OFF-ROAD EXPLORATION / BALANCED TRACTION & FLOTATION / BUSHWACKING
If you're looking to get in the fatbike game, we believe the Mukluk 3 provides the best value for your money on the market. The 6066 aluminum Mukluk frame features our famed Alternator Dropouts, which not only offer setup versatility, but also can be used to create a bailout gear when things go wrong in the backcountry. Our lightweight aluminum Bearpaw fork provides excellent tracking and also boosts your water and gear carrying capacity with our Three-Pack mounting system. Looking to carry even more gear? Add our Alternator Wide Rack and load up some panniers. Best of all, we start you off with a nice set of hoops: Surly Holy Rolling Darryl rims with Surly Nate 26 x 3.8" tires. Get out, and get off the beaten path.
|Color||Arctic White or Ruby Red|
|Fork||Salsa Bearpaw alloy|
|Front Der||SRAM X5 HDM, 10-speed|
|Rear Der||SRAM X7, 10-speed|
|Cassette||SRAM 1030, 10-speed, 11-36t|
|Chain||KMC X10, 10-speed EPT|
|Crankset||SRAM X5 for fatbike, 22/34t|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10, ZS44/EC44|
|Handlebar||Salsa Salt Flat 3, 700mm|
|Grips||Salsa Backcountry Lock-on|
|Shifter||SRAM X5, 10-speed|
|Front Brake||SRAM DB3|
|Rear Brake||SRAM DB3|
|Brake Lever||SRAM DB3, included with brake|
|Rotors||SRAM G2CS, 160mm front/rear|
|Saddle||WTB Pure V Sport|
|Front Hub||Salsa Fat Conversion, 135mm QR|
|Rear Hub||Salsa Mukluk 3, 170mm QR|
|Spokes||Black, butted, stainless|
|Rims||Surly Rolling Darryl w/ holes|
|Tires||Surly Nate 26 x 3.8", 27tpi|
|Complete Bike Weight||34 lb for size Large|
|Seatpost Offset||16 mm||16 mm||16 mm||16 mm||16 mm|
* Specification and pricing subject to change without notice
- Mukluk Geometry
- Designed as a blend between fatbike and mountain bike. Mukluk provides floatation in soft conditions like snow and sand, but also incredible traction and stability for singletrack dirt trail conditions. Geometry provides generous standover clearance facilitating dabbing, restarts, dismounts and re-mounts. Alternator dropouts facilitate adjustable geometry for optimal handling for the given terrain
- 6066 Aluminum Tubeset
- Top-shelf, double-butted, heat-treated 6066 Aluminum tubing optimized for strength and weight. Excellent corrosion resistance
- ZS44 Semi-Integrated Headset Standard
- Compatible with tapered or straight 1-1/8" steerer forks
- Versatile Fork Compatibility
- Designed around Salsa's 51mm-offset Bearpaw and Makwa fork models. Mukluk is also fully compatible with RockShox Bluto suspension fork set at 100mm travel. This versatility covers everything from singletrack ripping to snow riding and multi-day beach exploration
- Ovalized Downtube
- Improves handling and front triangle stiffness
- 170mm Rear Spacing
- Results in a stronger, symmetrical rear wheel while maintaining proper chainline with 100mm bottom bracket for optimal drivetrain performance
- Alternator Dropouts
- Allows wheelbase changes and chain tensioning. No disc brake adjustment needed when setting wheel position. Vertical dropout for easy wheel installation/removal. Proven in the NUE Series and in the Tour Divide. Alternator Dropouts Instructions
- Alternator Plate Options
- Multiple options: Quick-Release, Thru-Axle, QR & Thru-Axle Singlespeed, QR with Fender Mounts, and Rohloff OEM2
- Set-It-And-Forget-It Singlespeed Setup
- The Alternator dropouts swinging design and set screws offer quick setup and tensioning. Vertical wheel entry means no re-tensioning or brake adjustments are necessary after a wheel change. Slip-free and creak-free performance
- Adjustable Ride Characteristics
