Salsa Mukluk 3

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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.


Frame Mukluk, AL6066
Color Arctic White or Ruby Red
Fork Salsa Bearpaw alloy
Rear Shock nil


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
Stem Salsa Guide
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
Seatpost Zoom SP-218
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

Component Sizing


Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Stem Length 70mm 80mm 90mm 100mm 110mm
Crank Length 170mm 170mm 175mm 175mm 175mm
Handlebar Width 700mm 700mm 700mm 700mm 700mm
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)
Seatpost 31.6mm
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

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
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
M. Stack 593.3mm 593.3mm 602.6mm 621.3mm 630.5mm
N. Reach 389.2mm 404.2mm 420.9mm 435.0mm 447.2mm
P. Standover 691.9mm 703.9mm 744.5mm 786.3mm 823.7mm

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." - 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