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    Vaya Builds

    Thought I would start a thread of vaya builds. I still have some work to do and the photos are not the best (cell phone) but just to get started. I will try and get some better pictures tomorrow....enjoy...
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    a great start to Vaya

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    More info

    yeah I am really liking the fit so far, I hope to have it ready to go in a few days. I need to space out the crank a bit and get the cables run.

    For those wondering about the bar setup it is a profile T2 wing bar. I very very rarely ride in the drops on any of my road bikes and really like the wide flat tops of the wings for long distance riding. The upward bend at the tips gives a near hood feel as well. I have been running this setup on my langster for about two years now and really like the feel so wanted to try it on the Vaya. I may go back to a short and shallow drop but only time in the saddle will tell.

    Again, I will try and get some better pictures in a day or two.

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    Bump...

    I REALLY like the look and sensibility of your Vaya build!

    You know how some bikes you look at and when you see the details you think, "Yeah, that's nice... ohhhh, look what they did there... " It shows that someone had a nice vision for their bike and made it happen. That was what I thought when I looked at your bike. Nicely done!

    What tires have you got on that? how big are they?

    Also, could you put bar end shifters on the fronts of those bars - like on some TT/Tri setups? Just curious as it would have the shifters closer than the DT...

    Got a more recent pic? Full parts list? Weight?

    Anyone else?

    I'm hoping to give this a bump as I'd like to see what other folks are doing with their Vayas. Mine is awaiting some final paint work after the S&S couplers were put on!!!! I'm hoping to pick it up next Friday, get it built and out for a ride next weekend. It'll be a bit different as I'm going to give it a go with some Titec J-Bars, I've got a compact Rival crankset I found new for $95 and who knows what other goodies I might find to put on there... the Tubus Cargo was just ordered.

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the response.

    I have been busy at work and have not gotten to finishing up my build yet. I am also having some trouble getting the brakes dialed in. I am using BB7 road calipers and I think I need to try some higher quality/"stiffer" housing.

    As far as using "TT style" shifters, not with the brake levers I am using since they fit in the end of the bars, but with a different lever set you could. I tend not to shift much (to much time on my Langster) so having the shifters out of the way works for me.

    As for some specs on the build:

    * Gossamer compact crank with Rotor Q-rings
    * Avid BB7-road discs
    * 9-speed Dura-ace down-tube shifters
    * Ultegra front, XT shadow rear
    * Selle An-Atomica saddle
    * Richey seatpost & stem
    * XT disk hubs, Salsa Delgado Cross rims (36 spoke)
    * Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700x40c
    * Chris King headset
    * profile Design T2 wing handlebar
    * Cane Creek 200TT levers

    weight---Heavy, but so am I. It will be much easer to shed the weight off me ;-)

    Not a typical build but it suits me fine...if I can get the brakes to work. Now I just need to get off my ?#!, finish the build and take it for a couple of 100 mile spins :-)

    Can't wait to see pictures of your build...more pics of mine will make it here when I finally get it finished.



    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    I REALLY like the look and sensibility of your Vaya build!

    You know how some bikes you look at and when you see the details you think, "Yeah, that's nice... ohhhh, look what they did there... " It shows that someone had a nice vision for their bike and made it happen. That was what I thought when I looked at your bike. Nicely done!

    What tires have you got on that? how big are they?

    Also, could you put bar end shifters on the fronts of those bars - like on some TT/Tri setups? Just curious as it would have the shifters closer than the DT...

    Got a more recent pic? Full parts list? Weight?

    Anyone else?

    I'm hoping to give this a bump as I'd like to see what other folks are doing with their Vayas. Mine is awaiting some final paint work after the S&S couplers were put on!!!! I'm hoping to pick it up next Friday, get it built and out for a ride next weekend. It'll be a bit different as I'm going to give it a go with some Titec J-Bars, I've got a compact Rival crankset I found new for $95 and who knows what other goodies I might find to put on there... the Tubus Cargo was just ordered.

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    I have been using the Alligator "Bullet Proof Cable Kit" from Pricepoint for my BB7s on another bike an it is VERY stiff. So stiff I'm using full length housing and it's my new favorite housing ...

    Plenty of room for the Marathon 40s? I'm thinking of Marathon XRs also 40s.

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    Marathon 40s

    I will look into that. Thanks for the suggestion. I run Avid flak jackets on my two mountain bikes (both with BB7 Mtn disks but not full length housing.) My Fargo is using Mtn BB7 disks but with standard housing, Cane Creek Drop V levers, and full length housing. The brake feel on it is not the best but works. I will have to try better housing and see if that makes a difference.

    As for the Marathon 40s on the Vaya there is plenty of room for the tire but fender clearance with them, might be a bit tight. I would probably go with 35s or 32s on the Vaya but had the 40s from my Fargo setup. Now that I have the Vaya my Fargo will be setup more for off-road adventuring. The original plan was to have two wheel sets for the Fargo, one for road, one for off-road. Now my second wheel set has grown a Vaya.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    I have been using the Alligator "Bullet Proof Cable Kit" from Pricepoint for my BB7s on another bike an it is VERY stiff. So stiff I'm using full length housing and it's my new favorite housing ...

    Plenty of room for the Marathon 40s? I'm thinking of Marathon XRs also 40s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madonenm
    Now my second wheel set has grown a Vaya.
    Yup, my 29er wheelset (Bonty dusters on DT Hubs) did the same thing...
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    sorry, not feeling it.

