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Salsa Timberjack XT 29″

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Unleash your mountain spirit with the Salsa Timberjack XT 29″, a versatile hardtail designed to redefine your trail and bikepacking experiences. This robust machine, equipped with a 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL fork and 29″ wheels, ensures a smooth ride over uneven terrain, whether you’re navigating thrilling descents or powering up challenging ascents. Its unique blend of stability and responsiveness, coupled with on-bike storage and Alternator 2.0 dropouts, offers the versatility needed for multi-day adventures, while Shimano’s XT 1×12 componentry provides a wide gear range for confident climbing, even when fully loaded.


Overview

Unleash your mountain spirit with the Salsa Timberjack XT 29″, a hardtail destined to redefine your trail riding experience. A machine built to get you places, this bicycle’s combined super powers enable you to navigate  descents with flow and power up ascents with steady rhythm. Its robust aluminum frame, 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL fork and 29″ wheels work in harmony, smoothing out the bumps and maintaining momentum over obstacles. Whether you’re chasing adrenaline on a trail ride or seeking tranquility on a bikepacking journey, the Timberjack adapts to the adventure.

The Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ unique blend of stability and responsiveness makes it perfect for navigating uneven terrain while fully loaded with all your camping goodies. The on-bike storage options and Alternator 2.0 dropouts offer the versatility needed for loading up for long bikepacking journeys. And the wide gear range of Shimano’s XT 1×12 componentry ensures you can confidently tackle steep inclines even when a bit overloaded.  The Salsa Timberjack ensures comfort without compromising on performance, making those big multi-day bikepacking adventures not only enjoyable but thrilling.

Geometry & Ride Characteristics

CAD of MD Salsa Salsa Timberjack XT 29″(Use BikeInsights.com to compare/contrast bicycle geometries)

The Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ boasts a distinctive geometry that sets it apart in the world of mountain biking. Its effective top tube lengths cater to riders of all statures, ensuring a tailored fit. The consistent 66.4° headtube angle across all sizes is a testament to its design focus on confident downhill handling. Additionally, the uniform 420mm chainstay length and a seat tube angle of 75.1° across all sizes emphasize a harmonious blend of agility and stability, ensuring riders experience a consistent feel regardless of frame size.

Riding the Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ is an experience in balanced responsiveness. Its geometry translates to a bike that feels nimble on tight trails yet stable on fast descents. The consistent headtube angle ensures confidence when tackling steep terrains, while the seat tube angle positions the rider for optimal pedaling efficiency. The blend of these geometric features results in a ride that’s both exhilarating on descents and powerful on climbs, making the Timberjack a versatile companion for diverse mountain biking adventures.

  • Trail-Ready Design: The Salsa Timberjack XT 29’s geometry is tailored for 29″ wheels, a deviation from traditional mountain bikes which might use smaller wheel sizes. This design ensures efficient roll-over capabilities, especially on challenging terrains and obstacles.
  • Stand Over: The varying standover heights across sizes, ranging from 702.9mm for XS to 792.9mm for XL, ensure that riders of different heights can comfortably straddle the bike. This is crucial for technical terrains where quick dismounts might be necessary.
  • Head Tube Angle: With a consistent angle of 66.4° across all sizes, the Timberjack XT 29 offers a balance between stability on descents and agility on climbs. Unlike some bikes that might vary the angle for specific riding styles, the Timberjack maintains this angle for a harmonized riding experience.
  • BB Drop: A consistent BB drop of 56.6mm across all sizes ensures a low center of gravity. This is in contrast to some aggressive mountain bikes which might have a different BB drop, providing the Timberjack with stability, especially on technical sections.
  • Wheelbase: The wheelbase, ranging from 1120mm for XS to 1211.7mm for XL, is designed for stability and control on trails. A longer wheelbase generally offers more stability, especially on rough terrains, making it suitable for aggressive trail riding.
  • Chainstay Length: A consistent chainstay length of 420mm across all sizes ensures predictable handling. This length is optimized for both climbing and descending, providing a balanced ride on varied terrains.
  • Top Tube Length: The effective top tube lengths provide a range from 570mm for XS to 659.3mm for XL, ensuring riders get a comfortable reach. This caters to a posture that’s both aggressive for descents and efficient for climbs.
  • Seat Tube Angle: With a consistent angle of 75.1° across all sizes, these angles ensure an optimal pedaling position. Unlike some bikes that might vary the angle for specific riding styles, the Timberjack maintains this angle for a harmonized pedaling experience.
  • Fork Geometry: The fork length axle to crown (L) is consistently 543mm across all sizes, and the fork offset (M) is consistently 44mm. This combination ensures a balanced steering response and front-end stability.
  • Handlebar Width and Crank Length: The handlebar width is consistently 780mm across all sizes, ensuring ergonomic comfort. The crank arm length varies with size, from 165mm for XS and SM, 170mm for MD and LG, to 180mm for XL, ensuring optimal power transfer tailored to the rider’s size.

