Liscio / Ultegra 11 Speed 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.”

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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

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 –

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?


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:

instant response through the frame

Rate the bike for acceleration:

acceleration was swift away from the lights

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

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A hint of understeer at very high speed.

The drivetrain

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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

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Very impressive weight for disc brake wheels

Rate the wheels and tyres for durability:

standing up well to braking forces and day to day riding

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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


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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.

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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,


Adventure Cyclist – June 2014

“Anyone who loves long miles will appreciate this bike. If you’re into century rides, gran fondos, or simply want to head out on the bike and spend countless hours finding yourself, this bike is worth a serious look.”

The Viaje was the subject of a road test by Adventure Cyclist magazine, a publication of the Adventure Cycling Association. Be sure to become a member of this great organization, and get this publication in your mailbox.


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.

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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.

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Bicycling Australia Press

Volagi is interested in ‘the rest of us’, the silent majority of riders that don’t race crits or perhaps don’t have any inclination to follow racing at all. Riders that love riding and being fit, and riding all day long – See more at:



Cycle Sports Japan Press

Translated from “’Crazy about Bikes’ This month’s bike”; Cycle Sports Japan, January 2014

Established brands are a safe choice, but finding that special bike from a little known brand is one of cycling’s attractions.

Volagi is a small brand established by former Specialized staff, their disc road bike turned some heads at Interbike in 2012. Often smaller brands like this can go relatively unnoticed, but ironically Volagi was thrown into the spotlight with a lawsuit from the owner’s former employer.

The bike that caused a stir is this, the Liscio 2. It’s main features are the long, gently curving seatstays. Thin, curved seatstays are not uncommon these days, but the fact that they bypass the seattube and attach to the toptube is where the Liscio’s originality lies. This “Logbow Flex Stay,” also used in the steel Viaje model, is the brand’s trademark design. The approach differs, but like the Trek Domane or Cannondale Synapse, the concept of allowing the seattube to move in order to increase comfort is the same. Aiming for the top with a bike designed for endurance is one of the brand’s concepts, born perhaps from the creators’ experience at Paris-Brest-Paris. With a disc brake only line-up, Volagi is unique in the market.

A few turns of the pedals reveals a neutral ride. The disc rotors catch a small amount of wind, but no surprises. This may sound like a negative impression, but it’s not. Many compliance-oriented bikes reveal a disconcerting gap in vibration transmission between front and rear end. (The Liscio) lets you feel the road at the front, then smooths out the bumps at the back. There’s no gap between what you see and what you feel, with excellent front-rear balance.

Even if you don’t notice over short distance, the reduced fatigue becomes noticeable over longer rides. The more you ride it, the more you will understand and appreciate it. It doesn’t have the acceleration of a top end race bike, nor is it especially light: looking down from a racing perspective, it may seem that there’s not much to praise. However, what the creators are aiming for is bike for riders looking to explore their full potential. They are aiming at an ideal road bike, without the limitations of UCi regulations. Road disc brakes still have a way to go, but the benefit of better function in the wet and when tired is for sure a good proposition.

Regardless of whether road disc brakes become widely accepted, this is definitely one for any bike enthusiast. I’ve ridden a number of disc road bikes, but this is the best buy so far. Pricier models are available, but they lose out on that easy-to-ride feeling. The brand’s potential and the balance of price and function make the Liscio 2 a very attractive proposition, especially for those interested in up-and-coming brands.




Liscio Custom Bike

Cyclist Magazine Press

There is an appreciable amount of give at the rear end of the Liscio, which absorbs a large amount of road buzz, although perhaps not quite as much as I had anticipated, especially when factoring the gangly seatpost into the equation. However, it was still a lot more comfortable than many other endurance bikes. This is certainly one for the long miles.

Full Article: Cyclist Magazine 2014 Liscio Review

Velo Magazine Press

Excerpt taken from Velo Magazine article, “Braking Point” by Caley Fretz, Volume 43/No. 3

“Disc brakes are better at being brakes. It seems an odd, obtuse statement, but it’s a highly relevant one. Good brakes are fast brakes. Good brakes are safe brakes. The notion that discs don’t belong on the road because they are too good—which some folks believe—flies in the face of both physics and logic.

Discs are more powerful, with better modulation, across more situations. They are so thoroughly predictable that it becomes possible to ride an increasingly fine line between traction and lockup, braking later and harder, cornering faster and with more control. In our testing, it was actually the best bike handlers who got the most out of them, as they could push the tiers to the ragged edge with confidence. They allow faster descents and quicker evasive maneuvers. They’re simply better than any rim brake, ever.”

Viaje-commuting Press

Volagi has succeeded in delivering one of the most versatile bikes on the market. It can be configured as a dedicated road bike, gravel grinder, commuter, or anything in between. The Viaje successfully blends utility and performance without exhibiting the shortcomings often found on competitors’ do-it-all models.

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