WHAT IS VAAST AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT?
VAAST is a human transportation company building an all-new, all-road brand of Sport Performance Bikes designed for those who seek soul-fulfilling adventures, journeys, and escapes. Bikes expressly designed for those who are destined for more. VAAST is different than other brands in our pursuit of supporting a vibrant cycling ecology, focus on environmental sustainability and the use of new material technology.
WHAT IS SPORT PERFORMANCE?
Sports Performance is a doctrine born out of a racing pedigree, thoughtfully reconceived for the adventurer, and focused on pursuing all-new levels of exploration, endurance, and performance in a world beyond finish lines. VAAST is all about adventure and exploration. While the ethos of the VAAST brand is not centered around racing, you are more than welcome to race on our bikes.
WHAT IS UNITED WHEELS AND HOW DOES VAAST FIT IN?
United Wheels Company Limited is the parent company to VAAST, as well as ALLITE, Batch Bicycles, Buzz E-Bikes, Huffy, Niner Bikes, and Royce Union. Combined, the brands sell more than 5 million bicycles through e-commerce, independent dealers, distributors, and thousands of retail locations throughout the U.S. and over 40 countries, addressing riders at every stage of life and every level of experience.
WHAT IS VAAST DOING TO BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
We strive to be a leading example for a global community whose mission is the preservation and long-term resilience of our natural habitats. We stand behind those who wish to create a stronger, everlasting bond with their surroundings, and we are committed to operating in a way that will have a significant positive impact on those efforts. When you ride a VAAST Bike, you show your support for a vibrant cycling ecology and respect for the epic experiences we can find in nature. VAAST is a member of Green America and Green Business Bureau and we choose sustainability in every link of the value chain.
WHAT IS ALLITE® SUPER MAGNESIUM™?
Weighing 30% less than aluminum by volume and being both stronger and stiffer pound for pound, Allite Super Magnesium has incredible potential in applications, where weight, performance and efficiency are critical. The ALLITE® Super Magnesium™ alloys are lightweight and high-strength with excellent shock absorption properties, good electromagnetic shielding performance, good heat dissipation and recyclability.
WHAT IS AE81?
AE81 is the name of the proprietary ALLITE® Super Magnesium™ alloy containing 8% Aluminum and 1% Rare Earth elements. AE81 is designed specifically for application where weldability is a priority in combination with excellent strength and good elongation.
WHY IS SUPER MAGNESIUM MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY THAN OTHER METALS?
Considered to be the most eco-friendly and sustainable metal in the world, Magnesium is 100% recyclable, dissolves naturally leaving no trace, and has widespread natural occurrence with unlimited reserves. When VAAST Bikes uses ALLITE® Super Magnesium™ in our products and components, we fulfill our commitment to designing better performing, more accessible, more sustainable earth-friendly materials, and help to set the stage for a stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant cycling world.
WHAT IS PEO?
Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) is a bath-based method of producing ceramic layers on the surface of light alloys. PEO surface coatings are characterized by their wear resistance, corrosion resistance, and thermal and chemical stability. A carefully tailored and proprietary PEO technology produces hard and dense ceramic coatings that are optimized to provide a combination of important properties and benefits.
I HAD A SET OF OLD MAGNESIUM RIMS ON MY CAR AND THEY CORRODED, HOW IS THIS NEW MAGNESIUM DIFFERENT?
The main disadvantage of vintage cast magnesium wheels was their low corrosion resistance. Since then scientists and engineers have investigated the superior characteristics of magnesium to find a solution to the problem. Today, new magnesium surface treatment technologies have completely resolved the issue, allowing manufacturers to provide extended warranties on magnesium wheels (up to 10 years in some cases). As an example, in 2014/2015 60% of buyers of Porsche 918 Spyder have opted for the forged magnesium wheels package.
PRODUCT – ACOUSTIC MODELS
HOW DO VAAST FRAMES DAMPEN VIBRATION FROM THE ROAD?
Damping capacity is the ability of a material to dissipate vibrational energy. Typically, the material will absorb energy by converting mechanical energy into heat. Magnesium alloy's structures are close-packed hexagonal grains, so there are long dislocations inside the material. Under vibration load, the dislocations will oscillate and thus consume large amounts of energy. The rare earth elements in Super Magnesium™ limit the growth of grains during the solidification process and extrusion process, resulting in smaller and more refined grains compared to other magnesium alloys. The grain boundary area inside the material is increased, and the microscopic viscous motion of the grain boundary generates a large internal friction consumption which absorbs large shock loads.
