Volagi started as a notion that bicycles designed for racing were not practical, or appropriate, for the type of riding done by endurance cyclists. We noticed that most cycling companies were merely redressing racing bikes, calling them “endurance” bikes, and never providing real benefits to riders looking to stay comfortable over longer distances. In the early days of Volagi’s inception, we were faced with a choice: ride long distances on stiff, unforgiving race bikes, or sacrifice performance on a long wheel-based, slow handling touring bike. The question of, “why is there a lack of equipment specifically designed for endurance cycling,” naturally inspired us to start designing our own products—and the LongBow Flex Stay concept was born.
The LongBow Flex Stay has become a revolutionary progression in the cycling industry, making for a bicycle frame that is supremely comfortable without sacrificing performance. Without being restricted to creating bikes that meet UCI racing standards, we were able to throw out the proverbial “book” on how a road bike should be built. While other companies continue to generate generic designs year in and year out, we are able to make radical advances in road cycling integration, and as a result, became the first company to offer a performance road bike with disc brakes.
When you don’t work within a framework of rules designed stifle innovation, the sky is the limit as to what you can create. We never want to stop improving, progressing, and evolving as a company. We continually push ourselves to create the best products that serve to enrich peoples’ lives.
-Robert Choi, Co-Founder
Changing the perception of endurance cycling is at the core of Volagi™. Redefining performance for the endurance cyclist is the very essence of what we do. We have taken the latest advances in frame technology and designed a bike with the endurance cyclist in mind.
The origin of Volagi Cycles is founded on the principle that most endurance cyclists have needs that are different from the professional racer. Our bikes have been conceived, designed and engineered for and by riders who aspire to go further than ever before. A high performance bike not only suited for a 140 lb. professional racer, but also for the casual weekend warriors. There’s no rule that says just because the bike was designed for long distances that it has to perform like a thirty pound city bike.
We’ve combined the best characteristics of racing bikes: aerodynamics, carbon fiber construction, and light weight components and incorporated them into a bike with the needs of the endurance cyclist in mind.
Volagi, (pronounced vol∙a∙jee), is a Latin derivative meaning “the will to go”. We as cyclists, can change the perception of what is or isn’t possible.
Volagi Founders, Robert Choi and Barley Forsman, aspired to create a company built on the same principles that inspired them to set records in some of the world’s toughest endurance races. They realized that a huge piece of the market wasn’t racing bikes but was still being sold stiff, unforgiving, “race” style bikes. Choi and Forsman decided to design bikes that were comfortable yet fast, and handled the way a high performance bike should. They chose to incorporate comfort aspects every Volagi bike with the patented Longbow Flex Stays, while still maintaining control and performance with disc brakes and road bike geometry.
In the late 1980s, Choi revolutionized the bike industry with the invention of the LED safety light and formed the company VistaLite. Just between the two, Choi and Forsman bring 35 years of R&D of innovative products to the world of cycling. Susan Forsman joined forces with the duo, adding her expertise in many areas of business and endurance sports. Barley and Susan finished the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris ride. They both hold records in the fixed gear category of the Furnace Creek 508 mile race, earning the qualification to compete in Race Across America.
If you want a bike for the Tour de France, there are a lot of options out there for you, but not Volagi. We build bikes for people who love riding—period.
On August 29th, 2007 a migratory bird known as a Bar-tailed Godwit, flew non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand, traveling over 7200 miles (11,680K) in eight days—the longest recorded non-stop journey of any bird or animal known to man. This particular Bar-tailed Godwit, tagged “E7”, was recorded flying at altitudes up to 15,000 feet and traveling at speeds of over 60mph.
We here at Volagi embrace the spirit of E7 and use its story as a way to redefine endurance cycling. Discovering the Spirit of E7 means pushing yourself farther than you ever thought possible, only to survive and push even harder the next time. We have designed our bikes and components to be ultra-comfortable over long distances, perform flawlessly in the most adverse of conditions, and to provide the catalyst for reaching your greatest accomplishments.
Migratory route of E7
The patented LongBow Flex™ stay is a radical departure from the norm. We separated the seat stays from the seat tube and lengthened it to maximize the carbon fibers inherent ability to absorb road vibrations. We then optimized the shape and carbon layup of each stay, further enhancing the bike’s ability to flex vertically while remaining stiff horizontally for control and efficient power transfer.
