Salsa Cycles just announced the Warbird V4, a reboot of their original gravel bike, at Dirty Kanza. Here’s a sneak peek into Warbird v4 featuring tons of mounts, dynamo cable routing, and more.

Posted by Logan Watts

We tested a pair of Warbirds on the Green Mountain Gravel Growler just a couple years back and were quite impressed at what this bike could do. Now Salsa has announced a new version of the Warbird that ups the ante and adds more utility. Here are a few pics along with the full set of specs from Salsa:

  • Salsa Warbird v4, Dirty Kanza
  • Salsa Warbird v4, Dirty Kanza
  • Salsa Warbird v4, Dirty Kanza
  • Salsa Warbird v4, Dirty Kanza

Warbird V4 Specs and upgrades (from Salsa)

  • High Modulus Carbon Fiber Frame and Fork – 100 grams frame weight savings while adding new features
  • NEW Gravel Race Geometry – longer toptubes on most sizes for increased front/center provides increased stability at high speeds
  • Increased Size Range – new 49cm size provides better fit to smaller riders; 7 sizes total, 49cm -61cm
  • Dual Wheel Size Compatible – 700c x 45mm or 650b x 2.1”
  • Excellent Water Capacity – 2-3 bottle mounts inside the main triangle (56cm and above receive 3 mounts inside the main triangle), and 1 accessory/bottle mount under the downtube
  • Suspension Fork Compatible – with currently available gravel forks
  • Drivetrain Compatiblity – refined for 1x, 2x, and all current electronic offerings
  • Flat Mount Brake Compatibility – hydraulic and mechanical, 140mm min. rotor size
  • Toptube Bag Bosses – for use with Salsa EXP Series Toptube Bag; for secure connection and elimination of strap wear
  • Internal Dropper Routing – 27.2mm diameter post, when running a 1x drivetrain
  • Fender Mounts – more pleasant riding in wet weather
  • Rear Rack Compatible – using Salsa Rack-Lock Seat Collar and Wanderlust Rear Rack
  • Improved Power Transfer – updated chainstay, bottom bracket, and downtube design transfers rider power more efficiently
  • 2nd Generation Class 5 Vibration Reduction System – the same incredible rear end compliance tuned per size
  • Improved Standover Height – lower toptube for improved rider fit
  • Fully Internal Cable Routing – internal tubes guide housing through the frame

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  • mat long

    press fit or threaded bb?

  • The current version is PF, and I am guessing they’d have mentioned if it changed…

  • Bil Thorne

    I get why they do the dropped chainstays but that doesn’t make them any less hideous. It used to be limited to 3T/Open but now it seems like everyone’s doing it.

    Also, why is the seat tube split off center? This is all bad news for my OCD.

  • Def not the bike for an OCD person :)

  • Good news is they centered the bosses on the fork…

  • Bil Thorne

    AND it’s available aftermarket! It maybe the perfect fork for me depending on clearance and rake and stuff.

  • I wonder why nobody makes a PF BB using the same system for lubrication as in many machinery bearings systems. Just a small groove and hole in bearing housing with a greasing port for an easy and good bearing maintenance. Bearings would last longer, pedaling that annoying cracking would disappear.

  • Did I saw it correctly with a suspension fork on some other pictures? Do somebody have more info about that?

  • I bought a V3 frameset that is still in it’s box waiting to be built up as I need to sell a couple of my bikes first to help pay for the build!

    Feeling a bit cheesed now as I was in two minds at the time because I knew that an update couldn’t be far off!

    I did get it at a discount so not all bad as long as I can get it built before the Fall release of V4!

  • Ben Mills

    You could buy a Chris King and their grease injection tool. It works really well. It’s expensive, but with regreasing once or twice a year, I’m expecting the bearings to last a LONG time.

  • Ben Mills

    I need a bike with a tall stack (like the Vaya). The largest size of the current Warbird would work perfect for me, but the standover height is too tall. I’m excited by the decreased standover in the V4. No numbers yet, but I’m hoping for at least 20mm. I’m also hoping this change isn’t offset by the longer reach which might take the largest size out of range.

  • Hi Ben,
    The system I was talking about would allow you to lubricate the bearings without removing the crankset :-)

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