Today we proudly introduce the Vaya Ti.
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.
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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.