If you’ve been eyeing up a Salsa StormChaser but like your shifty bits, get ready cause something new is blowing in. Formerly a dedicated single speed bike, Salsa has updated the Stormchaser for 2022 with gears!
OK, technically, you could still run gears on the last Stormchaser, but the complete bikes were only built as single speed. Now, that’s done a 180.
That’s not all, though. In addition to the 1x drive train, Salsa gave the Stormchaser a RockShox Rudy XPLR 40 mm fork and a dropper post.
These updates take the Stromchaser into much more capable territory.
If you’re thinking, “oh no! Not the single speed!” Don’t worry. The option is still there for those who want to ride it as a single-speed. Just adjust the Alternator sliding dropouts for the right chain tension and boom— single speed!
The choice was always there to run the frameset as a geared bike, but this is the first time we see the bike offered in a geared configuration as a complete bike for purchase.
Salsa StormChaser — What is the spec?
The Stromchaser GRX 810 1X SUS build is a mix of hearty gear that will take the abuse of gravel roads. The frame is the same Stormchaser we all know, but with an updated gray hi-gloss paint.
The 6066-T6 alloy frame uses Salsas Class 5 VRS (Vibration Reduction System) that uses thin, outwardly bowed seat stays and vertically compliant chainstays to absorb road vibrations. We’ve experienced the VRS on the Warroad and can attest to its comfortable ride. We imagine the same can be said about the VRS on an alloy frame, but haven’t experienced it in person.
As for the new additions, the StormChaser gets a RockShox Rudy XPLR 40 mm fork with lockout. The new 90 mm dropper post will let you get over the back wheel and descend with confidence for shredding the uber-gravel.
Shifting and braking are all Shimano GRX, and the 1 x 11 drivetrain is efficient with comfortable hoods to keep hands fresh on long bumpy rides. The updated StormChaser looks to make gravel more accessible and riders more confident in the serious stuff.
Salsa StormChaser SUS Pricing and Availability
U.S. MSRP $3,499.00
CAD MSRP $4,649.00
For more information check out: www.salsacycles.com