New Frame Day: Salsa Marrakesh

February 3, 2023 8:22

Salsa Marrakesh 57 in winter

It's new frame day! I sold my old Surly Steamroller frame in the autumn and now I finally got a new frame to replace it.

I just built a new wheelset and got new Avid BB5 brakes, but besides those parts this is going to be a parts bin build with some parts rotated from my vintage MTB. I can't wait to get this thing built up and start riding!

First impressions of the frame and build quality are very good. It feels really solid and it seems that it's been built to take a beating and last for ages. The headtube-downtube junction is huge! The tubes feel so big compared to the Steamroller.

This is a size 57 (my Steamroller was a 56) and the size seems to be very similar. The frameset is quite heavy, the uncut fork weighs 1290g and the frame with headset cups installed about 2800g. On a touring bike frameset weight doesn't really matter that much, but I think it says something about the sturdiness of the frame. I can't wait to build it up!

Jaakko Naakka

Bikes and photography and general ramblings. In the middle of nowhere in southern Finland. CTO / Head of Development at Intunex, founder of Innota and Wrote.