Salsa Spearfish V23.4

Let me start by saying yes, I know this deserves pictures better than garage pics.  I know, I know.  That’s the best I can do this week.

The Superfish has undergone a steady evolution since its birth.  My latest plans were aimed at a few goals:

1.  Tune the bike to my common usage, in the Midwest, on varied terrain.

2.  Maintain/increase reliability and functionality.

3.  Reduce weight.

4.  Simplify, where possible.

5.  Increase awesomeness.

The only real necessary improvement was pretty simple: while I love how light and fast rolling the Maxxis Ikons are, I’ve come to appreciate how much faster I can be on singletrack with a bit more aggressive tire that gives a bit more bite in the corners.  Accordingly, my only real upgrade need was a light, fast tire that added a bit of nobbiness.  Things spiraled out of control from there.

I’ve called this V23.4 because that’s the weight.  23.4 pounds.  Current build:

Salsa Spearfish 1 frame, Medium.

Cannondale Lefty XTR29 Carbon Fork.  Spork?  With Project 321 Tapered Steerer Adapter.

Fox Float CTD 6.5×1.5 Shock.

Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires.

SRAM X0 cranks, mounted to the original (stock) X9 axle, with a 34T MRP Bling Ring.

SRAM X0 Type 2 rear derailleur.

SRAM XX 11-36T 10 speed cassette.

KMC DLC X10SL chain.  (Still)

Avid Elixir 7 brakes.  (Stock)

Shorty Thomson X4 Stem.

ENVE 800mm DH handlebars.  (More on that later).

Beloved Ergon SM3 Pro Carbon Saddle.  (Still).

Beloved Ergon GS1 grips.  (Still).

Other bits and pieces.

Beloved ENVE 29XC rims, with Sapim CXRay spokes, laced up by Chad at North Central Cyclery.  DT240 rear hub (with 36T upgrade).  Project 321 Front Hub.

Weight confirmation:

10.6 kg.  23.4 pounds.

Wanna see a neat magic trick?  I can make it drop over half a pound, with no changes in the bike.

See?  Now it only weighs 22.8 pounds!  Amazing!  And yes, the scale is zeroed out.

All you have to do is angle the scale a bit, and the weight reading will get thrown off.  The 23.4 pound weight is legit for a carbon lefty, 1×10 Spearfish running Enve carbon hoops, tubeless.  There are many ways to show a picture of a lighter Spearfish, either intentionally or unintentionally misrepresenting the weight.  23.4 is legit.

Of note, there’s a 26.4 pound singlespeed spearfish that’s been hanging around on MTBR of late.

And there’s a lighter build 23 pound singlespeed.

So with a 1×10 Spearfish that weighs the same as a singlespeed version running tubeless Crests, I’m pretty darn happy.

Full build details will come in the next few days.


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