We are pleased to introduce Marrakesh, our heavy-duty world-touring bike. It’s designed with all the amenities and durability needed to cycle the globe.
Marrakesh Drop Bar in Black...
Marrakesh Flat Bar in Blue...
Marrakesh will be offered in two versions: Marrakesh Flat Bar Deore and Marrakesh Drop Bar Deore. Each version features unique frame geometry. The drop bar version utilizes six frame sizes, while the flat bar is available in five frame sizes. Both frames feature a low bottom bracket for stability and better standover clearance, and Alternator Dropouts to tune wheelbase and ride characteristics. Each version is available in two color choices.
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, and therefore 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.”
Marrakesh Drop Bar in Green...
Constructed with our next generation, Salsa-designed Cobra Kai CroMoly, 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 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.
Marrakesh Flat Bar in Cream...
With room for 700c x 40mm tires with fenders or up to 29 x 2.0” tires without, you can keep your description of “road” pretty broad. Marrakesh fits a disc rotor size up to 180mm for plenty of stopping power when riding big mountain passes fully loaded.
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.”
We’re excited to add Marrakesh to our stable of touring bikes. It’s one more way we can help get people out to explore the world, and we look forward to seeing the places they’ll go.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
Marrakesh will be available in October with an MSRP of $1599.
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I had to live on both coasts a couple of times to realize that maybe being born in the Midwest wasn’t just arbitrary. I’m drawn to the terrain here, and if you catch me with one of this region’s supreme IPAs in hand, I’ll talk your ear off about my favorite spots. I’ll always take every opportunity though to explore every nook and cranny anywhere I can on a bike, because that’s what makes me feel most alive.