Salsa Vaya 2
Being a smaller company, Salsa provides attention to details sometimes forgotten by the larger manufacturers. Bonuses like forward facing dropouts on the fork and vertical dropouts on the rear make removing and replacing tires easier. The Vaya 2 also includes mounts on the chainstays (instead of the seatstays) for the brake, fender, and rack, which make these components more accessible.
The disc brakes on the Vaya 2 provide greater stopping power and reliability, especially in extreme weather although they’re not as easily serviced as v-brakes. The Vaya 2 comes with Shimano 105 shifters, brake levers, cassette, and derailleurs. These are reliable and durable components which, like the rest of the bike, the cyclist can have full confidence in even when miles from home.