Saturday, February 06, 2010
We received a new Salsa Vaya this week. First impressions are very good. I like the parts spec for the money. The bike comes speced with a wide range drive train via a 50-36 compact double for the front, and a 11-32 cassette in the rear. This affords the rider a near triple range of gears, while having a better chain line and a simpler set up. Wheels are nicely done with cartridge bearing, high flange hubs from Formula, laced to DT's lightweight 470 disc rim. The Conti 42c tires come ready for anything. The are undoubtedly a source of a lot of the bike's weight, but they look ready to survive the apocalypse. Adding to the overall versatility of the bike, I am sure it will fit the latest batch of Monstercross sized tires. 45's should clear and would look just right on this bikeThe paint and graphics work for me, I really like the light blue on dark brown paint scheme. Little touches such as an embroidered saddle with matching bar tape make the bike really look the part of a clean, refined all rounder. All in all, this should be a nice bike for a person looking for an affordable entry into a gravel machine, or something that will carry reasonable touring loads over varying terrain.Nice work boys!