PONY RUSTLER CARBON
SPLIT PIVOT® REAR SUSPENSION
The concentric rear axle pivot in conjunction with precise wheel link, brake link, and control link
placement, results in several performance gains:
• Exceptional bump compliance
• Maximum traction
• Incredible pedaling efficiency
• Predictable braking
• Improved frame geometry due to the elimination of unwanted suspension movement during
acceleration and braking.
XC/TRAIL-SPECIFIC SUSPENSION TRAVEL
120mm of Split Pivot® rear wheel travel that is tuned with a progressive leverage ratio but slightly
linear tail end; the end result is a very efficient pedaling frame that has very supple small bump
feel off the top, a lot of mid-stroke support for corner and pumping terrain, and a subtle ramp (but
not too much) in end-stroke that ensures a bottomless feel, while still maximizing the use of all
120mm of rear wheel travel. The frame is designed and balanced for a 120mm travel, 51mm offset
front fork, but has been updated for 2016 to allow the use of 130mm travel, 51mm offset forks
for aggressive 29er riders looking to add BB height and slacken the headtube angle, and also to
compensate for the slightly smaller diameter of 27.5”+ wheel and tire combos.
VERSATILE WHEEL & TIRE OPTIONS
For 2016 the Horsethief/Pony Rustler frame retains its capacity for run 29” x 2.25–2.4” wheel
and tires setups, but sees an upgrade to BOOST rear spacing and BOOST drivetrain component
compatibility. This allows the use of 27.5+ setups (27.5 x 3.0”) and gives rise to the Pony Rustler
name, a Horsethief frame spec’d stock with 27.5+ wheels. Both Horsethief and Pony Rustler models
are spec’d and compatible with 110mm-spaced 29/27.5”+ (51mm offset) forks up to 130mm in
travel, which allows the rider to toggle between 29/27.5”+ wheelsets with simply a wheel change.
HORSETHIEF/PONY RUSTLER GEOMETRY
The Horsethief/Pony Rustler is a big-wheeled (29/27.5”+) bike that is surprisingly playful and
aggressive thanks to a low-slung stance and short 437mm chainstays. A 67.5–68.1° head angle
(depending on fork travel) was progressive for a 29er back when the design was conceived between
Dave Weagle and Salsa, and has since proven to be the modern day gold standard for most 29er and
27.5”+ trail bikes. This provides a confidence inspiring angle of attack for rough and steep terrain,
and the large wheel diameter paired with a 51mm offset fork maintains a well-balanced steering
feel that is nimble enough in twisty corners and techy climbs, and still stable at high speed.
148 x 12mm rear spacing paired with a standard width bottom bracket results in the most tire clearance
possible with the narrowest crank q-factor, and also results in a stiffer and stronger rear wheel.
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