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Old 06-30-12, 02:49 PM   #1
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5'7" salsa vaya owners please help!

Hello Folks,

I was looking to get a salsa mariachi 3 to follow (non-technical durt trail) my 10 year old son until i saw a salsa vaya, it was love at first sight!

Here's my dilemma:
I'm 5'7" / 30" inseam.
Either the 52cm or the 54cm would fit me.
Here's where I need your help:
The 52cm has the 26 tire size.
The 54cm has the 700 tire size.
I did test ride the 52" which felt a bit small but it can be fixed with a longer stem.
I'm curious as to how the 54cm with 700 wheels ride is like...
Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-30-12, 05:06 PM   #2
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Have you tried the 54? Your LBS can help determine which is better. If the 54 is a good fit except for reach (the seat isn't at it's lowest point), the stem can be changed. I'm surprised that the 52 comes with 650 wheels. Usually it's 48 or smaller bikes with 650 wheels. One thing to be wary of with smaller bikes and larger wheels is to overlap. That's where your toe can strike the wheel (or fender if you have fenders) when the wheel is turned. At 5'7" with 30" inseam (which is no the same as cycling seam, which I believe is floor to "anatomy"), I have this problem on both of my road bikes. I just live with it and am careful when I encounter a sharp turn. Being female and having a short reach, I found that 50-52 were the right sizes for me. But I never test rode any Salsas. YMMV.

If you are in between the two sizes, perhaps you should try some other brands of bikes which might fit a bit different and you fit one size better. You really need to ride BOTH bikes in order to decide. If you purchase a bike that is too big, you will not enjoy riding it. Fit trump "love" when it comes to purchasing a bike :-/
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The Salsa sizing guide on their site is pretty accurate, I went with their suggestions http://salsacycles.com/bikes/vaya_frameset/ for my Vaya, and although it looks slightly too big, it feels great on the road. looking at this, you would be wanting a 54 or 55cm frame.

Salsa is the same with other makes in using the 26" wheel size for their smaller frames, going to 700c is a big change is size, can you get a 54/55cm to try?

Are you set on the Vaya? much as I like mine, it's not the lightest bike around (fine on flats, you need low gearing for hills), and if doing any trail riding, the Mariachi would probably be a better choice, as long as you won't ever need the option of racks.
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I have a Vaya, but mine is big. I really like mine. I also really like 700c wheels/tires. I haven’t had much luck finding suitable 26” tires. Most seem more suited for duty on the family tractor. If you do get the size with 26” wheels, consider Conti Sport Contact 26x1.6” tires. Fast and comfortable. I could live with wheel overlap, but I would prefer not to. If I ended up with the choice of 700c and wheel overlap or 26” and no overlap, I would be tempted to take the 26”.
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Thanks for the replies.
The bike shop only had the 52cm frame for me to try it.
The bike (52) actually rode nicelly, but since I can fit on a 54 I'm curious on the 29er ride.
The toe overlap is a concern since I have this problem with my look 585 51cm frame.
Maybe I should work extra for the next couple of months so I can get both (vaya and mariachi).
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Now you're talking! N+2!
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