Salsa introduces all-new redesigned Cutthroat line

Road boost drivetrain, added rear compliance and insane cargo capacity.

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The all-new Salsa Cutthroat


Salsa Cycles announces 2020 Cutthroat line

Today Salsa introduces the all-new 2020 Cutthroat, the first redesign of its ground-breaking ultra-endurance model since its introduction in 2015.

Salsa Cutthroat

Cutthroat’s unique ride characteristics make it equal parts gravel and mountain bike, so it’s ready to ride wherever you point it.


For those unfamiliar, the Cutthroat is Salsa Cycles Tour Divide-inspired drop-bar bike. It is born on the endless ribbons of mixed surfaces, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route offers. The latest Cutthroat brings to market a more compliant fork, a wide range of drivetrain compatibility, a new direct-mount frame pack, and more accessory mounts than ever. It’s all about covering long distances with speed and comfort – enter the 2020 Salsa Cutthroat.

Cutthroat GRX 810 Di2.

High-tech meets high-performance in the Cutthroat GRX 810 Di2.


2020 Salsa Cutthroat Highlights

  • Optimized for larger tire clearance with Road Boost drivetrain
  • The redesigned high-modulus carbon frame and fork add compliance and lighter weight.
  • The maximum amount of cargo options and space.
  • Boost 148 frame spacing and Boost 110 fork spacing.
  • Boost 148 maintained tire clearance and length while increasing drivetrain compatibility.
  • Flat mount brakes on frame and fork.
  • Sleeved internal brake, shift, and dynamo cable routing in frame and fork chainstay.
  • Dropper post compatible with 1x and 2x drivetrains.
  • Suspension corrected for 100mm travel 29″ forks 
  • Maximum tire clearance of 29 x 2.4″ 27.2 mm.
  • Available: Early November (Apex models currently shipping)
  • Pricing: $2200 – $5900
Salsa Cutthroat is an exploration machine

Fit for adventure and some, the new Salsa Cutthroat is an exploration machine


Road Boost Drivetrain

Salsa feels that road drivetrains paired with mountain boost cranks create the best performance and tire clearance for the unique needs of the 2020 Cutthroat.  The new design can handle a max 40t (single chainring) utilizing a conventional road drivetrain in all other areas. This design allows the Cutthroat to use many different gearing options while keeping the largest tire possible. Salsa achieves this by using specific mountain cranks, mostly SRAM and Easton/Race Face with mountain boost mount chainrings. Using this modular cranksets Salsa is able to fit a max 50/34t on the race-driven builds and  46/30t for the exploitation builds – both builds arrive with a full road drivetrain. The new design is also Shimano Di2 1x and 2xcompatible using mountain boost compatible cranks – expressly shown in the flagship Cutthroat GRX 810 model.

Cutthroat looking proper for the dropbar crowd.

Sleek internal cable routing keeps the Cutthroat looking proper for the drop-bar crowd.


 High-Mod frame layup and updated sizing

While updating the Cutthroat, Salsa added a tweak to the geometry and the addition of a 52 cm size for smaller riders. The 2020 Cutthroat will be available in sizes: 52 cm, 54 cm, 56 cm, 58 cm, 60 cm. With a similar layup and seat stays to the Salsa Warroad, the Class 5TM Vibration Reduction System (VRS) absorbs vibration for a more comfortable ride. The new 69-degree headtube angle and longer wheelbase look to provide more stability for loaded descending and long days on any surface.

Cutthroat shows off Salsas new Boost Road drive train.

The rear of the Cutthroat shows off the new Salsa Boost Road drive train.


Maximum Cargo Compacity with Direct Mount Frame Pack

The updated fork screams “let’s carry stuff” with three-pack mounts or Salsa Down Under Rack compatibility. The frame itself has three bottle mounts inside the main triangle for the 60 cm sizes, two on 52 cm and so on. The frame is optimized for the use of Salsas Anything Bracket and is fully compatible with Salsa Wanderlust Rack using rear rack mounts. The updated fork has a sleek look with what Salsa is calling “no wear”  straps, keep abrasion to a minimum and packability to the max. The Salsa EXP Series Thumb Screws allows for tool attachment to the frame. For those that love to accessorize, the EXP series bags are available in five sizes to match Cutthroat frame sizes free waterproof fabrics and water-resistant construction. 

The Salsa Cutthroat

The Salsa Cutthroat is great for all that you and nature can throw at it.


Redesigned Hi-Modulus fork 

Salsa also updated the Cutthroat fork, claimed to have 32% more compliance over the previous model. The new fork is Backwards compatible with resistant plates in high areas for easy access to cargo. Abrasion resistance prevents damage from mud wear areas as well as cargo loading.

Cutthroat fork

The new 2020 Cutthroat fork is equipped for the wild adventures with one set of three-pack mounts on each leg.


The new Cutthroat fork is available aftermarket with 350 mm steerer,  Flat mount road brakes and hidden fender mounts. The new fork is equipped for the wild adventures with one set of three-pack mounts on each leg, Salsa Down Under rack compatibility, pack mount, Internal dynamo routing, and internal brake cable routing. Those looking to upgrade, be mindful of the updated Boost 15 x 110 mm hub spacing. The fork weighs in at 775 g (1 lb. 12 oz.) with Salsa Deadbolt UL axle.

Cutthroat is perfect for a cross country fork.

With the suspension corrected design, the new Cutthroat is perfect for a cross country fork.


The Salsa Cutthroat in Di2 GRX

The Salsa Cutthroat in Di2 GRX – a dream exploration companion.


2020 Salsa Cutthroat Pricing:

  • Cutthroat Carbon GRX 810 Di2 – $5799
  • Cutthroat Carbon GRX 810 1X – $4199
  • Cutthroat Carbon GRX 600 – $3299
  • Cutthroat Carbon Apex 1 – $2699
  • Cutthroat Carbon Frameset – $2199
  • Cutthroat Fork Aftermarket – $549

For more information on the 2020 Salsa Cutthroat check out: Salsacycles.com
About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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