Warbird is Salsa’s road racer for surfaces that are both more punishing and more rewarding than unblemished tarmac: fire roads, gravel, lost highways crumbling into the past. Or maybe the future.
Like all the bikes we offer, the Warbird has disc brakes, plenty of mud clearance, and an uncanny ability to get dirty by day and clean up nice by night.
But unlike any other bike we’ve ever carried, the Warbird does not have rack mounts. That’s where lightweight frame bags from Revelate, Salsa, and Apidura come in.
Also unlike any other bike we’ve ever carried, it doesn’t have fender mounts. Oh, no! SKS Raceblade XL aren’t wide enough for Warbird’s 35 mm Schwalbe Sammy Slicks, so get Planet Bike SpeedEZ 45 mm detachable fenders. Yes, we have those.
In short: keep up with the roadies wherever they can go, then hang a left onto the dirt road where they can’t follow.
The 2016 Warbird comes in several flavors: alloy Tiagra, alloy 105, and carbon. Currently we have the alloy Warbirds in most sizes.
Warbird 105, teal or gray, $2499.
Warbird Tiagra, Army Green (pastel green) or fiery orange, $1999.
Warbird Ti (2014/15 model): Salsa's best gravel-racing bike, totally unreasonable on any level because it's so good, $4449. Ultegra, Avid BB7SL, ENVE CX carbon fork, Stan's No Tubes Iron Cross rims.
Any of these can be purchased as complete bikes or as framesets.
And then there's The Jeff: a Warbird Ti custom build
replaceable derailleur hanger
ENVE disc carbon fork with tapered carbon steerer tube
no rack/fender eyelets; super clean*
BB86 press-fit BB shell
*For fenders, use SKS Race Blade long. For carrying stuff, use Revelate frame packs...no racks needed!
Shimano Ultegra 6800 series 11-speed gruppo
hollow big chainring for excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio
Wide-range 11-30 road cassette for variable terrain
Carbon brake lever on STI shifter
polymer-coated brake and shifter cables; greaseless, rust-resistant
- White Industries/Velocity tubeless hand-built wheelset
Velocity Aileron medium deep dish tubeless disc road rim (20mm inner width, 25mm outer width) with tubeless VeloTape and Velocity tubeless valves
White Industries XC11 135mm OLN 11-speed specific 6-bolt disc hub, rear, titanium freehub body. Black, 32h.
White Industries MI6 front 6-bolt disc hub, black, 32h.
Black 14/15g DT Swiss Competition spokes, 272/274mm, 2 cross lace pattern
Dan’sComp aluminum teal spoke nipples, 14g, 16mm
TRP HyRd hydraulic road disc brake caliper, mechanically actuated, polished silver, 160mm F and R
Clement tubeless 700 x 35mm cross tires
Truvativ Noir 27.2 carbon seatpost with micro-adjust 2-bolt
Cane Creek Series 40 tapered internal headset
Salsa Guide 5 deg stem 31.8mm clamp
Salsa Cowbell 2 Med 31.8mm handlebar
PlanetBike Sky Blue handlebar tape
Jagwire compressionless brake housing, carbon-weave charcoal grey
Bright blue cable crimps to match teal spoke nipples and teal/sky blue frame pin-striping. Salsa Flip-lock skewers and Liplock seat collar also in matching teal.