2019 Salsa Journeyman Apex 1 650

An aluminum frame gravel bike with upper mid-range components and mechanical disc brakes. Compare the full range

2019 Salsa Journeyman Apex 1 650
MSRP$1,499
Spec Level
Weight25.5 lbs
SuspensionRigid
FrameAluminum
ForkCarbon
Wheels650b Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 11
GroupsetApex
BrakesMechanical Disc
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Gearing

1 × 11 — 11 speed

Journeyman Apex 1 650

30 mph

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The Journeyman Apex 1 650 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

The Journeyman Apex 1 650 won‘t keep up with similar bikes while riding downhill or sprinting.


Reviews
BIKEPACKING.com
Salsa Journeyman Review (650B)

Logan WattsAug 2019

In our Salsa Journeyman review, we took three 650B builds on an epic trip through the wilds of Montana to see how this budget off-road drop-bar rig performs

Pros
  • Frame and fork are well designed and offer a great bang for the buck

  • Frame geometry suited for a blend of exploration and fun

  • Loads of mounting options

  • 650B x 2.1″ tires offer a wide range of capability

  • Cowbell handlebars and cockpit components are solid

  • Apex 1 drivetrain isn’t too bad, but definitely not great

Cons
  • Gearing is too high; a crankset that could fit a smaller chainring or 11-46T cassette would be better

  • Thru-axles are commonplace these days and QR skewers feel like an unnecessary step backward

  • Non-tubeless compatible tires come standard on all model

  • If I’m splitting hairs, I’d prefer 27mm internal width rims and a Cowchipper handlebar

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off.road.cc
Salsa Journeyman Apex 1 650 review

Jul 2019

Salsa is an iconic bike brand that's been doing off-road capable drop bar bikes longer than most. The Journeyman brings this expertise and experience to a lower price, and there’s a lot to like about this pink beauty. But its beauty is only skin deep. While the ride and handling are very good, and there are some good components, it’s under specced compared to rivals which make it hard to recommend.

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Geometry

Sizing
50cm

4'11" – 5'3"

52cm

5'1" – 5'6"

54cm

5'4" – 5'9"

55.5cm

5'8" – 6'1"

57cm

5'10" – 6'3"

59.5cm

6'2" +


Specs
Build
Frame

Journeyman Drop Bar

BB StandardBSA, 68mm, Threaded

ColorPink

Fork

Fantail Deluxe

Rear Shock

N/A

Bottom Bracket

68mm BSA

Headset

VP Sealed Bearing

Stem

Salsa Guide

Handlebar

Salsa Cowbell

Saddle

WTB Volt Sport 142

Seatpost

27.2 x 350mm

Grips

Salsa Gel Cork Bar Tape

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

SRAM Apex 1

Front Derailleur

N/A

Crank

SRAM Apex 1 X-Sync, 40t

Shifters

SRAM Apex 1

Cassette

SRAM PG 1130, 11-42t

Chain

SRAM PC 1110

Brakes

TRP Spyre-C Flat Mount, 160mm rotors

Wheels
Rims

Novatec, 32h, 100mm, WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 650b, 2.0mm spokes, brass nipples

Tires

WTB Nano 650b x 2.1" Comp

Disk Rotors

TRP Spyre-C Flat Mount, 160mm rotors

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