vs. the Salsa Timberjack SLX 29″

The Salsa Timberjack SLX 29″ is a more economical version of the Salsa Timberjack XT 29″. With a very similar frame, the primary differences are in the componentry as follows:

  • Rear Derailleur
    • XT 29: Shimano XT M8100 SGS
    • SLX 29: Shimano SLX M7100 SGS
  • Cassette
    • XT 29: Shimano SLX M7100-12, 10–51t, 12-speed
    • SLX 29: Shimano Deore M6100-12, 10–51t, 12-speed
  • Shifter
    • XT 29: Shimano SLX M7100 I-SPEC EV
    • SLX 29: Shimano Deore M6100 I-SPEC EV
  • Brakes and Rotors
    • XT 29: Shimano M4120 four-piston, Shimano RT10 Center Lock (180 mm front, 160 mm rear)
    • SLX 29: Shimano MT401, Shimano RT10 Center Lock (180 mm front, 160 mm rear)
  • Rear Wheel Hub
    • XT 29: Shimano MT410-B Micro Spline 12 x 148 mm hub
    • SLX 29: Shimano MT410-B Micro Spline 15 x 110 mm hub

vs. the Surly Karate Monkey SUS

The Surly Karate Monkey SUS and the Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ offer distinct ride characteristics that cater to different preferences. The Karate Monkey’s geometry leans towards a more aggressive and playful ride, suitable for technical trails and riders seeking a lively experience. In contrast, the Timberjack’s geometry emphasizes a balanced and responsive ride, with features that provide confident handling on descents and efficient climbing. While both bikes are designed for versatility, the Timberjack tends to be more accommodating to various riding styles and may be positioned at a higher cost relative to the Karate Monkey.

  • Groupset:
    • Surly Karate Monkey SUS: Uses a varied range of groupsets, depending on the specific build.
    • Salsa Timberjack XT 29″: Features Shimano’s XT 1 x 12 componentry, ensuring performance and reliability.
  • Ride Feel:
    • Surly Karate Monkey SUS: Offers a more aggressive and playful ride, ideal for technical trails.
    • Salsa Timberjack XT 29″: Delivers a balanced and responsive feel, suitable for a wide range of terrains.
  • Geometry:
    • Surly Karate Monkey SUS: Designed with a geometry that leans towards agility and playfulness.
    • Salsa Timberjack XT 29″: Boasts a geometry that emphasizes a harmonious blend of agility and stability, with features like a consistent 66.4° headtube angle.

vs. the Kona Honzo ESD

The Kona Honzo ESD offers a more aggressive geometry tailored for riders seeking a bike that excels in technical terrains and steep descents, with its longer front end and slacker headtube angle emphasizing downhill confidence. In contrast, the Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ provides a balanced ride experience, blending agility and stability, making it versatile for a broader range of trails. While both bikes cater to mountain biking enthusiasts, the Timberjack might be positioned at a relatively higher cost, reflecting its diverse adaptability and premium components.

