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  • Mowgli
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    Thought I’d indulge in some gratuitous showing off, apologies.

    After being delayed about 6 weeks my Vaya frame arrived from Taiwan (via Edinburgh Bike Coop) and I put all the bits that had been on my Roadrat. I’ve not weighed it. It’s not light, but not too bad considering what it’s designed for – XT hubs (front has a dynamo), A319/719 rims and 32mm tyres.

    The messy wires under the top tube are for a very bright front and rear dyno-powered LED set, with the gubbins in a box under the saddle.

    I’m wondering if it’s too cold for a few days touring somewhere. Not sure if I can wait till spring!




    epicsteve
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    Very nice. Not sure I like the white bar tape but otherwise it looks good.

    cynic-al
    Member

    Sweet. Was looking at this due to another thread today!

    Shame you didn’t weigh the frame, that’s a key factor for me.

    Looks v. capable. You in Edinburgh ❓ I am 😉

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    That is lovely. If my Fargo aspirations draw a blank, I may consider one of them!

    Premier Icon Blackhound
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    May I ask why you changed from the Roadrat?

    I have a ‘rat myself and was thinking of changing just for something different. I had wondered about a Salsa or perhaps a Genesis Equilibrium.

    magowen100
    Member

    Nice – would be interested to hear what the frame weight was too.
    Any chance you could post a bit a review once you’ve had a chance to use in anger?
    Cheers
    Matt

    Mowgli
    Member

    Yeah the white tape came with the bars, I’ll maybe change it to brown or pale blue when I get a Brooks swift…

    Based in Yorkshire, sorry al!

    Changed because the ‘rat’s not a tourer – rack doesn’t fit neatly, and it’s a pita to change the rear wheel when mudguards are fitted. Right tool for the job etc – the wheel drops out very neatly on this, the caliper is in the ‘correct’ position, and there are tons of braze-ons, including the underneath-downtube bottle mount for a fuel bottle.

    I’ve not really ridden that many bikes to compare it to (expect the roadrat). I’ve only done about 50 miles on it so far – it’s obviously heavy-ish with the rack on, but quite comfortable and has a very upright position, mostly due to the long headtube.

    cynic-al
    Member

    You’re fitting an engine? 😮 😉

    Premier Icon Sideways Tim
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    I just weighed a 55cm frame and it’s 4.8lb

    cynic-al
    Member

    Hmmm. Not too bad, IIRC that’s not a great deal more than my Casserol, which is well noodly with front panniers on.

    Premier Icon Blackhound
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    Cheers Mowgli. I don’t run disc’s on my ‘rat and my rack fitted fine. Agree that rear punctures can be a pita sometimes when running gears.

    I never thought of the Roadrat as a bike for full on touring, but fine for light touring and I have no complaints about that aspect.

    steelfan
    Member

    Hi Mowgli, Love the look of the Vaya, How tall are you and what size did you go for?

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