Salsa Cycles was on hand showing off some new gravel/adventure friendly bicycles and components.
First up we have the new steel Vaya, which is a disc brake only touring/adventure/gravel rig. Set up and designed to tackle any road surface, the Vaya also is compatible with racks and fenders.
The Vaya sports some pretty big clearance for fatter road going rubber or cyclo-cross knobbies. The frame is optimized for road components, and will be sold as a complete or as a frame set with a fork.
The Vaya is part of Salsa Cycles new image as an "Adventure By Bike" company.
Vaya bikes are already available now through authorized Salsa Cycles dealers. There are going to be plenty of these hitting the gravel events in 2010!
No word on when these will be available, but I picked one up and they are pretty light!
This was also a working prototype that will be available in the future.
This will be made available as a complete for about $850.00 and also as a frame and fork for around $650.00. Expect availability sometime this summer.
Tire clearance wasn't super generous here, but it may be okay for some gravel duty. The All City rig was spec'ed out quite nicely at the expo, but I didn't hear if it was going to be representative of the final spec on the bike.
Look closely just above the drop outs on the inside of the seat stays. Those are hidden fender mounts. Pretty stealthy and make the bike practical as a wet weather commuter/training rig.
The frame has really generous tire clearances and some cool acid etched, subtle graphics. Expect to pay about $1850.00 for a frame only.
That's all from Frostbike in Bloomington, Minnesota. Thanks for checking in with Gravel Grinder News!