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Old 10-15-17, 09:45 PM
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Salsa Cutthroat Rival1

Just curious if anybody has any input on the new salsa cutthroat. Particularly the “rival 1”
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I have the 2106 X9 and recently upgraded to hydro discs and 11 speed. Two complaints with the 2018 line up horrible color schemes and no stock 2x drive train.

I have no complaints with the bike after the upgrade. Before I upgraded I did not like the BB7 brakes, they just weren't strong enough on the downhills.
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Somebody on the local hiking forum posted a review of that bike.

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Originally Posted by wsteve464
Two complaints with the 2018 line up horrible color schemes and no stock 2x drive train.
Totally agree on both counts.
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Originally Posted by wsteve464
I have the 2106 X9 and recently upgraded to hydro discs and 11 speed. Two complaints with the 2018 line up horrible color schemes and no stock 2x drive train.

I have no complaints with the bike after the upgrade. Before I upgraded I did not like the BB7 brakes, they just weren't strong enough on the downhills.
BB7s are trash. If you go mechanical, go with TRP Spyres
Personally I like the Rival color scheme myself.


I have a 2016 Rival. Came with hydros. Biggest issue I see with the 2018 Rival is that it doesn't come with the SRAM 10-42t cassette and compatible wheels/hubs. If you are going to do some heavy bikepacking though, you will probably want to go with the 11-36t cassette and a front double chainring (if not a triple, depending upon the hills you take and the load you carry)
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I have a 2017 Cutthroat Rival that I’ve racked up 4,000 miles on this past year and I absolutely love it. Very versatile mine has seen everything from road rides to moderate single track. Mine came 2X11, but the chainrings were small (36/22), which had me spinning out frequently during commuting. I quickly swapped to 1x11 with a 38T front and e13 9-44 cassette, gaining top end, without losing much down low.

I didn’t like the 2018 colors when I first saw them, but the Rival and Apex look pretty sharp in person.
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Originally Posted by paochow
I have a 2017 Cutthroat Rival that I’ve racked up 4,000 miles on this past year and I absolutely love it. Very versatile mine has seen everything from road rides to moderate single track. Mine came 2X11, but the chainrings were small (36/22), which had me spinning out frequently during commuting. I quickly swapped to 1x11 with a 38T front and e13 9-44 cassette, gaining top end, without losing much down low.

I didn’t like the 2018 colors when I first saw them, but the Rival and Apex look pretty sharp in person.
I'm seriously considering buying a demo '17 Rival. Just can't warm up to the '18 Rival yellow/blue color scheme. Although the '18 Apex orange is beautiful I know I'd be disappointed with mechanical discs. The '17 Rival red is sharp and well spec'd. I'm used to 2x11 on my '17 Roubaix Comp so would probably get along ok with the Rival 2 whose gearing felt familiar on my initial very short test ride, even though the SRAM double-tap shifting did not. Nothing some miles won't cure. Test rode a 1x11 Fargo and found it to be ok gearing-wise too.

While trying to reduce on-road exposure to distracted drivers, I anticipate this bike will see mostly midwest gravel and dirt roads with only enough hard roads to complete loop routes. It might motivate me to seek out some local trails too.

Reviews for the Cutthroat are highly favorable and with control and long distance comfort my top priorities it looks to be a good choice. Other bikes on the short list are the Fargo (27.5 Plus, steel), Raleigh Stuntman (steel, 700x50, on clearance for $1200 at one shop), and Wilier Jaroon Plus (29 Plus, steel, $2k used). Test rode an aluminum Warbird and thought it was too road-bike-like with too little tire for the sometimes deep, pointy marbles on Iowa gravel roads. The Cutthroat has a considerable lead at the moment...the lightest and most compliant of the pack but of course also the most expensive.
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Originally Posted by Big Wally
I'm seriously considering buying a demo '17 Rival. Just can't warm up to the '18 Rival yellow/blue color scheme. Although the '18 Apex orange is beautiful I know I'd be disappointed with mechanical discs. The '17 Rival red is sharp and well spec'd. I'm used to 2x11 on my '17 Roubaix Comp so would probably get along ok with the Rival 2 whose gearing felt familiar on my initial very short test ride, even though the SRAM double-tap shifting did not. Nothing some miles won't cure. Test rode a 1x11 Fargo and found it to be ok gearing-wise too.
I was the same way, concerning the conversion to SRAM shifting. It got very easy very quickly.

Originally Posted by Big Wally
Reviews for the Cutthroat are highly favorable and with control and long distance comfort my top priorities it looks to be a good choice. Other bikes on the short list are the Fargo (27.5 Plus, steel), Raleigh Stuntman (steel, 700x50, on clearance for $1200 at one shop), and Wilier Jaroon Plus (29 Plus, steel, $2k used). Test rode an aluminum Warbird and thought it was too road-bike-like with too little tire for the sometimes deep, pointy marbles on Iowa gravel roads. The Cutthroat has a considerable lead at the moment...the lightest and most compliant of the pack but of course also the most expensive.
I can speak to the Fargo and Cutthroat as far as ride quality. They are both smooth as can be. The Cutthroat is a much racier version in that it is so light and nimble. Both are absolutely designed for great comfort over long distances on any type of terrain. You'll be insanely happy either way. The Cutthroat is my favorite bike, and I'd get rid of all of my others before I got rid of the Cutty.
Good luck!
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So now that demo bike is my bike
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So now that demo bike is my bike
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Will be replacing my aging Jandd frame bag with something better but for now ol' reliable and its new tail bag sibling will get me by.
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Originally Posted by Big Wally
So now that demo bike is my bike
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