Thursday, January 3, 2013

Travel By Bike Thursday - SALSA VAYA

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013 - We hope you have the best year ever and all of your bicycle training and racing goes better than expected.  Today we are going to feature an outstanding Touring/Commuting bike - the Salsa Vaya.

There are 3 different levels available and we are going to start with the top of the line - Travel Vaya

Vaya Travel

Vaya Travel is our ultimate travel and touring bike.
Based on our Vaya road touring model, all aspects of the Vaya Travel are designed to make traveling with a bike better. Whether you are flying to Scotland for a multi-week tour, or headed to San Francisco for a long weekend, or just want the ultimate touring machine, Vaya Travel is your essential traveling partner.
We've chosen stainless steel for its fine ride quality, but also because scuffs and scratches are easily buffed out. The paint-free finish is intentionally understated, hopefully making your bike a bit less attention getting when traveling.
Replaceable Salsa decals allow you to change up your style, replace damaged decals, or go stealth mode to attract less attention on the road.
The frame incorporates S&S couplers allowing you to split your frame, break your bike down, and travel more easily. The bike fits into a standard S&S hard or soft case, which should eliminate oversized airline fees.
Alternator dropouts add significant versatility to the Vaya Travel. Run fully geared, or consider a singlespeed setup for some of your trips. Singlespeeds are simple, and easier to breakdown, pack, and re-assemble. If you would happen to damage your drivetrain while off the beaten path, the Alternator's will also help you fashion a temporary fix to keep yourself moving.
Of course, front low rider and rear rack mounts allow you to run full or partial pannier setups as needed for the tour or adventure at hand.

Vaya 2 & 3

The Vaya is our touring and road adventure bike, designed to handle any ‘road’ surface, from pavement to gravel.
The Classico CroMoly tubeset is carefully selected to provide an excellent ride quality with a full touring load, yet is a pleasure to ride unloaded as well.
Stable geometry keeps the bike from being twitchy, and makes the bike a pleasure to ride while loaded. We designed this bike for a very wide size range of people, thus our two smallest sizes use 26” wheels to provide improved fit, better standover clearance, and to eliminate toe overlap. The larger sizes (54cm and up) use 700c wheels.
A full compliment of braze-ons for fenders, racks, and lowriders, make the Vaya an extremely versatile machine, whether your intent is touring or general road or gravel exploration. Generous tire clearance allows for up to 700c x 42mm size tires without fenders, and 700c x 38mm with fenders. On our 26"-wheeled frame, clearance allows for 26" x 1.9" tires.
Enjoy a long day in the saddle. Do a light tour. Or load your panniers to the hilt for a month of two-wheeled discovery.
Vaya. Ride any road.

I have the original Salsa Vaya and have done multiple day tours along the Pacific Coast Route, commuted with it, done a 300+ mile Gravel Race in Iowa, and just ridden it around enjoying the awesomeness of the bike itself.  This bike will handle anything you throw at it and if you are in the market for a solid and reliable work bike - you can do no wrong chosing this bike!

Front DerailleurSRAM Apex
Rear DerailleurSRAM X.9
CassetteSRAM 11-36T 10-Speed
ChainKMC X10
CranksetSRAM Apex 34/46T
GripsSalsa Gel Tape
ShifterSRAM Apex
Front BrakeAvid BB7
Rear BrakeAvid BB7
Brake LeverSRAM Apex
Rotors160mm Front/160mm Rear
SeatpostSalsa Pro Moto 2
SaddleWTB Pure V
TiresContinental TourRide 26 x 1.75" for 26" sizes, Clement USH 700c x 40mm ADV for 700c sizes
Front HubSalsa 2 by Formula, 32H
Rear HubSalsa 2 by Formula, 32H
SpokesDT Swiss Competition
RimsDT Swiss X430 for 26" sizes, DT Swiss X470 for 700c sizes

For more information on the Salsa Vaya or any other bikes give us a call, email, or stop by the shop!

Tom's Pro Bike Service
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086

P: (716)651-9995
F: (716)651-0858

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