- Using the Alternator dropouts, geared riders can fine-tune the ride characteristics of their bike by adjusting chainstay length and overall wheelbase to be quick and nimble, or longer and more stable
- Replaceable/Serviceable Hardware
- Alternator swing plates (Geared, Singlespeed, Thru-Axle, Rohloff) are all replaceable, and all the bolt hardware is standard-size metric socket head cap screws (also available in a replacement kit)
- Shaped Chainstays & Seatstays
- Provide maximum heel clearance in winter boots
- Direct Mount Front Derailleur Adaptor
- Problem Solvers Direct Mount Adaptor adds flexibility to drivetrain setup and clean 1x builds
- 31.6mm Seat Post
- Allows use of a dropper seatposts for getting rad, negotiating tough terrain, and facilitating dabbing, starting, and stopping in difficult conditions
- Full Length Cable Routing
- Improved performance in poor conditions
- Rear Rack Friendly
- Designed for use with the Salsa Alternator 170mm Wide Rack
- Waterbottle Bosses
- Frame accepts 3 waterbottle cages on sizes M - XL; 2 on sizes XS/SM; TIG-welded in for durability
- Bearpaw 135 Fork Included
- Custom-designed, tapered, aluminum with forward facing dropouts. Front-of-leg Three-Pack bosses. 51mm I.S. disc brake mount
- 135mm Fork Spacing
- Utilizes front rotor/brake spacing. Allows removal of front wheel without detaching front brake caliper
- Three-Pack Fork Bosses
- Front-of-leg Three-Pack bosses for Anything Cages or hi/low placement of waterbottle cages
|Frame||2015 Mukluk Aluminum|
|Wheelsize||26" fatbike (closer to 29" in diameter in reality)|
|Tire Clearance||Designed for 26 x 4.0" tires|
|Fork||Salsa Bearpaw 135 fork included|
|Headset-Upper||1-1/8" Zero Stack (ZS44/28.6)|
|Headset-Lower||For Tapered: 44mm External Cup (EC44/40) For Straight: Zero Stack (ZS44/30)|
|Seat Collar||35.0mm. Salsa Lip-Lock included|
|Front Derailleur||Problem Solvers Direct Mount clamp included, High Direct Mount Front Derailleur|
|Bottom Bracket||100mm BSA|
|Crankset||Fatbike 1x or 2x compatible; Max chainring sizes 1x (34T), 2x (36/24T)|
|Front Brake||51mm I.S., minimum rotor size 160mm, maximum rotor size 180mm|
|Rear Brake||51mm I.S., minimum rotor size 160mm, maximum rotor size 180mm|
|Front Spacing||135 x 9mm QR, front rotor/brake offset|
|Rear Spacing||Alternator Dropouts - 170mm x 10mm QR or 177mm x 12mm Thru-Axle|
|Bottle Mounts||3 per frame for M, L, XL, 2 per frame for S & XS|
|Derailleur Hanger||Replaceable Alternator plates. Driveside Geared QR FS1312. Driveside Singlespeed QR FS1318. Non-driveside QR FS1313. 12 x 177mm Thru-Axle Kit FS1330|
|Cable Routing||Full housing, under toptube|
|Frame Weight||XS 1870g, SM 1930g, MD 2040g, LG 2100g, XL 2180g|
|Fork Weight w/Uncut Steerer||1191g|
|Color||Arctic White or Ruby Red|
|Recommended Rider Height||157cm - 168cm||165cm - 175cm||173cm - 183cm||180cm - 191cm||188cm - UP|
|A. Toptube Effective||565mm||580mm||605mm||625mm||640mm|
|B. Seat Tube Length||381.0mm||381.0mm||432.0mm||483.0mm||533.0mm|
|C. Headtube Angle||68.5°||68.5°||68.5°||68.5°||68.5°|
|D. Seat Tube Angle||73.5°||73.5°||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°|
|E. BB Drop||60mm||60mm||60mm||60mm||60.0mm|
|F. Chainstay Length||447 - 464mm||447 - 464mm||447 - 464mm||447 - 464mm||447 - 464mm|
|G. Headtube Length||100mm||100mm||110mm||130mm||140mm|
|H. Fork Length||483mm||483mm||483mm||483mm||483mm|
|J. Fork Offset||51mm||51mm||51mm||51mm||51mm|
|K. Wheelbase||1097.1 - 1114.1mm||1112.1 - 1129.1mm||1132.3 - 1149.3mm||1153.9 - 1170.9mm||1169.7 - 1186.7mm|
Measurements based on:
- a Salsa Bearpaw fork which is equivalent to a RockShox Bluto at 25% sag.
