Orange Crush – My new Salsa Vaya

Orginally posted February 28th, 2011

I’ve been promising pics for a few weeks now. I finally got around to sharing them. Here is my new orange Salsa Vaya along with my build spec. I built this bike piece by piece.

It’s a beauty and I gotta say, I think I found my perfect bike for Dirty Kanza 200. I still love my Fargo for it’s ability to truly do ANYTHING, but this Vaya is a really, great platform for serious pavement and gravel miles.

OK…Here is my build spec.

Frame: Vaya – size 58

Fork: Vaya

Seatclamp: Salsa Lip Lock – Orange

Headset: Custom Cane Creek 110 – Orange/Silver

Bar: Salsa Woodchipper 31.8

Stem: Salsa ProMoto Ti 31.8 x 100

Tape: Salsa Cork Black

Rear Derailleur: Sram Rival

Front Derailleur: Sram Rival

Crank: FSA Gossamer Cross 34-46

Cassette: Sram 11-28

Chain: Sram 10 spd

Brakes: Avid BB7 Road

Shifters: Sram Apex

Saddle: Fizik Aliante XM Mtn

Seatpost: Eriksen Ti Setback – Orange caps

Hubs – XTR M960 32 hole – Centerlock Disc

Rotors – Shimano XT Centerlock

Spokes – DT Swiss 2.0/1.8

Nipples – DT Swiss brass

Rims: Stans ZTR 355’s

Rim Tape: Stans Yellow

Tires: Currently Schwalbe Marathon Cross 700×38 with tubes

Other

Jagwire Ripcord compressionless housing

Jagwire Stainless brake and shift cables – Tandem length rear brake cable needed

Shimano Dura Ace downtube shifter adapters

Salsa Nickless cages x 3 (2 shown)

Salsa Leather chainstay protector – black

Revelate Designs Tangle bag – Not shown

Arkel seat bag – not shown – One picture above with a Timbuk 2 seat bag

All in all, one sweet rig. For Dirty Kanza I suspect this bike will pretty much be identical except I will double wrap the bars and use a lighter tubeless wheel/tire set up.

Disclaimer – I work for Salsa Cycles. Frameset is a prototype provided at no charge. All other components were purchased.

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4 Comments

  1. Gnat, nice build! Looks really practical and reliable. Do you have a weight? Have you tried or considered running the Schwalbe tires tubeless? If so, what pressure do/did you run them?

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    1. Thanks for the comment. It’s a solid build. Weight. Sorry I dont really weigh my bikes. Tubeless. Haven’t done thay either. Sorry I couldnt help U more.

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  2. Hi,

    Very nice bike and build! I’m thinking of getting the same. Can you tell me how you got the orange Cane Creek 110 headset?

    Thanks,

    Reply

    1. Thanks. The headset was a gift Put together from pieces on someone’s desk at Cane Creek.

      Reply

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