Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c


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Meet the Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: a ride that gracefully tames gravel trails and urban streets alike. With its sturdy aluminum frame and Waxwing carbon fork, it offers the stability of your favorite old boots, cushioning those gravel jitters. As you strap on your bikepacking bags and venture beyond the horizon, this bike ensures a balanced, smooth journey. When dusk descends on a beautiful day of bike travel, share those tales of escapades ’round the campfire!


Dear wanderers and soul searchers. Feast your eyes on a ride that tames loose and chattery gravel by day and dances gracefully through the streets by night. Built upon a sturdy aluminum frame, the Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c promises stability akin to your favorite old boots, while the Waxwing carbon fork cushions those gravel jitters. Whether you’re gearing up for an often rainy commute or a weekend escapade, its fender mounts and cargo options have got you covered. Dive into the world of mixed-surface riding with confidence and style. Let’s roll!

Gather your crew and gear up, because the Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c is your ticket to unforgettable bikepacking escapades. Imagine strapping on your bikepacking bags, filled with essentials, and setting forth on gravel trails that stretch beyond the horizon. This bicycle, with its robust design, ensures every load is balanced, every ride smooth. As dusk falls, there’s nothing like recounting the day’s journey with friends by a roaring campfire. With the Journeyer, every pedal stroke writes a story, every mile a memory. Ready to pen yours?

vs. the Salsa Journeyer Apex 1 700C

The Salsa Journeyer Apex 1 700C equipped with SRAM’s Apex 1 groupset, is a more economical version of the Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c. While both bikes share the same frame, the primary differences lie in the componentry as follows:

  • Groupsets:
    • Apex 1 700C: Equipped with the SRAM Apex 1 rear derailleur and shifter, offering efficient performance.
    • GRX 600: Features Shimano GRX 600 series components, including the RX810 front and rear derailleurs, providing reliable performance suitable for mixed-surface riding.
  • Drivetrain:
    • Apex 1 700C: Features an 11-speed SRAM PG-1130 cassette with an 11-42t range and a SRAM Apex 1 crankset with a 40t chainring.
    • GRX 600: Equipped with an 11-speed Shimano HG700 cassette with an 11-34t range and a GRX RX600 crankset with a 46/30t configuration.
  • Brakes:
    • Apex 1 700C: Features Tektro MD-C550 brakes paired with Tektro TR160-22 rotors (6-bolt, 160 mm).
    • GRX 600: Equipped with Shimano GRX RX400 brakes and RT10 rotors (Center Lock, 160 mm).
  • Components:
    • Apex 1 700C: Both models share many of the same components, such as the FSA NO.42 ACB IS-2 headset, Salsa Guide stem and seatpost, Salsa Cowbell 3 handlebar, and WTB Volt Medium saddle. However, the Apex 1 700C features WTB Serra hubs paired with WTB ST i23 700c rims.
    • GRX 600: Features Shimano Tiagra RS470 hubs paired with WTB ST i23 700c rims.
  • Ride Feel:
    • Apex 1 700C: Given its SRAM Apex 1 components, the ride feel is expected to be smooth and efficient, suitable for both on-road and off-road terrains.
    • GRX 600: Offers a comfortable and confident ride on both smooth asphalt and rough trails, with a geometry tailored for diverse terrains.
  • Geometry:
    • Apex 1 700C: Designed with a geometry that ensures riders experience both comfort and confidence, accommodating a range of rider sizes and ensuring an optimal blend of comfort and performance.
    • GRX 600: Features a similar geometry, ensuring riders of various sizes can find a comfortable fit and experience a harmonious blend of stability and agility.

vs. the Kona Libre

The Kona Libre, built with a Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted frame and a carbon fork, emphasizes aggressive off-road capabilities, complemented by SRAM Apex components and Maxxis Rambler tires designed for rugged terrains. In contrast, the Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c, with its gravel-specific geometry and Shimano GRX 600 components, offers a balanced ride suitable for both paved roads and gravel terrains. While the Libre leans towards a more aggressive off-road experience, the Journeyer provides a harmonized gravel ride, with the Libre typically positioned at a higher cost segment.

  • Frame Material:
    • Kona Libre: Made of Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted, tailored for durability and off-road capabilities.
    • Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: Features a 6061-T6 Aluminum Frame, ensuring a robust and reliable structural foundation suitable for gravel terrains.
  • Fork:
    • Kona Libre: Equipped with a Kona Libre Carbon fork, enhancing its off-road performance.
    • Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: Paired with a Waxwing Carbon Fork, designed for stability and comfort on mixed terrains.
  • Groupsets:
    • Kona Libre: Features SRAM Apex components, known for their wide gear range and reliability.
    • Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: Equipped with Shimano’s GRX 600 components, recognized for their smooth shifting and consistent braking.
  • Tires:
    • Kona Libre: Uses Maxxis Rambler Silkshield TR 700x45c, designed for rugged terrains and off-road capabilities.
    • Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: Specific tire details were not provided, but given its gravel orientation, it likely features tires suitable for mixed terrains.
  • Ride Feel:
    • Kona Libre: Offers a progressive ride, adept at transitioning from asphalt to rugged off-road trails, with a design that prioritizes aggressive off-road capabilities.
    • Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: Delivers a balanced ride suitable for both paved roads and gravel terrains, with a focus on smooth transitions and reliable performance.
  • Geometry:
    • Kona Libre: Features more aggressive geometry, making it lighter and more suited for challenging off-road terrains.
    • Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c: Designed with gravel-specific geometry, ensuring a predictable and controlled ride, striking a balance between agility and stability.


