When was the last time you wrapped you legs around the Salsa Vaya Ti machine and felt the cold love of titanium? Well, the Salsa Vaya is built around a sexy titanium frame that doesn't scream, 'look at me!'?rather, it oozes practicality with a healthy dose of performance and comfort. Beautiful welds may not impress your girlfriend, but parade the Vaya in front of your local frame builders and watch them coo like a newborn babies. Simple yet effective Avid BB7 mechanical brakes won't leave you stranded with bubbles and loose levers 60 miles from home on a Forest Service road, while Brooks supplies the Vaya with their timeless B-17 saddle, possibly the most comfortable saddle of all time. Salsa didn't slap a set of knock-off hoops on the Vaya either, instead they provided the ti-masterpiece with sleek and bulletproof DT Swiss TK540 rims that wrap around Shimano LX hubs for energy-saving rolling capabilities. Feel free to thank the Dura Ace Bar-End Shifters and XT Derailleur for your crispy gear changes?even when loaded down with 75 lbs of gear.Biaxially Ovalized Downtube stiffens the bottom bracket for improved power transfer and exceptional ride qualityCorrosion-resistant titanium won't end up a rusty mess like the steel commuter you rode last winter37mm wide Continental Touring Plus rubber wards off pesky punctures that leave you stranded on the side of the road in the rainShimano LX Centerlock 32-hole wheels are beefy enough to carry a week worth of supplies, but nimble enough to log the fastest morning commutesSalsa Woodchipper handlebars make comfort a reality, even after hours in the saddleMade in the USA so you know it's good
Strengths: This is a review for the steel version of the Vaya. I have the steel frame. Bought it as a frame kit.
I have been riding bicycles for 40 years and anything from 26" mtb to 29 er, Roadbikes alu to full carbon roadbike, ti cyclorossbikes, steel, alu and ti.
Today i have a 29 er mtb hardtail, a roadbike and the Vaya steel. The bike i use the most is the Vaya. It can go almost anywhere. Very strong. Very stable. Smooth.
Some specs: fat roadbar-so nice. Dura ace bar end shifters 9 speed. Mavic open pro wheels with shimano slx hubs. Hayes mx5 disc brakes. Shimano 105 front and rear gears