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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the VAAST A/1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- The VAAST A/1 is available in five builds to suit a range of riding styles and budgets.
- With room for 650b x 50mm or 700c x 42mm tires and tubeless compatibility, this bike caters to a wide range of riding styles.
- Reviewers say the A/1 provides the speed of an endurance road bike on pavement and can handle light gravel riding.
- Allite Super Magnesium is lighter and stronger than steel, titanium, and aluminum and has superior compliance and vibration dampening to aluminum.
- The A/1 boasts a comfortable ride akin to titanium or steel but with a weight and efficiency closer to carbon fiber.
- One expert praises the performance of the A/1 GRX 700c's 1x Shimano GRX drivetrain and says the clutch prevents chain slap on rough terrain.
- Several reviewers compliment the A/1's climbing ability, versatility, and steel-like ride comfort.
- Ceramic treatment and the AE81 alloy formula reduce corrosion risk.
- Many users appreciate the quality and performance of both the name-brand and house-brand components.
8 reasons not to buy
- The smaller frames (XS and S) lack the compliance of the bigger ones.
- According to one expert, the long seat tube reduces the carbon seatpost's ability to absorb vibrations.
- One tester says the slack head angle makes the front end feel heavy, reducing maneuverability off-road.
- Several reviewers note the untidy downtube cable entry port, and one criticizes the cable routing.
- Multiple experts say that the bike's geometry isn't suitable for proper gravel riding.
- One group of experts reports that the A/1 feels draggy and slow.
- Reviewers complain that the tires on the 2x GRX 700c and Apex 700c builds are not tubeless-ready.
- One expert struggled with persistent creaking from the carbon seat post that could only be fixed by replacing it.
Expert Reviews80/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
VAAST A/1 Gravel Bike Tested: Fast Magnesium Graveler – Sustainable and Inexpensive
The VAAST A/1 offers a successful overall package. There are slight deductions in terms of comfort. In terms of price, the newcomer’s magnesium bike is a real announcement and a hot tip from our side.
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My first impression of the VAAST A/1 is that it’s kind of carbon fiber-esque like. It’s very… stiff, which is a good thing, the handlebars very much feel like they’re connected to the same machine as the saddle, and you get out of the seat and it’s very responsive.
Magnesium Gravel Bike? First Ride in Road Clipless!
I was actually expecting it to be a lot more squirrely because I think the trail is in the 60s… but it seemed fairly stable. The bike did surprisingly well. I was expecting a stiff and harsh ride because of the narrower tires than I’m used to.
VAAST A/1 on the Road Impressions: An Original Ride Feel That Is Addictive [Japanese]
Having one of these bikes will make you enjoy cycling even more; it’s light, fun, and very comfortable. The magnesium frame feels good, but I’m not the type of person who rides hard, especially on all-road gravel roads.
Test: VAAST A/1 650 [Danish]
A no-nonsense gravel bike that concentrates on the essentials. The VAAST A/1 hits the spot with some very lively but, at the same time, comfortable riding characteristics that can compete with the best carbon fiber frames in terms of weight. It gets our warmest recommendation.
VAAST Allroad A/1 Gravel: Light, Fun and… Magnesium [Italian]
We recommend the VAAST Allroad A/1 to those who want an ideal vehicle for long rides and for great gravel adventures, even in bikepacking mode, thanks to its light and comfortable frame, but above all to those who want a latest generation and high-performance gravel bike, at a much more affordable price than many competitors.
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