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The Salsa Mukluk 3 Complete Bike is the kind of mad collision of awesome factors that make life worth living and mountain biking worth doing. Incredibly capable and versatile, this brute is dressed in a package that means you won't have to look farther than your swear jar to hit the trail/beach/snow with glorious flotation.

Once aboard your Mukluk, however, you can go as far as you want thanks to its Enabler fork's braze-ons for racks, fenders, and bosses for water bottles or Salsa's round-item, sleeping pad/bag optimized Anything Cage. The fork's carrying capacity is complemented by the aluminum frame's three water bottle mounts (seat tube, top and bottom of the down tube), and rack braze-ons in the front and rear.

Like the full-length cable routing and KMC RustBuster chain, it's no coincidence the Mukluk is Aluminum. This bike is destined for wet conditions -- including strapped to the bow of a boat, navigating beaches, traversing snow, and slinging mud. The double-butted 7005 aluminum tubing's not only light and strong, it's corrosion resistant, too, to keep the Mukluk stomping for generations.

Optimized for technical situations, the original and current Mukluk features excellent standover clearance. For 2013, however, Salas's designers have tweaked the geometry to reflect the esteemed handling characteristics of its El Mariachi. This includes shorter chainstays and a tad higher bottom bracket to enhance maneuverability and nimbleness. Adding to this frames versatility are Salsa's Alternator dropouts.

Not only do these allow you to customize the Mukluk's handling (run the dropouts forward for agility or position them rearward for stability), they allow you to run gears or opt for the mechanical simplicity of a hammer -- singlespeed. The beauty of the Alternator drops is you can tension the chain without having to fuss around with disc caliper positioning every time you remove the rear wheel.

Speaking of the rear wheel, it consists of a 32h Mukluk hub and Surly Unholy Rolling Darryl rim laced together with traditional DT Swiss Champion spokes. The front retains the same spokes and rim, but uses Salsa's Enabler hub to fit the Enabler forks 135mm spacing. The wheels are wrapped in 26 x 3.8in Surly Nate tires.

Stopping that rubber are the venerable Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors and FR5 levers. Putting the power to the rear wheel is a 2 x 9 SRAM drivetrain, including X5 shifters, X7 front and rear derailleurs, and a PG-950 11 - 36 cassette. The crank is a specially made unit that uses an Isis drive 100mm BB with a 24/36 tooth crank optimized for fatbike duty.

The Mukluk 3 Complete Bike comes in Green and five sizes; X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large.

Please Note: Due to the size and weight of the package, a Salsa Mukluk is shipped via freight carrier only and is limited to the contiguous U.S. The cost to ship this item is $99.

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A couple months ago, I ordered a Mukluk 3. This was intended to be a training bike for the upcoming race season and for commuting on snowy days. I am surprised at how nimble yet stable this fat bike is..... it absolutely handles snowpack and icy trails, but it is also amazingly fun when conditions are dry.

It rolls over just about anything and feels lighter than you would think. It doesn't accelerate really quickly and I don't break any records on long climbs, but those are it's only real shortcomings.

It is a really cool thing to ride a fully rigid bike for the first time in years. Clearly, it is not made for big drops or wicked rough trails, however, the Nate tires inflated to around 8psi smooth out most of the trail chatter. The traction is unrivaled.... it is like riding on velcro.

Overall, it has become my favorite bike to ride.... in fact, I have taken my FS bike out much less than I did last summer!

Also, the build was superb. The only thing I had to do was a minor adjustment to the rear derailleur and tighten the headset after a few miles. This thing rules!