Thursday, August 29, 2013

Travel By Bike Thursday - SALSA VAYA TRAVEL

While we await the 2014 line up from all of our manufacturers today we are going to discuss a bike model that has been discussed on the blog before but not in this particular setup - The Salsa Vaya Travel.  Let's see what Salsa has to say about this beautiful and versatile bike:

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 Travel. Destination anywhere.

Frame Vaya Travel Stainless Steel w/ Alternator Dropout
ForkVaya, CroMoly, 1-1/8"
Front DerShimano 105 Triple
Rear DerShimano Ultegra GS Cage
CassetteShimano 105 11-30T 10-Speed
ChainKMC X10
CranksetShimano Ultegra 30/42/52T
HeadsetCane Creek 40 EC34
StemSalsa ProMoto 1
HandlebarSalsa Cowbell 2
GripsSalsa Gel Tape
ShifterShimano 105 Integrated
Front BrakeAvid BB7
Rear BrakeAvid BB7
Brake LeverShimano 105 Integrated
Rotors160mm Front/160mm Rear
SeatpostSalsa Pro Moto 1 Carbon
SaddleBrooks B17
TiresContinental TourRide 26 x 1.75" for 26" sizes, Clement USH 700c x 40mm ADV for 700c sizes
Front HubDT Swiss 350, 32H
Rear HubDT Swiss 350, 32H
SpokesDT Swiss Competition
RimsDT Swiss X430 for 26" sizes, DT Swiss X470 for 700c sizes

Here is a closeup of the S&S Coupler on the top tube.  Very easy to take apart and stow in a carry-on bag or check it in as regular luggage and avoid baggage fees.  If you travel a lot and like to bring  your bike with you this is a great option for you.  Plus the Vaya is a great riding bike that is extremely versatile and comfortable.  For more information stop by the shop!

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