Introducing Vaya Ti

Today we proudly introduce the Vaya Ti.

Salsa Vaya Ti Any Road from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

Since we first introduced it in 2009, the Vaya has carried riders over roads of every description, to the far reaches of undiscovered territory, and on routes previously passed but never explored, right in their backyards. While we’ve offered the Vaya in titanium in the past, this incarnation of the Vaya Ti has been refined to become our best all-road light tourer yet.

From a design standpoint, Design Engineer Sean Mailen explains, “The Vaya Ti frame has been in our lineup before, but we wanted to bring it back with the same great updates that we’ve incorporated into our other Ti product over the years.  This includes a brand new 3/2.5 triple-butted tubeset with our Salsa designed investment cast dropout.  We also added an EC44 headtube to work with our tapered Vaya Carbon Fork.” The Vaya Carbon Fork is new and “a great addition in the sense that it compliments the ride quality to the frame really well, but also tracks incredibly with the 15mm thru-axle.  It also lightens the load up front as well.”

Another change comes in the form of sizing. Mailen adds, “If you’re familiar with our Vaya over the years, you’ve probably noticed that we previously offered 8 sizes, the two smallest of which were 26” wheeled.  For 2016 we’re updating our geometry slightly to keep the same great user experience and ride quality, but now using 700c sized wheels across the range.”  An objective of the size update was to keep similar reach and stacks while also increasing standover clearance, especially on the smaller sizes.  “This is something that was asked for from Salsa customers, and we’re happy to oblige.”   

Product Manager Joe Meiser is pleased with how we outfitted the Vaya Ti, hanging on the parts a really nice titanium frame deserves. “The Vaya Ti rolls on a great wheelset featuring HED Belgium C2+ disc tubeless rims and Surly’s Knard 41mm tire. We included the supremely comfortable Regulator Ti seatpost and much-loved Cowbell 2 handlebar wrapped in Salsa Gel Cork Tape for the contact points.” The 10-speed SRAM Apex/X9 drivetrain and Avid BB7 brakes are simple to maintain and incredibly reliable. “The Vaya Ti is ready to pile on high mileage over any road surface,” says Meiser.

“The all-new Vaya Ti continues to set the bar for any road adventure bikes”, says Global Sales Manager Benton Hunt. “With its huge tire clearance, rack and fender capabilities, and stable geometry, the Vaya is the perfect choice for any rider looking to explore new roads and travel to new places by bike.”

The Vaya Ti, with an MSRP of $4,299, is available now.

For complete information see the Vaya Ti on the Salsa website.

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Mark Sirek

Mark Sirek

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.

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John | April 15th, 2015

Good to see the TI Vaya is back. Claimed weight 22+lbs. for a 56 yet you show the sizes go 55-57.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | April 15th, 2015

John - Good catch. Weight is for size 55cm, and info has been corrected on the site. Thanks.

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Jeff | April 15th, 2015

Does the rear wheel use a thru-axle as well?

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ArkyKenny | April 15th, 2015

I use my Vaya as a trainer/tourer/rider—activities that are not really racing oriented. For those purposes, it is excellent—so glad I have it. This new Vaya is very nice, and seems like it would be a good fast gravel grinder/rando bike. But it seems like overkill for my purposes. My concern would be that the Vaya has never really been about being fast: Now they want to make it fast? Aren’t there other things out there (i.e. Colossal, or Warbird) that are fast? How is this quite expensive bike different from them?

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ArkyKenny | April 15th, 2015

BTW—my one and only complaint about my Vaya is that it is heavy:  It looks like you have addressed that.  Once I realized it was not a racer, that became much less of a problem.  But it would be nice if my old one was light like the new one.  Very nice!

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | April 15th, 2015

Jeff - The rear end of the Vaya Ti is QR, not Thru-Axle.

ArkyKenny - The focus of the Vaya Ti remains “any-road, all-road”...not speed. While the parts spec is very nice for the Vaya Ti, it is not aimed at racing, though I’m sure some will use it for gravel type race events.

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chach | April 15th, 2015

That bike looks hot!

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Jordi | April 16th, 2015

This bike is very nice.
Why not alternator dropouts ?

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Peter | April 16th, 2015

I’m going to buy one anyway, but to be able to convert to Rohloff, or better still, a Pinion version of this would be fantastic.

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JeffS | April 17th, 2015

I can’t imagine why people are still putting BB7 brakes on bikes. Guess you saved a buck and the customer gets a throwaway part.

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Simon | April 17th, 2015

Hey Kid,

Could I fit 27.5 X 2.1 both front and rear on this bike ??

Titanium travel bike: awesome.

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ArkyKenny | April 17th, 2015

JeffS, 

I can’t imagine NOT putting BB7’s (or at least mechanical brakes) on this bike:  They work great, they are simple, the pads can be easily changed out, and they can be adjusted with only an Allen wrench.  They also allow you to use the road brifters of your choice.  Hydros are a definite advantage on MTB’s with their very high braking demands, but they unnecessary in this application from a need, brake lever, skinny tire, simplicity, maintenance, and other demand standpoint. 