- a 26 x 4.0" tire measuring 742mm in diameter
- standover (P) measured vertically to top of toptube from a position 50mm forward of BB center
- Can I run 27.5" (650b) rims and tires on this frameset?
- No, doing so will absolutely ruin the performance of the bike by throwing off all our carefully selected frame geometry.
- Can I run 29-plus rims and tires on this frameset?
- Yes, you can, but keep in mind that the frame geometry will be affected slightly. The bottom bracket height will increase and also the length of fork trail will increase.
- Can I run 5" tires on this bike?
- The fork is designed to accept up to 5" fatbike tires mounted on 100mm-width rims. The rear end of the bike is optimally designed for use with 3.8" fatbike tires mounted on 80mm rims. The rear end will accept 100mm-width rims with 3.8" tires, or 80mm rims with 4.5" tires, but this may require drivetrain modification. The frame will not accept a 5" fatbike tire.
- Can I use a suspension fork on this frame?
- Yes, this frame was designed and tested for use with a suspension fork with an axle-to-crown length up to 511mm (typically 100mm of travel). Check the fork manufacturer's specifications to ensure the model & travel combination you intend to use is equal to or less than this length. Using a longer length fork will void the frame warranty and could result in frame failure. Forks with 51mm offset are strongly recommended, but 45mm offset is also acceptable (increases mechanical trail by 6mm).
- Do you offer touch-up paint?
- No, we do not offer touch up paint. Hobby shops or automotive stores are excellent places to find paint. We suggest you test the paint on a scrap piece of metal before using it on your frame.
- How do I take care of the Alternator dropouts?
- Periodically, we recommend that you remove the bolts and clean the dirt and grime off the hardware and the frame surfaces. Then, lightly regrease the threaded parts and re-assemble.
- I crashed and dented (or cracked) my frame. Is it safe to ride?
- Stop riding your frame immediately and take it to the nearest Salsa authorized dealer for inspection. A dented or cracked tube represents a structural weakening of the frame, and is a safety risk.
"The Ti Mukluk receives a similar half painted look as the rest of Salsa's bikes with a clearcoat covering the entire bike. Raw Ti is beautiful in its own right, but I have to admit that the painted Ti bikes were beautiful in person."
-BikeRumor - July 2013
"In motion, the Mukluk 2 is a contrast of attributes. It lumbers along undaunted in 6" of snow, but when it hits open trail, it rails with authority reminding you that this is no saucer sled, this is a bike with proper mountain bike DNA. At times I've found myself mid turn, driving hard, tires growling, not yielding an inch. The traction is astounding on dry trails, reminding me that this bike is not just for snowy days, although that is were it is most fun to ride."
-Expedition Portal - March 2013 Previous
"The Mukluk 2 somehow has become my defacto mountain bike. I've come to believe that this fat bike is what all other mountain bikes, really want to be when they grow up. This is truly a mountain bike for real."
-Fat-Bike.com - June 2012
"I suggest we begin thinking of these bikes as "all-terrain" and not merely for snow."
-GearJunkie - January 2012
"The Mukluk specifically is a great platform for exploratory outings which may be uncharted areas, or otherwise may take you through bits of trail that are difficult to impossible to ride on a "normal" 29″er. It is a stable handling rig and those tires eat up terrain that would stop a typical 29″er in its tracks. Deeper grounds, sand, mud, forest floor debris, and deep rock are easy to traverse on the Mukluk and bring rides into focus that you may never have considered before."
-TwentyNineInches- November 2011