The brand new Salsa Warroad launched today is their endurance all-road bike. It features our endurance road geometry, whilst being designed for long road rides that don’t always stick to smooth pavement. Whether its gravel you want, road or a bit of bikepacking this bike looks fit for all.
Salsa says the Warroad is built for all-day performance and comfort with no sacrifice in speed, they also dub the bike as 'hero gravel', now who doesn't want to be a hero?
The drop barred bike features something Salsa call Class 5 VRS (Vibration Reduction System), which gives the bike specially shaped seatstays with a tall tink vertically orientated profile that promotes vertical compliance by allowing the seat stays to flex outwards. The horizontally orientated seat stays work to resist torque and maintain a laterally stiff rear end. It's something the brand also use on their gravel racing bike the Warbird. Both seat stays and chain stays lack bridges to further the flexibility, whilst there is a thru-axel at the rear which they say helps to maintain precise tracking whilst the seat stays are providing the compliance.
Other frame tech sees the frame designed with internal moulds at all the main junctions allowing for precise control of wall thickness, this, in turn, allows Salsa to avoid any blemishes in high stress zoned and also to tune the ride quality. Elsewhere there is a full carbon fork with thru-axle and flat mount brake set up.
With regards to kit there are three bottle mounts on 56-61cm frames and two mounts on 49-55cm frames with an extra bottle or accessory mount on the underside of the down tube. There are mounts for a Salsa EXP Series Toptube pack too and the frame fits Salsa Wanderlust rear rack using Salsa Rack-Lock. The bike allows clearance for 700c x 35mm or 650b x 2.1” tyres and there are full fender mounts, with three-Pack mounts and low-rider rack compatibility. Full for blown tours there is also internal dynamo light routing.
Salsa say the Frameset weighs 4.2 lbs includes fork, headset, seatpost collar and axles. It can run 1x or 2x drivetrains and is Di2 compatible too. It can also take a stealth routed dropper post if that's your bag.
In terms of spec the Warroad models are all carbon and you have the following options; a top spec Force 1 model with 650B wheels priced at £4800 or an Ultegra model with 700c wheels and 2x for the same price. Moving on and down in price is the 105 650b version at £3750 or a frameset for £2100. There is a Tiagra model listed on the website but it doesn't look like that one will be available in the UK. Lastly, the bike will be available in 7 sizes: 49cm, 52.5cm, 54.5cm, 56cm, 57.5cm, 59cm, 61cm.
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