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Introducing the Viaje KickStarter Project!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (All day)

*We are currently just over 20% of the way there. Still a long way to go! All of us at Volagi are excited to announce the Viaje KickStarter Project! (click link to go to Kickstarter) As many of you likely know, introducing a brand new bike from such a small company takes a lot of investment which is why we have employed the use of KickStarter. While the project won't completely fund the production of the new bike, it will greatly help to offset the cost allowing us to produce the best bike possible so that we can get it out to dealers and riders as soon as possible. Through KickStarter you will have the opportunity to call dibs on one of the very first Viajes for yourself, at a special KickStarter only price. Not only that, but we are running a special deal just for KickStarter where the Viaje XL Frame and complete bike will ship with the full carbon Viaje SL fork. We know that not everyone is in the market for a new bike, so if you want to help us out there are also some really cool limited edition Viaje T Shirts and a Camelbak Podium Water Bottle as rewards for smaller pledges as well. The Viaje KickStarter is live now, and can be found here. It's important to point out that we realize the KickStarter has the potential to take a few sales away from our valued dealers. As much as it pains us to do that, a successful KickStarter will propel the Viaje into production allowing us to be able to get this great new bike onto bike shop sales floors across the nation. Our aim is to provide the best possible product to our dealers and consumers and the KickStarter will help make that happen It has been quite a journey for us up to this point, and we appreciate you taking part of that journey and propelling us into the future! Thank you.

Utah Dealer Camp

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:00am

You are Invited! Join us in Park City Utah this July 24-26 at DealerCamp! What's DealerCamp? DealerCamp is an innovative experiential trade event that brings together suppliers and retailers like you at THE strategic time in today's buying cycle. The Program is simple: Meet, Ride & Decide. DealerCamp is your chance to keep the "Independent" in IBD and further define your store by the variety of products that you carry. Join us in Park City this July 24-26 and secure your store's authenticity in 2013.

Perhaps you've heard stories of road disc brake failure and think they're not ready for prime time just yet? As pioneers of road disc brake technology, Volagi has been at the forefront of the new brake movement from the beginning. We've worked closely with companies such as TRP to produce superior, safe, reliable products that we are completely comfortable to spec on our bikes.

Please join us at Dealer camp to find out just how good disc brakes can be, and how a little set up goes a long way.

We will have 3 separate clinics:

2:00pm on Tuesday the 24th

10:00 am on Wednesday the 25th

10:00 am on Thursday the 26th

Register for DealerCamp 2012 and join us in Park City to be part of the independent solution.

Volagi Bike of the Future by Velo News

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:00am

What will road bikes look like in 20 years? It’s something we often ask ourselves when hearing about the latest innovation in the cycling industry. Will that innovation stick, or will it fade away like purple anodized cantilever brakes?

When imagining bikes of the future, the Velo tech team certainly has a wish list. A lively frame built from sustainable materials that handles well, transfers power effectively and keeps us comfortable would top the list. Fantastic brakes (why not anti-lock hydraulic disk brakes?), reliable shifting (something still not perfected) and tires that sing without the hiss of punctures would follow. If the bike had big tire clearance, its versatility would be incredible. A couple sets of wheels, one for road and another for cyclocross, would be easy to swap. Room for fenders would keep those in wetter climates happy.

For now, we’ll have to be patient. But there are plenty of manufacturers pushing the envelope. California-based Volagi is one such company. Its Liscio carbon has some of the amenities mentioned above, most notably disc brake, a comfortable frame and room for large road tires and fenders. Whether you it or not, off-the-shelf road bikes equipped with disc brakes will happen, and we think it’s a good thing. Carbon rims can be lighter than ever if heat from braking isn’t a factor. Wild rim shapes can be explored without the need for two relatively parallel surfaces for braking. Whether carbon or aluminum rims are used, disc brakes offer superior performance in wet conditions.

And while disc brake technology hasn’t quite caught up to Volagi’s innovative ambition, it will soon. Hydraulic-ready shift levers are coming in 2012 and cyclocross is proving to be an excellent testing ground for drop-bar disc brake tech.

A True Four-Season Bike

Volagi’s Long Bow Flex seatstays are attached to the top tube instead of the seat tube, meaning they are both longer and more compliant. The Liscio also has an aero down tube, seat tube, seatpost, seatstays and an aero fork with a tapered steerer. The bottom bracket is oversized too (BB30), but the bike’s versatility is what won us over.

                If you’re not a fan of disc brakes, Robert Choi, co-founder of Volagi, has you covered. “We actually have little post mounts under the top tube for the rear brake,” he said. “You can put on traditional caliper brakes, medium reach, front and rear.”

                The designers at Volagi also thought through fender installation. Mid-fork blade fender mounts help avoid clutter at the drop-out. Integrated mounts at the bottom bracket, rear brake post and dropout help a consumer neatly mount a fender on the rear. With room for 25mm tires and full fenders, Choi calls the Liscio “a true four-season bike.”

The Ride

The magic of the Liscio is in the ride. It is exceptionally smooth over small bumps. Choi explained that the seatstay design of the Liscio gives it “passive suspension.” The rear dropouts move 5-6mm with 224 pounds of force applied (something quite common in cycling).

