Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

MPA | Road Endurance

£1,899.00£2,449.00

The MPA is our titanium distance road bike, it’s not about the finish line, it’s about the journey. The MPA has been designed for the rider who values ‘Miles per Annum’. Fill your bottles, set the GPS and ride all day, all week or across continents. The MPA strikes the balance between speed and comfort with a slightly more relaxed geometry than the Octane 6-4 or V:8. The MPA will be equally happy riding the local sportive or on an audax adventure.

The MPA is available to buy online as Frame Only (includes frame, headset and seat clamp) or Frameset (includes frame, headset, seat clamp and F:140 forks).

For clients who would prefer for us to build their bike we like to offer an appointment service where we can discuss your style of riding, fit you to our bike and help you choose from a wide range of components and finishes. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our fully built service.

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Description

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.

52 cm 54 cm 56 cm 57 cm 59 cm 60 cm
A Effective Top Tube 520 540 560 570 590 500
B Actual Top Tube 517 534 543 545 575 585
C Seat Tube 460 510 520 530 550 560
D Wheelbase 1008 1010 1014 1024 1039 1049
E Chainstay 425 425 425 425 425 425
F Head Angle 71.5° 71.5° 72° 72° 72.5° 72.5°
G Seat Tube Angle 76° 74° 73° 73° 73° 73°
H Head Tube Length 135 155 175 185 205 215
I Fork Offset 45 45 45 45 45 45
J BB Drop 72 72 72 72 72 72
K Fork Axle to Crown 378 378 378 378 378 378
L Stack 543 563 584 595 615 625
M Reach 374 378 381 388 401 409

Additional information

Frame Finish

Brushed Frame & Vinyl (Black/White/Bead Blast Effect) Logos, Brushed Frame & Bead Blasted Logos, Bead Blasted Frame & Vinyl (Black/White/Bead Blast Effect) Logos, Bead Blasted Frame & Mirror Polished Logos, Bead Blasted Frame & Anodised (Blue/Brown/Gold/Purple) Logos

5 reviews for MPA | Road Endurance

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Hufton

    Vaaru MPA

    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.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.
    11/10 !!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erik

    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.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

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