Salsa has been cranking out the hits lately, and now they have something for the road warriors out there. While the long standing Warbird is all about stability for gravel conquests, the new Warroad is focused on agility for more road going pursuits.

Salsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizes

Salsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizesSalsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizes

Available in either 700c or 650b trim, the Warroad’s geometry is more tuned for the road. That means you’ll find a steeper head tube angle (71°), lower BB, and shorter chainstays (415mm), not to mention a slightly stiffer frame – giving up some compliance in favor of efficiency on the road. It also runs a 51mm offset fork (with internal dynamo routing) but still offers the Salsa Clas 5 VRS seatstays to smooth out the ride.

Salsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizes

Elsewhere the carbon frame features a frameset weight of 4lbs 2oz which includes the fork, headset, seatpost collar, and axles. Those axles are sized in 12 x 100 front, and 12 x 142 rear, while the frame uses flat mount brakes, a PF bottom bracket, and will work with 1x or 2x drivetrains including Di2. Tire clearance is listed as 700c x 35mm or 650b x 2.1″ with full fender capability. You can also mount a Salsa Wanderlust rear rack using the Salsa Rack-Lock adapter or use a Low-Rider rack. Size 56cm frames and up feature three bottle cages inside the front triangle, while smaller frames run two, but you still get an additional mount on the downtube, plus top tube mounts and three pack mounts on the fork. So, all the mounts. Cable routing is internal with full sleeves, and the frame is even dropper compatible with 1x or Di2 drivetrains.

Salsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizes Salsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizes Salsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizesSalsa Warroad attacks the road w/ endurance geometry, two wheel sizes

The Warroad is offered in four complete builds, mostly with 650b x 47mm tires, though the Carbon Ultegra model is equipped with 700c x 30mm. The Carbon Force model is the only one with a 1x drivetrain, the other three feature 2x Shimano drivetrains. Pricing ranges from $2,399 to $4,399 for completes and the frameset is also available for $1,999. Available now.

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27 COMMENTS

    • Canyon doesn’t have a dealer network in the USA, failing to support the industry.
      Takers, not makers to put it bluntly.

      • dealers are only their to line their pockets and keep prices artificially high. Canyon is giving the consumer exactly what they want. high value product at a low price. the savings from buying direct could easily pay for any work you might need after the sale. and you would still have money in your pocket. the industry literally needs half the number of bikes shops and their new role in the buying process should be fit and after care. they are no longer competitive in selling bikes and parts.

        • Bob, if you think canyon is a “high value product” then you have no clue what you are talking about. Glad to see you really know what bike shops should be doing as well. I bet you’re an expert bike mechanic as well.

      • If you can’t see the details that make the Salsa stand out then yeah, maybe you should go buy a Canyon it’s a fantastic bike for a newbie. But for those who know our bikes, Salsa just blew the offerings of all the other brands out of the water with this one. 3 bottle cages inside the front triangle on bigger sizes, dynamo routing in the fork leg. Geo. Stays. Etc. This thing is beautiful and what I’ll get next.

      • Agreed. I know of two long time cyclists who have access to free Canyon bikes due to industry connections. Both choose to purchase other brands than ride an overly hyped poorly made Canyon. That says a lot.

        • yeah well i know some guy somewhere who wont ride what those two bought because they’re similarly over hyped and poorly made too, but talk is just that, talk and don’t mean …

  1. @Reedo – Not to quick to judge – The name if I had to bet, comes from Warroad, Minnesota. Stumbled on that from searching the name directly out of the press release in my email. Looks like theradvist country (LA) in the top-most images.The White Tiagra 650b build is a handsome bike. I have to admit to liking all of the QBP brands. Their ethos (culture and character) is so much better than the big brands.

  2. Canyon endurance bike tyres go max. 28mm wide (disc) or 25mm wide (rim brake). So no comparison…
    Canyon offer good quality though. Biggest disadvantage is, is that there are too many.

  3. > Tire clearance is listed as 700c x 35mm or 650b x 2.1″

    How does this compute? Usually frames that can fit that kinda 650b thiccness can easily go at least 40mm at 700c?

    • The constraint is diameter, not width. Compared to the similar Warbird, which fits up to 700×45, this has a 20mm shorter fork and 15mm shorter chainstays. This is the Ying to the Warbirds Yang; a pavement-biased bike that has some compromised gravel utility as opposed to a gravel-biased bike that has some compromised paved road utility.

  4. This is a really good-looking bike. Pleased to see a proper 650b road bike rather than one designed with extra long chainstays to accommodate wide 700c tires, where 650b is compatible, but more of an afterthought. 650b wheels in those setups always look so out of place, and the geometry on the smaller end of frame sizes is compromised to fit that 700c rubber. If I was a short rider looking for a gravel bike, this would be one I’d take a good look at.

  5. Very impressed, although the continued use of PF86 bottom brackets has me perplexed compared to the 386EVO. Is it possible to run a 30mm type crankset (ex: Easton EC90 SL) in the PF86? Why limit builds to the narrower spindle crankset options.

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