.
  • Seatpost: The seatpost has a diameter of 30.9 mm, a standard size that offers a wide range of aftermarket options.
  • Dropper Compatible: The bike is compatible with dropper posts and features internal routing. This is a feature often reserved for higher-end models, enhancing the bike’s versatility.
  • Bottom Bracket: The bike uses a 73 mm BSA threaded bottom bracket, a reliable and easily serviceable design.
  • Crankset: The bike is compatible with a maximum ring size of 32t and works with Boost 148 and a 52 mm chainline. This allows for a wide range of gearing options.
  • Rear Brake: The bike features a 74 mm post mount for the rear brake, compatible with 160–180 mm rotors. This provides flexibility in brake options, allowing riders to tailor their stopping power.
  • Rear Spacing: The bike uses a 141 x 10 mm quick-release system, which is less common in modern trail bikes but offers ease of use.
  • Derailleur Hanger: The bike uses a specific derailleur hanger, FS2361, ensuring optimal alignment and shifting performance.

vs. the Salsa Rangefinder Deore 11 29″

The Salsa Rangefinder Deore 11 29″ with its 11-speed drivetrain, is a more premium version of the Salsa Rangefinder Deore10 29″. With a similar frame, the primary differences are in the components as follows:

  • Groupset:
    • Deore 11: Shimano Deore M5100 SGS, 11-speed, 11–51t cassette.
    • Deore 10: Shimano Deore M5120 SGS, 10-speed, 11–46t cassette.
  • Wheelset:
    • Deore 11: Shimano MT400 Center Lock 15 x 110 mm hub, WTB ST i40 32h 29″ rim.
    • Deore 10: Shimano MT200 Center Lock 10 x 141 mm QR hub, WTB ST i40 32h 29″ rim.
  • Seatpost:
    • Deore 11: TranzX YSP18PLQ dropper post for added convenience on descents.
    • Deore 10: Standard Salsa Guide seatpost.

vs. the Surly Bridgeclub 700C

The Surly Bridgeclub 700C is designed for versatility, leaning more towards comfort and long-distance touring. Its geometry is more relaxed, making it well-suited for multi-day adventures and less aggressive terrains. On the other hand, the Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″ is tailored for trail riding with its adjustable suspension fork length and broader wheel/tire size options. It offers a more dynamic ride, capable of handling both cross-country and aggressive trails. While both bikes are cost-effective options in their categories, the Rangefinder leans more towards performance-oriented features.

  • Frameset:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Surly Bridge Club Chromoly Steel frame and fork.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: Rangefinder Aluminum frame and SR Suntour XCM32 Boost fork.
  • Components:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Cane Creek 40 headset, Tektro HD-M275 brakes, and Promax 31.8mm stem.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: FSA Orbit NO.57B 1.5 ZS headset, Shimano MT200 brakes, and Salsa Guide 31.8, 60 mm stem.
  • Drivetrain:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Shimano Deore M5100 32t crankset and Shimano Deore M5100 Shadow Plus rear derailleur.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: FSA Alpha Drive, 30t crankset and Shimano Deore M5120 SGS rear derailleur.
  • Rims:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: WTB ST i21 TCS.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: WTB ST i40 32h 29″ rim.
  • Tires:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Surly Extraterrestrial 700×41, 60tpi Tubeless Ready.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: Maxxis Rekon 29 x 2.6″, EXO, Wire Bead (not tubeless compatible).
  • Handlebar:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Surly Terminal Bar.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: Salsa Salt Flat 31.8, 750 mm width XS–SM; Salsa Rustler 31.8, 800 mm width M–XL.
  • Seatpost:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Promax, 27.2mm.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: Salsa Guide 30.9, 0 offset.
  • Brakes:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Tektro HD-M275.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: Shimano MT200.
  • Wheelset:
    • Surly Bridge Club 700c: Novatec 9×100 QR front hub, Novatec 9×141 QR 11-spd rear hub.
    • Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″: Shimano MT400 Center Lock 15 x 110 mm TA front hub, Shimano MT200 Center Lock 10 x 141 mm QR rear hub.