  • Groupset:
    • Kona Honzo ESD: Uses a diverse range of groupsets, depending on the specific build and model.
    • Salsa Timberjack XT 29″: Equipped with Shimano’s XT 1 x 12 componentry, guaranteeing performance and reliability.
  • Ride Feel:
    • Kona Honzo ESD: Offers an aggressive ride feel, tailored for technical trails and challenging terrains.
    • Salsa Timberjack XT 29″: Delivers a balanced and versatile ride, suitable for both trail rides and extended adventures.
  • Geometry:
    • Kona Honzo ESD: Features a more aggressive geometry with a longer front end and slacker headtube angle, emphasizing downhill prowess.
    • Salsa Timberjack XT 29″: Boasts a balanced geometry, with features like a consistent 66.4° headtube angle, designed for a mix of agility and stability.

Features

Shimano’s XT Groupset: The Timberjack XT features Shimano’s XT 1 x 12 componentry, guaranteeing top-tier performance, reliability, and a wide gear range.

 29″ Wheel Size:, This ensures smooth rolling over obstacles and maintaining momentum.

Versatility: The Timberjack XT is designed for a wide range of terrains, from fast-paced trail sessions to extended bikepacking adventures.

RockShox Fork: This bike is equipped with a RockShox 35 Gold RL fork, providing reliable shock absorption on diverse terrains.

Bag, Rack and Fender Mounting Points

Top Tube Mount: There’s a mount on the top tube for a fuel tank bag, perfect for keeping snacks or small items within easy reach.

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

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

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

Rear Rack Mounts: The rear of the bike has mounts for attaching a standard rear rack for panniers or other gear. It uses Alternator 2.0 plates and requires a Salsa Rack-Lock.

Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ Featured in the Wild

2021 Salsa Timberjack Review: Perfecting the Hardtail

In 2021, Salsa unveiled significant updates to their Timberjack alloy hardtail, enhancing its geometry to be more progressive and adding more mounting options. Miles Arbour, the author, shares his insights on the 2021 Salsa Timberjack XT 29er, emphasizing its suitability for both trail rides and bikepacking. He states, “The Salsa Timberjack XT 29 has been an incredibly fun bike to ride… the ride quality sets a high standard for what an aluminum hardtail can do.” The revamped Timberjack, while retaining its core DNA, offers a more aggressive trail handling without compromising its climbing prowess or bikepacking capabilities.

Value Field Test: Salsa Timberjack XT 29 – The Jack of All Trades – Pinkbike

In Pinkbike’s detailed review of the Salsa Timberjack XT 29, Alicia Leggett delves into the bike’s versatility and performance. She describes the Timberjack as a bike that doesn’t solely focus on climbing efficiency but rather offers an all-encompassing biking experience. Alicia notes, “The Timberjack doesn’t set out with climbing efficiency as its primary goal. Instead, it’s designed as an all-around play and adventure bike.” On descents, the Timberjack showcases its aggressive side, handling technical trails with ease. Despite being the priciest hardtail in the test, its high-grade components, including the Shimano XT drivetrain, make it stand out. However, Alicia felt the RockShox 35 Gold fork could have been more adjustable and sensitive.

Salsa Timberjack Review: Value Meets Versatility

The Salsa Timberjack XT 29 is a standout in the realm of alloy hardtails, offering a blend of affordability and performance. Miles Arbour, after three months of rigorous testing on British Columbia trails and bikepacking trips, praises the bike’s capability on technical terrains and its suitability for bikepacking. The Timberjack’s geometry, while conservative, enhances its versatility, making it apt for both everyday rides and challenging singletrack adventures. Arbour notes, “The Timberjack is still a trail bike at heart… its ride quality sets a high standard for what an aluminum hardtail can do.” The review underscores the Timberjack’s value proposition, especially given its well-thought-out specifications and competitive price point.

Specs

Build Kit

The Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ drivetrain features Shimano’s XT M8100 SGS rear derailleur and a 12-speed SLX M7100 cassette, ensuring smooth shifting. Braking is handled by Shimano M4120 four-piston brakes, and the bike rides on Shimano hubs with WTB ST i30 29″ rims. wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHF and Rekon tires, ensuring optimal grip and performance on trails. Comfort is enhanced with a TranzX adjustable seatpost and WTB Volt saddle.

