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Vote for Your Favorite Viaje Water Bottle Design!

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As you probably know, we are in the midst of a KickStarter campaign to help fund the production of our new steel adventure bike, the Viaje. There are four reward levels that will include our new Special Edition Camelbak Podium Viaje water bottle, at the $20, $50,  $120, and $230 pledge levels. When it came to designing a bottle, our graphic designer came up with a bunch of great ideas and we've been able to narrow it down to the three you see above. Help us chose the final bottle design and vote for your favorite! The winning bottle design will be announced at the end of the (hopefully) successful KickStarter Project!

Update: We should have mentioned to not pay any attention to the color of the actual bottle itself. The black bottles were simply mockups, and the final bottle will likely be clear! So bottle A. would probably end up printed in a color that shows up better on a clear bottle. Thanks!

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The Solidarity Ride (and why it should matter to you)

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The Solidarity Ride (and why it should matter to you)

By Barley Forsman

Jan. 17th, 2012

You may have heard some news about a potential “penny” ride to pay our legal debt of $1 to Specialized this weekend. While we believe our motives are pure, we think that it could send the wrong message.

Yeah, Specialized sued us, for a lot of different things. Yeah, we've spent our life savings defending ourselves. Yeah, we've been vindicated in a court of law. And yeah, we received a lot of great press in the process.

But this is not really about us.

Continue reading after the break...

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VeloNews Calls Liscio the Bike of the Future!

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Photo Credit: Brad Kaminski

Wow. We weren't expecting this. Finally some good news for Volagi. Starting on page 14 of the 2012 VeloNews Buyer's Guide, you can read all about the Bike of the Future: The Volagi Liscio! Obviously, we're biased and have to think our bike is the future, but to have it put out in the open by the likes of VeloNews? We couldn't be happier.

Read the full article after the break!

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We Won! (Essentially)

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Volagi co-founders Barley Forsman (left) and Robert Choi walk out of the San Jose Superior Court in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Friday Jan. 13, 2011 after the jury dismissed Specialized Bikes claims of design infringement and confidentiality contract breaching. Photo by Stan Olszewski/SOSKIphoto.com

 

If you haven't heard by now, we are extremely pleased to tell you that the court battle is over. Volagi won. Mostly.

I suppose it depends on which side you talk with, but on Friday the 13th no less, a jury dismissed all charges against Volagi and Barley. With the exception of finding Robert liable for Breach of Contract, it was a total victory for Volagi. Even that issue had quite a lot of grey area as many legal things do, but the most important aspect of it all was the jury's symbolic act of ordering Robert to pay Specialized one dollar in damages. One Dollar!

Obviously, there are legal fees on top of that, though we feel fortunate that we are able to continue our business with all of our ideas, products, and patents intact. We feel we have proven ourselves to the world, and from this point on we will only be looking toward the future.

We owe a huge thank you to all of our dealers, friends, fans, and customers who have given us a tremendous amount of support throughout the whole process. It means more than you know.

If you're clamoring for more info on the lawsuit settlement, check out the links to all the different stories after the break!

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Latest on the Suit...

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First of all, thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support as we weather this S-storm. The bike industry has always been more of a family than a job for us, and this just proves it. In an effort to keep everyone up to date, we've compiled a list of links about the current state of things for Volagi.

Unfortunately, Specialized has requested for Judge Woodhouse to place us under a gag order (again) so the ability for Robert or Barley to speak with the press will be prevented until the gag order is lifted. However, it is a public case so if you happen to be in San Jose, you can catch the trial at the Santa Clara County Superior Court. 190 N. 1st Street, San Jose, Court Room #4.

Thanks for the support, and if you haven't done so all ready, check out the bottom right corner of the blog to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Links to the news stories after the break!

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Happy New Year from Volagi Cycles!

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Ok, so this isn't exactly the original photo, but due to myself calling Cincinnati instead of California home, photoshop will have to do.

2011 has been a great year for us here at Volagi Cycles. Our first bikes have shipped, we've made quite a stir in the press (see side bar for article links), and Volagi is steadily growing with a great staff of extremely passionate and talented individuals. While 2011 has been great, 2012 is looking even better.

All of us here at Volagi hope you have had a great year, and hope that you can come along for the ride in 2012! Happy New Year!

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Greetings from Volagi

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Yes, that is the Robin Williams, just outside of a Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito. Super nice guy, and oh, he liked the Liscio!

Welcome to Volagi Cycles' new blog. We hope this will become a wealth of information for both our bikes, and information for cycling in general. Eventually you will be able to find how-to's, product spot lights, future products, demo reports, and anything else we can think of to fill the pages. As a company, we love feedback, so if there is anything you would like to see, just let us know!

See you out on the road.

-Volagi

P.S. Credit for the Header photo goes out to Tyler Benedict of Bikerumor.com, make sure to check out Bikerumor's reveiws of the Volagi Liscio by clicking on the link to the right.

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