    It looks like you are trying to compensate for a bike that is too small for you.
    Bullhorns on a touring frame makes me sad. Great if it works for you but not attractive in a traditional sense IMO.
    The wheel is a extension of the foot

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    different strokes

    I would have to agree with you that it looks odd. I have never really built my bikes for their looks, just their functionality and how well they fit me and my riding style. I may change over to a standard drop bar on this bike later, but for now I am trying the setup I have wanted to try for a while now. As the chain-stay says, ride and smile, it is all good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Doom
    It looks like you are trying to compensate for a bike that is too small for you.
    Bullhorns on a touring frame makes me sad. Great if it works for you but not attractive in a traditional sense IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madonenm
    As for the Marathon 40s on the Vaya there is plenty of room for the tire but fender clearance with them, might be a bit tight. I would probably go with 35s or 32s on the Vaya but had the 40s from my Fargo setup. Now that I have the Vaya my Fargo will be setup more for off-road adventuring. The original plan was to have two wheel sets for the Fargo, one for road, one for off-road. Now my second wheel set has grown a Vaya.
    I'm doing the same thing with my Fargo now that I've got my Vaya built up. I actually sold my original Fargo and went a size down on my second Fargo (from an XL to a L) when I got my Vaya, since the Fargo is now a full-on mountain bike, with no gravel intentions.

    I'm running Schwalbe Marathon Extreme 40c tires too. I think there's plenty of fender clearance in there though... No reason to run something smaller. I'm running them tubeless too!
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    Nice Vaya

    like your build...now we just need to get some more pictures posted of other's Vayas to this thread. It is always interesting to see what choices different people make for their rides.

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    Can you guys please edit to add the sizes of your frames. It would be nice to know what the different sizes look like.
    I should be ordering my vaya frame this week.

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    Frame sizes

    Mine is a 56

    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Can you guys please edit to add the sizes of your frames. It would be nice to know what the different sizes look like.
    I should be ordering my vaya frame this week.

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    I am looking at conti contact extralights for my build. Think the 42s will fit or should I do the 37s? Fenders may come into play later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madonenm
    Mine is a 56
    Hey madonenm,

    How tall are you and what's your inseam or pant size? I'm 5-10 and usually wear 31-32 inseam pants. I'm looking at either the 56 or 57, but am having a hard time deciding.

    Also, I live in ABQ so if you're headed this way anytime soon, I'd like to see your frame/bike if possible since nobody in town has any yet.
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    42 should fit

    42's should fit no problem but if it were me and I was going to run fenders I would go with the 37s. I will try and get some pictures posted in the next few days showing the clearance with the 40s. I hope to get things up and running this weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    I am looking at conti contact extralights for my build. Think the 42s will fit or should I do the 37s? Fenders may come into play later.

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    About the same size it seems

    I call myself 5-10 with 32 pant size, but I think I am shrinking :-) I like the fit of the 56 and think it was the right choice for me. I live in Albuquerque as well, if you would like to take a look at the bike we can probably arrange something. I'll email you and we will see what we can work out.

    Quote Originally Posted by shile
    Hey madonenm,

    How tall are you and what's your inseam or pant size? I'm 5-10 and usually wear 31-32 inseam pants. I'm looking at either the 56 or 57, but am having a hard time deciding.

    Also, I live in ABQ so if you're headed this way anytime soon, I'd like to see your frame/bike if possible since nobody in town has any yet.

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    frame size...

    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Can you guys please edit to add the sizes of your frames. It would be nice to know what the different sizes look like.
    I should be ordering my vaya frame this week.
    Mine is a 58... I'm 6'1" tall and have a 33.25-inch inseam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Mine is a 58... I'm 6'1" tall and have a 33.25-inch inseam.
    That's the size I just ordered. I am an inch shorter than you but about the same inseam. How is the standover? What size stem did you end up going with. I am thinking 90 or 100mm should do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    That's the size I just ordered. I am an inch shorter than you but about the same inseam. How is the standover? What size stem did you end up going with. I am thinking 90 or 100mm should do the trick.
    Standover is great, actually. There's excellent clearance, as far as I'm concerned.

    I went with a 100mm stem and the fit worked out great for me -- not too stretched out, but definitely not cramped either. There's plenty of room for my legs to move around when I'm climbing out of the saddle too, which is nice. That's a great thing about that Woodchipper handlebar too...

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    Anyone set one of these up with a porteur style rack? How does it work with the front disk mount?

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    sweet looking bikes

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    Yay I'm about to order mine tomorrow!!!

    mgersib, the bars you have on yours, are they the stock Bell Lap bars or are they the Woodchipper?

    I am not sure which to go with, and the LBS doesn't have Woodchippers in stock so it's kind of a guessing game

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    EDIT: Pics up!!!

    My new Salsa Vaya AIR

    Build list:

    Vaya frame (55) with S&S couplers installed & painted by daVinci Designs
    Cane Creek S-3 headset
    Wheelset: Bontrager Duster TLR rims (32 hole) laced to DT Swiss (Onyx rear, Stout front) hubs
    Schwalbe Marathon Cross tires
    Avid BB7 road calipers
    Alligator "Bulletproof" compression-less cable/housing set (Great cable set for BB7s!)
    Sram Rival Compact Crankset (34/50)
    Time ATAC Titan Carbon pedals (found for $90 - mislabeled?)
    Ultegra 10-speed shifters (like new on Craigslist for $125!)
    IRD 11-34 10-speed Cassette
    Wipperman 10s chain
    Salsa Bell Lap bars w/ Bonty stem (105 x 7deg)
    Cinelli gel bar tape
    Dura Ace front, XT rear derailleur
    Specialized carbon/zerts seatpost (from my Tarmac)
    Specialized Phenom saddle
    Rack: Tubus Cargo (to be added)
    Bags: Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus (to be added)
    Fenders - probably SKS chromoplastics... 45s or 50s still to be determined...

    weight w/ cages and no bags = 26.5 lbs.

    EDIT: I just noticed that my cable adjusters on the downtube are upside down
    That's fixed...

