Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler, 1974 Steyr Clubman
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Obviously I'm a total shill for the Jake series, but that's definitely the way I'd go. However, I'd suggest you consider the Jake rather than Jake the Snake. The 10-speed Tiagra components are very nearly as good as 105 and in many ways better suited to commuting (espcially if the triple appeals to you). The only serious drawback I see is the alloy fork, and you can get a really, really nice aftermarket carbon fork for the $600 price difference. On the other hand, 32mm tires will do more for comfort than a carbon fork.
I would guess the Vaya, unloaded, comes in around 27 pounds. It would surprise me if the Casseroll is over 26. My 2008 Jake weighs around 23 pounds and my 2008 Major Jake weighs about 20, so I'd guess the new JtS is somewhere in between.
Ultimately, I think the choice comes down to geometry. If you want an upright riding position, the Vaya is a great choice. If you want something more agressive (but still much more upright than a road racing bike), the Jake is the way to go.