Barley’s custom ride

Barley Forsman Co-Founder and Industrial designer extraordinaire for Volagi  has as many miles on a gear bike as he does on his fixed gear bikes. Yes, he has more than one, but his favorite is his own creation. You can call it the “envy” of many fixed gear cyclists. Barley established his place as “bad a**” fixed gear rider when he raced Furnace Creek 508 and set the record for the Fixed gear category. That year, he had done all of his training miles, commute miles, recreation miles, rest miles on a fixed gear bike. Of course, he likes gears, his repertoire of long distance cycling goes years back. Completed Paris-Brest-Paris and over 35 double centuries in California plus the countless Brevet rides. He is an animal on the bike even though you wouldn’t notice from his always friendly enthusiasm when starting a big ride. His commuter of choice: his own creation, Barley Style – a Liscio fixie!

One of a kind!

One of a kind!

In his own words: couple of notes about my bike:

Volagi Liscio custom modified fixed gear.

Beer Components eccentric bottom bracket (fits standard BB30).

Modified 130mm rear track hub – 6-bolt one side threaded on the other (allows me to mount a disc with 5mm spacers on the non-drive side, and a fixed cog on the drive side).

42T ring up front and 16T cog in the back (roughly 72 gear inches – w/28C tires).

BB7s stoppers (front and rear).

E7 Ignite XL wheelset (with a modified rear hub).

WTB Thickslick tires (heavy but bomber – haven’t gotten a flat yet!)

This is my commuter workhorse, but I’ve also done several long rides (including a couple of 200Ks).

To my knowledge, this is the ONLY full carbon, full disc fixed gear on the planet!

LBS technology

LBS technology

Modified 130mm rear track hub

Modified 130mm rear track hub

42T ring up front and 16T cog in the back

42T ring up front and 16T cog in the back

Beer Components - Eccentric bottom bracket

Beer Components – Eccentric bottom bracket

E7 Ignite XL wheelset

E7 Ignite XL wheelset

Volagi carbon top cap

Volagi carbon top cap

 

 

Robert’s Double Century Liscio

Robert Choi – Co-Founder

Most bikes you see in magazines or on the web have been meticulously washed, dusted, and cleaned, leaving what blemishes may remain to be tidied up with Photoshop’s magic touch.

But what about the bike in your garage? I’d venture to guess it’s not kept up to photography standards on a daily basis. No, I’d wager it proudly wears a coat of mud from your recent adventure off trail, or possibly boasts a few dings and dents like badges of honor giving your bike its own personality and panache. Covered in dirt, road grime, and grease.  Mismatched wheels, skewers, and component groups. You wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance but this is the bike that won the 2013 Mulholland Double Century, brought home first place at the 2013 Alta Alpina Double Century, and the overall victory at the 2013 California Triple Crown Stage Race.

Here is a look at what makes Robert’s bike uniquely his own:

  • E7 Ignite SL front wheel, E7 Ignite EL rear wheel
  • Sram Red hydraulic (recalled) brakes and shifters
  • Sram Rival rear derailleur paired with a Shimano Ultegra front derailleur and a K-edge chain spotter
  • SL-k carbon compact crank
  • Garmin edge 800
  • Volagi aero seat post in prototype white color scheme
  • Red Velo gel bartape

 

 

Ride Magazine Press

I imagine that this bike will end up in the
garage of people with a much more genuine grasp
on independence than what I was trying to
achieve with a sound system at age 14. Someone
who is searching for a bike that is an extension of
his or her passion for riding. Like they say at
Volagi: a bike for people “who love riding”. Set
up properly for where and how you like to ride,
you can enjoy beautiful music together.

Read the full article » http://goo.gl/QVIIX2

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Red Kite Prayer Press

One of my favorite features about the Volagi Liscio was its handling. On descents and in corners the bike was predictable and left me relaxed and confident. In the especially tight twists of the canyon roads of Malibu I needed to give the bike a bit more English than some others, but I didn’t mind that because at higher speeds the bike kept that relaxed manner.

Full Article: http://redkiteprayer.com/2014/03/volagi-liscio-part-ii/

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Outside Magazine Press

This creates a bike that tames the chatter of rough roads and silences even big hits like cattle grates and potholes. With clearance for large-volume road tires—there’s plenty of space for cross size knobbies, for instance—this is an awesome adventure bike that is just at home on dirt fire roads as it is pavement.

Full Article: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/The-Viaje-Ti.html