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    I have a 60cm-no photos-sorry. Using Woodchippers-awesome! I call it my Buddha-it has shown me the middle path-not road/not single track-but the dirt roads-i am finding a way to enlightenment....
    I really didnt think i would like it as much as i do with only one long ride on it-but i dialed in the fit-and had a magic day last sunday.I put a rear rack on today-im ready to disappear this summer-bike/flyrod and go into the wilds of swva and wv!
    i own a bikeshop in WV thetruewheelwv.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz
    I have a 60cm-no photos-sorry. Using Woodchippers-awesome! I call it my Buddha-it has shown me the middle path-not road/not single track-but the dirt roads-i am finding a way to enlightenment....
    I really didnt think i would like it as much as i do with only one long ride on it-but i dialed in the fit-and had a magic day last sunday.I put a rear rack on today-im ready to disappear this summer-bike/flyrod and go into the wilds of swva and wv!
    sounds like an awesome idea. I plan to do the same if I ever get back to Montana

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    Salsa Vaya AIR!

    New build posted above... I'm calling it the Vaya AIR w/ the S&S Couplers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    New build posted above... I'm calling it the Vaya AIR w/ the S&S Couplers...
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    That's perrty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88 rex
    That's perrty!
    Especially now that I fixed the barrel adjusters!

    Thanks!
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    nice Toy!
    whats the advantage of S&S couplers, easy to pack on the bike box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabeRacer
    nice Toy!
    whats the advantage of S&S couplers, easy to pack on the bike box?
    Yup, with the S&S Couplers I can break the bike down to fit into a box (albeit an expensive box - like $300-$400+) that is 26x26x10 - this fits within the airlines maximum dimension (62") and doesn't incur any extra charge... I've got some friends that have a tandem and they have a couple of boxes that I can use. They also have a soft case

    Here's their very informative website:
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    Here are some pictures of my Vaya. It's a 60cm... I'm 6 3.5" tall and have a 36" pant inseam. The bike fits me perfectly and has been a joy to ride.

    These were taken while riding a 400K brevet last Saturday:





    And here is one of the Vaya in commuter mode:



    This frameset was built up with SRAM Rival components, BB7 brakes, Salsa S.U.L stem/Bell Lap bar, Cane Creek 100 headset, Salsa Shaft seat post, Brooks Swift Ti seat...and the wheels are Hadley hubs w/Stan's Flow rims. I too am running Schwable Marathon Extreme 40's. (Awesome tires...even on pavement!)

    I added a Tubus Cargo Expedition rack along with Deuter Panniers or an Axiom trunk bag - depending on what I might be doing.

    Salsa has really hit the mark with this bike. As soon as I read about it I ordered one and it's turning out to be one of the best all around bikes that I have ever owned.

    Gravel/Ultra Distance/Commuting - all good!

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    Very nice! Darn that looks HUGE compared to my 55! I'm I'm looking forward to seeing more builds!
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    Mine is coming together. Just need to put on the chain, brakes and shifters.

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    BigCircles,

    I can't tell you how glad I am you posted pictures of your bike. I would need a 60cm frame too and yours are the first pics I've seen in this size. I have to say Salsa is really dropping the ball in its advertisement/marketing/photos of their bikes...

    If it's not too much to ask...could you post a straight-on side profile pic of your bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    If it's not too much to ask...could you post a straight-on side profile pic of your bike?
    No prob... Here you go:






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    Thanks for posting those. Bike looks good, and very similar to the build I have in mind. I really wanted the older La Cruz but I'm starting to come around and like this bike the more I see it. It just doesn't appear very "photogenic" on Salsa's website.

    You wouldn't happen to know what the bike itself weighed before the accessories were added, do you? I'm guessing ~26 lbs? Are you happy with your BB7s and Rival brifter combo?

    Thanks again.

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    Heres Mine It's a 58cm frameset.
    Just finished it up today.







    Here is the build spec, I started with the complete bike salsa does and upgraded a few things.... It's pretty much final except for the headset spacers. I am waiting on matching ones to arrive. I may also eventually switch to a brown saddle. And I would like a silver seat clamp if anyone wants to trade for black. It came in right at 25lbs. Pretty good for a steel bike this big. All weights are verified by me except the brake cables which I just estimated. It cost me a couple hundred dollars more to do it this way but I got better brakes, lighter wheels, tires, rear derailleur, cassette and chain (and probably saddle).

    Frame Salsa Vaya 58cm 2375
    Fork Salsa Vaya 1025
    Headset Cane Creek 110 124
    Headset Sp. Cane Creek 110 65
    Stem Cannondale 156
    Seatpost Kalloy 27.2 320
    Seatpost clamp Salsa Lip lock 31
    Saddle Fizik Arione Tri 2 245
    Handlebars Origin 8 Gary 2 Silver 293
    Shifters Dura Ace Bar End 206
    Brake Levers Tektro R200A 283
    Brakes Avid BB7 Road 406
    Brake Rotors Shimano XT RT-79 160mm 270
    Wheelset Shimano WH-mt75 29er 1855
    Cassette Shimano XT 11-32 262
    Pedals Shimano pd-m540 350
    Crankset Shimano Tiagra 4550 175mm 36-50 858
    Bottom Bracket Shimano Tiagra 4550 95
    Chain Shimano 7701 288
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT m770 SGS 235
    Tires Continental Contact Extra Light 700x37 945
    Tubes Maxxis Welter Weight 258
    Brake cables Jagwire 105
    Bar Tape / Grips Salsa Brown 64
    Front derailleur Tiagra 4550 28.6 117
    Skewers Shimano 127

    Totals: 11353g
    25.00 lbs
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    Nice build! Very Clean looking...

    You came in abut 1.5 lbs lighter than mine... though I've changed a few things and will need to re-weigh - I'm guessing the difference is mostly in the wheels, tires, tubes... the couplers add a bit of weight but mine's only a 55 ...

    Now it's time to get 'er dirty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    You wouldn't happen to know what the bike itself weighed before the accessories were added, do you? I'm guessing ~26 lbs? Are you happy with your BB7s and Rival brifter combo?
    Sorry - just saw this... Looks like lucifer has pretty much summed it up as far as weight goes. (Nice bike too!)

    I don't have a scale - but I imagine that ~26 lbs is close more or less.

    The BB7's and Rival setup work great....

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    I was basically just shooting for as light and good as possible within a reasonable budget. There aren't many "easy" weight savings I could do on mine, here are my thoughts for future upgrades..
    1. I guess I could pop for a thomson masterpiece seatpost that would save about 1/3 of a pound (the kalloy was $18 the thomson is what $140?)