DO ALL MODELS (A / M / U / Y) SHARE FRAMES TO ACCOMMODATE THE DIFFERENT WHEEL SIZES?
Yes, this is part of the versatility of the brand and each model. The A / M / U models share the same frame to accommodate the two-wheel sizes, we specifically designed the geometry to offer flexibility for commonly available wheel sizes for different terrain and riding styles. Y series geometry is the exception, and we optimized the geometry to fit specific younger riders and the geometry couldn’t be shared.
WHAT IS V-FIT AND HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM OTHER BRANDS FIT?
V-fit is focused on putting the rider in an optimal sports performance posture. When designing the bikes, we look at more than just the frame geometry to create a riding posture that is more attuned to an enhanced feel, reactive steering control, and responsive climbing ability. We use TrueStack™ and TrueReach™ to determine the optimal sports performance fit. Many riders find the recommended size, based on the V-Fit sizing tool on www.vaastbikes.com, is different than what they are accustomed to. This is not by mistake. If you have questions or concerns about the right size for you, please contact us at [email protected].
ARE THE REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGERS SPECIFIC TO EACH MODEL?
Across the VAAST range there are only two derailleur hangers: There is a thru axle hanger that fits both A and M series models and a QR hanger that fits both U and Y models.
All hangers are marked with a model number, so if you need a replacement part it is easy to identify which.
ARE ALL THE VAAST BIKES 1X DRIVETRAIN?
Yes, all the VAAST models are designed for 1X drivetrains. Modern 1X drivetrains are lighter, more efficient and provide the same range as heavier 2X configurations with a more durable and intuitive setup. All A/1 Models produced after 2021 are compatible with 2x drivetrains for those who desire the benefits and flexibility of 2x gearing.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE COLORS AND GRAPHICS OF THE BIKES?
We believe adventure, and inspiration is found wherever you seek it. Our brand represents boundless exploration in any environment. From the mountains to the prairies to the urban jungle. From tarmac to the road to the steep single-track, we make you feel at home and in your element. Our brand mark depicts movement on roads and trails and evokes tales of riding adventure. And our first-generation color palette takes inspiration from the diverse landscapes that inspired the bikes themselves.
WHY DOES THE A/1 FRAME HAVE A DROPPED CHAINSTAY?
The dropped chainstay (CS) allows the CS to be placed lower in reference to the chainring and creates more clearance for wider tires.
WHAT IS THE TIRE CLEARANCE FOR ALL YOUR MODELS?
A/1 700c = 42mm
A/1 650b = 50mm
M/1 29” = 2.6”
M/1 27.5” = 2.8”
U/1 700c = 40mm
U/1 650b = 50mm
Y/1 24” = 2.4”
Y/1 20” = 2.3”
WILL YOU OFFER FRAMESETS?
Yes, we will offer our A/1 and M/1 as framesets. The A/1 frameset will retail for $1,299 USD and the M/1 frameset will retail for $899 USD.
A/1 frameset includes: Frame, fork, front and rear thru axles, headset, seat clamp and hardware
M/1 frameset includes: Frame, rear thru axle, headset, seat clamp and hardware.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT FOR VAAST BIKES?
Structural weight limits, which include rider and cargo/luggage weights are below:
M/1: 300lb / 136kg
A/1 - U/1: 275lb / 125kg
Y/1: 220lb / 100kg
PRODUCT – MODEL E/1
What are the unique features of the E/1?
There are many key features that set this this bike apart from the products currently in the market. First and foremost the structural layout of the bike: All the mass of the rider, payload, motor and battery is centered and actively suspended through our proprietary suspension system. The NAILD R3ACT suspension system is proprietary, ground up developed uniquely for this fast going electric vehicle in urban riding conditions. The NAILD system is providing 100 mm of airsprung, active suspension with the key feature of keeping the structure and geometry intact as the power of the motor and the weight of the bike is suspended.
How does the NAILD R3ACT suspension work?
All other suspension systems collapse under acceleration; the R3ACT system supports the relation of rider mass/payload without heavy damping control of the shock, so the small suspension bump compliance remains smooth. The suspension kinematics on the E/1 is tuned for quick nimbler control while providing an exclusive elite ride performance. And the integrated 4 bar linkage within the frame remains hidden from sight and away from road dirt.
What are the benefits of the suspension system?
