JMosey
Has anyone heard anything about the 2019? When will it come out? Colors? Any changes? I’ve found some info on the Warbird and Beargrease, but no luck on the Cutthroat. I was thinking about picking one up, but if the new ones come out in a month or two I’ll just wait.
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HighPlainsShifter
I am also waiting - I emailed Salsa and was recently told that the release for the 2019 Cutthroat will be in the next few weeks.  Colors, sizing, etc. due out in social media anyday now.
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JMosey
Thanks! That’s what I had heard through the rumor mill but it’s nice to have it confirmed as I suck at being patient! If I can’t find a demo or closeout deal on the 2018’s I’m close to pulling the trigger on a 2019.
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ljsmith
2019 Info is up.

https://salsacycles.com/bikes/cutthroat/2019_cutthroat_frameset

[2019_Cutthroat_Force1_Blue-uc-1] 
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JMosey
I took a look at them today at a demo... plus the new Warbirds. I don’t think I can pass up the new WB. Ordered an Apex build
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Noonievut
They had a sale at a shop up here in canada (outside Toronto). $1,000 off (Apex was 3k, down from 4k...Cad$ of course)
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HighPlainsShifter
Jmosley - Please tell me why you changed your mind - What other bikes did you demo?  I am interested in your take - Thanks
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JMosey
HighPlainsShifter wrote:
Jmosley - Please tell me why you changed your mind - What other bikes did you demo?  I am interested in your take - Thanks


It came down to what type of riding I plan on doing. Assuming I have a couple of different wheelseta for each bike, I view the Warbird as a gravel/road bike and the Cutthroat as a gravel/mountain bike. The new Warbird can fit a 2.1” tire on a 650b wheelset and that should cover 95% of the riding I will be doing. Just about the only thing it won’t do is a race like HAMR in the upper peninsula of MI with their “enhanced” gravel. 2.1” should be sufficient in the sand, mild single track, etc. When my buddies want to do a road century I can toss on a set of wheels with road tires and keep up. That would be tough on the Cutthroat. If they want to go mountain biking I can bring my fat bike. I think the Warbird plus a fat bike handles just about everything.
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Max Power
May I ask what is the wait time for an Apex Warbird?
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JMosey
Max Power wrote:
May I ask what is the wait time for an Apex Warbird?


Not 100% sure... they were tossing out a lot of dates and I think it depends on the retailer. My shop is one of the larger Salsa dealers in the country so I know Salsa takes pretty good care of them. I believe late October or November.
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Noonievut
I’m not fond of bikes where you get a carbon frame with lower spec components (Apex/Tiagra and mech discs). Recently, after testing carbon/lower spec with steel/higher spec (was actually cheaper) I went with the steel bike. I preferred the feel of the frame, and the Rival 1x with hydraulics was, for me, much better than the carbon model that costs more.
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HighPlainsShifter
Thanks JMosley - Having a hard time making a decision - I will not pull the trigger without a test ride - On the one hand the warbird interests me because it is built for speed, on the other, the cutthroat seems built for comfort - at 54 comfort is beginning to become an important factor = anyway, I am waiting in the weeds hoping a demo comes within 8 hours of where I live - I may have to wait till they hit the shops
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JMosey
That makes sense HighPlainsShifter... from the people I've talked to, you can't go wrong with either bike.  If comfort is your primary concern than the Cutthroat might be for you.  As for the test ride... I know enough people who have the Warbird that I'm fairly confident that I will like it.  My current gravel bike is a 7 year old converted CX bike so it should be a pretty big upgrade for me.  I even managed to score a set of 650b wheels (Velocity Blunt SS) from a buddy for an absolute steal so I take that as a sign that I'm supposed to buy the Warbird.  Now I just have to wait until November when the damn thing comes in.  I warned my shop that I will be stopping by on a regular basis to bug them.
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DrSpoke
I saw the new Cutthroat out on the trail last Sunday.  It was the blue/red version ridden by a Salsa rep.  It was very nice and very light.  That said, the new Warbird looks to be about perfect for the type of riding I do which are day rides on a variety of trails including some pavement.  That said, it looks to have a much better bikepacking capability than the previous model.  So it may be time to say good bye to the X-Trail [frown]  But I'm no hurry.  I'll probably buy the frameset and transfer my components/wheels over.  Or maybe buy a lower end model and take off the new parts.
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llewisiv
So as far as I can tell there seem to be no changes in the Cutthroat frame for the last couple of model years. Is that correct?
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