Salsa Journeyer

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Salsa Journeyer. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

14 reasons to buy

  • The Journeyer is available in six drop-bar and three flat-bar builds.
  • The frame has clearance for 50mm tires on 650b or 700c wheels and is sold with a choice of either one.
  • Reviewers appreciate the fun, confidence-inspiring ride quality.
  • The long and slack geometry makes the Journeyer capable of handling blue MTB trails.
  • Experts appreciate the smooth, planted feel while descending.
  • According to experts, the aluminum frame is more forgiving than expected for this price.
  • Despite being heavy, two reviewers are pleasantly surprised by the Journeyer’s climbing ability.
  • One rider mentions that the rear wheel feels solid on chunky climbs.
  • This bike performs well with the appropriate tire width and pressure for the terrain and conditions.
  • Salsa includes internal cable routing for a dropper post.
  • One expert appreciates the brand-name WTB saddle with a female-friendly cutout.
  • The frame has mounts for front and rear racks, fenders, multiple frame bags, and bottle cages.
  • According to one expert, the Journeyer would make a great weekday commuter.
  • The Apex 1, GRX, and Sora builds have rear thru-axles and carbon forks.

10 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers mention that the sizes run small.
  • One expert reviewer of the Journeyer Apex 1 says it is heavier than the competition.
  • Multiple owners of the 700c build regard the stock 38mm tires as the bike’s weak point.
  • The rims are only tubeless compatible, not tubeless-ready, and must be converted.
  • One expert notes that the paint immediately starts rubbing off from contact with the cable housing.
  • The SRAM Apex 1 drivetrain lacks low gears for steep off-road climbs and riding with a loaded bike.
  • Riders complain about the stopping power of the mechanical disc brakes found on six of the builds.
  • Two reviewers mention that the mechanical disc brakes squeak even after adjusting them.
  • The rigid Fantail aluminum fork quickly resulted in ‘tingly’ hands for one rider.
  • One user complains that the lowest gear on the Advent build isn’t low enough.

Bottom line

Salsa’s Journeyer is a versatile gravel bike with build kit options for various budgets and preferences. The slack and long geometry, huge tire clearance, and dual wheel size compatibility allow this bike to perform in a variety of terrains if you choose the correct setup. Despite being heavy, the Journeyer climbs well, but the low-performance Tektro brakes, aluminum forks, and stock 38mm tires found on some of the builds are disappointing and worth upgrading. However, those who are new to gravel and adventure riding will appreciate the fun, confidence-inspiring ride quality and options for customization this bike affords.

Expert Reviews

76/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
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2022 Salsa Journeyer Apex 1 700c Gravel Bike Review: The Happy Bike

An affordable bike that rides this well and with almost unrestricted usage potential will only help riders figure out and expand on what facets of cycling they love most.

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Cycling Weekly

Salsa Journeyer GRX 700c Review – Perfect for Those Just Starting to Explore Gravel

Salsa’s Journeyer is a versatile gravel bike that’s just as comfortable eating up easy dirt road miles as on a multi-day bikepacking trip

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Review: Salsa Journeyer GRX 600

A bit pricey for the spec, but fun to ride and highly capable.

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Salsa Journeyer Apex 1 700 Review

Yes, it’s the heaviest bike we tested, but we feel this is a great affordable option for everything short of landing yourself on the top step of the podium.

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Path Less Pedaled

Adventure Bike for the People?

So if you’re looking for that adventure bike that won’t break the bank, and will leave you some money to actually go on an adventure, then this bike is definitely one to check out.

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James the Bike Guy

The Journeyman Has Turned Journeyer

Pretty sweet, “affordable” way to get a do-it-all bicycle.

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Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Deore 650b 2022 First Impressions

It’s a little chattery if you’re riding higher air pressure, but you do have those 650b tires, so you can lower that a little bit.

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User Ratings

92/100 based on 31 ratings
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