Titanium Frame Features
The MPA titanium distance road bike comes with all the superior frame qualities that VAARU titanium frames are known for, tapered headtube, double butted 3AL/2.5V tubing, formed chain stays and seat stays which are designed to provide maximum comfort over rough road conditions.
The MPA (Miles Per Annum) comes fully compatible with both internal Di2 or mechanical cable options. The frame has the latest through axle and utilises Shimano flatmount brake technology and enough space for 28C tyres and a full mudguard. A traditional style bicycle with a modern twist.
A Partner for Audax Adventures
The Vaaru MPA is the ideal titanium road bike for audax adventures and ultra racing. It has been enjoyed by riders in the Trans Am Bike Race and Transatlantic Way Race and new for this year, it is has been chosen for riders competing in Paris-Brest-Paris.
Pannier mounts come as standard and the tyre clearance is 32c with a full mudguard.
Silver Jubilee For Tita – The First 25,000 Miles
One of our inspirational riders, Erik has just reached his first 25,000 miles on his Vaaru MPA, named Tita. Erik wrote a race report for us when he completed the TransAtlantic Way Race in 2018 and has been clocking up the miles ever since. F:140 Carbon Disc Forks £450.00 Add to basket MPA | [...]
Vaaru Donates Auction Prize In Aid Of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity For Second Year
The Velodrome Challenge 2019 Thursday 10 October 2019 will see the third competitive, high-adrenaline velodrome event in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. After a day packed full of racing on London’s 2012 Olympic cycling track entrants are treated to a fine dining experience courtesy of the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation and [...]
Rouleur Classic 2018 Show Bike | Cream & Copper MPA
This classic Vaaru MPA show bike was created for showing at Rouleur Classic 2018 alongside Fatcreations Paint Studio. The inspiration behind this classic MPA was to create a bike that had a retro feel. Old English cream paint and graphite paint were used to complement the guilded copper leaf detail. The bike was finished with [...]
Let The Dotwatching Commence!
For those of you who followed Alaina Beacall last year you might remember her as the singing cyclist on the TransAm Bike Race. She’s back and this time she’s at the start line for The Transatlantic Way endurance cycling event which starts today, Thursday 6th June 2019 from Dublin, Ireland. We will be following her […]
Linda B –
I am continuing to enjoy my bike. It’s turned out to be able to withstand calamities. Falling into wet cement and later getting trapped on a moving escalator in Spain. Skidding on black ice in the New Year at the top of Goodwood and falling off. Bad bruising to me, nothing at all to the bike….
What a joy my Vaaru bike is. I had it built to what I wanted for my sort of riding, which is the occasional Audax and Sportive and local club rides. But in the summer I go touring. And last summer was up and over the Pyrenees from Bordeaux to Barcelona. With gearing similar to a mountain bike coupled with the responsiveness of my bike to my efforts, I spun my way up the Port de Balès and other cols in complete comfort. And now in the winter in Sussex, with mudguards fitted, my bike has become my all-weather ride. It really is perfect for rain and muck.
Vaaru = first class attention to service and detail. I’d been thinking for a long time about a titanium bike but wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted or needed. My first meeting with Vaaru’s James was his visiting me to look at the other bikes I have and to talk about what I wanted to progress to. After measuring my bikes and me and then several emails and phone calls to confirm details, we agreed timelines. All of this made me feel confident that I would get the bike I wanted. And so it proved to be. The Vaaru attention to detail and personal contact has given me exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t recommend Vaaru and their bikes more highly.
John Hufton –
First impressions from a demo ride.
I am looking for a bike for club rides occasional sportives and touring. That would cover distance and offer comfort with speed. That would be agile handling but have a confident feel.
My current bikes are: Trek Carbon road Bike and a Scott Carbon MTB.
After an engaging and informative discussion with James at Vaaru I was offered a ride of the Vaaru MPA Titanium Road bike.
