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Liscio II XTR/Ultegra Di2 Flatbar

Shimano has done it again. By allowing the crossover of XTR or XT Di2 trigger shifters with Ultegra or Dura Ace drivetrains, we can now create the ultimate flat bar build.
Combining the gearing of a compact road group with the upright position and familiarity of trigger shifters – this component group is the ultimate endurance bike for riders who wish to be in the most upright position, or the fitness rider who demands the highest performance. Tried and true Di2 reliability, with over 5,000 shifts per charge, means you’ll probably never get stuck with a dead battery. If you do, Di2 intuitively shifts the front derailleur into the easiest gear, and saves any remaining juice for shifting in the rear until you make it home. Riders can also trust the XTR Race hydraulic disc brakes for consistent stopping power and are the lightest disc brake option available from Shimano. Ergon GP3 grips are already ergonomic to begin with, now with the added benefit of integrated bar ends for more hand positions on long rides. The upgraded carbon bar also adds compliance, easing the hand fatigue common on longer rides.

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Liscio XT Flat Bar – Our most versatile build?

When we built the Liscio, our intentions were to make the ultimate bike for endurance racing and riding athletes. We built it lighter and snappier than the Viajes for quick accelerations and great power transfer. We made the tubing more aerodynamically shaped to slice through the wind on long open roads. We succeeded in our goal, the bicycle industry has claimed the Liscio as the best endurance race bike, and we agree.

What we never expected was the demand for the XT Flat bar build on the Liscio. Why so much demand? We believe its the incredible versatility of the bike. Busy lifestyle? The Liscio XT is the perfect fitness bike. Light, snappy, clean, and unique. Take it out for some quick after work sprints, and then unleash it on the weekends to really take down some mileage. The upright position is extremely comfortable for long rides, with little aerodynamic sacrifice over the drop bar set up. Trying to live green? Add some fenders and panniers and have an upright and quick ride that’s light enough to take up the stairs instead of the elevator, and has the looks to impress anyone in the office or at the grocery store.

The XT kit from Shimano is their bench-mark mountain bike group- so you know it’s built tough, and with the available 40 tooth cog option from Wolf Tooth Components, you’ll have plenty of gearing to get up any mountain.  We also supply Ergon ergonomic grips so your hands stay comfortable on the long rides, with available integrated bar ends for multiple hand positions. The Xt shifters are adjustable for almost any hand size and shape, with precise indexing so every shift is perfect. The XT disc brakes are also incredibly adjustable, and set the benchmark for power, lever feel, and modulation. You can descend any road in any weather with the confidence that your brakes will perform flawlessly.

The XT Flat Bar – The ultimate get to work, fitness missle, grocery grabber, bike path crusher, and weekend warrior chariot. Coming in at about 18 lbs stock, with lighter options available for ultimate customization.

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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

 

 

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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.
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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.

 

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:

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Weather the conditions this Winter with Volagi

There’s no denying the benefits of riding a bike over other forms of transportation. When traveling long distances or simply commuting to and from work on your Volagi, your bike needs to be as resilient as you are.

Both the Viaje and the Liscio incorporate front and rear fender mounts to keep Mother Nature from ruin­ing your clean duds. The Viaje has wide enough clearance for 42c tires without fenders or 35c tires with fenders. The Liscio will accept up to 28c tires comfortably with fenders mounted (with a little bit of filing to the front fender slot) and 30c tires without fenders. Never again will you have an excuse not to ride all through the winter months. Many brands carry fenders that will fit on our bicycles however here is the short list of fenders we’ve found to work quite well:

Viaje:

1. SKS Longboard 45mm

2. Planet Bike Cascadia

Liscio

1. SKS Longboard 35mm

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How To: Installing SKS Longboard Fenders to Your Volagi Liscio

Initially, when I set out to get a few different fenders to test fit to a Volagi Liscio, I chose the SKS Longboards as what I thought would be a sure thing. I’ve installed plenty of SKS fenders in the past with very few issues, and while the SKS Longboards don’t require any substantial modification to fit the Liscio, they are not the easiest to install.

One thing is for sure though, if you are looking for the ultimate spray protection, this is it. If you’re ok with only running 25mm tires, that is.

Get the details after the break.

