Introducing Vaya, our new road adventure bike. How do you say Vaya? Say Veye-Ahhh…. What does it mean? Go! What’s does road adventure mean? Well, that is where you come in.
The Vaya is go anywhere do anything steel road bike. Go for a long road ride. Go on a asphalt road tour. Ride that limestone rails to trails route you’ve always wanted to do. Heck, do it all and throw in a gravel road or two in between. The Vaya will get you there. Make your road own adventure.
This bike came about for many reasons. The biggest reason is that we repeatedly saw dealers and consumers taking our disc specific La Cruz cross bike and making it into an all around road warrior. We heard this feedback and improved this function by tweaking the tubing, improving the geometry, and improving the rack & fender mounting. We did a bunch of other stuff too.
One of the other reasons we brought out the Vaya is that Tim, our Product Manager wanted a dedicated tour bike in our line up. Tim’s not happy if he can’t carry A LOT of stuff on his rides. Some might say what about the Fargo, can’t that carry A LOT of stuff. While true, the Fargo is our off road adventure bike capable of single track and off road adventure. Lot’s of adventurous souls, Tim included, wanted a more road focused product so we gave it to them. If this fits your persona, the Vaya just may be your perfect bike.
The Vaya will be available as a frameset ($540 MSRP) and as a complete bike ($1550 MSRP). Frameset includes frame, fork and Lip Lock seat clamp. Complete bikes feature a mostly Tiagra 9speed STI group, a wide ratio cassette with a 34-50 crankset. All good stuff.
Sizing - We are introducing a new sizing scheme with this bike. The top tube size is the frame size. We’ve got 8 sizes ranging from 50 to 60. The two smallest sizes use 26” wheels making fit and stand over even better for folks that sizes. So….If you have a bike that you currently fit and like, simply take the effective TT length and compare to our sizing info. It’s a good starting point to discuss with your dealer. Pretty slick and easy.
One might ask why we don’t have this info on our website if we are writing about it and showing it here on the blog? Good question. We are building a new website and will be launching it mid February. We’ll follow up this post later this week with a bike spec and sizing chart. Look for that in a couple of days.
Now….Here is the other good news. These bikes and frames are completed and in transit. We expect to ship them to our Salsa dealers by the end of February! Initial order is limited. Our Salsa dealers have the info and are already taking orders.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.