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TimmyR

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After about 4 years of riding my '14 Spec Crux Evo Elite (56), I hopped on a Salsa Vaya (57) to ride as a bike to ride when I am away from home working. I loved everything about it. I decided to do a fitting and see what could be done to make my Crux feel better. Wow, it made a huge difference. High rise stem was added to open up my hips (needed due to mobility issues) and I am shortening the cranks. I sort of see this as a temproary fix since I think my needs and type of cycling have changed.

This has me thinking that the 'cross/race design of the Crux is simply not what I want to ride anymore. My quest has begun to buy a road/gravel/touring bike and perhaps sell my carbon Crux.

Thank you to my LBS and the guy who does their fitting. They are great. And thanks to Salsa for selling a reasonably priced steel gravel bike. I never knew what I was missing until I rode it.

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Looks like a nice bike, but not one that fits your lifestyle
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Looks like a nice bike, but not one that fits your lifestyle


Chas - exactly why I'm planning to replace it. Great bike. It's been all I've needed. In the last 4-years my interest in road and cross have vanished and I find that now living in NH, my interest is gravel and road..NOT racing.

For now the high stem and smaller cranks have made it totally rideable...until I can figure out exactly what I want to move towards and look at my budget.  Hoping to replace it and then sell it. It's a great frameset.
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Tim - if you know what bike fits and feels great, then check out this site which should help you find a comparable fit on another frame
http://www.bikegeo.net/

IMHO - the key to the fit is in the triangle made by the BB, Seat and Bars.  (Assuming the same length crank of course)

If those three elements are in the same relationship then the difference will be in the ride and handling but one's body position (leg/hip position, reach and upper body angle, etc etc) should be identical.

That said, it sounds like you're well on the way to finding the perfect bike with the Salsa.  

Happy shopping,
Greg

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Tim - if you know what bike fits and feels great, then check out this site which should help you find a comparable fit on another frame
http://www.bikegeo.net/

IMHO - the key to the fit is in the triangle made by the BB, Seat and Bars.  (Assuming the same length crank of course)

If those three elements are in the same relationship then the difference will be in the ride and handling but one's body position (leg/hip position, reach and upper body angle, etc etc) should be identical.

That said, it sounds like you're well on the way to finding the perfect bike with the Salsa.  

Happy shopping,
Greg



Thanks Greg, I'm definitely working with the guy who did my fitting. And the Vaya is a fun comfortable ride....it's a tank but that's what I wanted.  I'll check out the site. I'm really interested in this with my loss of mobility in the hips over the last few years.



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Chas - exactly why I'm planning to replace it. Great bike. It's been all I've needed. In the last 4-years my interest in road and cross have vanished and I find that now living in NH, my interest is gravel and road..NOT racing.

For now the high stem and smaller cranks have made it totally rideable...until I can figure out exactly what I want to move towards and look at my budget.  Hoping to replace it and then sell it. It's a great frameset.


It is a great bike.

Yep, I almost bought a 2014 Crux.  It was super light and responsive and a beautiful dark sparkly blue (it was the shop owner’s bike). The QR - Disk brake combo and some uncertainty over how large a tire it would take held me back.  I wanted something more future proof, and ended up with a Canyon Cross bike.  But in the back of my mind is the concern over how long I’ll be limber enough to ride a bike like that.  Keeping my fingers crossed for many years.

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Right on. Mine is the Evo Elite Rival. It’s black and mostly still OEM parts, until now that I am experimenting with the geometry. It’s beem pretty bomb-proof, light and fun for everything I can think of. New short cranks go on today (155mm) along with wider handle bar with less drop.
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