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 quality
Corrosion-resistant titanium won't end up a rusty mess like the steel commuter you rode last winter
37mm wide Continental Touring Plus rubber wards off pesky punctures that leave you stranded on the side of the road in the rain
Shimano LX Centerlock 32-hole wheels are beefy enough to carry a week worth of supplies, but nimble enough to log the fastest morning commutes
Salsa Woodchipper handlebars make comfort a reality, even after hours in the saddle
Made in the USA so you know it's good
Steer Tube Type:
Fork Blade Shape:
DT Swiss TK540
DT Swiss Competition
SRAM X7 (triple)
Front Derailleur Mount:
Shimano XT 9-speed
Shimano Dura-Ace SL-BS78
46 x 36 x 26 t Sugino
Crank Arm Length:
[50cm] 165 mm, [52, 54, 55, 56cm] 170 mm, [57, 58, 60cm] 175 mm
1.125 mm Cane Creek 40-series
Avid BB7 (mechanical)
[50, 52, 54, 55, 56cm] 42 cm, [57, 58, 60cm] 46 cm
Salsa Gel Cork
Salsa Pro Moto 2
[50, 52, 54cm] 80 mm, [55, 56cm] 90 mm, [57, 58cm] 100 mm, [60cm] 110 mm
Continental Touring Plus
700 c x 37 mm
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
[57cm] 54.5 cm
Seat Tube (c-t)
Top Tube (effective)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
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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!
This frame is sick, sick, SICK! Can't speak for the complete stock build as I spec'd mine just the way I wanted it, but the frame has done everything I've asked of it without so much as a WTF? Ultracross races, S240 bikepacking adventures, daily commutes and still capable of handling the weekday group rides over the winter. Heck, I've even thrown down on some local singletrack with this rig! Next stop, fully loaded for a weeklong ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Vaya Ti has earned my unwavering love and affection.