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Salsa Pony Rustler

If you came to Frostbike 2016 looking for Moto, you can stop looking now. This custom painted Salsa Pony Rustler is about as moto a bike as you’ll find under this roof. Justin Julian, Brand Manager of Salsa Cycles, cut his teeth in the Motocross world aboard an RM 250 and, simply knowing what a 1992 RM 250 looks like, is really all one needs to understand why he made the decisions he made on this bike. Justin has a long and storied history with this particular motorcycle. Justin was a sponsored motocross racer since the tender age of 9 and when it came time, in 1992, to both secure and maintain his own motocross sled, he chose the RM 250. This was during the early days of MX Freeriding and he has many fond memories ripping around the woods with his friends, and working on the bike in the garage with his father. In talking to Justin, he revealed that his goal was to have his flamboyant style on the track make it easy for everyone to see him. Story checks out.

Tipping his hat to one of his life’s passions, he spec’d this Pony Rustler with a 27.5+ rear wheel, and 29” front wheel. This bike was designed by Pete Koski with input from Dave Weigle. The Pony Rustler sports a Split-Pivot suspension design, Boost™ spacing, and 120mm of front and rear travel. The Salsa design put the company years ahead of a curve that many companies releasing longer-travel 29ers are only just now catching up to.

Justin’s Pony Rustler in a nutshell:

• Salsa Pony Rustler frame with custom 1992 RM 250 paint

• Whisky 50w, and 41w rims laced to I9 Boost hubs

• Whisky No.9 35.0 riser bar

• SRAM XO build kit

• SRAM Guide RS brakes

• Rock Shox Reverb post

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