Gravel Grinder News: Salsa Debuts ’21 Warbird, Stormchaser Models – by Guitar Ted
Salsa Cycles has announced the 2021 versions of their popular Warbird and Stormchaser models. These models reflect color and spec changes only. The designs remain the same as the 2020 models. Following are the images and information provided by Salsa Cycles.
Stormchaser: Last season Salsa Cycles surprised the gravel riding crowd with a single speed aluminum framed bike based on their popular Warbird platform. Riding Gravel reviewed that bike here. For 2021 the spec sheet remains pretty much unchanged. The color goes to a nice, shiny red. There will be a frame set available which will be offered in black. Price for the complete Stormchaser will check in at $1599.00 USD and the frame set, which includes the carbon fork and two rear drop outs- one single speed specific and a derailleur compatible one- will come in at $1199.00USD.
Warbird: The Warbird also continues on in the same form as 2020 models but with new spec and colors. The top of the range is now a SRAM AXS Wide spec featuring a Force D1 2X crankset with 43/30 chain rings. The cassette is a 12 speed SRAM XG1270-D1 with a 10-33T range. SRAM AXS HRD shifters and Force AXS derailleurs round out the drive train spec. Wheels are DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Whiskey No. 9 carbon rims shod with Teravail Rutland 42mm tires with the Durable casing. Price is set at $6999.00 USD.
The GRX 810 model is a mechanical 2X drive train with the GRX 46/31T range matched with a 11-34T 11 speed rear cassette. Shifters are also GRX 810 hydraulic units. Wheels feature DT Swiss G 1800 Spline wheels with 42mm Teravail Cannonball tires. Retail on the Warbird Carbon 810 GRX is $4299.00 USD.
The Warbird Carbon GRX 600 switches up the shifters to GRX 600 units and a 2X GRX 600 crankset featuring a 46/30T range and the same cassette range as the GRX 800. This GRX 600 model is also listed as having GRX RX810 derailleurs as well. Wheels are listed as being Shimano hubs, R5470’s, laced to WTB ST Light i23 rims and shod with Teravail 700 X 42mm Cannonball tires. Retail price is set at $3299.00.
Warbird Carbon Apex 1 models will be available in the two colors shown and feature a 1X drive train. The rear cassette is SRAM’s PG11330 11-42T and is matched with the Apex 42t crank set. Brakes are mechanical TRP Spyre units stopping WTB wheels shod with 700 X 42mm Cannonball tires from Teravail. Retail on the Warbird Carbon Apex 1 is $2799.00USD.
There will be the same black colored Warbird frame with black Waxwing fork offered also at $2099.00USD.
Comments: The solid design of the Warbird and Stormchaser remains with new spec choices and colors. That’s all good, but if we are learning anything about 2021, we know that availability on anything for the year is going to be limited. In light of what we are seeing, reading about, and hearing from dealers, only bikes pre-ordered by dealers will be, (maybe) delivered. Walking into a dealer and trying to order a bike will probably not be an option for 2021. We advise calling your nearest Salsa Cycles dealer soon if you are hoping to get a 2021 model.
For more information on Warbird and Stormchaser for 2021 see Salsa Cycle’s website at https://www.salsacycles.com
Note- The information and images used in this post, with the exception of the paragraph “Comments”, was provide to Riding Gravel by Salsa Cycles. The “Comments” are our opinion and not necessarily the views of Quality Bicycle Products, Salsa Cycles, or its dealer network.