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Salsa Salsa Vaya 3 - 2012

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There's a road for every bike, but not necessarily a bike for every road. So when the call of the wild leads to the end of a winding, rutted dirt road, answer it with the Salsa Vaya 3. The Vaya is truly a bicycle for every road, but especially those tantalizing county lines suffering from seasons of disrepair and snaking to untold adventure. Load your fishing pole, tent, and sleeping bag onto a rack or into a frame bag and chase the horizon for a weekend under the stars—or simply take the long way to the office on a brisk winter morning. From fenders to touring panniers, and even lowriders, the Vaya 3 features a braze-on for every type of application, no matter where or how you want to ride. The Vaya's geometry is designed to keep your center of gravity low and the weight evenly distributed so you can descend muddy, seasonal roads with confidence. Let your adventure only be limited by your imagination.

  • Compact triple crankset and a wide-ratio cassette give you plenty of gear options to climb under load
  • Avid BB5 Mechanical disc brakes give you confident stopping power, without the complex field maintenance
  • The two smallest sizes (50 and 52cm) of the Vaya use 26-inch wheels, to keep the geometry comfortable, and fit consistent, across the sizing spectrum

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Classico Cro-Moly steel
Dropout Type:
Fork Material:
Fork Blade Shape:
Alex XD Comp 29er
DT Swiss Champion SG
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Sora
Front Derailleur Mount:
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Deore XT Dyna-Sys
Cage Length:
MicroShift bar-end
FSA Vero
Chain Rings:
50 x 39 x 30 t
Crank Arm Length:
(50cm) 165 mm, (52, 54, 55, 56cm) 170 mm, (57, 58, 60cm) 175 mm
Bottom Bracket:
FSA PowerSpline
Cane Creek 10
Brake Levers:
Tektro RL341
Brake Calipers:
Avid BB5 Mechanical
Salsa Cowbell 3
Handlebar Width:
(50, 52cm) 42 cm, (54, 55, 56, 57cm) 44 cm, (58, 60cm) 46 cm
Bar Tape:
Salsa Gel Cork
Salsa Pro Moto 3
Stem Length:
(50, 52, 54cm) 80 mm, (55, 56cm) 90 mm, (57, 58cm) 100 mm, (60cm) 110 mm
Shimano CS HG50-9
Rear Sprocket Range:
11 x 34 T
Schwalbe Marathon Mondial
Tire Size:
(50, 52cm) 26 in x 1.75 in, (54cm and up) 700 c x 37 mm
Kalloy SP-369
Seatpost Diameter:
27.2 mm
Seatpost Length:
410 mm
Seat Collar:
Salsa Lip Lock
Recommended Use:
touring, commuting, adventuring, riding any road
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

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Bike size by rider height


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Vaya 3 2012

    ok only 220 canal trail mostly pave miles so far in the last 2 weeks. I got the factory build with the upgrade to BB7's and Shimano half clip - half platform pedals. I changed the seat and added rear Topeak rack and lights. Solid feeling ride from the steel frame and crisp shifting, with most of the time spent in the higher ranges of the middle cog on the triple crank. Occaisional journey's to the small and large cogs when going up and down hill. After a few rides the bar end shifters and drop bars feel quite natural. Liking the disc brakes, have good feel and modulation with strong stopping power. Have not ridden in the rain yet, so looking forward to no loss of braking and hearing any squeals or scraping sounds from mud on the rims. My average sppeds are in the 13 - 15 mph range so I'm not quite fast enough for roadies yet, but with a little time in the saddle and perhaps a thinner lighter tire will put me up a notch or two. Definitely an upgrade from my hybrid and love the look from the roadies when I jump the curb and hit the dirt! Looking forward to an upcoming 90 miler gravel ride which should completely enamour me with my purchase.

    Great bike, great place to buy it from

      Great bike, and came almost entirely assembled. Was obvious someone there had assembled it and tested it by the way it was packaged. Very happy with this purchase, and the service! Is 3rd bike purchase from you!

      Vaya 3 is not a light bike, but has a more upright position than others, and with the wider tires, is much more comfortable on city streets. So far my speeds are where they were or better than on previous road bike. Disc brakes take some fiddling, but otherwise all is good!

      Salsa Vaya 3

        Forgot one thing: If you are accustomed to being very carful with your delicate 700c road wheels, you can cast your worries to the wind with this bike: Those are 29'er rims. Hit the curb, run off the pavement, nail the pothole, whatever. This is NOT a delicate carbon fiber road bike, and it is a nice change.

        Salsa Vaya 3

          My understanding is that Salsa sells this as an off road dirt touring bike--not really as a touring bike. That is what I bought mine for last Fall--off road bikepacking. I also use it to train on chip and seal roads in preparation for bikepacking on the Katy trail in Missouri. The compact geometry steel frame is stout (almost rigid) and ready for racks and panniers. The components are good enough--if you want higher end stuff, buy the Vaya 2: I don't think they add much for the type of riding I do with mine, and I would rather have a 9 speed triple Vaya 3 than a 10 speed double Vaya 2 (because I don't trust the narrow 10 speed chains for hauling heavy stuff). The BB5 brakes that came on it took a while to get right, but they work fine now after I finally got them adjusted (YouTube is great because my bike shop couldn't do it either). This frame gives you options. It came with 700c x 40 tires that are wonderful for the rail trails, but too big for asphalt, so I bought some 32's for it on the road. It is not a lightweight bike that you put racks and panniers on once in awhile (unless you are one of those people who wear ankle weights just because it feels so good to take them off): It is a stout bike built for touring and it rides very nicely with some extra weight on it. It is very stable when loaded and unloaded while going down big hills. Those discs brakes are the only way to go if you're fully loaded--which is why this bike beats out things like the Surly Long Haul Trucker. My only complaint is that it requires a little creative engineering to put a fender on the front wheel because of the placement of the front disc brake, but I worked it out. If you realize what you are buying--a somewhat heavy dirt path capable touring bike, or at least a rough road capable bike that can roll down the road quite nicely--there is no better option out there.

          Not sure if I agree with the ankle weight comparison. I find this bike to be very easy to manipulate and ride at road speeds. I like a more durable bike and like that if I hit a curb or a pothole it is forgiving and I don't have to replace a wheel!