We like the new 2018 Salsa Timberjack a lot, and not just because it is painted in Olympia orange. It’s a sorta back to basics cross country hardtail. We say ‘back to basics’ because it has a 6061 aluminum frame with a rigid rear end and geometry that is comfortable for all day riding but just tight enough to serve as a great racer too. In other words it’s a good all-rounder; the the kind of mountain bike we used to ride on virtually every occasion.
What’s not so basic is the 1×10 drivetrain and the 27.5” wheels; both modern inventions that in most instances make riding just that much better.
The price also feels like it’s ‘basic’. $1600 plus taxes gets you out the door with this gorgeous Salsa, which makes it a great deal. The size L pictured above is built and ready to take a look at as of the time of this posting.