The benefits of the suspension system is that the bike is more stable, safer and more enjoyable to ride. This type of e-bike is designed to carry loads from kids, shopping and an active lifestyle and the suspension system makes the bike more stable and efficient to ride. Because the complete mass of the bike and the rider is actively suspended and isolated from the ground the bike will retain traction and trace the surface making sure the tires are always in contact with the ground. This provides a safer, more stable ride, longer range and a ride feel like no other.
Why have you placed the battery, motor, rider and cargo into the center of the bike?
The seat mast is an integral part of the suspension and by locating the battery and motor inside the seat mast it improves the suspension performance by suspending more of the overall mass of the bike. This suspension system is unique in that it suspends the rider, E-Bike system, motor and rear cargo payload. No other E-Bike or suspension system on the market does all this. It also improves the center of gravity over other E-bike systems by locating the battery directly under the rider instead of in front or behind the rider. As this drive system (seat mast) is removable, and as E-Bike systems evolve, this bike can evolve with them by changing out the seat mast to accept new future E-Bike systems.
Why did you choose the Belt drive and Bosch system?
Ease of maintenance and Bosch is the leader in E-Bike systems. The Gates belt drive is an efficient, zero-maintenance system, lasting 3x longer than traditional chain systems, and coupled with the Bosch Performance CX or Speed system it is the best solution for durability and efficiency.
Pedelec or pedelec speed?
In the EU/UK the VAAST E/1 is classed as a Pedelec with a max speed of 25kph/16mph, but in the US it’s a Speed Pedelec with a max speed of 28mph/45kph.
What's the range?
Range is highly dependent on conditions and mode that you ride in. Bosch publish averaged range numbers on their website and the E/1 is at the very maximum of those ranges due to the efficiency of the bike.
What is special about the material of the Seat mast?
Carbon Fiber Reinforce Polymers are revolutionizing the automotive industry through making precise, structural parts that are up to 40% lighter than forged aluminum parts. The material used on the E/1 is unique as it has very high mechanical properties while it remains recyclable into structural parts. Most bike parts that us carbon and other composites are not able to be recycled into structural parts and end of as filler materials in concrete and other lower grade structures.
What does it weigh?
Rohloff: 78.5 lbs / 35.7 kg; Enviolo: 80.0 lbs / 36.4 kg; Shimano XT/SLX: 74.6 lbs / 33.9 kg
How do I lock my bike?
The Bosch system can be locked with key and by removing KIOX headunit. The E/1 itself can be locked using a folding lock (not included), such as the Abis Folding Lock 6500, or similar.
Where can I put my water bottle?
A water bottle mount is included on the rear rack of the E/1.
Can you fit a child seat?
Yes, it’s specifically made for to fit a Thule Yepp Nexxt Maxi, but others can be fitted as well.
How/where can I buy one?
The VAAST E/1 will be available throughout Europe and USA starting October 2021. The best way to find a retailer is to look at our website and use the “find a dealer” function or contact us directly through digital and social channels.
Can this bike be financed?
Yes, this is left to the discretion of each dealership.
What is the warranty?
5 years frame, 2 years E-Bike system and other components (per manufacturer’s warranty).
Why does this e-bike not have magnesium frames like the acoustics?
While our partner brand, Allite®, has made great advancements with magnesium in the cycling industry, the technology is not yet there for a magnesium e-bike frame build. Allite® is actively working to find the best fit for magnesium material on this model in the future.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP NINER/BATCH BICYCLES?
VAAST and Niner are both owned by United Wheels, but they are separate brands and independent of each other.
I AM A NINER/BATCH DEALER, CAN I CARRY VAAST?
Yes, we believe these brands complement each other well and as a trusted, authorized Niner or Batch partner in good standing we would love to have you carry VAAST in your region. Please contact us at [email protected].
DO YOU HAVE DEALERS IN EU?
Yes, VAAST is currently available in Europe through Fahrrad.de, Internetstores.com and Bikester.
DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTORS?
VAAST is still very much a start-up brand with the goal of partnering with international distributors across the world to carry our product. We are working hard to make inventory available for shipment from Taiwan and look forward to growing the VAAST brand across the world.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VAAST?
For more information about VAAST Bikes, visit WWW.VAASTBIKES.COM, “like” VAAST Bikes on FACEBOOK or follow @VAASTBikes on INSTAGRAM or @VAASTBikes on TWITTER to receive the latest news and updates. And, consider checking out our Strava Club at WWW.STRAVA.COM/CLUBS/VAASTCOLLECTIVE.