Opinions on Salsa Vaya frameset

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  • I'm looking to buy a new bike. I want to get rid of everything and have one bike that suits most of my needs. (mostly communting/touring and a little gravel/off-road).

    Anyone got one/had one? Is there a better option?

    Can you actually still buy these anywhere?

    Cheers,

    Steven

  • Good choice for that. @TvH has one. I rate them.

  • Thanks, @platypus

    Anything else I should consider?

    Soma, Surly etc...

  • Seems they're not available in the UK, can't find anywhere selling one. How about a Genesis Vagabond? Full build and frameset available, last year's frames can be had for less than £400.

  • Yeh, I emailed them to see what the deal is but not heard back yet.

    Will check out the Vagabond. Any good?

  • I like my Vaya. Handles pretty much everything. It's not sprightly at all though, so if you want something with a bit more pep, probably look elsewhere.

  • Salsa have been pretty difficult to get hold of in the UK due to stock issues and the last two distributers ISON and Raleigh dropped them quite quickly. Lyon are now the new distributer so worth an email to them to find when next stock due to come in. Keep Pedalling in Manchester seem to be able to get stock in though.
    Vagabond is a bit more of a drop bar mountain bike like the Fargo and Gryphon. Good alternative would be the Soma Wolverine. Id recommend the Surly Straggler but think they have lost the plot with their low and long geometry.

  • Thanks for the info @TvH, @velosaurus

  • I want to get rid of everything and have one bike that suits most of my needs. (mostly communting/touring and a little gravel/off-road).

    There's tonnes of stuff that meets that brief, from UK based like Genesis, Pinnacle and Cotic (escapade) to mass-market like Cannondale (CAADX, Topstone), Specialized (Sequoia) to artisan like Isen. Spoilt for choice. Personally I wouldn't try make my life difficult by going niche imported like Salsa.

  • Just buy an Arkose

  • i've had one since about 2015. solid bike. rides smooth, pretty good clearance, very chill to ride.

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