    2. I suppose there may also be a lighter crankset around too (tricky to find 9sp and compact together) but again it would be a lot more money....

    3. I might eventually be able to get a UST commuter tire which might or might not save a few ounces over the current tire and tube set up.

    4. Someone might come out with a road lever for shimano hydros (yeah right in my dreams!) Part of the reason the vaya is so heavy is that those damn avid brakes weigh a ton and require long heavy cables and housing.

    The Vaya is a heavy bike. It's 5.5lbs heavier than my previous steel road bike. But then again it is also a lot more comfortable and a lot more capable. I was kinda thinking it would build up lighter than this, but overall I am very happy with the way it rides. There is a lot to be said for being able to bunny hop your roadbike up onto the curb and take off across the grass or gravel without thinking twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Heres Mine It's a 58cm frameset.
    Just finished it up today.
    Looks really good, man... Nice build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Looks really good, man... Nice build.
    Thanks I am totally diggin it!

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    Really digging the builds, guys. Nice work all around. If you don't mind me asking, for the ones with Marathon Extremes - how are you liking them? Are they significantly slower on the road than the stock Conti's? I'm thinking of getting a set for my Long Haul Trucker, but that's my main concern. Otherwise, I think the on-road/off-road ability would be ideal. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd
    Really digging the builds, guys. Nice work all around. If you don't mind me asking, for the ones with Marathon Extremes - how are you liking them? Are they significantly slower on the road than the stock Conti's? I'm thinking of getting a set for my Long Haul Trucker, but that's my main concern. Otherwise, I think the on-road/off-road ability would be ideal. Thanks.
    Can't compare them to the Contis because I built the Vaya up from a frameset, but I love the Schwalbes... They're awesome tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Can't compare them to the Contis because I built the Vaya up from a frameset, but I love the Schwalbes... They're awesome tires.
    + 1

    i'm in the same boat. i've pushed the schwalbe's on the street for well over 200 miles on a couple of rides recently. they roll very well on the pavement (especially chip seal) - and are great in dirt too. (of course!)

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    Mine is a 58. I'm 6'1" with a 32" inseam and longish arms. The fit is really good. I built it up as a commuter and all purpose bike for Southern Wisconsin. I've only got about 50 miles on it so far, but I dig it.

    SRAM Rival kit, 34/50t, 11-28t cassette
    Avid BB7
    DT Swiss 340 29er wheels w/ Continental Top Contact 37 tires
    Salsa Shaft seatpost, Moto Ace SUL 100 mm stem, and 42 cm Woodchipper bar
    Cane Creek S3 headset
    Charge Spoon titanium saddle
    Salsa cork bar tape
    Crank Brothers Candy C pedals
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    Bought a full build from MWC in Lincoln today! Very excited to hit the trails with it next week after I move tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cej22
    Mine is a 58. I'm 6'1" with a 32" inseam and longish arms. The fit is really good. I built it up as a commuter and all purpose bike for Southern Wisconsin. I've only got about 50 miles on it so far, but I dig it.

    SRAM Rival kit, 34/50t, 11-28t cassette
    Avid BB7
    DT Swiss 340 29er wheels w/ Continental Top Contact 37 tires
    Salsa Shaft seatpost, Moto Ace SUL 100 mm stem, and 42 cm Woodchipper bar
    Cane Creek S3 headset
    Charge Spoon titanium saddle
    Salsa cork bar tape
    Crank Brothers Candy C pedals
    That thing looks great. Congratulations!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    My new Salsa Vaya AIR

    Build list:

    Vaya frame (55) with S&S couplers installed & painted by daVinci Designs
    Cane Creek S-3 headset
    Wheelset: Bontrager Duster TLR rims (32 hole) laced to DT Swiss (Onyx rear, Stout front) hubs
    Schwalbe Marathon Cross tires
    Avid BB7 road calipers
    Alligator "Bulletproof" compression-less cable/housing set (Great cable set for BB7s!)
    Sram Rival Compact Crankset (34/50)
    Time ATAC Titan Carbon pedals (found for $90 - mislabeled?)
    Ultegra 10-speed shifters (like new on Craigslist for $125!)
    IRD 11-34 10-speed Cassette
    Wipperman 10s chain
    Salsa Bell Lap bars w/ Bonty stem (105 x 7deg)
    Cinelli gel bar tape
    Dura Ace front, XT rear derailleur
    Specialized carbon/zerts seatpost (from my Tarmac)
    Specialized Phenom saddle
    Rack: Tubus Cargo (to be added)
    Bags: Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus (to be added)
    Fenders - probably SKS chromoplastics... 45s or 50s still to be determined...

    weight w/ cages and no bags = 26.5 lbs.

    EDIT: I just noticed that my cable adjusters on the downtube are upside down
    That's fixed...

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    Wow... Good job man. You did that one up right! Those S&S couplers are the perfect addition to the Vaya. I bet you're loving that bike...

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    I'm currently in The Netherlands touring on it! It is AMAZING!
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by murtaghstyle
    Bought a full build from MWC in Lincoln today! Very excited to hit the trails with it next week after I move tomorrow.
    Congratulations!! That's awesome. I have a feeling those guys down at MWC are gonna' sell a few Vayas this season...

    Enjoy the new ride. I'm sure I'll see ya' on the road.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Congratulations!! That's awesome. I have a feeling those guys down at MWC are gonna' sell a few Vayas this season...

    Enjoy the new ride. I'm sure I'll see ya' on the road.

    Cheers,
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    Well, they only have a 60 left in stock and I believe it was Nate that mentioned that Vayas are back ordered until the end of the summer so it may be a while before they move a few new ones. Not sure if that was the case for both the frameset and complete build or just the build.

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    There is a boat on it's way with Vayas for QBP. ETA stateside is May 31. God willing, my LBS can get an order in once QBP has them in stock and then hopefully I'll have mine not much sooner after...

