First Look: VAAST Bikes A/1 Apex 700c - A magnesium framed all-road bike

Author block

Liam Mercer's picture

Liam Mercer

Deputy Tech Editor here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as riding them. He's not shy of an enduro here or there and he's equally happy in the winter slop as he is ripping up the summer's dust.

6 comments

4 months 1 week ago

Well, pure Mg is brittle and is easily corroded by road salt. Magnesium alloy less so. See for example Minilite Magnesium wheels from the 70s. I'd really want to understand the composition of the material before buying one. Oh, and the quality of the corrosion inhibitor used. And would this work when scraped e.g. the seatpost, BB amd headshell bearings? So many questions.

4 months 2 weeks ago

Sriracha wrote:

 

So hurry up with the review already! And maybe some background info on why magnesium - for all the benefits they extol - has so far failed to gain any traction; is there a fly in the ointment.

 

Well, pure Mg is brittle and is easily corroded by road salt. Magnesium alloy less so. See e.g. Minilite Magnesium wheels from the 70s. I'd really want to understand the composition of the material before buying one. Oh, and the quality of the corrosion inhibitor used. And would this work when scraped e.g. the seatpost, BB amd headshell bearings? So many questions ...

4 months 2 weeks ago

Didn't Pace make magnesium framed mountain bikes back in the 90's?

4 months 2 weeks ago

So hurry up with the review already! And maybe some background info on why magnesium - for all the benefits they extol - has so far failed to gain any traction; is there a fly in the ointment.

Liam Mercer's picture
4 months 2 weeks ago

When I pulled it out of the box it was surprising how light it was, before I realised it was magnesium. For any other benefits though, you'll have to hang on for the full review!

Sriracha wrote:

 

You must have the only one, the Vaast website shows all sizes out of stock.

Looks like an interesting bike, does the frame material add up to any noticeable benefits?

 

4 months 2 weeks ago

You must have the only one, the Vaast website shows all sizes out of stock.

Looks like an interesting bike, does the frame material add up to any noticeable benefits?