Adjustable Suspension Fork Length: Offers a 100–130 mm adjustable fork length, a feature usually reserved for more expensive models, allowing versatility for both cross-country and aggressive trail riding.

Shimano Deore Drivetrain: Comes with a Shimano Deore M5120 SGS rear derailleur and a 10-speed, 11–46t cassette, providing reliable performance typically found in more expensive models.

Internal Cable Routing: Features internal cable routing, enhancing aesthetics and offering better protection for the cables, a feature often seen in higher-end models.

Quick-Release Rear Spacing: Equipped with a 141 x 10 mm QR rear spacing, a less common feature in modern trail bikes, adding to the bike’s unique selling points.

Bag and Rack Mounting Points

The Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″ is equipped with the following mounting points to cater to all your gear-hauling needs:

Toptube Mount: The toptube has a mount that is compatible with Salsa EXP Series Top Tube bags.

Rear Rack Mounts: In order to mount a rear rack, a Salsa Post-Lock seatpost collar is required due to the absence of upper mounting eyelets on the seatpost,

Seat Tube Mounts: The seat tube also has mounts for a water bottle cage.

Down Tube Mounts: The down tube has mounts for a water bottle cage or for attaching additional gear.

Under Downtube Mount: There’s a mount under the downtube, which is a common place to carry an extra water bottle or tool keg.


Build Kit

The Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″ drivetrain is highlighted by a Shimano Deore M5120 SGS rear derailleur and a 10-speed, 11–46t cassette. For braking, options include Shimano MT200, Tektro M520, or Promax DSK-925, all paired with Shimano RT10 Center Lock rotors. The bike is outfitted with a Salsa Guide stem and either a Salsa Salt Flat or Rustler handlebar, depending on the size. The wheelset features Shimano hubs and WTB ST i40 rims, wrapped in Maxxis Rekon 27.5 x 2.8″ tires.


  • Frame: Rangefinder Aluminum
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCM32 Boost, Coil, NLO, DS, 120 mm OR RST Alpha 110-15 Coil MLC, 120 mm


  • Front Derailleur: N/A
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M5120 SGS
  • Cassette: Shimano Deore M4100 11–46t, 10-speed
  • Chain: Shimano HG54
  • Crankset: FSA Alpha Drive, 30t, FSA 124.5 mm bottom bracket
  • Shifter: Shimano Deore M4100
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200 OR Tektro M520 OR Promax DSK-925 
  • Rotors: Shimano RT10 Center Lock rotors (160 mm)


  • Headset: FSA Orbit NO.57B 1.5 ZS
  • Stem: Salsa Guide 31.8, 60 mm
  • Handlebar: Salsa Salt Flat 31.8, 750 mm width XS–SM; Salsa Rustler 31.8, 800 mm width M–XL
  • Grips / Bar Tape: Salsa File Tread
  • Seatpost: Salsa Guide 30.9, 0 offset
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Medium, Steel, 142 x 265 mm
  • Seatclamp: Salsa Lip-Lock


  • Front Wheel: Shimano MT400 Center Lock 15 x 110 mm TA hub, WTB ST i40 32h 27.5″ rim
  • Rear Wheel: Shimano MT200 Center Lock 10 x 141 mm QR hub, WTB ST i40 32h 27.5″ rim
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon 27.5 x 2.8″, EXO, Wire Bead (not tubeless compatible)

Frame Construction

The Salsa Rangefinder Deore 10 29″ frame is crafted from 4130 Chromoly, Natch tubing, which is double-butted in the main triangle and TIG welded for added strength. The rear dropout configuration is vertical, with 138mm rear hub spacing that accommodates 10 x 135mm or 10 x 141mm sizes. The front hub spacing is 10 x 100mm. The bike is designed for disc brakes, with 51mm I.S. mounts that can accommodate up to 180mm rear and 203mm front rotors. The head tube has a diameter of 34mm, and the steerer tube is 28.6mm. The seatpost is 27.2mm in diameter, and the bottom bracket is a 73mm threaded design. The frame offers generous tire clearance, accommodating up to 26 x 3.0″, 27.5 x 2.8″, or 700c x 47″ tires.



