If you can’t decide between a road bike and a gravel (or ‘cross) bike the Salsa Warbird might be the right choice for you. If you want to do some local winter riding but want to stick with drop bars this may also be the right choice for you.
The Warbird rides pretty much like a conventional road bike but offers a lot of lateral compliance to help make a rough ride more comfortable, and has clearance for up to 38mm tires (which means studded tires also work well).
The all-carbon frame and fork of the Carbon Apex 1 model help make this a surprisingly light ‘dirt’ bike, also aided by the 1×11 drivetrain.
With 3 waterbottle mounts and hidden fender mounts the Warbird can easily be used for long distance rides but is equally at home on local fitness rides or on the ‘cross course.
The one pictured above is built up and ready to take a look at in the shop at the time of this posting. It’s a medium size and it’s $3500 plus taxes.