Salsa Cycles just announced the 2021 versions of its two gravel race bikes, both adept bkepacking machines equipped with plenty of mounts. Neither the 2021 Warbird or Stormchaser got any structural changes, but they both got new paint schemes and some tweaks to the build kits.
2021 Salsa Warbird
- Quick Highlights
- Angles (LG): 70.75° Head tube, 73° Seat tube
- Chainstay: 430mm
- Bottom Bracket: BB86 PressFit
- Hub Spacing: 12 x 142mm / 12 x 100mm
- Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
- Max tire size: 700c x 45mm / 650b x 2.0”
Although the Warbird is Salsa’s gravel race bike, we’ve found it to be a pretty versatile machine for more relaxed outings and general gravel good times. You can spot the 2019 model (which is the same frame as the 2021 version) in our Appalachian Gravel Growler route and the older version in the Green Mountain Gravel Growler. For 2021, Salsa didn’t make any significant changes to the platform, but they rolled out a fresh batch of color schemes and a new high-end build…
Shown above, the top of the line Warbird Carbon AXS Wide features a slick gold paint job and the new-ish Force AXS Wide drivetrain. It also gets a carbon Cowbell handlebar and carbon Whisky GVL rims, whereas the other three builds get their aluminum counterparts. The Warbird Carbon AXS Wide has an MSRP of $6,999. Find more over at SalsaCyles.com.
Salsa offers the 2021 Warbird in three other builds including the Warbird Carbon GRX 810 in blue ($4299), the Warbird Carbon GRX 600 in red ($3299), and the Warbird Carbon Apex 1 in off white or light blue ($2799). You can also pick up the frameset in black for $2099. All of the models are available in seven sizes (49-61cm). Find all the details over at SalsaCycles.com. To learn more about the Warbird, find our full review here. Note that the one we reviewed was the 650b version, which Salsa nixed in favor of a full 700C lineup.
2021 Salsa Stormchaser
- Angles: 70° Headtube, 73° Seattube
- Chainstay: 435-450mm
- Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
- Hub specs: 12 x 100mm (front); 12 x 142mm (rear)
- Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
- Max Tire Size: 650b x 50mm / 700c x 50mm
The new Stormchaser was also just released. The 2021 model is almost identical to last year’s, save a new color scheme. For those unfamiliar, you can read the original press release here. In short, the Stormchaser is Salsa’s all-conditions out of the box singlespeed gravel bike featuring an alloy frame, carbon fork, and a few geometry traits borrowed from the Warbird. The Stormchaser has a few unique mud-friendly features, including arched Class 5 VRS seat stays, Alternator Flat Mount dropouts, steel abrasion plates on the fork’s interior, internal cable routing, and extra tire clearance for plenty of space around 700c x 50mm or 650b x 50mm tires.
The 2021 Salsa Stormchaser is available in seven sizes (49-61cm) as a complete for $1599 or as a frameset for $1199. Find more over at SalsaCycles.com.
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