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Salsa Cycles’ New Vaya Adventure Road Bike

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Salsa Cycles has just released their new Vaya road bike.  They’re calling it a fun, go anywhere adventure road bike made to “handle all the different surfaces that might be called ‘roads’ with ease, allowing cyclists to truly explore the world around them,” says Tim Krueger, Salsa’s product manager.

Offered as both a complete bike and frameset, the Vaya features Salsa Classico CroMoly tubing, with plenty of braze-on mounts. The 50 and 52cm sizes accommodate 26” wheels for better sizing among shorter riders, eliminating toe overlap and solving toptube clearance issues. Frames sized 54–60cm use 700c wheels, and Vaya’s sizing measurements are based on top-tube length, not seat tube height.  So, if you have a bike you like and fit well, simply measure the ETT, then order that size in the Vaya.

“We saw how people were using our disc-only La Cruz model as an all-around road bike and decided that we could build a frame that would better meet their needs,” said Krueger. “Vaya is easier to equip with fenders, racks, and low-riders. It can commute, it can road ride, and it can tour. We believe people will appreciate the versatility Vaya offers.”

The Vaya is in stock and available for ordering through Quality Bike Parts. Complete bike MSRP is $1,500, while the frameset is $540.  Frame-only pic and full specs after the break…

Despite being made for kickin’ around and exploring, the Vaya is sold with a double chainring, not triple.  To make up for it, they’ve put a wide range cassette on the rear, giving you the range of a triple with the lighter weight and simplicity of a compact double.  Should be a good match based on the bike’s real world intended use.  IMO, this thing would be sick with a single speed front and Shimano’s new 11-speed Alfine internal gear hub…just sayin’.

Here’s the full spec list.

  • Frame Vaya, Road Adventure, Salsa Classico CroMoly
  • Fork Vaya, Salsa Classico CroMoly, 1-1/8″, Disc Only
  • Headset FSA Orbit DL Alloy, 1-1/8″, Silver
  • Handlebar Salsa Moto Ace Bell Lap, 26.0mm, Silver, 50/52cm=42cm, 54/55/56/57cm=44cm, 58/60cm=46cm
  • Stem Kalloy AS-009, 26.0mm, 50/52/54cm=80mm, 55/56cm=90mm, 57/58cm=100mm, 60cm=110mm
  • Handlebar Tape Salsa Gel Cork, Dark Brown
  • Front Brake SRAM BB5 Road, 160mm Rotor, 6-Bolt
  • Rear Brake SRAM BB5 Road, 160mm Rotor, 6-Bolt
  • Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra STI
  • Crankset Shimano FC-4550-S, 50cm=165mm, 52,54,55,56cm=170mm, 57,58,60cm= 175mm, Silver
  • Chainring Shimano 34/50T, Compact Double, Silver
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano Tiagra Hollowtech II BB
  • Chain Shimano HG-53
  • Front Hub Formula, 32H, 6-Bolt, Silver
  • Rear Hub Formula, 32H, 6-Bolt, Silver
  • Quick Release Formula
  • Cassette Shimano CS-HG61, 9-Speed, 11-32T
  • Spokes DT Swiss Competition, Double-Butted, 2.0/1.8mm, Silver
  • Nipples DT Swiss Brass, Black
  • Rims 50/52cm=DT Swiss X430, 26″, 32H, Black. 54,55,56,57,58,60cm=DT Swiss X470, 700c, 32H, Black
  • Tires 50/52cm=Continental Town Ride, 26×1.75″ Wire Bead, Black. 54/55/56/57/58/60cm=Continental Tour Ride, 700c x1.6″ Wire Bead, Black
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra, Silver
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano LX, Long Cage, Silver
  • Front Shifter Shimano Tiagra Double STI
  • Rear Shifter Shimano Tiagra 9-Speed STI
  • Seatpost Kalloy Radiused Top, 27.2 x 350mm, Silver
  • Seatpost Clamp Salsa Lip-Lock, 30.0mm, Silver
  • Saddle Velo w/ Salsa Embroidery, Brown
  • Chainstay Protector Salsa Leather
  • Color Upside Brown
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14 years ago

I don’t think it’s as pretty as a La Cruz, but the concept is dead-on! Awesome…

14 years ago

This might make a good candidate for a fast commuter assuming racks can be found that will fit around the disc brakes. The full build makes a big mistake with the road double and brifters. Barcons and either mountain or trekking triple would be more suited to a bike carrying a load. Also, it’s hard to tell from the photos but the rake seems a little aggressive for a cargo carrying bike but the relaxed angles may make up for it.

Now your Alfine idea does have merit. I need to get on an Alfine equipped ride to see how wide the range really is. I’d love a chain and gear combo that doesn’t get ground to iron oxide over the course of winter.

14 years ago

BTW–You dropped the last “s” off salsacycles.com in the link at the beginning of the article.

Jason Lee
Jason Lee
14 years ago

Crap. I thought for a second that this would be perfect to throw my Rohloff on, but I would still need the big counterlever arm since the disc brakes are post-mount style 🙁

14 years ago

K-read the article and comments. I still think the road double is a mistake (as do others) for a bike meant to take a load. Now if they used a mountain double….

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