One year ago we introduced the Vaya, our road adventure bike. Since then we've seen this bike set up for full on road touring, road riding, gravel road racing and super commuting. The Vaya is one of our most versatile and most popular models. This year we add a new frame feature, a new component group and a couple of new colors. Here are the details.
First up is our new complete bike. This year's bike features SRAM's awesome new Apex group. The Apex group is the perfect kit with it's wide ratio cassette, it's Double Tap shifting and it's 1:1 cable actuation. The combo of our Salsa frame coupled with the Apex kit really make for a capable, durable and versatile road adventure bike.
Here are the details of the complete bike.
- $1499 MSRP
- Availability - We are shipping starting this week to our stocking Salsa Dealers that pre ordered Vaya's. At this time, it looks like we will not have additional inventory to sell to non stocking dealers.
Next up are the framesets. Yes we said framesets because we are doing 2 colors. Why 2 colors? Well…We only have one bike spec and the Vaya is so versatile. Many of our customers want to build complete bikes to their specification. The second color was added too as color is a personal preference. Here are the colors and frameset details.
- $599 MSRP
- Availability - We are shipping framesets starting next week to our Salsa stocking dealers. We do have quite a few framesets available. At this time, we are holding this inventory so if the shop you wish to purchase the frameset from is not a stocking Salsa dealer, the shop will have to contact us. Please note though, that if the shop is in a territory already serviced by a stocking dealer, we may not be able to fulfill that request.
For those of you that demand the best, or want to upgrade from your current Vaya, we also offer the Vaya Ti frameset. The picture above shows a complete bike, but the Vaya Ti is actually sold as a frameset only that includes a pewter Lip-Lock seat clamp and the lovely Vaya steel fork.
- $1999 MSRP
- Availability - The Vaya Ti frames look to be completed sometime in April. Due to the nature, cost and complexities of titanium product, at this time the Vaya Ti's will all be shipping through Salsa stocking dealers.
We've talked about the spec and the colors, now let's talk about the only specification change on the entire bike. Since the Vaya uses the same drop outs as on our Fargo, we included the new 2011 Fargo driveside drop out with a replacable derailleur hanger. Even though the drop outs are steel giving you the ability to re align if necessary, we added the replaceable dropout to give you just a little bit more peice of mind when you are out there somewhere.
Lastly, here is a shot of my personal Vaya with a few changes and upgrades. I personally will be using the Vaya as my Dirty Kanza 200 race bike. I took this shot while leaving work the other day after my maiden voyage. I'm really looking forward to mile after mile of enjoyment with this new Vaya.
Many of you had questions about tire clearance and fender mounting. While I have not installed fenders, I will share some pictures with you. One note regarding "fit" and "compatible". Many people have different definitions of those things. Some folks are OK with a few mm's of clearance. Others demand 10mm. In other cases tires are measured differently and are impacted by rim width. So, here are few shots from my weekend ride to share with you. But first here is my set up.
- I am running the bike with a set of old Schwalbe Marathon Cross 700x38 mounted to Stans ZTR 355's (with tubes), A really good & durable tire, albeit a bit on the heavy side for my liking.
- I have also run Bontrager XR1 29x1.9 tires on my Vaya with great success
In both pictures above, it shows a 6mm allen wrench fitting nicely between the tire and the fork & chainstays. Even if the camera angle does not show it, there is room on both sides of the 6mm at the narrowest clearance. I did not take additional pictures at the top of the tire because there is significantly more clearance at the fork crown and between the rear tire and the seat stay or chainstay bridge.
All that said, if you can find fenders that fit properly, I'd be very comfortable running these Schwalbe 38c tires with fenders.
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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.