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Staff Tested and Approved: Reynolds Wheels

 

 

 

You may have noticed recently that we have been offering many more wheel options on our bikes than we have in the past. This is all part of our new vision for Volagi – instead of simply offering complete bikes with set specs, we will be rolling out a new bike builder where you can customize your whole build online, compare it to other build kits, and even request custom options if we don’t list something you’d really like. But we didn’t want to stop there. We aren’t just putting up untested products in the hopes they will work in the real world, we are testing them all right here in Ogden, Utah. Today we are going to talk about the wheels we have been riding from Reynolds: the Stratus Pro Aluminum wheelset, the ATR (All-Terrain Road) Carbon wheelset, and the lightweight Attack Carbon wheelset.


 

The Stratus Pro, Reynolds budget minded aluminum wheelset was the first to be tested, and currently has the most miles logged on it. What we really wanted to find in testing this wheel was whether or not this entry priced wheel would hold up to continued abuse, and also if it was pleasurable to ride in the first place. We knew that the more expensive and swanky Carbon offerings would perform, but would the Stratus Pro? The answer is yes. This stout and aero wheel accelerates with ease, blasts through uneven terrain and destroyed pavement, and comes out the other side ready to snap up the climbs unscathed. The 28mm rim depth helps slice through the air, but it’s not so deep that it deflects in light to medium cross winds. The 17mm bead width also compliments wider tires nicely, allowing a slightly larger contact patch for more stability and a more supple ride. It is slightly heavier than its carbon counterparts, but still fairly light – especially for the price.
Pick this wheel if you are looking for an ultra-reliable wheel at an average weight and are on a budget – or if you are looking for a wheelset for training so that you aren’t putting tons of miles on your ultra-light carbon race wheels.

The Stats:
Weight- 1630 gr/pair
Rim Depth – 28mm
Outer Rim Width – 21mm
Inner Rim Width – 17mm
Tubeless Compatible


The ATR is Reynolds new flagship wheelset for pushing the envelope of where you can take your road bike. The carbon rim shares the 28mm rim depth of the Stratus Pro, but is considerably wider at 29mm for the outer rim width and 21mm at the bead hooks. This really shines when you are running wider tires, increasing the effective volume of the tire and really smoothing out the ride. As with most carbon rims the ATR is stiff, so a supple tires helps balance the potentially harsher ride. The benefit you get out of this stiffness is a wheel that accelerates with incredible ease and tracks precisely no matter how quickly you are trying to flick the bike around. Reynolds also took a unique approach to the construction of this rim, utilizing their MR5 mountain bike rim technology. This process uses five different carbon layups and epoxy resins in strategic locations along the rim for optimal tensile strength, stiffness, and weight reduction.
Pick the ATR if you are looking for a light, tough wheelset that can handle any adventure you are brave enough to embark on.

The Stats:
Weight – 1535 gr/pair
Rim Depth – 28mm
Outer Rim Width – 29mm
Inner Rim Width – 21mm
Tubeless Compatible


The Attack wheelset is the lightest disc offering from Reynolds, and we picked it to pair best with our Liscio endurance racing machine. While all of our bikes handle off-road riding well, our Liscio was built to cater more to the ultra-endurance rider who would be running a narrower tire and generally staying on pavement. This wheelset obviously climbs great, coming in at only a hair over 1400 grams for the pair. It also has a shallower rim profile, preventing the wheel from getting pushed around on open roads with cross-breezes.  The carbon PR3 process uses three different carbon layups and resins in the rim at key areas to reduce weight, add stiffness, and increase strength. This wheel always leaves us smiling after a long ride, a perfect wheel for all day epic rides.
Pick the Attack if you spend most of your time logging miles on the road, love to climb, or are in need of an ultra-light wheelset for your next endurance race.

The Stats:
Weight – 1454 gr/pair
Rim Depth – 29mm
Outer Rim Width – 25mm
Inner Rim Width – 21mm
Tubeless Compatible

 

 

Longbow carbon view from below

Volagi and the Ground-Breaking Longbow Flex Stays

 

When Barley Forsman and Robert Choi set out to design our first frames, they knew they would be swimming against the current trends of the cycling industry of the time. The industry seemed to think that everyone desired bikes based off their race models. Bikes with steep angles and aggressive geometry. Bikes with so much stiffness built into the frames it became overkill and unpleasant to ride. Not only were these bikes detrimental to every day riders, but these bikes were also held back by rules the UCI (the bicycle racing worlds governing body) wouldn’t budge on: no disc brakes, and frames could not vary from “traditional” construction designs.

