Featured Bike with Video: Jay Petervary’s Salsa Carbon Warbird Prototype – V4

Jay Petervary doesn’t need much of an introduction. He’s a legend in the world of endurance cycling, the gnarlier the better, and hosts his own event, JayP’s Backyard Gravel Pursuit – he’s also a Salsa sponsored athlete and top bloke!

JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew caught up with Jay the day before the inaugural unPAved for a rundown of his Salsa Warbird Prototype (now in Production as Version 4).

Thanks for watching!

More Photos of Jay P’s Carbon Prototype Salsa Warbird V4

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird
Some companies keep their prototypes under wraps, not Salsa.
jay petervary salsa warbird
Jay P’s Salsa Cycles carbon woodchipper handlebars.
jay petervary salsa warbird
Jay P prefers the widest width available – 46cm.

jay petervary salsa warbird

Shifting is provided by Shimano’s uber reliable Ultegra mechanical / hydraulic brake drivetrain.

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird
Jay P prefers the comfy factor of a double handlebar tape wrap.
jay petervary salsa warbird
So many attachment points on the Version 4 Warbird.

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird
FSA SL-K 80mm stem.
jay petervary salsa warbird
Garmin for navigation, K-Edge provide the mount.
jay petervary salsa warbird
Jay P’s own event, the Gravel Pursuit.

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird

Jay P is a fan of 2x / double chainring drivetrains. He relied on absoluteBLACK’s excellent sub-compact 46/30 chainring pairing (see our comprehensive review of these chainrings here) to get over the climbs at unPAved (Gravel Cyclist’s race report and video are coming soon!) and recently, in Kyrgyzstan (Silk Road Mountain Race).

jay petervary salsa warbird
Ultegra R8000 11-speed derailleur, 11-34 cassette.

jay petervary salsa warbird

Above, the drive-side dropdown chainstay has been a popular feature on gravel bikes of recent times.

jay petervary salsa warbird

The photo above doesn’t show it well, but there is generous tyre clearance on the Salsa Warbird version 4.

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird
Flat-mount Ultegra hydraulic brake calipers front and rear.

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird

For unPAved Pennsylvania, Jay chose Teravails’ Cannonball tyre in 700c x 35mm. That was a good choice for this course, barring the rock garden climb and descent, where bigger tyres were better. Jay did end up puncturing his front tyre on this section, which is always better than puncturing the rear!
jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird

Above, the seldom seen Salsa Cycles Regulator titanium seatpost. Measuring 27.2mm x 410mm and available in 0mm or 25mm setback, this post offers a nice amount of flex to provide a little plush to the rear end of the bike.

jay petervary salsa warbird
WTB High Tail Saddle.

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird

jay petervary salsa warbird

Jay Petervary’s Salsa Warbird Prototype – Now in Production as Version 4.

  • Frame: Salsa Warbird Prototype carbon.
  • Fork: Salsa Waxwing carbon with 12mm thru-axle.
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40.
  • Stem: FSA SL-K 80mm.
  • Handlebar: Salsa Woodchipper carbon, 46cm.
  • Bar Tape: Salsa, double wrapped.
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra hydraulic flat-mount.
  • Brake Rotors: Shimano XTR 160mm front and rear.
  • Brake / Shift Levers: Shimano 8000 series Ultegra Mechanical 2 x 11-speed, hydraulic braking.
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 8000 series Mechanical 11-speed.
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 8000 series Mechanical 11-speed.
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 8000 series 11-34 11-speed.
  • Chain: Shimano Ultegra 11-speed.
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 series with absoluteBLACK 46/30 chainrings.
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra BB86 Pressfit.
  • Pedals: iSSi SPD compatible.
  • Wheelset: Industry Nine TRA 700c.
  • Tires: Teravail Cannonball 700c x 35mm, tubeless.
  • Saddle: WTB High Tail.
  • Seatpost: Salsa Cycles Regulator titanium 25mm setback.
  • Bottle Cages: Salsa Cycles Nickless Stainless Steel.

Jay Petervary – https://jaypetervary.com

Jay P’s Gravel Pursuit – https://gravelpursuit.com

Salsa Cycles – https://salsacycles.com

9 comments on “Featured Bike with Video: Jay Petervary’s Salsa Carbon Warbird Prototype – V4

  1. Hi Jom, one on my favourite websites so keep up great work. Out of interest Salsa do have UK dealers so there’s no need to mail order and in doing so you can support your LBS!

  2. Salsa has really upped their Gravelbike game for 2019 with six different models with multiple price points in both 650 and 700 with many different tire widths. Salsa might be the most cutting edge bike company in the Gravelbike category. Check out their website.

  3. JOM has made a website I read regularly. Thanks. The 46/30 really seems perfect for gravel. Would love to test this bike but that may be hard around Gainesville.

  4. Being a short rider at 5′ 6″, what size is recommended ? What size is this prototype War Bird and what is Jay’s height? Love to get a correct size on this 2019 Salsa War Bird.

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