Given the choice between clearing challenging lines and taking them on with gusto, you prefer the latter. If this sounds like you, the Rustler Carbon frame is the perfect platform for your ultimate trail bike build. The Split Pivot rear suspension system with a Fox Float DPS Performance shock, flip chip geometry adjustment, and 27.5 x 2.3–2.8-inch tire clearance let you build the bike that suits your playful style. Get excited for a trail-roosting rig with impeccable pedaling efficiency—a surefire recipe for fun on many trails.
Rustler Carbon SLX is a light and flickable 27.5 trail bike so you can have fun while getting the job done. 27.5-inch wheels and 425mm chainstays make for a nimble bike that loves to get creative with trail features. The Split Pivot rear suspension system delivers excellent pedaling efficiency and traction, making climbing easier than it should be on a full-suspension trail bike. Shimano’s SLX drivetrain keeps shifting reliably precise, and the four-piston brakes bring everything to a stop when you need it. One ride and you’ll find that Rustler is a mountain bike that makes the most of every inch of the trail.
Rustler Carbon XTR goes all-in on singletrack stoke. We started with a lightweight carbon frame and playful geometry, plus the climbing prowess and small-bump compliance of Split Pivot. Next, we added 27.5" carbon wheels to keep it as nimble as possible. Then, we gave it a Fox Float 36 Performance Elite Grip2 fork with 150mm of travel and a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite 130mm shock to soak up trail impacts. The finishing touch is Shimano’s flawless XTR drivetrain. Put it all together, and you have a bike that uses all of the technology at its disposal to maximize trail thrills. Rustler XTR is a carbon 27.5 trail bike that loves to get rowdy.
The Rustler is Salsa’s playful and dynamic technical trail bike. It rewards the rider that’s willing to throw some body language into the way they tackle trails. Seek out features in the trail to find your flow; pop off every little rock and root, manual the rhythm sections, rail each corner, and boost every double.