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    Quote Originally Posted by murtaghstyle
    Well, they only have a 60 left in stock and I believe it was Nate that mentioned that Vayas are back ordered until the end of the summer so it may be a while before they move a few new ones. Not sure if that was the case for both the frameset and complete build or just the build.
    Yeah, hopefully he has been ordering heavy on them... :-)

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    Hi,

    I just ordered a Vaya frame-set for my future commuter and now I'm thinking about the other parts to complete the bike.

    "Of course" I would like to use the Avid BB7 disc brakes.
    Because I did not found any specifications for this on the Salsa website, I would like to ask if it is possible to use a 185mm disc on the front wheel or if the fork is suitable for 160mm discs only.

    Thanks in advance for your advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeOppa
    Hi,

    I just ordered a Vaya frame-set for my future commuter and now I'm thinking about the other parts to complete the bike.

    "Of course" I would like to use the Avid BB7 disc brakes.
    Because I did not found any specifications for this on the Salsa website, I would like to ask if it is possible to use a 185mm disc on the front wheel or if the fork is suitable for 160mm discs only.

    Thanks in advance for your advice
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    I'd imagine 185 would work with the right adapter - however, the 160 is plenty break even for big riders (I'm 250 lbs).

    When I test rode mine before I bought it I commented to one of the guys at my LBS on how there was a good amount of fork shudder when heavy braking with the front. His response to my comment was "That's a lot of brake for that fork". IMO the BB7 160 is almost overkill already and there is probably no need for a 185.


    Went out for a quick ride this morning - love the bike. Will probably get a different seatpost since the stock kalloy is radiused and has no angle adjustment and I would like to tip the saddle just a tad fwd.

    Here it is in it's natural habitat


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    murtaghstyle,

    You're the first guy to post pics of a Vaya complete. As someone wanting a Vaya but debating whether to go with the stock build or custom build, can you tell us what you think of your bike in its stock configuration?

    Specifically:

    -How do the Tiagra brifters feel when used with the disc brakes? Overall shifting quality and gearing?
    - It looks like you upgraded to BB7s. Did you find the BB5s lacking?
    -Besides the seatpost, would you find it necessary to upgrade anything if what you want is a quality, dependable commuter?
    -do you find the stock wheelset and cranks firm or flexy?
    -Is the Formula rear hub in coasting mode silent, or does it make a nice buzz to let others know you're coming? (for me important)

    I'm tempted to go with a custom build with SRAM Rival, but don't know if it's really worth the extra $$$., and can't try before I buy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    murtaghstyle,

    You're the first guy to post pics of a Vaya complete. As someone wanting a Vaya but debating whether to go with the stock build or custom build, can you tell us what you think of your bike in its stock configuration?

    Specifically:

    -How do the Tiagra brifters feel when used with the disc brakes? Overall shifting quality and gearing?
    - It looks like you upgraded to BB7s. Did you find the BB5s lacking?
    -Besides the seatpost, would you find it necessary to upgrade anything if what you want is a quality, dependable commuter?
    -do you find the stock wheelset and cranks firm or flexy?
    -Is the Formula rear hub in coasting mode silent, or does it make a nice buzz to let others know you're coming? (for me important)

    I'm tempted to go with a custom build with SRAM Rival, but don't know if it's really worth the extra $$$., and can't try before I buy..
    Tiagra STI shifters exceeded my expectations - shifting is good. I suppose shifting in the back could be a bit better with an XT der that can be upgraded for relatively cheap. The drivetrain in general performs quite well. If I was building up a frame I would look at the SRAM Apex group (since I'm partial to SRAM to begin with) but I don't regret going with the complete build. I can stand a up and hammer with my 250lbs behind me and the bike feels nice and solid, No noticeable flex.

    I used to have the mountain BB7s on my 29er MTB and the road ones feel a little different. No better or worse but you can tell the difference in the amount of cable pull. Just have to get used to that. I still have the BB5 on the vaya (not sure what made you think I upgraded to BB7s). The BB7s are quicker to adjust but other wise it's the same brake as the BB5. In fact some folks argue the BB5 (when set up correctly) is a better 'feeling' brake since it's more solid than the BB7 that has the second 'floating' adjustable pad. I believe mgersib is one of those so maybe he can share his experiences.All I've ever used are Mountain BB7s and Road BB5s so I don't think it would be a very accurate comparison from my POV.

    Few parts are kinda heavy so if you wanted to drop some weight a new cassette and seatpost would be a good place to start. Regardless, the bike feels lighter than it's actual weight. I was able to pick up some good speed on the flats with it and with good acceleration.

    I also felt a bit stretched out with the stock stem. I come form the MTB world so the riding position felt a bit more aggressive than I prefer. I'm a big guy so if I ride for a while in a very aggressive position I start to have lower back pains. I may go with a shorter stem and the poco bars next but that is personal preference on how you want the bike to fit for your style/body type/purpose.

    Wheelset is one of the best I've ridden in a stock build bike. Formula hubs are quiet and Salsa hit the nail in the head with the rim and tire choice. You could go with a lighter touring tire if you wanted to shed some weight (conti top contact would be a good choice if you can find them at a good price) or a schwalbe marathon.

    I'll have to play with the seatpost a little bit, there may be some felxibility. Had to run out today after my ride so I didn't have enough time to tinker with it. At first sight though, it doesn't seem to have a lot of adjustability.

    IMO - all you need out of the box is your pedal of choice, rack, and fenders for a solid commuter. It's a great complete build.

