Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B


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Meet the Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B, a fusion of mountain goat agility and balletic grace. With its aluminum frame and Fantail fork, it’s not just a bike; it’s an invitation to both gravel adventures and moonlit desert camps. Imagine your gear snugly packed, the world awaiting, and every pedal stroke turning rough trails into rhythmic dances. From bustling alleys to forest trails, this steed promises a dance of discovery. Ready to roll? 🚴‍♂️🌲🌟


Greetings, trail-blazers and city roamers! Imagine merging the spirit of a mountain goat with the grace of a ballet dancer; that’s the Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B for you. Crafted with a robust aluminum frame and a Fantail fork, this is your passport to gravel glory. Those plush 650b x 47 mm wheels? They whisper of adventures, from rough gravel descents to happening back alleys. And with the reliable MicroSHIFT’s Acolyte 1 x 8 drivetrain, every pedal stroke writes a story. Take the journey and happy riding y’all! 🚴‍♂️🌟

Whether you’re dreaming of a moonlit camp in the desert or waking up to the chirping birds in a dense forest, the Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B is your trusty steed for bikepacking adventures. Picture this: your bikepacking bags snugly loaded, the horizon beckoning, and this bicycle making every turn feel like a dance move. Its design effortlessly balances your load, ensuring stability even when you’re packed for a week-long adventure. So, whether it’s bumping over sandy dunes or weaving through woodland trails, this bike is ready to mambo. 🌵🌲🚴‍♂️

Geometry & Ride Characteristics

CAD of MD Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B (Use to compare/contrast bicycle geometries)


Versatile Geometry: The Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B is designed with a geometry that’s suitable for a range of activities, from daily commuting to adventurous touring, ensuring riders experience both comfort and adaptability on diverse terrains.

Internal Cable Routing: This feature ensures a cleaner look and reduces the chances of cables getting caught or damaged, enhancing the bike’s longevity. By routing cables internally, the bike also benefits from improved aerodynamics, which can lead to slightly better performance.

Adjustable Seat Height: Comes with dropper post routing, allowing riders to adjust seat height on-the-go. This feature enhances the bike’s versatility, giving you the ability to modify seat height to ensure optimal riding posture and comfort.

Efficient Drivetrain: The bike showcases a microSHIFT Acolyte M7180 shifter paired with a microSHIFT Acolyte M5185 rear derailleur. Alongside the FSA Vero Pro 40t crankset and FSA 7240S bottom bracket, this combination ensures seamless gear shifts and reliable performance throughout your rides.

Bag, Rack and Fender Mounting Points

The Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B is equipped with the following mounting points to cater to all your gear-hauling needs:

Front Fork Mounts: There are multiple mounts on both sides of the front fork for water bottles, cargo cages, or front racks.

Rear Rack Mounts: The rear of the bike has mounts for attaching a standard rear rack for panniers or other gear.

Top Tube Bag Mounts: The top tube features mounts that can accommodate a toptube bag, providing easy access to essentials during a ride.

Down Tube Mounts: The down tube has mounts for a water bottle cage or for attaching additional gear.

Seat Tube Mounts: The seat tube also has mounts for a water bottle cage.

Fender Mounts: The bike has mounts for full coverage fenders, which are essential for wet weather riding.

Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B Featured in the Wild

Introducing the new Salsa Journeyer

The Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 700C is introduced as Salsa’s latest versatile all-road bicycle, replacing the previous Journeyman model. The Journeyer is designed for both off-pavement prowess and bikepacking, boasting ample tire clearance and numerous mounts for various configurations. As Josh Meissner, the author, highlights, the Journeyer is “a rock-solid adventure machine that should appeal to anyone seeking a do-it-all bike for gravel riding and bikepacking.” The bike’s name change is part of Salsa’s initiative for more inclusive product naming, and the Journeyer also represents a technical evolution over its predecessor.

