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.
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.
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.
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.