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used for climbing
Journeyman Sora 700
used for descending and sprinting
4'11" – 5'3"
5'1" – 5'6"
5'4" – 5'9"
5'8" – 6'1"
5'10" – 6'3"
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Aug 2019 · Logan Watts
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
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
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
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.
Journeyman Drop Bar
BB Standard: BSA, 68mm, Threaded
Fantail Deluxe Carbon Fork with Three-Pack Mounts
FSA Sealed Bearing
Salsa Guide 27.2 x 350mm
Salsa Gel Cork Bar Tape
Shimano Sora GS 9-speed
FSA Vero Pro Adventure, 46/30t
Shimano Sora STI
Sunrace 9-speed 11-34t
Promax DSK-330R flat mount, 160mm rotors
Novatec, 32h, 100mm, WTB ST i19 TCS 2.0 700c, 2.0mm spokes, brass nipples
Teravail Cannonball 700c x 38mm Wire Bead NOT TUBELESS COMPATIBLE
Flat mount (140–160mm)