Salsa Journeyer Review — A Do-It-All Gravel Adventure Bike

The Salsa Journeyer, as reviewed by Jordan Grimes on Bikexchange, is a reimagined version of the beloved Salsa Journeyman. This all-road bike has been revamped to be even more versatile and adept. The Journeyer boasts an updated frameset, geometry, and the addition of features like thru-axles, a carbon fiber fork option, and internal routing for dropper posts. Salsa has also responded to feedback by adopting a more inclusive name while retaining the bike’s adventurous essence. Grimes notes, “The overall ride feel is one of comfort and stability on varied terrain.” However, he also points out that while the Journeyer offers a plethora of features, its price might be a tad higher compared to similar bikes in the market.


Build Kit

The Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B drivetrain is a microSHIFT Acolyte M5185 rear derailleur, an 8-speed microSHIFT H083 cassette, and an FSA Vero Pro 40t crankset. For braking, it utilizes Tektro MD-U310 brakes with RS360A levers. The bike is fitted with Salsa’s signature components, including a Salt Flat 31.8 handlebar and Guide stem. Wheel-wise, it sports Novatec hubs, WTB ST i23 650b rims, and Teravail Washburn 650b x 47 mm tires.


  • Frame: Journeyer Flat-Bar Quick-Release
  • Fork: Fantail Aluminium


  • Front Derailleur: N/A
  • Rear Derailleur: microSHIFT Acolyte M5185
  • Cassette: microSHIFT H083, 12–42t, 8-speed
  • Chain: KMC X8
  • Crankset: FSA Vero Pro 40t, FSA 7240S bottom bracket
  • Shifter: microSHIFT Acolyte M7180
  • Brakes: Tektro MD-U310 with RS360A lever
  • Rotors: Tektro TR160-29 (160 mm)


  • Headset: FSA NO.42 ACB IS-2
  • Stem: Salsa Guide 31.8, 6-degree
  • Handlebar: Salsa Salt Flat 31.8, 700 mm
  • Grips / Bar Tape: Salsa File Tread
  • Seatpost: Salsa Guide 27.2 x 350 mm, 12 mm offset
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Medium, Steel, 142 x 265 mm
  • Seatclamp: Salsa Lip-Lock


  • Front Wheel: Novatec D761DSE 9 x 100 mm QR hub, WTB ST i23 650b rim, 32h
  • Rear Wheel: Novatec D762TSE 10 x 135 mm QR hub, WTB ST i23 650b rim, 32h
  • Tires: Teravail Washburn 650b x 47 mm, 30 TPI, Wire Bead

Frame Construction

The Salsa Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650B is constructed with a 6061-T6 aluminum frame, which undergoes heat treatment to T6 alloy standards, ensuring enhanced strength and durability. This specific alloy tubing is developed especially for the Journeyer frame. The bike also features a Fantail aluminum fork, which complements the frame’s design. The geometry of the bike is tailored for gravel, ensuring adaptability across various terrains. Additionally, the bike incorporates internal cable routing for a cleaner look and dropper post routing for adjustable seat height.


Journeyer Flat Bar Acolyte 650b frame

A. Effective Top Tube 550 570 600 625 650
B. Stand Over 606 641 677 713 749 796
C. Reach 393 404 423 436 450
D. Stack 514 542 580 617 655
E. Total Seat Tube Length 340 380 450 490 530
F. Headtube Length 90 120 160 200 240
G. Headtube Angle 69.5 69.5 69.5 69.5 69.5
H. Seat Tube Angle 73 73 73 73 73
I. BB Drop 70 70 70 70 70
K. Chainstay Length 440 440 440 440 440
L. Fork Length Axle to Crown 402 402 402 402 402
M. Fork Offset 50 50 50 50 50
N. Wheelbase 1047 1069 1101 1129 1156
Crank Arm Length 165 170 172.5 175 175
Handlebar Width 700 700 700 700 700
Recommended Rider Height 142 – 155cm 152 – 165cm 163 – 175cm 173 – 185cm 183 – 196cm
Stem Length 60 70 70 80 90

Measurements based on:

  • a fork measuring 405mm with 50mm offset
  • a 700 x 38mm tire measuring 706 mm in diameter
  • Stand over measured vertically to top of top tube from a position 50mm forward of BB center



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Normal wear and tear


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