To be clear from the off, I purchased and use my GTA on the road only as an all-season, endurance and touring machine. I originally had a mind to buy the MPA but was looking for plenty of clearance for 28mm+ tyres, mudguards and occasionally panniers. I took to the Vaaru online chat facility and James suggested the GTA might be worth consideration. From then on, despite me being based in the Midlands and unfortunately never able to visit Vaaru in person, James continued to provide excellent advice and competitive prices in spec’ing up and building a complete GTA for me.
I went for the brushed (unpainted) frame finish with the (optional and very classy) bead blasted logos, along with the very complimentary gloss black and silver Vaaru fork. The whole package is a rare thing of beauty and the frame is finished with a lovely attention to detail – from all the welds, to the dropouts, to the semi-internal cable routing, to the matching headset and seatpost clamp, to the “VAARU” stamped into the tapered head tube. On the road the bike’s performed flawlessly from day one and has proven to be unexpectedly rapid and an exceptionally capable and comfortable mile-eater.
In summary, the GTA is my first titanium bike and already feels like a companion for life. There are obviously cheaper options out there, but if it’s in budget and you value a little individuality, premium quality, and a personal service, I can’t recommend the GTA and Vaaru highly enough.
Matt S, Midlands, England