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    murtaghstyle,

    Thanks for taking the time posting about your bike. I especially took note on your comments regarding the more aggressive riding position. I've felt the same way on the bikes I've been able to test ride, and I don't think they were set up too racy, either. Ultimately, this will probably be the deciding factor for me on what my commuter bike will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    murtaghstyle,

    Thanks for taking the time posting about your bike. I especially took note on your comments regarding the more aggressive riding position. I've felt the same way on the bikes I've been able to test ride, and I don't think they were set up too racy, either. Ultimately, this will probably be the deciding factor for me on what my commuter bike will be.
    I think either a shorter or steeper stem is all you need for a more upright position. The headtube is already tall enough so a small tweak is probably sufficient. Again, I'm not a roadie by nature so it may be just fine for you with the stock set up. I'll make sure to report back after I tinker with it. I'll tell you that the feel of the bike in it's curent set up is perfect to stand up and hammer. I usually dread that on my MTB but I hammered for a good 5-6 miles non stop and felt awesome.

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    @ murtaghstyle

    Thanks for your info about the brakes. As I am almost 200 lbs I rather tend to technical overkill solutions (Better safe than sorry!).
    It's good to hear that the 160mm disc is "sufficient" enough.

    Regards
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    Anyone else have a stock build?

    I just hit about 50mi or so on mine and I started to hear some creaking sounds coming from the BB area when I stand and hammer. Probably it has something to do with my size/weight but I'm not sure if it's the BB and cranks that can't handle my weight or if it's coming from the frame.

    Suggestions on what could be causing it?

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    Here's My Build

    I've got almost 500 miles on mine and it is a very, very nice bike. My main use is gravel and pavement. Also thought I'd share a pic from yesterday's sunrise and part of my 120 mile gravel and pavement Vaya adventure.

    Key Components:

    Salsa Woodchipper Bars - I love these and now have them on all 4 of my drop bar bikes.

    Seatpost - Eriksen Ti - Oh yeah!

    Group - SRAM Rival 10 spd with D-Ace 12-27 Cassette and a FSA Cross 36-46 cross crank

    Wheels: DT-Swiss 240s with Edge Composite 29er rims. I'm using Conti 42c Cyclocross Speed tires.

    Bags: Epic Designs

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    Mine's been done for 2 hrs! Pictures tomorrow

    56cm frame
    hope pro II/stans crest tubeless or dt 240/ambrosio crono tubulars
    ultegra 10 speed STI
    ultegra front derailleur
    xtr rear derailleur
    fsa carbon compact double
    11-34 ird cassette
    x10sl kmc chain
    cane creek s8 headset
    thomson elite post
    slr titanium saddle
    truvative stem
    woodchippers

    Like it so far (in neighborhood), plan to ride to Madison this weekend, Dirty Kanza next week, and trans wisconsin is soon too, so we will be getting real acquainted quick.

    I'll be honest that some of the weights that others have posted are making me kind of nervous... might be better if I just don't weigh mine! I'm going to be sad if it weighs more than my mountain bike- but obviously the overall weight doesn't matter much since I'll be adding somewhere between 10 and 50 lbs to it for most rides anyways and a lighter frame probably wouldn't allow that. That said, the bike it's sort of "replacing" was under 20 lbs.
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    here are pictures- see my blog for a write-up of my first ride with many more pictures etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    Mine's been done for 2 hrs! Pictures tomorrow

    56cm frame
    hope pro II/stans crest tubeless or dt 240/ambrosio crono tubulars
    ultegra 10 speed STI
    ultegra front derailleur
    xtr rear derailleur
    fsa carbon compact double
    11-34 ird cassette
    x10sl kmc chain
    cane creek s8 headset
    thomson elite post
    slr titanium saddle
    truvative stem
    woodchippers

    Like it so far (in neighborhood), plan to ride to Madison this weekend, Dirty Kanza next week, and trans wisconsin is soon too, so we will be getting real acquainted quick.

    I'll be honest that some of the weights that others have posted are making me kind of nervous... might be better if I just don't weigh mine! I'm going to be sad if it weighs more than my mountain bike- but obviously the overall weight doesn't matter much since I'll be adding somewhere between 10 and 50 lbs to it for most rides anyways and a lighter frame probably wouldn't allow that. That said, the bike it's sort of "replacing" was under 20 lbs.

    Mines probably one of the lighter vaya builds at 24.98lbs for a 58.5
    For me it replaced a 19lb IF crown jewel. The salsa is definitely heavier but the lower gearing, stable geometry, and far more comfortable riding position more than make up for the extra pounds.
    Granted I could spend more money and drop maybe 1 lb off my bike but lets face it 24.9 vs 23.9 ain't gonna make that much of a difference. The weight seems to be in the frame and fork and the brakes. (The steerer tube is 20g/inch and I still have most of it.).
    What the vaya world needs now is road levered xtr hydros. That would help a lot.

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    I have xtr brakes on my Mamasita- agree they are awesome

    Can't imagine what Shimano would want for those.

    I may get the guts up to weigh it today- my ride this weekend went so well I'm pretty sure I don't care anymore if it's scary heavy. I did blog about my first ride experience.

    edit- can't say much about the accuracy of my scale, but I think I'm in the 23 lb range +/- half a lb. It is the same weight almost exactly as my mamasita with front suspension fork.
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    Been checking out the Vaya's for a while, seems to be everything I want right now. Looking at ordering a 56. Hadn't seen much about toe overlap so far, but I'm wondering if anybody has had any? Some people say it shouldn't be an issue or that it doesn't matter, but I prefer not to have it at all. I'll be running 172.5mm cranks, 10-10.5 shoes w/ 35mm SB8s (but would always like the option of going to the largest tires possible). Any input?

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    I have none with a 45c tire up front and 175mm cranks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    I have none with a 45c tire up front and 175mm cranks
    On a 56?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borison
    Been checking out the Vaya's for a while, seems to be everything I want right now. Looking at ordering a 56. Hadn't seen much about toe overlap so far, but I'm wondering if anybody has had any? Some people say it shouldn't be an issue or that it doesn't matter, but I prefer not to have it at all. I'll be running 172.5mm cranks, 10-10.5 shoes w/ 35mm SB8s (but would always like the option of going to the largest tires possible). Any input?
    I have a size 55 frame, running Conti Top Contacts 700x47 and wear a size 11 shoe. Occasionally the very tip of my shoes will brush the front tire but nothing bad.

