Salsa Journeyer GRX 700c review - perfect for those just starting to explore gravel

Salsa’s Journeyer is a versatile gravel bike that’s just as comfortable eating up easy dirt road miles as on a multi-day bikepacking trip

Salsa Journeyer 700c
(Image credit: Tim Peck)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Salsa Journeyer GRX 700c is a versatile bike that adapts to numerous types of riding, making it an excellent option for new gravel riders and those unsure what riding style most appeals to them. Although the bike doesn’t dazzle in any particular area, it provides a fun and confidence-inspiring ride, which will please long-time riders and hook new ones.

Reasons to buy
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    Predictable and fun performance

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    Inspires confidence in a variety of terrains

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    An abundance of mounts

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    Nice part spec

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    Available in a variety of builds

Reasons to avoid
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    Doesn’t shine in any one area

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    Wish it came with beefier tires

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    At the high end of 'budget' bikes

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The Salsa Journeyer GRX 700c is stunning looking in white and it certainly stands out in a segment seemingly dominated by dark-colored bikes. 

When I first unboxed the bike, I questioned the logic of painting such an adventurous-looking machine in a color sure to show the mud, dirt, and grime that accompany gravel rides. However, after hundreds of hard miles filled with every type of dirt imaginable and a spill (or two) on some slick singletrack, the bike still looks fantastic. While the white paint has encouraged a more robust than normal cleaning regimen, it has held up far better than expected.

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Tim Peck
Freelance writer

Tim Peck is a freelance writer based in Concord, New Hampshire, specializing in writing about all things outdoors in the Northeast. With a devotion to dirt and a need for speed, it’s no surprise Tim went from gravel-curious to gravel-obsessed faster than a double-digit grade descent. Tim believes that days on the bike and miles logged are just as important as KOMs and race results and tries to balance his time between his first love, mountain biking, and his current flame, gravel riding.