Salsa Cycles: Warbird Carbon Gravel Racer with Rival 22 Feb 23, 2015




At Frostbike this weekend, Salsa unveiled their Warbird Carbon, a gravel racing frame, designed for long days in the saddle on rough, washboarded roads. The Warbird Carbon utilizes Class 5 VRS™, or a vibration reduction system and shaped stays that increase compliance. If you still would like a smoother ride, the Warbird Carbon has space for a 44mm tire.

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  • Ace Metric Cycles

    I can’t wait to demo this bike! I’m actually more curious about the 6069 frames and how the stays feel… as well as finding out more about long term durability of that sexy rear end.

  • mrbiggs

    It’s *so weird* to me that this bike is built by Salsa, made for long rides off- and on-road, can hold three water bottles even, but can’t take racks. Nor does the aluminum version. I mean, what?

    • Personally, I can see rigid racks becoming obsolete for bikes like these. They’re “racing” bikes for “gravel” – if you need to bring something like clothing, use a bikepacking bag to stuff it in. Even for multiple day “races” where you’re unsupported, you can use bikepacking bags.

      But the main point being, this is a racer, not a touring rig. Salsa already makes tons of dirt touring rigs.

      • mrbiggs

        Hm, maybe. When I see pictures of Kanza and Trans-Iowa, there seem to be a lot of bikes with racks. Mainly the frontal kind. You know better than me, though. By “backpacking bags” are you talking about triangular frame bags and those nice saddle bags like from Porcelain Rocket?

        • To me, Bikepacking bags attach without rack mounts. Frame bags, bar bags, saddle bags.

  • Schmeebs

    This looks a lot like the Giant TCX, those stays especially.

    • Schmeebs

      The geo for my size is even pretty damn close!

  • sgtrobo

    it says the Warbird can fit 44mm tires. Is that a somewhat ‘conservative’ estimate? i.e. can the Bruce Gordon Rock’n’Road’s fit?

  • Don McKee

    I have to agree about the lack of rack mounts. These are fantastic endurance bikes and more than half of the endurance riders I see still prefer a small bag on a rack when riding 400 – 1200k multi-day rides… Add rack mounts and this works for an even broader market. I do not like Salsa telling me I should not use a rack on this bike… Also, I hope next year they will shod it with nice wide American Classic MTB Race wheels and the wonderful Compass 700×35 tires! The American Classics use traditional round j-bend spokes, are wider, stronger and 207 grams LIGHTER! With the AM Classics and Compass tires set tubeless than knocks more than half a pound off the wheels alone…