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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


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.

4 comments on “Orange Crush – My new Salsa Vaya

  1. Joe says:

    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?

    1. Gnat says:

      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.

  2. Sid says:


    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?


    1. Gnat says:

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

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