Salsa make some of the best gravel, touring and adventure bicycles. The American brand is also known for its very original frame names – Warbird, Marrakesh, Fargo and Beargrease.
After a recent brand audit, Salsa decided to change the Journeyman gravel adventure bike to Journeyer. This update reflects the company’s desire to be more inclusive, with gender-neutral frame names.
Beyond the name change, what else has evolved for Salsa’s affordable touring bike model from Journeyman to Journeyer?
Riders keen on a Journeyer will appreciate the practicality offered by this bike. It uses a 6061-T6 standard aluminium frame, with lines not unlike a mountain bike. And that’s not by accident.
A tough frame - for proper off-road touring
The Journeyer is designed to carry a rider and lots bike packing gear. It requires a more robust frame than conventional gravel bikes, hence the large tubes.
Touring bike riders have different needs and preferences when it comes to forks. Those with an adequate budget can opt for the lightness of carbon up front. Riders who need to trim the bike spend, can go for an alloy fork.
All Salsa Journeyers have appropriate cable routing for a dropper seatpost. For a touring bike, this might appear an oddity, but it serves a very real purpose. Along gravel road descents, dropping the seat and getting into a lower centre of gravity can dramatically improve overall bike and rider stability.
It can journey with everything you need
Hydration is crucial for bike packing adventurers, especially when routing through arid terrain. To this end, the Journeyer has room for up to three water bottles, in its front frame triangle.
Overall loadability is impressive. The Journeyer can fix two pack mounts on the fork, and accessories above and below the top tube. There are rack and fender mounts if you need more gear to come along for that long weekend adventure ride.