I visited James at Barnham near Chichester in West Sussex. And after attaching my pedals of choice I was off.
My ride took me across West Sussex to Chichester, then north passed the Goodwood hotel up on to the South Downs, over to East Dean, then west to Singleton, then back up over the downs passed Goodwood race course, Goodwood house to Chichester and back to Barnham.
First impressions were of how comfortable I was over all road surfaces including some sadly poorly maintained roads, the bike seemed to absorb most of the vibration and shocks with very little of the expected buzz reaching the rider but still gave good feedback of what was under the wheels.
The bike was nicely stable through the turns, with very natural steering but agile enough to feel fun through the twisty corners.
The bike also climbs well and is very responsive to accelerations out of corners or climbs.
All in all a very satisfying mount, so much so that I will be taking delivery of one built to my specifications in the near future.
I will let you know how I get on with it in the longer term.
Richard Neil –
I had been dreaming of owning a robust, sturdy yet fast road machine for commuting/winter training. Capable of carrying a load with mounts for rack & mudguards, yet not so leaden that it would put me off training on it or taking on winter club runs. It also needed to last! Titanium seemed the ideal material for the frame, and after meeting James at the London bike show last year I realised that the Vaaru MPA was just the bike I needed.
As the design was being updated with internal cable routing, flat mount disc brakes & other tweeks, I was happy to wait for a while.
James helped me spec. my ‘dream machine’, which included Ultrgra groupset (hydraulic discs), Zipp bars & stem and Reynolds Assault wheels.
My first impressions after a short ride were that it is a very sturdy performer, giving quite a relaxed ride, yet not so soft that you feel isolated from the road.
I have now spent a couple of months riding it in UK winter weather conditions, over all manner of surfaces (inc. some off-tarmac!) on both commutes & faster club runs. Having got to know it a bit better I’m beginning to realise what a competent machine this is. Hitting potholes at speed is not something to be encouraged, but the MPA deals with my incompetence in a very forgiving way.
When riding fast & hard on dark roads it handles the ‘surface imperfections’ (read terrible surfaces!) we unfortunately have to deal with in the UK with aplomb.
It is now a little over 2 months ago that I rode home my very own, brand new Vaaru MPA. 450 km from Bognor Regis, West Sussex to Leuven, near Brussels in Belgium.
Since then I rode 4500 km, with 26000 meters of climbing. In the BeNeLux, France and Germany.
I like the bike. I like it very much. I love it. My other bikes are sad, sitting in a corner, a bit neglected…
95% of my riding is road riding. The Netherlands have endless km’s of smooth bike paths. But most riding is on Belgian roads and those are often quiet bad. And of course, especially in Flanders, we have cobblestones (I hate cobblestones). The other 5% is easy gravel, strade bianche kind of stuff.
The quality of the ride is great. It is super comfortable and it feels very solid and secure. And at the same time it is lively and playful.
I love my long rides on it, I did several +200 and +300 km rides. It is not the greatest sprinter, but I can go fast. It is not a superlight climbing bike, but I can cruise through the rolling hills of the Ardennes (think Liege-Bastogne-Liege). And I can dance up the short, steep hills in Flanders (like the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen).
Or I can settle in my aerobars and ride for hours on end along the coast and through the open countryside in the Netherlands. With blazing tail- and stormy headwinds: the Dutch mountains.
Maybe it is even a little bit too comfortable: on my 30 km commute in the morning, I only have to wake up when I arrive at work, not while I ride ?.
Technically, it is flawless (so far, touch wood). Only the minor wear and tear that comes with the mileage. Cables, loose headset, … Only one flat in all this time.
A few annoyances.
A mistake I made when we were selecting the components are the handlebars. They are tapered, and my clip-on aerobars have round brackets, I should have thought of that.
I ride Conti 4 seasons 28 mm tyres (I know, they are big 28 mm tyres) and the clearance of the fork is a fraction too tight for the mudguards. So I cut a hole in the fender (where it goes under the fork, see picture attached) and this added a few mm of extra clearance. A hack, but problem solved.
