Salsa Marrakesh

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Summary of Reviews

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

16 reasons to buy

  • A triple butted cromoly steel frame and fork proved staunch under wear and tear.
  • The many bosses allow full panniers, 3x water bottles, triple fork mounts and more.
  • Shifting with the Shimano Deore 3x9 drivetrain was precise and accurate.
  • A low granny-gear of 26x34t (21 gear inches) lets laden tourers scale gnarly ascents.
  • After 500 miles, 36 hole WTB ST i19 rims stayed true under heavy loads.
  • Alternator dropouts allow users to run the Marrakesh as a singlespeed or geared bike with either quick-release or thru-axles, using either a Rohloff internal or freehub.
  • Alternator dropouts also allow riders to switch between a shorter, whippier, faster wheelbase or a longer one for stability over long distances.
  • TRP Spyre / Hayes CX Expert mechanical brakes were reliable and easy to maintain.
  • Vibration is dampened by this rig’s steel frame, leather saddle and wide 42c tires.
  • Marrakesh frames accommodate 700x40c tires with fenders and 29”x2.0 without.
  • All models come with the custom-fit Marrakesh Alternator 135 Low Deck rear rack.
  • Racks are specced to tote up to 59.5lbs of cargo in the rear and 33lbs in front.
  • The Drop Bar Brooks is appointed with a durable Brooks B17 leather saddle.
  • On the left chainstay, a mount is provided to carry two spare spokes.
  • Reviewers found that color-coded bar-tape and decals made for a sharp finish.
  • A kickstand plate is welded into the frame, for easy parking of your beladen bike.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The triple-butted 4130 chromoly tubeset is a sturdy though heavy choice.
  • Problems were reported with compatibility for non-Salsa branded rear racks.
  • One reviewer felt that Salsa’s decals and anodized components were unattractive.
  • Fender stays sometimes interfered with Salsa’s Down Under rack.

Bottom line

Salsa’s Marrakesh is a resilient tourer that has stayed more-or-less the same since it’s release in 2015. Although the flatbar model is gone and brake and tire options have changed, Salsa has seen little reason to deviate from a solid world-touring setup. In remote areas, the Marrakesh was easy to maintain and tune. Owners said this rig was comfortable over long distances on different terrain, largely due to the triple-butted chromoly frame. One of the few drawbacks of this bike and it’s frame’s bombproof nature was a significant weight penalty. Owners enjoyed the variation in ride quality offered by the Alternator Dropouts, which allow riders to choose from short or longer chainstays and to set up their bike as geared or singlespeed with either a freehub or internal Rohloff hub.

Expert Reviews

79/100 based on 1 rated expert review

Salsa Marrakesh 2017 Review [German]

The Salsa Marrakesh is a bike that is clearly designed for long-distance travel. It is well equipped for this purpose, the frame is very robustly built… Thanks to the many eyelets, many accessories can be attached, and the other equipment is also great for long trips… but it’s not particularly cheap.

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Adventure Cycling Association

Road Test: Salsa Marrakesh

I liked it… flared drops, fat tires, and beefy chromoly frameset ready for an arsenal of attachments… Whether I reached up to adjust a wool cap or down for a bottle of tea, the bike tracked straight and true, even at low speed on long climbs…

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The Salsa Marrakesh

Have you ever driven an old cadillac? That’s what riding this bike is like; super-comfortable, super-compliant. Just the bike you want to get out of town…

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Simply Cycling

Old Bike, New Bike: A Kinda-Sorta Review of the Salsa Marrakesh We’ll Be Taking on Tour

It’s made of steel… It has lots and lots of braze-ons… It’s geared for steep, heavy climbs… It has clearance for two-inch tires… It has disc brakes… It has a kickstand plate… All said, it’s a great start to a touring bike.

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Justin and Heathers Adventures

Salsa Marrakesh Review

…a touring bike that can do a little bit of everything… pavement, gravel, hard packed dirt and decently maintained forest service roads with ease. As a touring bike, it does it’s job well. As an everything bike, it’s not the fastest, but you will absolutely arrive at the local gastropub with a smile on your face.

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I Bike Kansas

Ride the Rockies 2017: Salsa Marrakesh ACA Edition Review

After riding the Marrakesh over 400 miles on the Ride the Rockies tour, I wouldn’t change much. The bike had zero mechanical problems, and it didn’t require a single adjustment over the entire seven days.

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User Ratings

91/100 based on 16 ratings
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