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Gear Review

5 5

Glad I bought this bike!

Took the plunge and bought the 2012 Vaya Ti earlier this summer, and could not be happier. Now, I notice that it's not in the 2013 lineup, so I would suggest getting your hands on this bike while you still can. I bought the complete bike, primarily because of the slightly upgraded components compared to the Vaya 3. I love the Avid BB 7 brakes, and the Sugino triple crank. Only change I have made so far is switching out the Woodchipper handlebars (set up just doesn't work for me) for the Cowbell 2 bars (a great ergonomic set up - at least for me.) This is my first Ti frame, and I could immediately feel the difference in power transfer, especially when I stand on the pedals. It is good and stiff, and you don't feel like any of your power is being wasted. The frame is quite handsome, subtle and understated - I like that. I live on gravel roads, and the Continental 38s are great, but I am considering going even wider with the tires. I can see a tour happening with this bike - it's super stable, but still rolls very well. A great frame - get one while you still can!