With the aerobars and all the other stuff in my cockpit, there is no place for a headlight on the handlebars. So the logical placement would be on the steering tube or on the fork. But there is no mounting point.
Also, I ride a dynamo hub and I had to route the cable up the fork externally, with straps. It would be good to have internal cable routing, or at least some cleaner cable guiding.
And there is no hole in the fork for mounting a Sinewave (or other) USB charger on the top of the steering tube. I knew and accepted that beforehand, but it keeps bugging me a bit.
So the F140 fork. Is it good? Yes! Is it beautiful? Very!! But I am not sure it is the exact right fork for me on this bike…
But back to the much more important stuff: the riding.
I registered for the TransAtlanticWay race. A 2500 km race around Ireland, in june. Clock never stops, unsupported. With 25000 m of climbing. And there might be some rain and headwinds. Looking forward to it very much, my idea of fun ?!
And till then, I am not going to train for it. I am going to prepare by riding a lot and having fun while doing so.
Jonathan Mitchell –
I ordered the MPA as a touring/winter bike for my wife via email. I sent in all the measurements as asked together with pictures of her existing road bike. James Beresford was exceedingly helpful and responsive to all my questions, some of which I am sure were idiotic. He even added a bespoke monogram to the forks – a really nice personalised touch.
The result is a bike that fits my wife perfectly and which has conveyed her and her cargo (women don’t travel light!) from Newcastle to Edinburgh over many and varied road surfaces with ease and in comfort. In short, she is very happy with it. She reports that the bike handled and rode securely whatever the gradient and whatever the surface.
One piece of advice, fit the mudguards yourself rather than have them fitted. The front one may deform in transit otherwise and then rub on the front tyre, but it was a simple fix; I hung it in a vice for a few days until it rotated straight under its own weight.
All in all, I am now champing at the bit to acquire my own titanium bike – even if it will result in N+1 problems!
I used to love time trialling, I could think of nothing better than spending hours throwing myself up and down a dual carriage just to hit “those times”, I did OK at it, not the best but OK. Two fractured clavicles, 12 months apart , insertion of fancy metal work, and my inability to go on the first family skiing holiday lead to an angry wife and a frustrated cyclist! Time to look for something different, less racy, more riding than racing, more time for coffee and cake, Audaxing! Long distance lesiurley rides, culminating in the 2019 Paris-Brest-paris 1200km Audax, was where I was heading, easy! Wrong!
I used to ride a Trek Madone 5.2, stiff , fast, light weight. The first Audax I did was Tour of the Surrey Hills, fabled for its good food. Lovely, I was going to stuff my face and have a leisurely ride. Lining up to start I was surprised about how edgy riders were and how fast the first few groups shot off. After being in the saddle for 8 hours (riding to the event, then, back to the south coast) left me with a sore back and bum. This Audaxing lark wasn`t that easy! I only had my own competitive self to blame , I could have riden easy but when there`s riders in front, I`ve just got to catch them up. Madness but that`s how I`m built. Coming to terms with this and feeling I deserved a new bike upgrade , I started looking for something different, something comfy but fast, not too flash, tasteful!
After researching the pros and cons of the various frame materials I decided on a titanium frame. Comfy, a bit more forgiving than carbon, and it looked great. I wanted a UK brand, preferably local to me on the South Coast. I whittled it down to Enigma, Reilly or Vaaru. After test riding I settled on a Vaaru MPA. Comfy , solid feel, rolled super sweet and took the buzz out of the awful west sussex road surfaces and looked better that the other brands. I wanted a particular look to the bike, minimal black, as much brushed titanium as possible complemented by a brown leather saddle and bar tape. James, at Vaaru, couldn’t have been more helpful and efficient , I had the bike on the road within 2 weeks of ordering (this was including having the forks resprayed to my specification). I coupled this with a set of EDCO wheels with polished Chris King hubs from Strada wheels. Beautiful. A happy cyclist.
