VAARU Cycles V:29 Titanium Mountain Bike.
Discipline: XC racing/Endurance XC
Frame weight from 1.7kg.
Material: 3Al/2.5V (3% Aluminium, 2.5% Vanadium and 94.5% titanium) is mainly used for aerospace applications, this alloy is known for its strength, resistance to corrosion and ultimate ride quality.
Tapered Headtube – Unlike other straight through 44mm headtubes which use much bigger bearings at the top, the VAARU headtube has been turned down from a much larger piece of titanium so it can taper in at the top. The result is a much more flowing design, the larger diameter tubing used on the down tube and the smaller diameter on the toptube merge into the tapered headtube perfectly. Weight saving has been maximized by taking the wall thickness down to a minimum. It also accepts a drop in headset which gives the user ease of servicing and replacement. The final touch is the 5 axis CNC’d VAARU logo, a proud touch to show the sign of quality and effort in producing every VAARU frame.
Double Butted Tubing: Double butted tubing has been used throughout. The benefit of butted tubing allows the frame to have a thicker wall section in areas where increased stiffness is required whilst having a much thinner wall section in areas of low stress. This allows the designer to make the overall frame weight less than that of straight gauge tubing and also able to add different ride qualities by changing the tube profiles.
Formed Seatstays & Chainstays: Both the seatstays and chainstays have been 3D formed to give a compliant ride, soaking up lateral shocks and small vibrations whilst remaing stiff when under the stresses of a rider putting maximum watts though the pedals when sprinting.
Forged dropouts: The VAARU dropouts on the V:29 have been forged and post machined to give a low overall weight, a CNC’d VAARU Logo adds a touch of detailed quality.
English threaded Bottom Bracket – With an overall low system weight when using a 24m axle, the threaded bottom bracket has been used, less material, less weight and stiff enough for the most demanding riding.