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    yes, I have a 56

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    ...Just the fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by Borison
    Been checking out the Vaya's for a while, seems to be everything I want right now. Looking at ordering a 56. Hadn't seen much about toe overlap so far, but I'm wondering if anybody has had any? Some people say it shouldn't be an issue or that it doesn't matter, but I prefer not to have it at all. I'll be running 172.5mm cranks, 10-10.5 shoes w/ 35mm SB8s (but would always like the option of going to the largest tires possible). Any input?
    I've got a size 55 with Schwalbe Marathon Cross 700x40 tires and I clip the fenders with size 10 shoes... I haven't noticed anything without fenders - but I haven't ridden it with fenders in a while... It is currently still in the box from my trip so when I re-build it I'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMu_dogtag
    I have a size 55 frame, running Conti Top Contacts 700x47 and wear a size 11 shoe. Occasionally the very tip of my shoes will brush the front tire but nothing bad.
    Exactly... And with 40c Schwalbe Marathon Extremes on my Vaya, overlap isn't an issue at all with my size 10.5/44.5 feet. Go a little bigger on the tires and you might get some light brushing of the toes, but it wouldn't be anything major.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    here are pictures- see my blog for a write-up of my first ride with many more pictures etc.
    That bike looks good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCircles
    Here are some pictures of my Vaya. It's a 60cm... I'm 6 3.5" tall and have a 36" pant inseam. The bike fits me perfectly and has been a joy to ride.

    These were taken while riding a 400K brevet last Saturday:





    And here is one of the Vaya in commuter mode:



    This frameset was built up with SRAM Rival components, BB7 brakes, Salsa S.U.L stem/Bell Lap bar, Cane Creek 100 headset, Salsa Shaft seat post, Brooks Swift Ti seat...and the wheels are Hadley hubs w/Stan's Flow rims. I too am running Schwable Marathon Extreme 40's. (Awesome tires...even on pavement!)

    I added a Tubus Cargo Expedition rack along with Deuter Panniers or an Axiom trunk bag - depending on what I might be doing.

    Salsa has really hit the mark with this bike. As soon as I read about it I ordered one and it's turning out to be one of the best all around bikes that I have ever owned.

    Gravel/Ultra Distance/Commuting - all good!
    Your bike reminds me of a BMW GS1200A. Nice looking bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    That bike looks good...

    thanks man- it's looking even better to me now... raised the bars a bit, pared the equipment down to what is really needed and swapped to a comfier saddle for trans wisconsin.

    Expect some more pictures of it after that!

    Only thing I'm not entirely convinced of right now is the gearing... I really like the 11-34 cassette for this bike (it's nice to not have to shift up front for most rollers), but I'm not sure I really need a 34/50 setup in the front. I may wind up running something more like 36 or 38 for the small ring.


    these are great bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    thanks man- it's looking even better to me now... raised the bars a bit, pared the equipment down to what is really needed and swapped to a comfier saddle for trans wisconsin.

    Expect some more pictures of it after that!

    Only thing I'm not entirely convinced of right now is the gearing... I really like the 11-34 cassette for this bike (it's nice to not have to shift up front for most rollers), but I'm not sure I really need a 34/50 setup in the front. I may wind up running something more like 36 or 38 for the small ring.
    these are great bikes
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    on gearing: After putting a couple hundred miles on my vaya I am also starting to think that a 36/48 cross crank with an 11/34 in the back would be the hot ticket. I currently have 11/32 and 34/50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    thanks man- it's looking even better to me now... raised the bars a bit, pared the equipment down to what is really needed and swapped to a comfier saddle for trans wisconsin.

    Expect some more pictures of it after that!

    Only thing I'm not entirely convinced of right now is the gearing... I really like the 11-34 cassette for this bike (it's nice to not have to shift up front for most rollers), but I'm not sure I really need a 34/50 setup in the front. I may wind up running something more like 36 or 38 for the small ring.


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    Interesting you mention the gearing up-front... I ended up going with a 36/50 in the front, myself. I toggle between a 11/32 and a 12/25 cassette in the rear, depending on where I'm riding. I actually did the Dirty Kanza 200 with the 12/25 and didn't really need much lower gears than I had, but I suspect for the multi-day affair you're going to be into with TransWisconsin, you'll definitely want the lower gears. I bet a 36 would set you up right... But you're right, they really nailed it with the Vaya. The ride and handling of the frameset are really spectacular, and for the price, it's amazingly tough to beat.

    Good luck this weekend, Drew! I may see you up there. I'll be camping with the Salsa crew up in the Cable area, so we're hoping to see the TransWisconsin racers as you guys roll through there.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks for everybody's input. I pulled the trigger on a 56, should be here in about a week. Now I'm wondering about tires and running tires w/ fenders. It sounds like most everybody is running anything from 40s all the way up to 47s. I thought I saw somewhere that the Vaya would take a 42 max if you're running fenders. Any truth to this?

    Now for something completely different.... Has anybody tried putting a fat 650b tire/wheelset on a Vaya yet? I'm not really interested in running 650s, but I'd like to see what they look like or if they even fit. There's photos around the web of a LaCruz fitted with the b's and it looks kind of cool. It'd be sweet to have a super versatile bike a bit more versatile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Interesting you mention the gearing up-front... I ended up going with a 36/50 in the front, myself. I toggle between a 11/32 and a 12/25 cassette in the rear, depending on where I'm riding. I actually did the Dirty Kanza 200 with the 12/25 and didn't really need much lower gears than I had, but I suspect for the multi-day affair you're going to be into with TransWisconsin, you'll definitely want the lower gears. I bet a 36 would set you up right... But you're right, they really nailed it with the Vaya. The ride and handling of the frameset are really spectacular, and for the price, it's amazingly tough to beat.

    Good luck this weekend, Drew! I may see you up there. I'll be camping with the Salsa crew up in the Cable area, so we're hoping to see the TransWisconsin racers as you guys roll through there.

    Cheers,
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    Gonna be there Monday/Tuesday? lol, that's a lot of riding to get to where ya'll will be!