I did a few hundred milers and found the bike performed very well. What struck me was how little back and shoulder ache I had compared to riding my carbon bike. It also felt sharp and stable when taking downhill corners at speed and nimble on the climbs. My first proper test was the 600km Fenland Friends Audax. I started in the first wave and rolled comfortably through the Fens and on into Lincolnshire. Then the heavens opened, delivering rain drops that felt like bullets smashing into my face. Probably the worst rain I ever cycled in. Throughout this unpleasantness the relaxed geometry of the bike and excellent wheel set made it an almost enjoyable rolling experience. Stops at costa, mcdonalds (4 quarter pounders in 24 hours!), various garages and café stops soon passed and we were on our return leg from Goole. Passing down the harsh, insanely steep unforgiving medieval cobles of Lincoln at midnight , I felt in control with sharp ultegra disc breaks and most of all still comfortable. Next was Boston then back into the Fens and finish in time for breakfast. A good 24 hours of hard but very enjoyable riding.
I definitely made the correct bike choice. Buying from a local independent bike designer and builder made after sales much easier. James at Vaaru responded to any questions I had immediately and provided excellent, prompt after sales service. Next stop Paris , well via a few tasty looking long distance rides!
Mark H –
Beautifully finished frame which soaks up the miles. Thoughtful touches such as a vertical rear mudguard mount, which dispenses with the need for weak and brittle bridges so often supplied with the most popular brands of fender. I wanted a bike which would mainly be used year long for commuting, but also sportives and longer trips away. I wanted a light frame where the paint wouldn’t chip, where the metal wouldn’t rust and had mudguard mounts. Of course the additional benefit of titanium means the MPA smooths out the bumps in the road. I suppose I’d read about the virtues of titanium but it is an amazingly comfortable bike which I’ve covered fifteen thousand miles including LeJog in 7 days, the coast to coast in one day, several double century day rides, Alp d’Huez, Col de la Croix de Fer and Col du Galibier. Obviously it’s no super lightweight compared to a carbon fibre racer, but it doesn’t make a difference unless you’re smashing it at aerobic threshold pretty much the whole time. It’s hard to think of anything that I’d change. Its certainly outlasted groupsets, pedals and other components I put on it. 10 out of 10 and thoroughly recommended.
Mark – Htown – Texas –
Had the pleasure of riding the MPA on a recent visit back “home” . The roads around Cheshire and Derbyshire are certainly character building, with small sections of tarmac linked by pot holes or so it seemed. Riding the MPA along those lanes and hills was a pleasure, smoothed out the road noise way more than my carbon framed bike would have, and never felt out of place climbing or descending down and having to avoid the inevitable pot hole or two. It was solid in the corners, no issues with braking hard with the disc set up, the frame and fork were very well matched, some times bikes just don’t feel “right” when braking or making adjustments coming into turns, Vaaru clearly spent the time designing and engineering the frame and have got this bike right. The MPA road well when we pushed the pace along the straighter sections, didn’t feel slow in any manner and the acceleration was there too when ever I needed to close a gap. The Titanium frame looks cool, welds are tight and clearly a lot of skill has gone into building the bike. Ti’s a material that last a lifetime and the MPA has a class look about it. Can’t think of any negatives about the MPA, apart from I couldn’t take it back home to TX and show it off on the local rides.
Ingrid Kane –
I had been thinking about upgrading my road bike for some time but the selection of women’s road bikes (especially if you’re short!) is limited to say the least. I had read about the MPA in the Audax magazine and thought it would be perfect for the riding that I currently do and for the exploring I hope to do in the future.
Although there were a few hitches on the way to getting my bike, James was incredibly helpful and it was definitely worth the wait. Having had my MPA for 3 months now I can safely say that I am delighted with it. Great road handling, smooth ride and I’m faster up hills (thanks to the bike!).
I would highly recommend Varru. Thank you James.