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Salsa Cycles ( “Salsa ” ) makes the following limited Warranty:

All Salsa products are warranted against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship from the date of retail purchase of the product, subject to the limitations detailed below. Every Salsa frame, component, and apparel has a useful product life cycle. The length of that useful product life cycle will vary depending on the construction and the materials of the product, maintenance and care the product receives, and the amount and type of use the product is subjected to over its life. Your bike has an intended level of use as defined by the ASTM Riding Condition Classification Chart. Failure to adhere to the use cases identified in this chart will void your warranty. Save your dated receipt for proof of purchase.

All warranty periods below apply to the original owner only


All apparel
All frame bags

Salsa Cycles does not guarantee the compatibility of original components with a warranty replacement frame. Salsa Cycles is not responsible for parts or labor required to remove and/or refit and re-adjust the product within the bicycle assembly, including wheel rebuilds.

Salsa Cycles cannot guarantee a color match to the original frame, component, or apparel in the event of a replacement.

This warranty applies to 2014 and newer model bicycles and covers only Salsa Cycles branded product. Any other original part or component shall be covered by the stated warranty of the original manufacturer. Any products not specifically included above are hereby excluded.


Aluminum chainstays of suspension frames
Aluminum seatstays of suspension frames
Carbon seatstays of suspension frames
All other suspension frame parts (excludes hanger, pivot hardware, bearings)


Aluminum frames
Aluminum front triangles of suspension frames
All Salsa forks
All Salsa components


Steel frames
Titanium frames
Carbon frames
Carbon front triangle of suspension frames


Damage due to improper assembly or follow-up maintenance or lack of skill, competence or experience of the user or assemble

Bicycles that were not assembled or serviced by an authorized Salsa Cycles dealer

Products that have been modified, neglected, used in competition, or for commercial purposes such as rental, courier, police, security, etc, misused or abused, involved in accidents or anything other than normal use

Installation of components, parts, or accessories not originally intended for use with or compatible with Salsa frames and components

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Salsa Cycles bicycles, frames, components or softgoods purchased from third-party internet sites, including auction websites, and regional trading websites (examples: Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist) are not covered under this warranty, even if you have a receipt

Sandblasting, sanding, grinding, wire brushing, filing, welding, brazing, drilled holes, anodizing, refinishing, powder coating, or chrome plating the bicycle, frame, or component will void the warranty

Internal rust perforation on all steel frames

Wear, scratches, chips and cracks to paint, finish, or coating on all Salsa frames and components

Bent or broken derailleur hangers or Alternator plates

Labor required to remove and/or refit and re-adjust the product within the bicycle assembly, including wheel rebuilds

Damage to carbon fiber caused by any carbon assembly paste

Normal wear and tear


This limited warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective product, at the option of Salsa Cycles, and is the sole remedy of the warranty. This limited warranty applies only to the original purchaser of the Salsa Cycles product and is not transferable. This warranty applies only to Salsa Cycles products purchased through an authorized dealer or distributor. In no event shall Salsa Cycles be liable for any loss, inconvenience or damage, whether direct, incidental, consequential, or otherwise resulting from breach of any express or implied warranty or condition of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or otherwise with respect to our products except as set forth herein. This warranty gives the consumer specific legal rights, and those rights and other rights may vary from place to place. This warranty does not affect your statutory rights.


For 2013 and older model bicycles and products, please consult your Owner’s Manual, Salsa Cycles product instructions, or contact Salsa Cycles or your authorized Salsa dealer for the applicable warranty information.

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Lucas F.

Really enjoying the Rangefinder

Great for the price especially if you planned on doing some upgrades or already have parts.