Chris’ 2021 Salsa Warbird

“When I was on the hunt for a gravel bike, the Salsa Warbird checked all the boxes. The frame is built to do a race every now and then but still relaxed enough to enjoy a pedal to the brewery too. I’d classify this as an all-round adventure bike for those who aren’t scared to put the power down when motivated.”

Chris – Operations Manager

Salsa Warbird Bike Check


Fork: 2021 Salsa Waxwing

Bars + Stem

Bars: Enve G series (Salsa Cowbell in photos)
Stem: Enve G series (Salsa Guide in photos)

Saddle + Post

Saddle: WTB Volt
Salsa Guide

Crankset + Pedals

Crankset: SRAM Apex 1X 42t
Pedals: Shimano PD-A530

Gears, Brakes & Grips

Shifters: SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical
Brakes: TRP Spyre-C
Grips: MSW anti-slip gel

Rear Derailleur + Cassette

Derailleur: SRAM Apex 1
Cassette: SRAM PG 1130 11-42t


I’m riding this bike on gravel or dirt almost full time so the NOBL CX28’s work perfectly for my ride intentions. I’m able to run a nice wide tire and the D-Light spoke/rim combo feels both responsive and precise without being overly harsh which is important when one is riding single track on a fully rigid frame.

I’ve always been a fan of the i9 Torch’s engagement and sound profiles. Toss in the hot pink anodization, silver nipples and turquoise highlights on the bike frame and it’s a match made in cheese-heaven.