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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Salsa Journeyman. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
17 reasons to buy
- Handling was great on-road, as was maneuverability on gravel.
- Responsive shifting issued forth from SRAM Apex 1 shifters.
- This pony adapts easily to gravel, singletrack, bikepacking or commuting.
- Riders felt this rig was fast-rolling over a variety of surfaces.
- The Journeyman can be bought or fit with either 650b or 700c wheels.
- High-volume 650b x 2.1” tires felt smooth at lower pressures.
- SRAM’s 1x drivetrain and 11-42 tooth cassette were commended.
- Owners really liked the bright pink and accented-black color options.
- Mechanical brakes proved easy to adjust by owners in remote areas.
- This steed’s geometry ensured comfort on long rides.
- Some experts saw the Journeyman as great value for under $2K.
- In the long-term, this bike was reliable and sought minimal maintenance.
- There was plenty of room in the triangle for framebags and bottles.
- A long wheelbase provided a stable ride, even under one 280lb rider.
- The frame was forgiving for aluminum, while carbon forks soaked up bumps.
- One reviewer said the Journeyman climbed like a goat.
- This machine is provisioned with bosses for many racks, bottles, bags &c.
7 reasons not to buy
- Mechanical disc brakes struck some as underspecced for the offered price.
- A number of reviews said a lower gear would be welcomed, to ease climbs.
- Many would have liked thru-axles, rather than the provided quick-releases.
- Stock tires were not tubeless-compatible.
- The Journeyman was not compatible with a suspension fork.
- Multiple critics wanted a bigger chainring up front.
- There were a few reports of multiple broken spokes on the Salsa Journeyman Claris 700.