Versatile Geometry: The Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c features a geometry specifically tailored for mixed terrains. Whether cruising on paved roads or navigating challenging gravel paths, riders experience a perfect fusion of comfort and control. The bike’s geometry is fine-tuned to accommodate riders of different statures, striking the right balance between ease and efficiency.

Waxwing Carbon Fork: The Journeyer GRX 600, 700c is equipped with the Waxwing Carbon Fork, a standout feature that ensures smoother rides on uneven surfaces. This fork provides enhanced shock absorption, making bumpy routes feel more manageable and less jarring.

Wheel Flexibility: Unique to the Journeyer GRX 600, 700c is its dual wheel size compatibility. This feature provides riders the flexibility to switch between 700c and 650b wheels, allowing them to tailor their ride based on the terrain and personal preference.

Internal Cable Routing: The Journeyer GRX 600, 700c takes advantage of internal cable routing, offering a streamlined look while reducing the potential for cable snags or damage.

Bag, Rack and Fender Mounting Points

The Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c is equipped with the following mounting points to cater to all your gear-hauling needs:

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

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.

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 GRX 600, 700c Featured in the Wild

Salsa Journeyer GRX 600 Review 

The Salsa Journeyer GRX 600 is described as a gravel-adventure tourer, offering a laid-back front end that’s ideal for off-road escapades. It provides a comfortable ride, allowing riders to appreciate the surrounding scenery while navigating diverse terrains. Although the bike is enjoyable and easy to handle, its weight and price slightly diminish its overall appeal. The Journeyer’s geometry is more relaxed compared to many gravel bikes, but it remains a confident-handling machine in various conditions. Stu Kerton mentions, “Taking just the ride quality and geometry into account, I reckon the Journeyer is a belter. I love the way it behaves on those longer rides – it’s just so easy to live with, while still having a fun edge to it.” However, when considering the specifications relative to the price, it faces stiff competition in the market.


Build Kit

The Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c drivetrain has the Shimano GRX RX810 front and rear derailleurs, complemented by an 11-speed Shimano HG700 cassette and a GRX RX600 crankset with a 46/30t configuration. For precise control, it’s equipped with Shimano GRX RX400 brakes and RT10 rotors. The bike rides on Shimano Tiagra RS470 hubs and WTB ST i23 700c rims, wrapped in Teravail Washburn 700c x 38 mm tubeless-ready tires.


  • Frame: Journeyer Drop-Bar Thru-Axle
  • Fork: Waxwing


  • Front Derailleur: Shimano GRX RX810
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano GRX RX810
  • Cassette: Shimano HG700, 11–34t, 11-speed
  • Chain: Shimano HG601
  • Crankset: Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30t
  • Shifter: Shimano GRX RX600
  • Brakes: Shimano GRX RX400 brakes
  • Rotors: Shimano RT10 rotors (Center Lock, 160 mm)


  • Headset: FSA NO.42 ACB IS-2
  • Stem: Salsa Guide 31.8, 6-degree
  • Handlebar: Salsa Cowbell 3, 31.8
  • Grips / Bar Tape: Black Cork
  • Seatpost: Salsa Guide, 27.2 x 350 mm
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Steel Medium, 142 x 265 mm


  • Front Wheel: Shimano Tiagra RS470 12 x 100 mm hub, WTB EZR i23 28h 700c rim
  • Rear Wheel: Shimano Tiagra RS470 12 x 142 mm hub, WTB EZR i23 28h 700c rim
  • Tires: Teravail Washburn, 700c x 38 mm, 60 tpi, Durable casing, tubeless ready

Frame Construction

The Salsa Journeyer GRX 600, 700c is designed as a versatile bike for mixed-surface riding. Its frame is constructed from 6061-T6 Aluminum, a material known for its strength and durability. This alloy tubing is specifically developed for the Journeyer frame and is heat-treated to T6 alloy standards, ensuring enhanced resilience. The frame incorporates a Thru-Axle dropout system, ensuring stability and ease of maintenance. Paired with the Waxwing fork, the frame promises a harmonious blend of stability and agility. Ready for disc brakes, the frame adopts flat mount standards for both front and rear. Additionally, its design supports compatibility with dropper posts.


Journeyer GRX 600 700c frame

Size 49cm 51cm 53cm 55cm 57cm 60cm
A. Effective Top Tube 493 510 530 550 570 600
B. Stand Over 613.5 648.5 684.5 720.5 756.5 803.5
C. Reach 366 368 372 376 387 408
D. Stack 510 528 552 570 598 627
E. Total Seat Tube Length 340 380 410 450 490 520
F. Headtube Length 90 105 130 150 180 210
G. Headtube Angle 68.5 69.5 69.5 69.5 69.5 69.5
H. Seat Tube Angle 76 75 74 73 73 73
I. BB Drop 70 70 70 70 70 70
K. Chainstay Length 440 440 440 440 440 440
L. Fork Length Axle to Crown 402 402 402 402 402 402
M. Fork Offset 50 50 50 50 50 50
N. Wheelbase 1027 1028 1040 1050 1072 1104
Crank Arm Length 165 165 170 172.5 175 175
Handlebar Width 380 400 420 440 460 460
Recommended Rider Height 142 – 152cm 150 – 160cm 157 – 170cm 165 – 178cm 173 – 185cm 183 – 196cm
Stem Length 60 70 80 80 90 100



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Aluminum frames
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All Salsa forks
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Internal rust perforation on all steel frames

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Bent or broken derailleur hangers or Alternator plates

Labor required to remove and/or refit and re-adjust the product within the bicycle assembly, including wheel rebuilds

Damage to carbon fiber caused by any carbon assembly paste

Normal wear and tear


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