Salsa Warroad road bike unveiled

New endurance rig marks brand’s return to road market

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Salsa Warroad

The Salsa Warroad is a new endurance all-road line from the gravel grinding lovers that are part of the QBP empire. The bike features endurance road geometry, interchangeable wheel sizes, and full-fender capability.

Salsa Warroad

The focus of the Salsa Warroad line is agility, power, and comfort. The full carbon frame features a vibration reduction system and sculpted bottom bracket with 12×142 rear spacing.

Salsa Warroad

For ease of maintenance and set up, the Salsa Warroad frameset has full sleeved internal cable routing, and for those that like to get gnarly on your road rides, the Warroad is dropper post compatible.

Salsa Warroad

The full carbon frame utilizes flat mount disc brakes, and tire clearance is a generous 700×35 or 650×2.1 with full fenders. Like most Salsa frames, the Warroad fits a variety of racks for touring or back roads bike packing.

Salsa Warroad

The Salsa Warroad has a 71-degree head tube angle making it the most aggressive bike in the current Salsa line up. A 51mm fork offset and 415mm chainstay length are aimed to give the Warroad fast pedaling response and nimble handling.

Warroad Genesis

Salsa Warroad

Product Manager Joe Meiser and some of the Salsa crew would regularly embark on big road rides in early spring and deep summer just for the fun of it, and almost always in pursuit of the best coffee and pastries in some far-flung rural town. As Meiser puts it:

“[product design engineer] Sean Mailen, myself and a few others used to plan these monstrous routes where we would explore rural roads out of Minneapolis. The midway point almost always included coffee and pastries to refuel for the return trip and a warm respite for our water bottles and toes to thaw out.”

These all-day rides often started on pavement but covered all kinds of terrain as the miles ticked on: “Sean dubbed a ride we did to Red Wing the ‘Cannonball Run’. It was a 120+ mile route that crossed the Cannon River on a decommissioned road bridge that involved some scrambling while carrying your bike. The ride hit pavement, gravel, two-track and singletrack before the river crossing and then spit us out onto a rail trail littered with spring ice melt for the last couple of miles into Red Wing for the half-way bakery stop.”

Needless to say, the rides were taxing. Enough that the Salsa team wondered if there was a way to have their cinnamon roll and eat it, too. Aside from the colorful stories these rides often generated, their product and design teams came away with a thought: What if there was a road bike that behaved like a road bike when you needed it to, but could take on unmaintained surfaces with the same aggressive performance and a little added comfort for all-day rides?

Salsa Warroad

The answer was yes. The new Warroad line offers builds in both double and 1x drivetrain options, including SRAM Force CX1, Shimano Ultegra, and even a value-packed Shimano Tiagra offering. Both 650b and 700c wheel sizes are available. Parts spec includes WTB goodies and Salsa branded stem and seatpost combos.

The intent of the Warroad is as an endurance road bike that can also explore gravel. This contrasts with the Salsa Warbird, which is aimed directly at gravel racing thanks to its longer wheelbase that is not quite as nimble at the Warroad. Indeed, the Warroad has a slightly steeper head tube angle (71-degrees vs. 70.7), lower bottom bracket (by 2mm), and shorter chainstays (by 15mm).

Salsa Warroad

The Warroad is also torsionally stiffer at the bottom bracket junction, head tube, seat stays, and chainstays. This stiffer ride gives up some of the compliance and comfort that is a trademark on the Warbird, but gains pedaling efficiency and quicker handling.

Available sizes are 49cm, 52.5cm, 54.5cm, 56cm, 57.5cm, 59cm, and 61cm. Claimed frameset weight is 4 lb. 2 oz including fork, axles, headset, and seatpost collar.

Salsa Warroad Key Features
  • Fender mounts
  • Rear rack capability with our Rack-Lock seat post collar
  • Sleeved internal cable routing
  • Class 5 Vibration Reduction System (VRS)
  • Mounting bosses on the top tube for the Salsa EXP Series Toptube Bag
  • 3 bottle mounts on inside of main triangle (2 mounts on sizes 54.5 and smaller)
  • Bottle or accessory mount on underside of the down tube
  • Three-Pack mounts on the fork legs
  • Fork routing for a dynamo hub to keep lights and GPS charged on long rides
Salsa Warroad Carbon Ultegra 700

Salsa Warroad

The Warroad Ultegra 700 comes ready to rip with WTB KOM tubeless ready wheels and WTB Exposure 700x30mm tubeless tires. It’s also equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brake groupset, Cane Creek headset, and WTB Volt saddle.

Salsa Warroad Carbon SRAM Force CX1 650

Salsa Warroad

Ready for all manner of roads, the SRAM Force CX1 650 build includes WTB Byway 650×47 tubeless ready tires and WTB KOM rims. The SRAM Force CX1 group is paired with a 10-42 cassette to ensure you can grind gravel when the road turns skyward.

Salsa Warroad Carbon 105 650

Salsa Warroad

Equipped with a full Shimano 105 groupset and WTB ST i23 tubeless ready wheels, the Salsa Warroad Carbon 105 650 could truly be your only bike. The Shimano 50/34 double chainring, Volt Sport saddle, and WTB Byway 650x47mm tires are a great combo for any road.

Salsa Warroad Carbon Tiagra

Salsa Warroad

The entry point to the Warroad line, this build arrives with a full Shimano Tiagra groupset, TRP flat mount brakes, and WTB ST-23i wheels wrapped in WTB Byway tubeless ready tires.

To learn more about the Salsa Warroad, head over to salsacycles.com.

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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