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Installing Rear Derailleur Liner on the Liscio

Every Liscio is prepared with the proper derailleur liners installed at our headquarters. You should be able to simply slide the cable in through the headtube ports (openings in the headtube) and the cable will exit out the correct port on—one on the chain stay, and one behind the seat tube. The cable should slide all the way through the frame without needing to fish around inside the frame.

The ultimate purpose of this photo sequence is to show how the cables should be installed in the event they need to be replaced. Fresh liners for the Liscio can be purchased through contacting Volagi Cycles.

Note: The images used in this tutorial were taken using a frame with a cutout opening to show what the cables look like inside the frame. At home, you’re frame will not have any holes in it (hopefully) and much of the work will have to be done by feel. In providing this tutorial, we hope to take out some of the guess work

Needed Materials:

  • 1 derailleur cable
  • 1 front derailleur liner
  • 1 rear dereailleur liner (Made up of: One long piece of liner [A], and one shorter piece of liner that slides into the longer piece from the chainstay[B])
  • Pick or hook tool
  • 2mm allen wrench
  • The view of the headtube of your Liscio2 will look something like this.

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You may need to look closely or shine a flashlight on the opening in the headtube ports, and when you do, you will see the small entry into the liner[A]. This is where you will insert your cable. The right port corresponds to the right shifter (rear derailleur) and the left port corresponds to the left shifter (front derailleur)

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Begin by threading a derailleur cable through the liner[A]. The cable should travel completely through the liner until the head of the cable rests against the liner.

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Using your index finger, reach inside the headtube, and find the cable as it enters the frame through the headtube port. Easing the cable through the downtube, guide the cable downward along the bottom of the downtube so as not to wrap the cable around the brake housing tube (as shown with arrow)

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Your cable should exit the window underneath the bottom bracket. This is a good time to put a small light inside the headtube (eg flashlight) to make sure that the cable is not entwined around the brake tube. You will have to look through the BB window to see this.

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Next, guide cable back through the BB window and into the right chainstay.

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Pull the cable out of the chainstay port. You may need a pick or hook tool as seen in the image. Lift up the end of the cable and pull the cable completely through until the head of the liner[A] stops at the headtube port.

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Guide the shorter piece of the rear derailleur liner[B] through the aluminum housing stop as shown. Then, slide the clear end on to the derailleur cable.

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Slide the shorter rear derailleur liner [B] into longer rear derailleur liner [A] until it stops.

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Secure the rear housing stop to the frame using a 2mm allen wrench.

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Push liner[B] snuggly into the rear housing stop (tip: it may help to use a small piece of housing to press it into place)

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Viaje Cable Routing

For the adventure bike in our stable, we’ve designed the Viaje with completely housed cables throughout the length of the bicycle. This set-up prevents invasive dirt and grime from compromising your shifting while out shredding trails or conquering a double century.

Volagi Lead Mechanic, Omar, sat down to give his best advice for routing the cable housing on your Viaje. Leave your questions, comments, or tips for Omar and he will gladly take the time  to chat with you.

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By: Omar Sison

The cable housing that originates from the right side of the handlebars should cross over the head tube to the left side of the frame. All housing crosses the head tube except the front brake housing. A barrel adjuster is applied to the housing of the front derailleur cable (as shown). I recommend Shimano SP41 shift housing, especially for Shimano drivetrains, and for improved brake modulation and power, I recommend Shimano SLR or Jagwire compression-less housing. Keep in mind that your housing should be just long enough to allow for full range of motion of the handlebars when you move them from side to side.

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Note: the front brake cable can either be positioned in front of or behind the rear housing.

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Here you can see a setup with two barrel adjusters on the shift housing, primarily for use with MTB derailleurs such as Shimano XT and SRAM X9.

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Notice there is no barrel adjuster at the derailleur when using a MTB rear derailleur.

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From left to right in this image: Rear brake, rear derailleur, front derailleur.

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Shift housing crosses under the bottom bracket—with the rear derailleur housing crossing underneath the front derailleur housing.

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Make sure cable housing length allows for relaxed radius into the derailleur, forming a straight, continuous path through the barrel adjuster. Try not to kink the cable at the barrel adjuster, it will only adversely affect your shifting.

Now go out and explore some new trails!