Alaska to Chile, anyone? Portland Oregon to Portland Maine?
Marrakesh is Salsa's new heavy-duty world-touring bike. It’s designed with all the amenities and durability needed to cycle the globe.
There are two versions: Marrakesh Flat Bar Deore and Marrakesh Drop Bar Deore, with frame geometries optimized for each version. Both frames feature a low bottom bracket for stability and better standover clearance, and the proprietary Alternator Dropouts let you tune the wheelbase and ride characteristics to suit your journey and your style.
Salsa’s Pete Koski, engineer for Marrakesh, says, “A true touring bike should have a lower bottom bracket and longer chainstay/wheelbase than a similar sized road, gravel, commuting, or mountain bike. The lower BB also lowers your saddle (without affecting saddle-to-pedal distance), and therefore lowers your body relative to the axles. This all results in a center of gravity that makes riding and steering a loaded bike easier and more predictable.”
Constructed with the next-generation, Salsa-designed Cobra Kai CroMoly tubing, the externally and internally butted tubeset is engineered to provide an impressively strong frame. Koski adds, “Steel is tough and has a very long life span. In the unlikely event that anything will happen to damage a fine steel frame like Marrakesh, finding someone that can weld it back to a rideable state, even in distant lands, is much more likely than finding someone that can weld titanium or aluminum, or repair a composite frame.”
Marrakesh comes stock with a dedicated Salsa Alternator 135 Low Deck Rack. The frame also features three water bottle mounts, and the fork includes Three-Pack mounts for Anything Cages or additional water bottles should you choose to use them. For a traditional front pannier set up though, it also includes low rider bosses.
The Brooks B17 (narrow) saddle is also included, and we can change that out to the standard, wider B17 or the B17S if you like. Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires with SmartGuard are also included!
Fender clearance: there's room for fenders with the 700c x 40mm Schwalbes that come with the bike, but that's about as wide as you can go. Without fenders, you can go up to 29 x 2.0” tires. Marrakesh fits a disc rotor size up to 180mm for plenty of stopping power when riding big mountain passes fully loaded. It comes with the excellent BB7 mechanical disc brakes with 160 mm rotors.
Marrakesh also includes a spare spoke mount and a kickstand plate because as Koski says, “Kickstands are highly functional and cool when touring, despite what roadies and MTB’ers might have you think.”
A great asset to have on a touring bike is a dynamo system that not only powers your lights but can also help keep your smart devices and external battery pack charged. We specialize in configuring complete dynamo systems using the best components. Hit us up to discuss.Marrakesh is a world-touring bike, designed for fully loaded, rugged exploration. Intentionally designed whether riding drop or flat bar, Marrakesh’s unique geometries that employ Chromoly steel and Cobra Kai tubing make for a durable and predictable ride even when heavily loaded. Comes with Salsa Low-Deck Rear Alternator Rack, capable of safely carrying 60 lbs.
This bike has received critical praise and great reviews on both adventurecycling.org and bicycling.com.
|Frame||Cobra Kai 4130 Cromoly|
|Fork||Marrakesh 4130 Cromoly|
|Rims||WTB SX-19, 36-hole|
|Hubs||Shimano Deore M475 QR, 36-hole|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion, straight, black|
|Tires||Schwalbe Marathon+ SmartGuard, 700 x 40mm|
|Crankset||Shimano Deore 590|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore, 9-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore M592 Shadow, 9-speed SGS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano HG300, 11-34t|
|Shifters||Microshift 3x9 bar-end|
|Tape/Grips||Salsa Gel Bar Tape|
|Brake Levers||Tektro RL340 Ergo Lever|
|Brakes||SRAM BB7R, SRAM G2CS 160mm rotors|
|Saddle||Brooks B17 narrow (or choose standard size or "S" (women's)|
|Seat Post||Zoom SP-218|
|Seat Binder||Salsa Lip-Lock|
* Subject to change without notice.