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    Help me finding the right sized Vaya

    Hello to all Vaya riders,

    I want to become part of the Vaya riding society, but i'm struggling with the right size. My total hight is 181cm and my inseam 86cm, so the Salsa website suggests me a 56, but my current roadbike has a 55cm toptube. Now I'm afraid that the 56 is a bit too streched for me and I thought about getting a 55, but that might be a tad too small. Testrides are sadly not an option, cause dealers near me only got framesets in these sizes left.
    So is anyone here who is about the same size as me and can tell me what he rides and how it feels? And if not, could you tell me your total height, inseam and which frame size you ride and how it feels?
    Thanks a lot for your help.

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    I'm 5' 8.5" (174cm) with a cycling inseam of about 31.5" (80cm). I ride a 55cm Vaya (2010 model) with a 90mm stem.

    My carbon road bike (geometry similar to a Specialized Roubaix) is 54cm size with an effective top tube of about 54.5cm. On that bike I have a 100mm stem.

    I feel more stretched out on my carbon bike than the Vaya. The Vaya has a slightly slacker headtube angle as well as handle bars (Salsa Cowbell) with shorter reach/shallower drop than some road bike bars.

    I can't tell you what will work best for your since ideal bike fit varies between individuals, but 55cm fits me just fine. I could probably also fit on the 54cm Vaya (perhaps with a 100mm stem), but I'm very happy with the 55cm.

    Good luck with the Vaya purchase. I love mine.

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    Cpt D.,

    I am 5' - 10" and I ride a 56 Vaya (with 90mm stem) and a 56 road bike (with 110mm stem). They fit perfectly for me. I think the 55 will be too small for you and it would feel cramped.

    The Vaya, becuase the head tube is very tall, combined with the shallow drop bars, will feel very different than your road bike. I tend to sit up much higher on the Vaya. It's a very comfortable ride and the taller headtube and shallow bars make off-road travel easier.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

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    be sure to consider toe/front wheel overlap, if you ever ride on tight trails with hairpins it's a huge pain. i'm 6'2 with 34" inseam & size 12 shoes & have PLENTY of clearance (about 1") on my 2014 60cm vaya with 29" stans crest rims & 1.8" veerubber v.12 tires. on a 58cm i was pretty close to overlapping & feared that with bigger tires or different shoes it'd be a problem. in general the vaya geometry is quite extended (presumably for tire/frame clearance & heel/pannier clearance) so it's not an intrinsic problem, but something to be considered/tested when selecting frame size.

    also being well used to a road racing position with a nearly flat back, i prefer to only have a slightly higher handlebar height on my dirt bikes & found the headtube to be very high. i corrected this with a 120mm 17 degree stem flipped upside down such that the stem is basically horizontal. see relative height of handlebars vs. seat in pic attached.

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    Thanks for your suggestions, I appreciate it. So from what I read here, I guess the 56cm Vaya should fit me better. Any other suggestions?

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    I'd check the reach measurements. While the top tube is a full 1cm different between the 55 and 56, the reach is just 6.1mm different. With that small difference, I'd probably start looking to other fit parameters, like which head tube length will get the bar at the right height without a tall stack of spacers or a -17 stem.

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    I'm 5'11" with a long torso and shortish legs, and the 57 cm fits me like a dream. I am happy with the stock 100 mm 5 degree Salsa Pro Moto stem, and really dig the Cowbell handlebars.

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    Thanks everybody, after some troubles i finally got hold of an 56cm sized Vaya frameset. Now it's time to build it up.

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