    I have a 12/25 and 11/23 cassettes laying around too that are "extra" now that I am runnin my jake the snake single speed only (which is pretty great too btw)

    The 'normal' setup for my vaya will be the 12/25 on my tubular wheels with tufo dry plus 32s rather than the stans set with the specialized tires in my pictures (which is borrowed from my mamasita). Regardless, the 34 is too small up front gearing wise and I bet it would shift better with less of a jump.


    so far as the 650b and tire/fender questions- I've no idea. I've got plenty of room with 45s/42s on my bike (looks about perfect to me), but I've never been one for fenders. The 650b thing is an interesting idea, but I really can't see myself riding this anywhere I couldn't ride it with the tires I have now.

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    I just bought a Vaya this weekend. Its replacing my commuter/city bike that got stolen a couple weeks ago.
    I think its probably one of the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. Its really nice down in the drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intheways
    Your bike reminds me of a BMW GS1200A. Nice looking bike!
    Belated thanks for the comments on my Vaya...

    It's turning out to be the bike of choice for just about anything these days. Most of the other bikes in my stable have been collecting dust.

    It was the ultimate setup for the DK200 - which was the the original purpose of the build in the first place.

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    Here's a review by Salsa Cycles sponsored rider, Matt Gersib, on the Vaya for anyone wondering about this rig: http://www.gravelgrindernews.com/201...cles-vaya.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Here's a review by Salsa Cycles sponsored rider, Matt Gersib, on the Vaya for anyone wondering about this rig: http://www.gravelgrindernews.com/201...cles-vaya.html
    Thanks for the opportunity to write this and submit it for your site, Guitar Ted.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCircles
    ...Salsa has really hit the mark with this bike. As soon as I read about it I ordered one and it's turning out to be one of the best all around bikes that I have ever owned.

    Gravel/Ultra Distance/Commuting - all good!
    I believe you and I met during the Dirty Kanza 200... If you're who I'm thinking of, it was a pleasure meeting and having the opportunity to ride with you for a while. You rode great out there.

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    Hi,
    and now for something completely different...

    Unlike most of the guys (and girls?) showing their more sportive Vayas here before, I decided to build it up as a comfortable city bike in a slight retro look.
    Yesterday it was finished for a first test ride and some quick shots in the evening sun.
    It proved to be a very smooth ride due to the upright bar position, the Brooks Flyer saddle and the absolutely silent Alfine hub gear.
    Hope you enjoy it! I do!








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    Gnat/Jason,

    What size is your Vaya?

    Can anyone post side view photos of a 57 complete? Those of you that have a 57, what's your inseam? Thanks
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    My Vaya is a 57

    Quote Originally Posted by shile
    Gnat/Jason,

    What size is your Vaya?

    Can anyone post side view photos of a 57 complete? Those of you that have a 57, what's your inseam? Thanks
    Shile, my Vaya is a 57. I checked out your photos too. Awesome stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeOppa
    Hi,
    and now for something completely different...

    Unlike most of the guys (and girls?) showing their more sportive Vayas here before, I decided to build it up as a comfortable city bike in a slight retro look.
    Yesterday it was finished for a first test ride and some quick shots in the evening sun.
    It proved to be a very smooth ride due to the upright bar position, the Brooks Flyer saddle and the absolutely silent Alfine hub gear.
    Hope you enjoy it! I do!








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    That is all sorts of awesome. Nice job on the build!

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    SHWEET!!!!

    I'm debating putting a Titec J-bar on mine after riding and touring with drops ... this was a nice nudge in that direction...

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeOppa
    Hi,
    and now for something completely different...

    Unlike most of the guys (and girls?) showing their more sportive Vayas here before, I decided to build it up as a comfortable city bike in a slight retro look.
    Yesterday it was finished for a first test ride and some quick shots in the evening sun.
    It proved to be a very smooth ride due to the upright bar position, the Brooks Flyer saddle and the absolutely silent Alfine hub gear.
    Hope you enjoy it! I do!





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    Awesome build! You've got me thinking. Thanks for sharing that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    I'm doing the same thing with my Fargo now that I've got my Vaya built up. I actually sold my original Fargo and went a size down on my second Fargo (from an XL to a L) when I got my Vaya, since the Fargo is now a full-on mountain bike, with no gravel intentions.

    I'm running Schwalbe Marathon Extreme 40c tires too. I think there's plenty of fender clearance in there though... No reason to run something smaller. I'm running them tubeless too!
    Those are interestingly strange not-quite-drop-bars. What are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeOppa
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    and now for something completely different...



    Regards from Germany
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    Now that's a splendid build , been thinking about rebuilding my city bike in a similar fashion, I'll be using some of your ideas I think - thanks for posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by shile
    Gnat/Jason,

    What size is your Vaya?

    Can anyone post side view photos of a 57 complete? Those of you that have a 57, what's your inseam? Thanks

    Shile, mine is a 57, stock off the shelf, I'm 6' tall w/32 inseam. I like to slam the seat all the way back, I would probably need a longer stem if I didn't. The stem is listed as a 10cm, but is really 9.5. I can easily use all bar positions. I have only had it less than two weeks, but this is the most stable/comfortable road bike I've ever been on, serious rider >35 years.

    Your pics are great.
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    I think I found my size. Thanks for the info and pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa Cycles
    Shile, my Vaya is a 57. I checked out your photos too. Awesome stuff. Gnat
    Thanks for the side pic and compliments on my site. I dig your stuff too and want to start combining bikes and the DSLR. I ordered a large Fargo and will probably get a 57 Vaya too.

    So far, I'm thinking about some white spoked Spinergy 29er wheels, Race Face Cadence CX cranks, XT der.s, Thomson post/stem, BB7s, and either barcons or brifters.

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    52cm pics anyone?

    Anyone got pics of a built up 52cm Vaya? The closest Salsa dealer to my location is over an hour away. I'm about size for a 52cm, just curious how it looks built up.

    Thanks,
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