Salsa Introduces the Journeyman All Road at the Land Run 100

I’m here in Stillwater, Oklahoma at District Bicycles for the Land Run 100 where Salsa Cycles just launched a new all road bike platform, dubbed the Journeyman, which offers the 27.5 or 700c platform in an affordable package, opening this exceptional wheel size to a lower pricepoint. As someone who has thoroughly enjoyed the 27.5 x 2.1″ wheel platform on my personal bikes, I’m stoked to see a sub $1,100 bike adopting this platform.

The Journeyman comes in a 27.5″ or 700c option with drop bar models, or a geometry-tuned flat bar version. There are two pricing options, beginning at $899 for the Journeyman drop bar Claris, flatbar Claris 700c or 27.5″, and $1,099 for the Sora build kit options, which comes with a carbon fork. These frames come with all the provisions you could want, flat mount brakes and most importantly for events like the Land Run 100, ample mud clearance. The rear spacing is 135mm, with QR front and rear so even “older” wheels will work. The model I photographed is the Journeyman Sora 27.5″.

This bike has so much potential yet at the moment Salsa is not offering it as a frameset, so if you want to deck it out with a balleur build kit, expect to part out the Sora option. Other than that, I have no critiques of these pricepoint, path-finding bicycles. Head to Salsa for more information and your local dealer for test rides and purchasing.

  • STW

    They’re definitely hitting a strong pricepoint! A total guess, but maybe going for the 650B version would help compensate for a stiff alloy frame? And then you can just get some more road-positive 650B tires down the road.

  • of all the bikes ive seen, this is one of them.

  • Kirsten Geer Wilcox

    I’m looking at this as a rival to a Diverge for myself – lighter than my Vaya I hope. Also I hope the carbon fork might be available separately – I can’t find a ~400mm fork with cargo bosses.

    • Alex Hillis

      Rodeo Spork? Worth checking out if not on your radar already.

      • Kirsten Geer Wilcox

        Neat! Oddly it only provides eyelet upgrades for “basketlyfe”.

        • mrbiggs

          I don’t know what is “basketlyfe” but I run a rack and rando bag on my Spork just fine. I’m somewhat sure it’ll take a Tubus lowrider like the Tara or Duo as well. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/915166254d1651113063e1592b828ae89a8116f66867d73495c6c47cbbc30081.jpg

          • Kirsten Geer Wilcox

            My unfortunate attempt at internet cool. Using the upper fork leg eyelets to run a rack and basket like the Wald 137(?). I’m interested in the Journeyman fork be use it has three bosses for cargo cages. Maybe there’s no problem using double eyelets and cargo cages.

          • mrbiggs

            Ah yes, those Salsa cages.
            That rear light is made by Fabric. It’s got an accelerometer in it that goes solid when you put the brakes on, which I thought was goofy at first (got it at a raffle at Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo, a ride here in PA). But whenever I’m in a group ride, whoever is behind me says once they realize what’s going on, it’s super useful for them. Okay then.

          • Kirsten Geer Wilcox

            Nice set up. What kind of rear light are you running?

    • Jonathan McCurdy

      And if you have an old fashioned Vaya with a straight 1 1/8″ head tube, look at the Fyxation Sparta (previously posted on this very site). I made this swap last year and it gave me a nice upgrade in stiffness, weight and cargo options.

      • Kirsten Geer Wilcox

        Also cool.

    • AndyC26

      just picked up an nos 2017 warbird after a/b’ing that and a diverge. 2018 diverges add the wheel clearance previous years didn’t have, but the price point vs. components leaned more towards the warbird.

    • ScrappleEater

      Check out Rodeo Labs and Ren Cycles for a fork. Can’t recall if it’s 400mm, but they’re cargo-ready.

  • Martin Hotan

    OK – 2018 and Salsa is following All-City-Cycles and Surly down the 650b road QBP style – BUT where are the thru axles – the Gorilla Monsoon has them …

    • People complain when entry-level bikes have thru-axles, because their wheels won’t work. I think Salsa is addressing those concerns in an affordable platform.

      • Mikev

        I’m not sure I understand this. Would you please let me know what you mean that “their wheels won’t work”?

        • Alex Zacher

          Lots of wheels’ hubs can’t be converted to thru axle, and the cost of rebuilding the rim to a different hub isn’t worth it.

          • …and lots can’t.

          • Mikev

            Oh, got it. You mean if they wanted to port wheels from another bike to this one. Though i wonder if someone with a nice set of wheels would be buying this frame. At least using the “old” 135 standard would mean there are a lot of wheels around that would work with this frame. Still, it would be awesome if the manufacturers would pick a standard and stick with it.

            Thanks for clarifying this for me!

    • nishars

      What about the front fork axle? Is that a thru axle?

    • Mike Houlmont

      You’re spending almost 2x as much on the Gorilla Monsoon vs. the Sora Journeyman. What do you expect?

  • Johnny Rhubarb

    I really really like the looks of this bike, also the pricepoint; I mean, that stuff works and you can easily upgrade from your parts bin.
    But someone mentioned before that Salsa’s model names are getting more and more stupid. At least, it’s a tiny sticker.

  • Owen P

    I find this super boring, which I think it says very good things about the current bike industry. Imagine just a year ago finding something like this boring!

  • Ian Connelly

    Rad bike, but: that Westfalia, tho!

