Friday, May 25, 2012

Custom Bike Build: Mike's Salsa Vaya Ti

This week we finished up another spectacular Salsa Vaya Ti build.  This one was kitted out with a wide range Sram 2x10 drivetrain, sensible wheels, and great looking controls from Ritchey.  I love the way these bikes look.  The classic lines and color scheme make this a timeless bike.

Sram's Apex crank in 50-34 paired with an 11-32 rear cassette can tackle almost any terrain.  We've had very good success with this set up on Vaya's and similar bikes.  A 11-36t rear cassette can easily be swapped if a lower gear is needed for full up touring. 

Schwalbe's Mondial tires in 40c were used on this build.  The successor to the wildly popular Marathon XR, these tires look amazing in this bike.  Lots of clearance around what really is a large tire as well. 

The look of this bike is just superb.  It'll ride even better than it looks.  

I love the simple looks of Ritchey's stems.  Their 4 bolt face plates are particularly good looking I think.  The Ritchey drop bars have one of my favorite anatomic bends as well.  The bends on these are fairly flat and shallow, unlike many really curve anatomic drops.  Both Curtis and I found these particular bars to be quite comfortable.  

Mike should be very happy on this bike.  It's built with no nonsense, no compromise components, and the ride quality of these titanium frames are superb.  It's always hard to see these bikes leave, but it's a joy to build them up and have them around for a bit.

Happy Friday everyone.  Here's to a great weekend!  We will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.  Please take a moment this weekend to think about all of those people who have served all of us in service to our country. 


MMcG said...

I would love to know more about the wheelset on this bike please.

Thanks in advance.


Ben Witt said...

Mark, it's pretty standard. Shimano XT high flange hubs laced to DT Swiss TK540 disc rims with Sapim butted spokes. Classic, proven 29er/touring set up from way back. We've been building variations of this wheelset since 2004.

Exhausted_Auk said...

Does the Vaya Ti have a shorter headtube than the steel frame? The headtube extension looks shorter. If so, the numbers on Salsa's web site do not reflect this.

Ben Witt said...

EA, the total length's are the same, however the head tube extension does change slightly between ti and steel models.

If you look closely, this is show in the slight differences between standover heights from steel bikes to Ti bikes.

MG said...

That's a beautiful build, Ben. Nice work. I'm sure your customer will be more than pleased.