I keep 32’s on my Vaya.  There is NO WAY hydros would work on that—I’d have a flat spot after every ride.

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Volsung | April 20th, 2015

You need a t25 to adjust the inner pad on a bb7 unless you ride in pristine conditions where it never gets hunker up.  I haven’t found that route yet.

Is this going to be offered as a frame only?  Not frameset, I’m not interested in the fork.

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Eslam yosef | April 21st, 2015

BTW will always still the best. But, without comparing, the bike looks very nice.

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Trevor H | April 23rd, 2015

This thing looks great, but I feel like you all made some compromises to the design that you give the bike some shortcomings. Interesting that you chose to build a fork that doesn’t have low rider mounts or a hole drilled in the crown for a dynamo headlight. Does it have fender mounts? I can’t be the only one that prefers human powered lights to battery powered.. Why not adding “anything cage” mounts to the fork? its a touring bike after all, right? I’ll just stick to my Vaya Travel for now (which is surprisingly spec’d without the fender mount alternator dropouts…) Can you elaborate on why some of those things were left off the table on the final product?

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JeffS | April 23rd, 2015

ArkyKenny, I’m referring to the choice of BB7’s over the Tektro Spyre. I was riding BB7’s on a cross bike nearly a decade ago because there was no other choice. It was always a poor product that required more cable pull than a road lever could give. Yes, I’m referring to the Road version of the calipers. The Spyre is miles beyond the Avid product. After all these years of feedback and complaints, the best avid can do is a polished “special edition” or an OEM black version.

I’m not advocating for hydraulics… especially not on an Sram equipped bike.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | April 27th, 2015

Simon - from Sean the engineer…

Frame:

Max tire size is 27.5 x 47 mm (1.85”) tire.  The chainstays move further apart from the bottom bracket but at the same time the indent is being reduced so you actually stay neutral in tire fit for a while, thus about the same or less than what a 700 tire would see.

Fork:

Fork could fit up to a 27.5 x 51 mm tire (2”) tire

Volsung - Not available as frame only. Sorry.

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Pieter | April 28th, 2015

Are there any plans on updating the steel Vaya’s to the 44 mm headtube this one has? I like this bike but it’s just too expensive for me. A steel Vaya with 44 mm headtube would have more options for a lighter fork (like this one) which would make it so much more attractive to me.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | May 4th, 2015

Pieter - Stay tuned. -Kid

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Kid Riemer | May 4th, 2015

Trevor H - We are working on an alternate fork model that will work with the new Vaya Ti, but that fork is still in progress.

Fender mount Alternator Plates did not exist when the Vaya Travels were built, so we could not include them.

Thanks for you interest. -Kid

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Adam | May 27th, 2015

Am I seeing no 3rd water bottle cage mount on the underside of the downtube, and absolutely no mounts on the fork (eyelets low or high, midblade mounts, drilled crown, etc?)

Doesn’t seem like much of a touring bike… Give us a real fork!

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Rylan | June 12th, 2015

I love the bike except for a few small detail. My thoughts are that the black paint should have ended before the seattube to allow for a nice blend of ti into the Regulator Post (I own a Mukluk ti with lime green and love it). The bike also claims “X0” in the Model name, but only has an X0 rear derailleur. I suggest dropping “X0” from the model name. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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Gus | June 19th, 2015

Sad to see the size range compressed compared to the steel version.  Puts me out of the market.  Tall people like Ti bikes too!

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Jeff | June 19th, 2015

My sister-in-law picked up her Vaya Ti last week. Awesome bike, well done!

When can we get that drivetrain on a steel framed Vaya?

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Andy Long | June 23rd, 2015

This looks good. Love all the updates to the models for 2016. Any word on the 2016 Colossal? I hope you make a Colossal 2 in a color I can stomach! I’ve been waiting!

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Richard H. | December 10th, 2015

I have been using my Vaya TI for about 4 months now, I use it as a light tourer on road and gravel.

Comments,
CONS:
  Wish I had 3 bottle racks, instead of 2,
  Lower gearing for climbing the worst of hills (I used a kit from “Wolf Tooth Components GC 42 Cog and 16T” which gives me what I wanted)
  Optional Front Steel or TI Fork that uses a bolt with rack mounts, (after using front panniers on gravel going to only to a rear rack is not as solid feel).

PROS:
  It almost replaces all my other road bikes(Still enjoy a light carbon bike for fast rides.)
  Love the ride(changed the tires to more road type tire), riding larger tires is the only way to go when riding trails and gravel
  Frame plenty stiff.
  Looks great, I agree that TI doesn’t need paint, but the colors are great.

Great job, I actual bought 2 Vaya Ti, one for the wife and the other for me.

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