    • It’s a VW Syncro – Bobby bought it from an ex BMW mechanic who did the Westy conversion. New engine, no rust, fully built out and a nice lift.

  • Chris Leydig

    I like how the 700c models start at $700 and the 650b models start at $650 :)

  • skog_smog

    Nice try, Salsa, you almost had me. But you’re still not going to get me to ride alloy.

    • Jake Kruse

      like chromium molybdenum steel?

      • skog_smog

        I only ride pure iron frames.

    • Well, chances are you’re not the intended market. This bike is an entry-level “gravel” bike. I figured most people who frequent the site already have a dedicated all-road, but for those curious about dirt road riding, this bike delivers the key features without denting the wallet. Plus, with a 27.5 tire and a carbon fork, the aluminum frame will be hardly noticeable.

    • Johnny Burrell

      I would challenge this. I had 2 Chili Con Crosso’s and they were some of the best riding bikes I’ve ever had. Salsa knows how to make a frame ride great, regardless of material.

      • Yep. I’m hopefully reviewing a lower-end spec Synapse. IMO, modern aluminum is much nicer than the stuff I rode in the 90’s, early 2000’s.

      • skog_smog

        Fair enough. I’ll readily admit to never having ridden an ALUMINUM alloy Salsa. But every Al frame (including ones with big fat rubber) I’ve ever ridden has had a certain buzz that stayed with me hours after the ride. Like that crotchal vibration one gets after riding a motor cycle or jetski. But Salsa already offer the Warbird and Vaya, so I shouldn’t complain.

        • AlTilleythebum

          I get where you’re coming from, my first road bike was AL and I swore I’d never ride another. But then my current gravel bike, which does double duty as my road bike with slicks, is an AL older specialized tricross, and the combo of wider tires, better frame design and materials, and the zerts inserts make the ride feel almost indistinguishable from steel, especially on dirt.

  • Ah, yes. I absolutely love the do-it-all, go-on-adventures direction bikes have been moving — aggressively so, at this point. I figured it out a long time ago. My commuter / sometimes bikepacker is a 2012 Santa Cruz Highball (aluminum) frame mated to a carbon 29er rigid fork. 700×43 Gravel King tires plus a spare 29er wheelset with 2.2 mountain tires just because. Flat bars. Disc brakes. Mountain gearing for loaded riding. All the bags. Super comfortable riding position. I, for one, welcome our new “whatevs” bicycle overlords and hope all these more-approachable offerings encourage more and more people to embrace bikes. These things are great gateway drugs.

    • AdamBike99

      “Hey kid! Yer first one’s ≥ almost ≤ free!”

  • Icepick Trotsky

    When was the last time the haters rode an aluminum bike? Things have changed.

  • chrismoustache

    I think that Claris flat bar group looks pretty good! Long Live 8spd!

  • jw dubensky

    Aluminum (like any material) can be great, it all depends on the way you shape it. Take a steel dutch bike, awful for anything but riding cobblestones. If it wasnt for the fat welds on this Salsa all y’all wouldn’t know if this was some weak All-City steel.

    I alternate between a 1990 Klein Pinnacle and a Moots Routt 45 -both are stiff for power and comfortable for touring. Wide tubes are strong and aluminum wont rust! Until All-City builds with more Reynolds 853, there’s plenty of reason to prefer a light and slighty flexy Salsa.

    Non TA is fine- buy the frame and build the wheels yourself it’ll be cheaper and easier to get skewer’d hubs. If you’re in the market to blow K’s on a bike obviously this isnt for you.

    • Dan

      Skewers might be fine for lighter folks, but I flex all of mine so bad that I get severe rotor and/or tire rub, (I’ve warped rotors and burped tires this way.) If I got another 135QR frame, I’d have to hunt down a bolt on hub, (Which I like better than QR anyway.)

  • Adem Rudin

    Yowza, that 650B model looks pretty fuckin’ hot. Little higher BB than the Vaya, slacker head tube… That’s quite a little shred machine, and DANG that price…

  • Tom G.

    Seemed like an alloy, down market version of their Cutthroat. But I’ve not compared the geometry. Still there are actually a number of bikes to compete with this one and close in price range. Which is amazing!

    Can thank Surly (Salsa’s sister brand) for starting the trend to more mass produced versatile all-road bikes. Though many other makers can and should take some credit.

  • Will

    Dang it, so close to what I’m looking for. Really wish they’d do an alloy or steel version of the Cutthroat. This is kind of it I guess, but I want the ability to run 29″ Mtb tires. Then again, I guess the Fargo is kinda like that. What a time to be a cyclist! Spoiled for choices…

    • JD

      My 6 year old Co-Motion divide does just that. I think the main reason why a lot of manufacturers don’t provide this option is the resulting long wheel base. I’m not sure if they still spec it with 29r mob tires but you should check it out!

  • Dan

    Damn, that is a sexy bike. I suppose those of us that would whine about the lack of TA could look to the Journeyman’s QBP cousin, the Surly Midnight Special. This doesn’t have enough Cutthroat features to make me upgrade from my old Fairdale, but if I had even a little more disposable income, it’d be hard to resist picking one of these up.

  • carmic0

    Looks like a great value do it all bike. Just add a thudbuster ST seatpost for a little more comfort. I wish they were sold in Australia.