Frameset

  • Frame: Timberjack Alloy V2
  • Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130 mm, 44 mm offset

Drivetrain

  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100 SGS
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX M7100-12, 10–51t, 12-speed
  • Chain: Shimano Deore M6100
  • Crankset: Shimano MT510, 30t
  • Shifter: Shimano SLX M7100 I-SPEC EV
  • Brakes: Shimano M4120 four-piston
  • Rotors: Shimano RT10 Center Lock (180 mm front, 160 mm rear)

Components

  • Headset: FSA Orbit 1.5E ACB
  • Stem: Salsa Guide Trail
  • Handlebar: Race Face Chester 35.0 mm
  • Grips / Bar Tape: Salsa File Tread
  • Seatpost: TranzX YSI05 RAD+, Shimano MT500 lever, 30 mm travel adj
  • Saddle: WTB Volt 250 Steel
  • Seatclamp: Salsa Lip-Lock

Wheels

  • Front Wheel: Shimano MT400-B 15 x 110 mm hub, WTB ST i30 32h 29″ rim
  • Rear Wheel: Shimano MT410-B Micro Spline 12 x 148 mm hub, WTB ST i30 32h 29″ rim
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF front, Maxxis Rekon rear,29 x 2.6″, EXO, TR

Frame Construction

The Salsa Timberjack XT 29″ features a meticulously crafted alloy frame, known for its lightweight yet durable properties. The frame’s welding is precise, ensuring structural integrity and a seamless finish that speaks to its high-quality craftsmanship. The Timberjack’s standout feature is its versatile Alternator 2.0 dropout system.

Timberjack XT 29 frame

Size XS SM MD LG XL
A. Effective Top Tube 570 594.1 615.3 639 659.3
B. Stand Over 702.9 722.6 742.1 772.1 792.9
C. Reach 410.7 433.6 453.6 475.5 492.6
D. Stack 599 599 607.4 613.5 625.5
E. Total Seat Tube Length 342.9 370 395 432 457.2
F. Headtube Length 100 100 105 115 125
G. Headtube Angle 66.4 66.4 66.4 66.4 66.4
H. Seat Tube Angle 75.1 75.1 75.1 75.1 75.1
I. BB Drop 56.6 56.6 56.6 56.6 56.6
K. Chainstay Length 420 420 420 420 420
L. Fork Length Axle to Crown 543 543 543 543 543
M. Fork Offset 44 44 44 44 44
N. Wheelbase 1120 1142.5 1164.5 1180.5 1211.7
Crank Arm Length 165 165 170 170 180
Handlebar Width 780 780 780 780 780
Recommended Rider Height 157cm–163cm 160cm–175cm 173cm–183cm 180cm–191cm 188cm–UP
Stem Length 50 50 50 50 50

Measurements based on:

  • an 510.5mm fork which is equivalent to an average 543mm length 29″ 130mm suspension fork at 25% sag
  • a 27.5 x 2.8″ tire measuring 724.5mm in diameter
  • Standover is measured vertically to top of top tube from a position 50mm forward of BB center with an unsagged suspension fork
  • Wheelbase at 420mm chainstay length

Warranty

Register your purchase at SalsaCycles.com.

SALSA CYCLES 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. NOTE: All warranty periods below apply to original owner only

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.

UNDER THREE YEAR WARRANTY

Aluminum front triangles of suspension frames
All Salsa components

UNDER TWO YEAR WARRANTY

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

THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER THE FOLLOWING:

  • 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
  • Salsa Cycles bicycles, frames, components or softgoods purchased from an unauthorized dealer
  • 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

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

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.

TO THE EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW, THESE WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUSIVE AND THERE ARE NO OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS INCLUDING WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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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Best Service Ever!

I’ve been wanting a Timberjack for a long time. Josh ordered it as soon as it became available and notified me when it arrived with no pressure to buy. I tested it out, I loved it, and bought it. Next I picked out pedals, new colorful grips, and a water cage. Toby was SO patient as I couldn’t decide on the colors. I ended up mixing it all up and went with multi colored everything. It looks great! It rides great! And Toby and Josh are outstanding to work with. I’ll definitely be back for service and gear. These guys rock!

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