- Patented flex stay design with maximum vibration absorbing technology
- Vertical compliance (5.5mm/kN) for smoother ride, reducing rider fatigue
- Inverted oval stay with extended strut design to increase control and promote efficient power transfer
- The result is a high performance, comfortable bicycle, smooth over the long haul but quick and nimble up and down the hills.
HIGH PERFORMANCE DISC BRAKES
As the first bicycle manufacturer to equip a high performance carbon road bike with disc brakes, Volagi Cycles has long been on the leading edge of road disc brake technology. Working along side some of the top component manufacturers in the country, Volagi Cycles has tested and perfected the integration of disc brakes on our bicycles. The entire line of Volagi bicycles can be equipped with offerings from a variety of different component manufacturers:
- TRP Brakes – Spyre Mechanical, HyRd Hydraulic
- SRAM – 700-S Hydraulic, Red 22 Hydro
- Shimano – BR-CX75 Road Mechanical
- Hayes – CX5 Road Mechanical
- Avid – BB7 mechanical
Imagine a sports car still using rubber pads on the rim for braking. There is a reason why almost every modern vehicle has adapted the use of disc brakes. Disc brakes perform consistently in wet, dry, hot and cold conditions–even with bent rims and broken spokes. Without rim calipers, you have the freedom to run larger tires, and full fenders for adverse road and weather conditions. And we don’t just slap on disc brakes. We carefully engineer our frames, hubs, and rims, and hand pick the rotor/caliper combinations to provide the best braking system without compromising weight or performance. Welcome to the disc brake revolution.
VOLAGI™ AERO FRAME DESIGN
A cyclist riding 20 mph can use more than 80% of their energy just fighting the wind. This means if a cyclist is riding all day on a double century, they are unnecessarily fighting that invisible liquid we call wind. Every segment of the frame from the fork, down tube, seat post and rear stay has been optimized to be as aerodynamic as possible, while retaining the stiffness and strength for handling and efficient power transfer.
- Aero formed tubing for time trial like bike performance.
- Engineered to reduce wind drag while maintaining stiffness for power transfer.
MONOCOQUE FRAME DESIGN WITH HIGH MODULUS 30/24T CARBON
Ride quality has as much to do with geometry as frame materials, which is why we have selected the best carbon lay-up to keep you rolling sun up to sun down.
- Monocoque design for strength and stiffness.
- Nano carbon particle with Smooth Wall layering construction
- All Liscio Models built with a blend of 30/24T Carbon
EXTENDED HEAD TUBE
A more balanced position improves performance over distance and over a period of time. We designed a slightly longer head tube to optimize rider position to endure mile after mile.
- Tapered 1-1/8” to 1-3/8” tube design for stiffness and control
- Allows better fit and position for comfort and position.
PREMIUM STEEL TUBING
The Viaje XL is constructed from 4130 Chromoly double butted tubing, mated with a carbon tapered fork with an aluminum steer tube. The ride quality of the material chosen for this bike is intrinsically smooth with significant road vibration dampening technologies. Wherever the road takes you, the steel used for the Viaje makes for a buttery smooth and responsive ride.
Options are virtually limitless when you can switch from your 23mm wide racing wheels to your 40c knobby 29ers in seconds, all on the same bike. Don’t ever let tire clearance be the limiting factor for where your ride can take you.
The Viaje has wide enough clearance for 40c tires or 32c tires with fenders. Ride from pave, to gravel, to single track in one day and then do it all over again. The Liscio boasts clearance for 28c tires or 25c tires with fenders.
FENDER AND RACK MOUNTS
There’s no denying the benefits of riding a bike over other forms of transportation. When traveling long distances or simply commuting to and from work on your Viaje, your bike needs to be as resilient as you are.
The Viaje incorporates front and rear fender mounts to keep Mother Nature from ruining your clean duds. Plus, we wanted you to have the option of hauling around extra goodies if need be, so we added rear rack mounts to the bike as well.
In a continued effort to improve quality and customer service, we meticulously inspect and assemble all of our bicycles and frames at our Ogden, Utah headquarters upon arriving to us from our overseas manufacturing facility. All complete bicycles and frames being shipped to dealers and consumers are hand-assembled and rigorously inspected prior to leaving our Ogden facility.
