Known for their innovative use of magnesium in the making of its road, gravel and MTB bikes, the Ohio-based Vaast Bikes has entered the electric bike segment with the launch of its new E/1 that’s aimed at the urban cyclist.
“The whole market today is saturated with a lot of fantastic products that enable you to take your trips — what we call lifestyle 3.0 — within 3-5 miles in an urban setting and replacing those that were previously done with a motorized vehicle with electric products,” said Morten Kristiansen, general manager of specialty retail at United Wheels, parent company to VAAST, Niner Bikes, and Batch Bicycles. “E-bikes really can change the way we commute.”
VAAST initially launched its range of bikes back in 2019, touting the use of 100% recyclable ALLITE Super Magnesium, putting sustainability on par with performance.
In the case of the E/1, while Vaast considered using ALLITE Super Magnesium, tooling and manufacturing to create the step-through frame became a hurdle, so hydro-formed aluminum was used instead. However, the seatpost is constructed out of carbon fiber polymer, which is recyclable.
“Normally, composite elements that are made with a certain carbon percentage in some cases will be put into landfills,” he said. “But in some other cases they are recycled but never into structural elements. This material can be recycled and up-cycled into structural elements.”
The E/1 features components from companies like Bosch, Rohloff, Shimano, Gates Drive Bel, and Enviolo to ensure long life and functionality.
The full-suspension design is called NAIL’D REACT, and it’s designed to separate pedaling movement from suspension engagement with a 100mm air shock. The suspension is complemented up front with a 110mm SunTour Durolux 36, while the bike is equipped with 27.5 wheels.
All models will feature integrated racks, lights, and powered by a Bosch 4 Performance CX Drive. Bikes in the U.S. will have assist up to 28 mph and in Europe 15.5 mph.
The E/1 also has the latest Bosch KIOX stem-mounted controller display and Powertube 500 battery accessed in the seat tube after the saddle and post are removed via a one-push height adjustment lever, while weights range from 74.6 to 80 pounds.
The E/1 will be available in the U.S., UK and European markets beginning October 1, with prices ranging from $7,499 to $9,999 depending on the drivetrain option.
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