In spite of all the advancements with carbon fiber, and even aluminum, to a lot of riders – steel is still quite real. While often a bit heavier, steel offers a comfortable ride, a stout build, and a durable frame for years of abuse. If you’re adventuring off the grid (or onto the grid of a new country), those can be very desirable traits. To satisfy the lust for CroMoly, Salsa has just unveiled their 2020 steel range with updated paint and components on the Fargo, Vaya, and Marrakesh.
Featuring a new color and new Teravail Sparwood 29×2.2″ tubeless tires, the Fargo Apex 1 continues as Salsa’s steel gravel and bikepacking dropbar mountain bike.
Overall, the frame looks unchanged with Cobra Kai CroMoly tubing and Alternator V1.5 dropouts which allow you to run multiple hub standards and add a single speed or belt drive set up. Tire choices include 27.5+, 29″, and even 29+. The complete Apex 1 build will go for $2,199, while the frameset includes the Firestarter 110 Deluxe fork for $999.
The Fargo will also still be offered in a titanium frameset with 3/2.5 seamless tubing and a Firestarter 110 Deluxe fork for $2,799.
Sporting a new color and a fresh Shimano GRX group, the Vaya 600 GRX is built for both on and offroad adventures. The complete bike includes Teravail Cannonball 700c x 38mm tubeless tires and a Waxwing carbon fork with additional mounts for your journey at $2,299.
It is also available in a frameset with the same Waxwing fork for your own custom all-road or touring build at $999.
Again with a new color, the Marrakesh Sora also includes a new drivetrain with Shimano Sora shifters and a 3 x 9 drivetrain for extra range when fully loaded. Now built with the Teravail Rampart 700c x 42mm tubeless tires, the complete bike includes front and rear racks for $1,799.
Or, built it up as a frameset with a Cobra Kai CroMoly frame and fork for $799.