My Salsa Vaya in one of it's many different configurations.
Last edited by tjspiel; 12-06-13 at 12:11 PM.
If you're not riding with a psychedelic gecko on your shirt, you ARE having a substandard experience.
Copenhagen wheel? Target red, app-centered. Not hot.
3 times only if you're not very strong. 10? Hard to imagine. I understand it has a 325-350 watt motor, like many e-bike motors. Plenty of recreational riders can put out over 200w from what I've read, and pros can put out around 400w. You're in PDX, right? Maybe call Clever Cycles.3-10 times my normal pedaling power? Can I put one of those on my cross bike?
Thanks for all the comments on my Salsa. It is by far, my favorite bike. I wasn't sure about the top tube when I got it. I had a CrossCheck before. Not sure why, but the Surly never felt quite right, but the Salsa feels like it was made for me. I know...everyone has an opinion.
I think the hotness of the Vaya is how it can be pretty much anything you want it to be. In the summer, I'll strip it down and run WTB Slicks, I'll add the fenders and commuter tires in the spring/fall and I even take it on weekend tours/bike packing. Here is it last year, fully loaded with 70X37 All Terrain tires. Even at 70+ pounds fully loaded, it is still an awesome and stable ride.
^ The geometry is not to my taste, but the do-all functionality of this bike makes it hot.
I think I see:
-Old GT MTB frame
-XT shadow rear derailleur
-bar end shifters with Paul Thumbies
-Schwalbe Fat Franks
-Planet Bike hardcore fenders
The frame is definitely hot, and the lighting in the top picture suits it. I don't like the look of the saddle. The Fat Franks are hot, but the fenders seem too small and are definitely too close to the tire. I like the crank. The rear derailleur is clearly overkill, but a little bling is nice sometimes. The shifters are nicely functional, but I prefer trigger shifters. I also prefer V-brakes whenever they are a possibility.
Nice frame. I don't like the bars. The crank arms are too fat. (I can say that about crank arms, right?) I can't make out much of anything else.
Black bar tape with a honey saddle = missed opportunity. Maybe try the Salsa tan cork tape.
The fenders here are better (Cascadias?). I don't like the white tail lights. The frame bag is hideous. I'm undecided on the bars. At the very least, I don't think they look good with that stem.
Overall...very warm with the potential to be hot just by removing things and taking a better picture.
Thank you all for the kind words!
No love for the Trek Eh? That bike is such a blast to ride and it's a beast! I plan on repainting it at some point so I'll have to repost and see what happens.
I really think you have a better place for that SRAM driveline.
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