Thursday, December 8, 2011

Salsa Vaya - Holiday bike special #3...

(As of the end of December, the Vaya has found a new home.)

The next bike to go on the sale table is a 2011 model year Salsa Vaya in size 55. Seems strange that the 2011 model year bike is now old when it's still 2011, but I digress. According to Salsa's fit chart, it should fit guys in the 5'6" to 5'9" range (ideally 5'7" or 5'8") and gals in the 5'8" to 5'10" range. If you live in the Bay Area and are in that range and have been waiting for a killer deal on a 55cm Salsa Vaya, this is your chance.

As mentioned, it's a 2011 model which means it's got a Shimano 9-speed drivetrain with a double crankset. All the specs are on the link up in the very first sentence. Rack is not included, but can be added for and additional $80. Pedals aren't included as well. The brake housings were upgraded to compressionless housing which makes a huge difference is how the disc brakes feel and perform with the road brake levers.

The original price is $1595. Sale price for this baby is $1095 - a whopping $500 savings. Help me make some room and get yourself a sweet road/dirt all-rounder. This would make a great bike for dirt road loops around Mt. Tam. Photos are of the actual bike. Yes, there is dirt on the tires. No the bike is not used. I've got a dirt parking lot and in order to test ride any bike, it gets ridden through the parking lot. Price does not include sales tax. Shipping not available, sorry.

(What's playing: KWMR Coast Highway Blues)


MMcG said...

That's a nice looking bike!!

Are those Bell Lap Bars on it?

Could you potentially lose a few spacers by switching over to some Salsa Cowbell bars?

blackmountaincycles said...

Bell Lap - yes.

On paper, the Cowbell has 126mm of drop and the Bell Lap 144mm. If you look at a side-view of both the Bell Lap and Cowbell on the Salsa site, you'll notice that the Bell Lap has a considerable bump where you place your hands. This makes the "effective" drop of the Bell Lap much less than it's measured drop and probably pretty close to the Cowbell.