Hmmm…those Edge (now ENVE) hoops would look good on the Vaytanium…
Originally posted on ImagineGnat:
Before I get started here, you need to know that I work for Salsa Cycles. This frameset is a prototype frameset that was brought in for development purposes. I did not pay for this frameset and one day I will return it to Salsa Cycles. It is very close to final build specifications, but I’m sure someone with keen eyes will find something that is different than what was put up on the Salsa Cycles website. For one, I will call out the decals on this bike. My bike has a peach colored “Salsa” logo and “Warbird” logo. Those are now white for production. Again, I’m sure will find others stuff if you look close enough. So…Consider yourself informed.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of tinkering and shuffling in the workshop. Several old bikes and prototypes are gone to make room for a couple of new bikes. Bikes in progress include a Mukluk for the coming winter season as well as my new Salsa Warbird. I took some time to figure out the specific place and need for this bike in my bike line up. My goal is to prepare a combination of bikes that that can tackle any terrain or experience. I have my uber capable Salsa Fargo Ti that can do just about anything. I am working on my Mukluk Lefty that I can use as a 29er or fatbike, both winter (without Lefty) or summer. I really wanted a performance bike that was lighter and faster than my other two bikes. Not that I do that type of riding all that much, but it sure is nice to have a light performance focused machine when you do. I originally was going to build a new Salsa Colossal road bike but in the end, I fell back to what I love, gravel. The Warbird is perfect for me and optimized for gravel, but with the right tires and wheels, it can be a very capable road bike as well. For me personally, it just fit me and who I am better than the Colossal.
This Warbird build and spec may seem a bit unconventional to some as I built this bike with almost entirely old and time tested components. Some of you who know me well may clearly understand my spec. This bike is a culmination of a lifetime of mistakes and not so great experiences where components fail. My philosophy with this build is to make it work for a long time all the time. The spec below is near final. I’ll call out some specific reasoning as well as parts that may go as I find different parts.