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How does the LongBow Flex™ Stay work and will it affect the handling of the bike?

When our design engineers, who also happen to be accomplished ultra-endurance riders, set out to create the Liscio, they knew from experience what long distance riders were looking for in a bike. This resulted in a ground-breaking frame design we call the Long Bow Flex Stay.

We designed the LongBow Flex™ Stay to optimize the carbon fiber's natural properties to absorb road vibrations and maximize the ability to move up and down. To put this in non-layman's terms: Our patent- pending design gives maximum vertical compliance and suppleness while maintaining a high degree of lateral stiffness or STW (stiffness to weight ratio) for power transfer.

The LongBow Flex™ stay is a revolutionary design that utilizes high-yield strength carbon fiber and lengthens the overall stay to maximize the frame’s ability to give vertical compliance to absorb road vibrations. In fact, the frame’s vertical deflection rate at 6.0+mm/kN is one of the highest in the industry. Even the orientation of the oval shape allows the stay to flex in one direction, while maintaining stiffness side to side for maximum control and power transfer.

Another benefit to the LongBow Flex™ stay is it actually maintains the great handling characteristics of a short chain stay design while enhancing the ride quality. Furthermore, the stay is connected all the way to the midpoint of the frame providing a strut- like design for even better lateral stiffness. As a result, Volagi™ bikes promote better handling and more efficient power transfer.

Most bicycles feature seat stays that connect directly to the seat tube. With LBFS, the seat stays bypass the seat tube and instead connect directly to the top tube. This design, with the help of intentionally shaped stays, creates just enough flex, to achieve improved compliance that results in reduced rider fatigue and improved rear wheel contact with the pavement. While the LBFS serve to take the sting out of the road, the rest of the bike is still able to capture every bit of power, propelling you forward with every pedal stroke. While the seat stays are thin and flexible, the down tube, seat tube, and oversized chainstays remain stiff for maximum power transfer to the rear wheel.