Liscio / Ultegra 11 Speed

Road.cc Liscio Review

“Volagi’s designers may have gone down the comfort route with their Liscio frameset but over the last couple of months this modern looking carbon frame has been impressing everywhere from time trials to fast commutes and interval sessions. If you’re the type of rider that likes to dabble in all aspects of road riding this may be the only bike you need.”

Read the full review here » http://road.cc/content/review/126219-volagi-liscio-frameset

road.cc test report

Make and model: Volagi Liscio

Size tested: 55

About the bike

State the frame and fork material and method of construction. List the components used to build up the bike.

Frame –

24T/30T carbon fibre,

disc mounts

mudguard eyes

Di2 ready

Internal cabling

aero seatpost

Fork –

Full carbon

Disc compatible

Internal cabling

Tell us what the bike is for, and who it’s aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

The Liscio is designed as an endurance machine with plenty of comfort in the frame from carbon fibre lay up and the Long Bow Flex system. It also works well as a performance machine or winter trainer thanks to full mudguard clearance.

Frame and fork

Overall rating for frame and fork
9/10

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

The quality looks really good and it certainly feels solid enough. There were no rattles or worrying sounds over rough ground and I think the paint finishes it off completely

Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

24T and 30T carbon fibre mix is used as a mid tensile strength material to sacrifice some stiffness for comfort

Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

The 55cm comes with an 549mm effective top tube with snesible angles to provide a quick handling yet balanced riding machine.

Full specs here – http://www.volagi.com/bikes/liscio-disc-road-bike/

How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

STack is tall at 574mm due to the long head tube though it never feels like you are sitting upright. A reach of 379mm is pretty spot on for a 549mm top tube (effective)

Riding the bike

Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

Yes very much so. There is some buzz from the beefed up front end but it’s minimal and the Liscio is a very relaxing bike to ride.

Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

All in all the Volagi has plenty of stiffness for fast and powerful riders. The Long Bow seatstays can feel a little soft but it’s rare and barely noticeable

How did the bike transfer power? Did it feel efficient?

Well, it likes to climb and sprint.

Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? If so, was it a problem?

No.

How would you describe the steering? Was it lively, neutral or unresponsive? Neutral,

Tell us some more about the handling. How did the bike feel overall? Did it do particular things well or badly?

The Volagi was very easy to ride whether in traffic or the open road thanks to the balanced steering. Banking it over through the turns seen plenty of grip and it tracks very well.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike’s comfort? would you recommend any changes?

I liked the Volagi saddle as it had minimal padding and a long narrow design plus our frameset had 3T carbon handlebars which worked well with the frame soaking up the bumps.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike’s stiffness? would you recommend any changes?

The aero section seatpost felt stiffer than a round alternative though thankfully the flex around the seat tube reduced any harshness.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike’s efficiency? would you recommend any changes?

Ours came with an Ultegra build and the chainset, bottom bracket combo really laid the power down. The whels were impressive to.

Rate the bike for efficiency of power transfer:
8/10

instant response through the frame

Rate the bike for acceleration:
8/10

acceleration was swift away from the lights

Rate the bike for sprinting:
8/10

At the absolute top end you will feel some flex but it doesn’t detract from the performance of an endurance frame.

Rate the bike for high speed stability:
8/10
Rate the bike for cruising speed stability:
8/10
Rate the bike for low speed stability:
8/10
Rate the bike for flat cornering:
8/10
Rate the bike for cornering on descents:
8/10

A hint of understeer at very high speed.

The drivetrain

Rate the drivetrain for performance:
8/10
Rate the drivetrain for durability:
8/10
Rate the drivetrain for weight:
8/10
Rate the drivetrain for value:
8/10

Tell us some more about the drivetrain. Anything you particularly did or didn’t like? Any components which didn’t work well together?

Ultegra is solid and provides consistent shifting and braking performance. This review is for a frameset only though so these scores don’t count for the overall.

Wheels and tyres

Rate the wheels and tyres for performance:
8/10

Very impressive weight for disc brake wheels

Rate the wheels and tyres for durability:
8/10

standing up well to braking forces and day to day riding

Rate the wheels and tyres for weight:
8/10
Rate the wheels and tyres for comfort:
8/10
Rate the wheels and tyres for value:
8/10

Tell us some more about the wheels and tyres.Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the wheels or tyres? If so, what for?

Volagi’s own wheels certainly feel up to the job and they look smart to. Just over 1600g for a set is impressive plus there are also carbon fibre versions to

Controls

Rate the controls for performance:
8/10
Rate the controls for durability:
8/10
Rate the controls for weight:
9/10
Rate the controls for comfort:
8/10
Rate the controls for value:
7/10

Tell us some more about the controls. Any particularly good or bad components? How would the controls work for larger or smaller riders?

Volagi’s aero seatpost is certainly stiff and offers loads of height adjustment. The simple saddle adjustment is a winner to. The 3T carbon bars our test bike came with offered plenty of performance and were also clip on tri bar compatible.

Anything else you want to say about the componentry? Comment on any other components (good or bad)

The components seen on our test bike are just an example of the build possible, you can go as bling or sensible as you like.

Your summary

Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes.

Would you consider buying the bike? Yes.

Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes.

Rate the bike overall for performance:
8/10
Rate the bike overall for value:
8/10

Anything further to say about the bike in conclusion?

It was a brave decision when Volagi designed the Liscio from the ground up to take disc brakes and while there is still some opposition to the concept, it’s something we’re going to see a lot more of. While I’ve ridden lighter or faster, better handling, even more exciting bikes very few have had the solid, dependable, consistent, do everything kind of ride the Liscio offers. The Volagi would be a loyal workhorse in your stable.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course!  My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red

I’ve been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

New Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed

We’ve put together a Viaje with the new Shimano 105 11 speed group and new SRAM Centerline rotors! Our initial impressions are that the shifting is slightly more crisp compared to it’s bigger brothers and is as easy to maintain as previous generations. The new 105 also comes in the GS rear derailleur which allows us to include an 11-32 long range cassette, so basically any large hill or even mountain can be tackled.

A really neat addition to the bikes are the SRAM Centerline rotors. In our testing of the rotors down a very wet North Ogden Divide (~10% grade) they were extremely quiet and gave consistent braking power. All of our models can now come spec’d with the impressive Centerline rotors.

We plan to test the group further with the R685 mechanical hydraulic shifting when it becomes available at the beginning of October.

The base 105 11 speed group on our steel Viaje starts at $2,545, while the 105 11 speed full carbon Liscio starts at $3,116.