” When developing Volagi’s original bicycle frames, my co-inventor and I set out to design a bike best suited for “endurance” road cyclists. Endurance road cyclists, or riders, are cyclists who prefer to ride for longer distances, 100 km or more rather than compete in organized sanctioned races against other riders. Endurance riders are looking for a bike that still performs like a racing bike but, more importantly, that is comfortable and forgiving to bumps and road vibrations since they are on their bicycles for a long time” says Robert.

Previously, in order to isolate the rider, bicycle companies relied on one or a combination of existing options:
1.) Use thinner tubing at the rear of the bike to create more flex – which worked well for compliance but would deflect and steal energy from the rider when pedaling, as well as affect handling.
2.) Use elastomers or other energy absorbing materials – which absorb high frequency vibrations well enough but add undesired weight to the bike and do nearly nothing for large impacts.
Or
3.) Use a suspension linkage, like mountain bikes – which isolates the rider completely, but affects the geometry and handling of the bike, pedaling efficiency,  as well as adding too much weight to be desirable on a road bike.

To accomplish our goals, Robert and Barley created our patented Longbow Flex Stays, a design that completely isolates the rider from harsh road vibrations and impacts and provides ~6mm of movement at the saddle, while only allowing a fraction of that movement at the bottom bracket. What this does is isolates the rider in a seated position without affecting drivetrain performance, allowing for the snappy acceleration of a race bike without the harsh ride associated with it. Our Longbow Flex Stays also allow for energy absorption when standing, something that just adding an elastomer or suspension to the seat post will not do, and because of our oversized bottom bracket and tapered chainstays, the rider loses no power to the pedals.

We also took the time to engineer our LongBow Flexstays to work best with each material we use – Hi-Modulus Carbon Fiber, Titanium Alloy, and Cromoly Steel. Because each of these materials each have different characteristics and capabilities, a cookie cutter approach was not only impossible, but impractical. Our carbon frame, with its slightly shorter headtube, has the joint moved slightly back towards the seat tube. The Ti, slightly further forward. Our steel? We designed it to accommodate wider tires and changed the joint location completely vs. the other two frames.

We believe what we have accomplished with our line of bikes is a complete set of options that, no matter which you choose, will totally surpass you previous notions of how comfortable a bike can ride, while still maintaining the snappy, responsive feel you desire from a high end bicycle. Try a Volagi today, and discover your Will to Go, blaze new paths, and challenge preconceived notions of how and where you can ride a road bike.

 

Viaje XL, New Stealth Black Paint

 

 

Check out this new Viaje XL built up with SRAM Force CX-1 in the Black paint we just got in. Stealthy, cool, low key, with a splash of contrast so when people ask “Who makes that sweet bike?” all you will have to do is point at the down-tube and cruise on past. Built with CX-1, this bike is perfect for long tours on less than ideal terrain. The 1×11 gives you similar gearing to a conventional double with fewer parts to fail when you are far away from civilization. Also, the narrow-wide chain and rings help prevent dropped chains over ultra-rough terrain.

Available in all sizes and builds, reserve your Black Viaje XL today.

Staff Tested and Approved: Mavic Ksyrium All Road Pro

Today we are highlighting the Mavic Ksyrium All Road Pro Disc wheelset. This new offering from Mavic had us really excited, as the traditional Ksyrium road wheelset set a benchmark in weight, technology, and aerodynamics. The All Road holds true to that tradition of excellent out of the box performance and reliability, with the added benefit of a wider rim profile, centerlock disc mounts, and are easily adjustable for different axle options.

After the first ride on the new wheels, Cody immediately remarked at the wheels stiffness, noticeably stiffer than the carbon Reynolds wheels he had previously. This translates to quicker acceleration and better handling, although he did adjust air pressure down slightly due to the slightly harsher ride.
The new freehub is also a noticeable improvement from past models, with a 360 degree engagement system with 60 points of engagement. This results in a much faster engagement from the freehub after coasting vs the previous models with four or even two pauls.

Wheel Specs:

Weight: 1620gm set
Technology:

    ISM 4D-

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