Salsa Warbird

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Facts

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Weight
19.8, 19.9, 20.5, 21.6 lbs
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Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

18 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers said the Warbird confidently tackled chunky gravel and singletrack.
  • Models are available with either 1x (11 speed) or 2x (22 speed) gearing.
  • This frame features many mounts for cargo; on the toptube, downtube and fork.
  • Frames 56cm and larger feature mounts for three bottle cages.
  • Salsa’s ‘Class 5 Vibration Reduction System’ helped reduce fatigue on long rides.
  • Seven frame sizes, from 49mm to 61mm, cover most rider heights.
  • The frame features internal cable routing, as does the fork for a dynamo cable.
  • Owners appreciated the light weight of 2020 carbon Warbirds.
  • 2x11 models demonstrated ample range for tackling steep gradients.
  • Clearance allows for tires up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 2.0” in size.
  • Owners appreciated the light weight of 2020 carbon Warbirds.
  • 1x models are set up to accept cabling for a dropper seat post.
  • On the Warbird Di2, shifting was easy and immediate.
  • Minds were blown by the bright pink paintjob on the GRX 810 Di2.
  • The Salsa Cowbell Deluxe handlebar features a comfy 12° of flare.
  • Teravail Cannonball 42 mm tires are race quality and tubeless ready.
  • The GRX 810 Di2’s Guide carbon seatpost was comfortable and flexible.
  • Salsa include a bottle, bottle cage and ‘Anything’ multipurpose bracket with the bike.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers saw alloy seatposts as underspecced for the bike’s asking price.
  • A few experts said handling was slightly sluggish, requiring more rider influence.
  • Pricing was seen to be on the high side, compared to some all-carbon options.

Bottom line

In it’s fourth version, the Salsa Warbird presents as a refined gravel machine. Reviewers said it was more relaxed and stable than racier options, which made it well suited to long-distance slogs and endurance racing. The VRS ‘Vibration Reduction System’ incorporates flexible seat-stays for advanced jounce reduction. That said, aluminum seatposts on lower-cost models seemed to take away from this compliance. In 2020, no builds are supplied with 650b wheels, but all configurations are designed to accommodate either wheel size. Reviewers and owners were unanimously impressed by this bike, but did acknowledge that the extra quality came at the cost of a few extra dollars.

Expert Reviews

75/100 based on 2 expert reviews
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VeloNews
Level 3 expert

Salsa Warbird Carbon GRX 810 Di2 Review

Level 3 expert

The Salsa Warbird is a great gravel race bike. It checks all the boxes in terms of fit, function, comfort, and — in my experience — durability… Thanks largely to the seatpost, it is one of the most forgiving gravel bikes I’ve ever ridden…

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ADVNTR.
Level 3 expert

Salsa Warbird GRX 600

Level 3 expert

For me, the Salsa Warbird has been the bike that defines what gravel riding means for me. Covering distance over multiple surfaces, quickly and comfortably… it’s the pinnacle of the true gravel bike… If this GRX600 model was on the right side of £3,000 then I’d be scoring it much higher.

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CyclingTips
Level 3 expert

2020 Salsa Warbird Carbon GRX 810 Gravel Bike Review: Ready for Migration

Level 3 expert

…a bike that wants to be shown the direction of the finish line and pedaled with intent until glory arrives. If you’d rather hallucinate from sheer exhaustion instead of taste blood from extreme lactic acid build-up, then the Warbird is certainly a bike worth flying on.

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Bicycling
Level 5 expert

The Salsa Warbird Was Born to Race Gravel

Level 5 expert

The Salsa Warbird remains one of the best gravel race bikes on sale… The bike is pleasantly lively, steady and stable even over racquetball-sized rocks, but never feels dead or dull.

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Road Bike Action Magazine
Level 4 expert

Shootout: Salsa Warbird Carbon vs. Donnelly G//C

Level 4 expert

The Salsa’s compact gearing gives the Warbird an edge on the road and on descents. Overall, the Warbird proved to be more refined and the better bike for dual-purpose riding…

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