Marrakesh is Salsa's world-touring bike, designed for fully loaded, rugged exploration. The flat-bar version has a unique geometry and different handling attributes vs the drop-bar version, but the choice depends on which hand positions you prefer. Marrakesh is stable and predictable when heavily loaded, and durable enough to be strapped down to the roof of a bus jostling over a remote pass. Turkish dust around the bottom bracket and mud from Thailand’s monsoon season make just as much sense on this bike as all the stickers from the other countries you’ve visited do. When you’ve decided to stop dreaming and actually make that year abroad a reality, Marrakesh is ready to pile on the miles.
Note that this 2017 model is a full 2 lbs. lighter than the 2016, thanks mostly to a lighter wheelset and super-supple Panaracer tires.
Upgrades? A premium dynamo system will never leave you in the dark, and can even charge your smart devices or external battery while you pedal. And, for more variety in hand positions, consider Jones Loop handlebars, particularly the carbon ones for excellent vibration damping. We love both of these things on touring bikes, so talk to us for more information.