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Salsa Pony Rustler GX 2 x 10 - 2016

Salsa Pony Rustler GX 2 x 10
$3,000.00 - $3,499.00
Charcoal Gray
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The “big” little brother of Salsa's 29er Horsethief, Pony Rustler features the same “any singletrack trail in the world” capability, but takes a more aggressive approach with the ground-clawing, inspirational stability of 27.5 x 3.0" tires. Mix this footprint with 148 x 12mm axle spacing, short and agile chainstays, and BOOST crankset specifications, and you’re dressed to impress while you bust new moves on the high mountain dance floor.


Frame Pony Rustler 6066-T6 aluminum, 148 x 12mm thru-axle, 120mm-travel
Fork Fox FLOAT 34 Performance, 27.5+, 110 x 15mm thru-axle, 130mm-travel
Rear Shock Fox FLOAT performance
Rims/Wheels WTB Scraper i45, 27.5+, tubeless
Hubs SRAM MTH 716/746 BOOST
Spokes DT Swiss Champion, straight, black
Tires WTB Bridger, 27.5 x 3", tubeless
Chainrings 22-34t
Front Derailleur SRAM GX
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Type 2
Rear Cogs SRAM, 10-speed: 10-42
Shifters SRAM GX
Handlebars Salsa Rustler 3, 750mm
Tape/Grips Salsa Backcountry lock-on
Stem Salsa Guide
Brake Levers SRAM Guide R
Brakes SRAM Guide R, SRAM Centerline 180mm rotors
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost Truvativ T20, 0mm offset


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Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Charcoal Gray / Small 657993059036 BK6125
Charcoal Gray / Medium 657993059029 BK6126
Charcoal Gray / Large 657993059012 BK6127
Charcoal Gray / X-Large 657993059005 BK6128


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  • 29er compatible 
  • Boost 
  • Split pivot 
  • Tire compliance 
  • Traction 


  • New 
  • Weight 


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from SLC, UT

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  • boost
  • tire compliance
  • split pivot
  • traction
  • 29er compatible


  • weight
  • new

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Bikes seemed to be designed around ultra thin people. I'm heavy for a cyclist at around 200 lbs. The consequence is that little 2.3 inch tire don't grip enough for me. The 3.0 inch tires on this have plenty of grip and are compliant around small rocks and roots. On most dirt surfaces they roll better than 29er wheels and I am faster on this bike than I am on the 29er Horsetheif. Because plus bikes are new there are something that you need to be aware of. First, it comes with the light version of the brigder 3.0. I would replace them with the tough version. The stiffer sidewalls eliminate any vagueness the bike has. Second, you need to know you tire pressure with .25 psi precision. A change that small can be felt, A .5 psi drop could start the bike bobbing, get a low pressure tire gauge. Third, you need to set tire pressure before you do suspension setup. Get the pressure as low as possible but not so low that the bike is bobbing with suspension locked out. Then set up suspension. I found I went with a slightly higher suspension pressure and had to adjust the damping quite a bit to get suspension working correctly. The plus tires interact with the suspension, when setup well you can damp-out all the bad behavior people complain about. If not, the bike will bob and squirm like a prize fighter.

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