Salsa Beargrease: Conquer Winter Trails with a Carbon Fat Tire Beast

Light, speedy, versatile winter trailblazer

I'm here to tell you about an audacious piece of machinery, a steed that'll get your heart pounding and your adrenaline racing – the Salsa Beargrease.

This isn't your average fat tire bike. No, it's a creature meticulously crafted for speed on groomed trails. The lightness of its carbon frameset is the stuff of legends, and its nimble 27.5″ wheels promise an unerring rollover, even when the terrain plays hardball. Think of it as a challenge to physics, defying the usual limitations of speed and terrain.

Take a gander at the Beargrease C Deore 11. When you bring race-bike technology to a fat-tire-bike's playground, the result is nothing short of spectacular. This bike is a well-oiled machine designed for winter's most rigorous races, yet it isn't too proud to enjoy a playful dash down a snowy, winding singletrack. With Shimano’s Deore 11-speed components in the mix, you're not just riding a fat tire bike; you're soaring on an avian beast.

Then there's the Beargrease C SLX. This is the bike that won't stop until you've crossed your finish line, be it the Arrowhead, the Iditarod, or the bonfire at your favorite winter hangout. Trust me, it'll make the journey seem almost too easy. Coupled with Shimano’s SLX groupset, this carbon fiber wonder can outpace time itself.

Moving up, we have the Beargrease C X01 Eagle. This carbon fat tire bike is an embodiment of efficiency, a true paragon of design that glides over snowy trails and steep terrains with the ease of a summer breeze. With SRAM’s X01 Eagle components as its allies, there's no trail this bike cannot conquer.

For those who want to feel the raw power of the beast, the Beargrease Carbon Frameset is the name of the game. You see, this is more than a bike; it's an attitude that transforms your strength and determination into sheer speed. You point it where you want to go, and it will get you there – in the express lane.

Its moniker, “Beargrease,” is a tribute to John Beargrease, a legendary figure who carried mail across Minnesota's north shore during the late 1800s. He fought the elements with dog sleds, horses, and boats. Much like its namesake, the Beargrease bike is built to persevere, to connect you to the world, to bring out your inner trailblazer.

The Salsa Beargrease isn't just a bike. It's a call to the wild, an invitation to embrace the thrill of the chase, the joy of the ride. And let me tell you, folks, there's no better companion for an adventure. It's a glorious feeling, isn't it? To breathe in the air, taste the freedom, and take the road less traveled by. Life is a glorious, winding path, my friends. Now go ahead and ride it.

Pros :

  1. Advanced Material: The bike is built with a lightweight carbon frameset that not only shaves weight but also maximizes power transfer.
  2. Excellent Wheels: Its 27.5″ wheels provide superior momentum and rollover capability, crucial for tackling challenging terrains and maintaining high speed.
  3. Racing and Fun: Salsa Beargrease is designed not only for competitive races but also for enjoyable rides on snowy and winding singletrack.
  4. High-Quality Components: The bike comes equipped with reliable components from leading brands, like Shimano's Deore 11-speed and SLX groupset, and SRAM’s X01 Eagle components, ensuring smooth and efficient performance.
  5. Flexible Cargo Options: Frame and fork mounts for extra bottles and cargo make it easy to gear up for long days out or overnight rides, increasing its versatility.


  1. High Price: With the base model starting at $2,949 and the high-end model going up to $7,099, the Salsa Beargrease might be out of reach for some potential buyers.
  2. Specific Use Case: Although it excels in winter conditions and groomed trails, its performance in other environments (such as rocky, steep, and wet terrains) might not be as exceptional. Therefore, it might be less suitable for all-around use.
  3. Limited Aesthetic Choices: As of now, the bike comes in one primary design, which might limit buyers looking for aesthetic customization.
  4. High Maintenance: Carbon frames, while light and efficient, can be more susceptible to damage and expensive to repair than steel or aluminum frames.

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