Core Bike 2010: Salsa Vaya road adventure bike

Brand new from Salsa, already oversold in the US

Following hot on the heels of the Salsa Ala Carte titanium hardtail is the company's latest road offering, the Salsa Vaya.

Made out of Salsa's own Classico steel tubing, the frame replaces the La Cruz 'cross bike and is designed for "road adventure riding". This encompasses touring, light off-road riding and commuting. And that means braze-ons. Lots of braze-ons.

There are braze-ons for front and rear racks, as well as mudguard and disc brake mounts, and even a third set of water bottle braze-ons underneath the downtube. Not forgetting the pump spike on the top tube.

On the geometry front, Salsa is catering for the discerning rider by offering the frame in eight different sizes ranging from 50 to 60cm. That means 1cm increments in the middle of the range, ie 50, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58 and 60 cm.

As a complete bike, the Vaya will be specced with Shimano Tiagra 9 speed gearing (LX rear derailleur), consisting of a 50/34 crankset and an 11-32 rear cassette. Despite the lack of a triple chainring up front, it should give low enough ratios for most tourers.

Keeping things rolling are DT Swiss wheels and Continental's Tour Ride tyres: 700x42 or 26x1.75, depending on your wheel size. Stopping power is courtesy of Avid's BB7 disc brakes.

The frameset, which includes the fork and seat clamp, is proving to very popular in the US where it's selling for $585. Salsa told us that their US pre-orders have already been oversold. It'll be available in the UK for £400 from March 2010. It looks like you'll have to be quick if you want one though.

Complete bikes, as specced above, will retail for US$1495 and UK£1350.

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