Salsa Vaya Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

May 28, 2020

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Salsa Vaya

The Salsa Vaya is an all-terrain, or light touring bike. Its steel frame makes it super durable, and a 22 speed Shimano drivetrain makes riding on different roads much easier.

The bike's fork has mounts for three water bottles, so you can carry enough water to stay hydrated as you ride.

The Salsa Vaya has good tire clearance. Therefore fitting large volume tires for a more comfortable ride shouldn't be a problem.

This is a versatile bike that you can use for commuting, touring, trail cycling, or, however, you choose to ride.

The bike is not cheap, different versions of the Salsa Vaya all cost over a grand.

The Vaya doesn't have internal cable routing. That leaves the brake and gear cables exposed, so you have to be careful not to damage them as you ride or store your bike.

The Salsa Vaya has been one of the bike models produced by Salsa since 2011. There are several versions of the bike, which include the Salsa Vaya GRX 600, Salsa Vaya Apex, and the Vaya 105.

The Vaya GRX 600 is the most expensive of the bikes selling at $2,299. You can get the Vaya 105 for $2000 and the Salsa Vaya Apex for $1800. You also have the option of buying the Vaya frame then using it to build your own bike.

As I have already mentioned, this bike is designed to offer a smooth and comfortable ride on any road surface. So whether you ride it on pavement or dirt, the bicycle will handle itself well.

The Salsa bikes all have the same steel frame and some similar bike features. Specs on this bike include a Waxwing Carbon fork with three-pack mounts, TRP Spyre-C mechanical brakes, Shimano HG70011 11-speed, 11-34T cassette, Salsa Cowbell drop bar, WTB Riddler TCS Light/Fast Rolling tires, and a WTB Volt saddle. 

The Salsa Vaya comes with a five-year warranty on the frame.

Who is this bike for?

  • The Salsa Vaya might be the bicycle you need for your adventure if you're planning a bike tour. The bike can go anywhere, and it has eyelets everywhere for you to add racks for carrying your traveling bags. You can't carry heavy loads on this bike, though, because it is designed only for light touring.
  • This bike is also perfect if you're looking for a bicycle to use for different riding styles. It can be a commute, trail, gravel, etc. bike. Check out our Schwinn Circuit review if you're shopping around for a multipurpose bike.
Salsa Vaya

Performance

Here are five things that make riding the Salsa Vaya fun.

  • This bike's steel frame makes it heavier than a bike made from carbon fiber or aluminum. The weight slows it down, but steel offers a comfortable ride, and the frame can withstand abuse for years.
  • The TRP Spyre brakes provide reliable stopping power in wet or dry weather conditions. The brakes are also easily adjustable, so you don't need to go to a bike store for brake servicing to ensure they remain sharp.
  • The bike's 22 speeds offer a wide range of gear to climb hills and race through flat terrain comfortably. The Shimano derailleurs make shifting gears quick and incredibly smooth, ensuring you maintain speed as you change surfaces.
  • The Vaya's wide 700 x 32c WTB tires have excellent traction and give you better control when you ride off-road.
  • The numerous mounts on the bicycle's frame and fork allow you to carry enough luggage for your travels if you use this bike for touring.

Conclusion

The Salsa Vaya is a good option for those looking to buy a bike they can do any type of riding with. Its steel frame, good tire clearance, disc brakes, and many more exciting features make it ready for your on and off-road bike adventures.

Specifications

Frame:

Vaya Triple Butted CroMoly

Suspension

N/A

Fork:

Waxwing

Rear Shock:

N/A

Front Travel:

Novatec 32h, 12x100 Thru-Axle

Rear Travel:

Novatec 32h, 135mm QR

Crankset:

FSA Omega Adventure 48/32t

Bottom Bracket:

68mm BSA, threaded

Shifters:

Shimano 105 R7000

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano RX810

Number of Gears:

Shimano HG700-11 11-34t

Brakes:

TRP Spyre-C, 160mm

Wheel Size:

WTB ST i19 TCS 700c

Tires:

WTB Riddler TCS Light/Fast Rolling, Tan Sidewall

Handlebar:

Salsa Cowbell

Stem:

Salsa Guide

Seat Post:

27.2 x 350mm

Saddle:

WTB Volt Comp

Headset:

Cane Creek 10

Chain:

Shimano HG601-11

Salsa Vaya

The Salsa Vaya is an all-terrain, or light touring bike. Its steel frame makes it super durable, and a 22 speed Shimano drivetrain makes riding on different roads much easier.