Salsa Warroad

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Summary of Reviews

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

16 reasons to buy

  • The Salsa Warroad is available in five sizes, for riders 4'6" and up.
  • There are eight build options available for the Warroad. This allows riders to choose a bike that fits their budget and has the components they prefer.
  • The bike has a slack head tube angle and long fork offset, giving riders greater stability over rough terrain.
  • The 71 degrees head tube angle, stiff bottom bracket and short chainstay increase climbing efficiency when riding the Salsa Warroad.
  • The bike fits both 650b and 700c wheel and tire options, creating a bike capable of road riding and gravel grinding.
  • The Warroad utilizes Salsa’s Class 5 Vibration Reduction System that promotes flex in the seatstays before reaching the seat post, creating a more comfortable ride.
  • Experts noted the padded WTB saddle that comes on the bike is comfortable.
  • The bike has room for up to three water bottles in frames 56 cm and up. All smaller frames can hold two water bottles.
  • Experts found the bottom bracket surprisingly quiet for a press-fit bottom bracket.
  • The Warroad accepts a 27.2mm dropper post, for those that want to get their seat out of the way on long descents.
  • Cables are internally routed for a clean appearance. This includes internal routing through the fork for a dynamo hub.
  • The Cowbell Deluxe handlebars are flared. They offer riders numerous riding positions for increased comfort on climbs, flats and descents.
  • The rear dropouts and fork taper for a smoother ride.
  • Salsa includes mounts for a front rack, rear rack and mounts on the fork for securing bags or gear for touring.
  • The top tube has mounts for mounting top tube bags, including Salsa’s EXP Series bags.
  • Salsa offers buyers a five-year warranty on the frame and a three-year warranty on the fork.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Experts agree that the descents on loose gravel can be sketchy, due to the Warroad’s short wheelbase.
  • There is minimal clearance between the fork and tire. This can be dangerous riding off-road terrain on the bike.
  • One expert found that the Warroad’s vertical stiffness caused discomfort on long rides.

Bottom line

The Warroad is available in eight different builds and six sizes. It handles well on road rides and is capable of grinding gravel with its slack head tube angle. Bikepackers may find this bike appealing, with several eyelets for mounting bags, water bottle cages and racks. Some experts did describe gravel descents on the Warroad as sketchy, due to the short wheelbase. The bike can be used for a variety of riding conditions, making it appeal to a wide range of riders.

Expert Reviews

76/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

Salsa Warroad

It is an efficient long distance cruiser on the road, but also playful off the road.

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Salsa Warroad Review

Give it the spec it deserves and the Warroad is right up there among the most fun – and most versatile – bikes I’ve tested.

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Salsa Warroad

Designed as a bit of an all-rounder, there is very little the Salsa Warroad can’t do – it’s capable on the road, on the gravel and everything in between.

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The Path Less Pedaled

A Supple “Road” Bike? (Salsa Warroad Review)

If you want a super light and fast road touring bike this bike is perfect for that.

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Black Water Cyclist

Salsa Warroad 2019 Review – Tire Clearance

Great bike and just understand it’s not going to have that snap like a pure road bike. It’s going to feel more like an endurance bike that leans more towards gravel.

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The Salsa Warroad is a Killer All-Road Bike

The Warroad is as close as you can hope to get to a bike that can handle big-time gravel yet still feel lively on pavement.

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The Radavist

Long Term Review with the Salsa Warroad 650b All Road

The Salsa Warroad is an endurance road bike, that’s not afraid of those rough and tumble dirt roads.

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Singletrack World

First Ride: Getting Salsa Warroad Gravel Bike Dirty at the Reiver

It seems to tread the magic line of what I love about off road riding on drop bars perfectly. It is efficient, playful, but also the right kind of scary.

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User Ratings

98/100 based on 9 ratings
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