Having final control over the build process allows us to offer truly custom component combinations without any additional charges aside from the upgrade cost. We pride ourselves in providing industry-leading service and the advantages of a custom-build process. The Volagi bicycle that leaves our headquarters and arrives at your bike shop has received hours of attentive and thorough inspection and scrupulous assurance in the quality of every detail.
I took delivery of my liscio a month ago equipped with sram red. I’ve already ridden 1100 miles, 600 over 5 days between San Jose and San Diego. The ride was fantastic the brakes amazing. I felt better on day 5 than day 1. I also have a steel and a titanium bike neither is near as smooth over rough roads. I road my steel bike today and thought what a tank. I’m very happy with my bike, maybe the best riding bike made. -RANDY LONG, SAN JOSE CA
The Volagi was amazing! I am completely convinced that this is the best possible bike ever made for endurance or more specifically ultra endurance racing. During the entire 3,000 mile and 10 day journey I don’t think I ever complained about the road surface or the bike being uncomfortable. Sure I had my issues but they were all related to heat or my joints. I really was able to focus on just the task of riding and let the bike disappear beneath me. That is incredible for a race of any length. –CHRIS RAGSDALE, SEATTLE WA
I love being able to push farther into a corner and have such a response coming out. This bike is amazing, it was so smooth… It is absolutely the best ride of any bike I’ve owned which includes my S-Works. Pictures don’t even give it justice as the craftsmanship of the frame is second to none. -BRUCE ABBOTT, ORANGE CA
This bike has been a revelation. It smoothes out the heavily chip sealed Montana roads. The disc brakes were so consistent-they made feel much safer going fast downhill. I’m looking forward to riding my 400K brevet in 2 weeks-which also uses the Beartooth Highway. Thank you Volagi for building such a wonderful bicycle. –JASON KARP, BELGRADE MT
I can not believe how smooth the Viaje ride is and how well it handles on rough roads and trails. - ERIC KOPCZYNSKI, BOZEMAN ID
I got my Viaje two weeks ago and took it on its first Century this weekend. It was raining at the start and every part of everything was wet. I was in a 20 man pace line at mile 8 when #3 yells “stopping” – chaos – Disc brakes work great even wet. 10 guys on the ground behind me wishing they had disc brakes. I’m sold. -BILL CUNNINGHAM, CO
“The bike is everything I hoped it would be and I cant wait until my morning ride each day.” -JONATHAN RUSSELL, CHANDLER AZ
I just finished Ride the Rockies on my Volagi Liscio2. 590 miles, over 25000 ft vertical in 6 days and in blistering heat and forest fires. The single biggest challenge I had was breaking away from people wanting to know about the unique Volagi design and disc brakes so that I could fill up my water bottles and get back on the road. Cornering was exquisite at speed, brakes were reassuring, and I’ll never go back to analog shifters, especially following the Di2 Firmware upgrade that now allows for rapid fire multi-gear shifting…thanks to the factory Shimano guys supporting RTR. While my friends were nursing their sore behinds, I was ready to get on to the next leg because of the ease of riding this bicycle. It is truly a unique design for the long distance endurance rider. Thank you, Volagi for making the future, Now and for giving us the “Will to Go” and the “Power to Stop!” -CURT LYMAN, PALM BEACH GARDENS
“The longer the ride the more you appreciate Volagi Liscio. I can ride it all day long without feeling tired or stiff in the upper body.” -WOJTEK WYSOCKI, LAWRENCEVILLE GA
I ordered my 2012 year end sale Liscio SRAM Rival earlier this year. I live in the Canadian Rockies with no Volagi dealer – so I had the bike shipped to the US/Canada border where I picked it up and took it home for assembly. I was looking for a comfortable long distance bike that could meet the demands of cycling in the Rockies.
I completed several Gran Fondo’s – the Banff National Park ride and the Axel Merckx 160 KM Gran Fondo in Penticton BC. Both rides were exceptional – just like the Liscio. The bike has performed flawlessly over the Summer and Fall. I have changed the seat for a little extra comfort and the head stem to provide a better riding position. Otherwise its been a great 5 months of long distance riding. The bike does perform well on some pretty tough roads and the disc brakes have added a great level of security coming down some pretty treacherous declines.
I am very satisfied with the bike’s performance and quality. I have enjoyed many hours of great riding this year and I look forward to may more.
Thanks for building a great product