Well I had my build all figured out...I have even ordered some of the misc parts like tires and new chainrings. I bought a used X9 RD and am trying to win a 11-36 cassette on ebay.
I only really had to get the frameset, wheels, and BB7 disc brakes.
So I went to my LBS to order a Salsa Vaya. Sorry...no can do. Out of stock and HUGE backlog. It's going to be a long while.
I even got white tires for heavens sakes!!!!
So here I am all broken hearted.
I might have found an alternative in the Soma Double Cross Disc. A tad cheaper and lighter. Gold is a cool vintage color.
I just don't see as many reviews online with rider raving about them like the Vaya.
The Volagi is probably out of my price range if I could find a frameset.
The LHT is too blah for my tastes. I need something lighter and more nimble/spirited.
Gunnar Fast Lane might be a choice...but almost 2x the price of the Salsa and Soma.
Ti frames are all too pricy
Any other suggestions?
Daily commuter, gravel trails with family, light touring/camping.
I'll be using a Force compact crank and brifters. Force FD. X9 RD. Ritchey Pro stem, handlebars, seatpost