Salsa has brought gravel cycling to young riders with the launch of its new Journeyman 24, applying the same attributes as the brand’s full-size model to a smaller frame with 24″ wheels.
“We believe that everybody should be able to bask in the freedom of a gravel ride or discover the art of self-sufficiency on a bikepacking outing. Journeyman 24 makes those experiences accessible to young riders or those who aren’t currently served by the sizes offered on Journeyman 700c or 650b,” says Salsa.
The Journeyman 24 features an aluminum frame with a 45.5cm effective toptube and a 35cm seattube that’s aimed at fitting smaller riders ranging from 4’7″ to 5’2″ (139-158cm).
But, rather than just shrink everything, Salsa refined the Journeyman 24’s geometry to specifically accommodate the smaller wheel size, ensuring excellent stability and handling across a wide range of riding conditions.
The Journeyman 24 is equipped with a wide-range Microshift Advent 9-speed drivetrain, along with an 11-42 cassette and traditional brake and shifter levers, while traction is provided by a set of WTB/Novatec wheels with Teravail Sparwood 24×1.85″ tires.
Other features that highlight the Journeyman 24 include internal cable routing for the rear brake and shifter, Promax mechanical disc brakes and a Samox 152mm crankset with 36-tooth chainring – complete with an integrated chainguard.
There are also provisions for a full-size bottle inside the front triangle, along with an additional bottle cage mount underneath, while the fork gets the same 3-bolt accessory mounts as the adult version, plus rear rack mounts on the seatstays and dropouts for full bikepacking capabilities. All in, Salsa says the bike tips the scales at 23 pounds.
Optioned in Teal or Red, the new Journeyman 24 sells for $899 with availability starting in November.
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