                The Liscio certainly isn’t the quickest handling bike, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Choi describes it as “neutral handling.” And for long days in the saddle when you want a more stable steed, the Liscio delivers supreme comfort.

                Luckily, the compliance of the seatstays is independent of the bottom bracket, which is still very stiff. Energy never feels wasted. However, the E7 Ignite EL wheels that come with the bike feel a bit sluggish. The Volagi wheels use a 26mm deep and 24mm wide aluminum rim (turn the page to read about our love affair wide ride rims). The wheels look great and perform their duties, but they are a tad portly.

Unfortunately, swapping them out for a racier set of wheels isn’t easy. Volagi uses a 130mm rear spacing, standard road width. The problem is that most disc hubs are 135mm, mountain bike standard, so wheels for the Liscio aren’t really available. Volagi is working on a tubeless carbon clincher wheel to spice things up. That said, a shift to 135mm would be a wise move.

A 55cm frameset weighs 1,100 grams and runs $1,800. The fork weighs a very respectable 430 grams. Total bike weight for the Ultegra-equipped bike we tested was 17.2 pounds, without pedals. This isn’t superlight by any means, but it’s not bad either.

At first glance the Liscio leaves some wondering just what sort of bike it is. Some see a disc-brake cyclocrosser, other see a Specialized Roubaix knock-off. But the Liscio that could play über commuter, gran fondo crusher, dirt-road plaything or simply a sweet road bike. Volagi is not a major player in the cycling industry, but those companies that are had best be paying attention – the bike of the future has arrived.

The Big Squeeze - Your Brakes May Never Be The Same (Bicycling January 2011)

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 12:00am

Please. Visit your closest magazine stand, (do they have those nowaday?) and open to page 88.

Volagi Bikes by Alienator

Monday, November 7, 2011 (All day)

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I had a test ride today, for a couple of hours of climbing, of a Volagi bike (The disk brake equipped road bikes). Two hours isn't enough for real evaluation of a bike or for a review in the review section, so I thought I'd post some thoughts on it.

The only thing transferred to the Volagi from mine was my saddlebag and my pedals, so that makes conclusive differences between my Look 595 and the Volagi difficult and even questionable. Given that, I'd consider the following just impressions.

The bike was kitted with their own wheels (32 spokes front and rear I think, Novatech hubs, rims with eyelets), their own saddle, FSA Gossamer cranks, SRAM Rival, Avid disk brakes (cable, not hydraulic), their own seat post, and their own saddle. The frame was a 57 (57cm VTT) and had a BB30, uhm, BB shell. Compared to my Look, the Volagi has 7mm long chain stays (412mm vs. 405mm), a 72.75° HTA compared to the Looks' 73°, and a 1008mm wheelbase vs. Looks' 1002. The Volagi has 48mm of fork offset and 55mm of trail. The Look has 43mm of offset and 58mm of trail. The Volagi has a 72.5° STA, and the Look has 73°. The big difference is the Look is about 871mm to the top, front edge of the head tube, whereas the Volagi is about 930mm. That's calculated from the geometry charts and from my tire radius. Their bike weighed in at around 17lbs, so about a pound or a bit more than mine (mine does have a tank for a saddle). Like a lot of bikes now, it's sporting a tapered steerer (1.125" to 1.375").

Given it's geometry you'd expect that it wouldn't have twitchy tendencies, and it certainly doesn't. The best way to describe its handling is to say it's very neutral. On descents, it was no trouble picking a line and holding it, nor was it any trouble changing lines quickly. It was just a bit more deliberate process than, say, a crit bike. I'm okay with that. When I raced motorcycles, I liked neutral handling. Climbing with the Volagi was comfy whether I was standing or sitting. On the Look, I'm more comfy sitting than standing. Maybe it's just a quirk of mine.

As can be expected with a relatively long wheelbase, the Volagi has a pretty comfy ride. Big bumps had less impulse transmitted to my ass than on my Look, and it also damped better high frequency vibrations. The vibrations I'm talking about come on some roads where the tar or whatever gets washed off of/worn out of the road surface so that stones in the aggregate get left protruding Such things didn't disappear, but they were more muted than on the Look. Again, I refer you to the caveats already made: tire's were different, seat was different; wheels were different. Still, the difference between doing the same ride with the two different bikes seemed significant. The bike certainly didn't feel dead. There was still more than enough road feel.

I didn't make any adjustments on the road, and as it came, the brakes had more travel than I cared for before they engaged. On the front, I like a firm lever quickly. I like the opposite on the rear. I didn't care at all for the way Rival shifted and for the double tap thing. It's just not my cuppa. There was a periodic rub in the lowest gear, but I think that was likely the result of the small FSA chainring being warped and the need for a tiny change in the low limit screw for the front derailleur. The bars were 42cm versions, and I didn't much care for that narrowness, but that's easy enough for any owner to change. I'd change it since I'm a 44cm guy.

One big surprise was their seat. It's their own design (at least one of the owners has designed a number of saddles for others), and it was damned comfy. Again, that's an opinion formed after only one ride so take that for what it's worth. I normally ride a Selle San Marco Regal.

It seems likely it's a pretty aero bike. The down tube, seat tube, and seat post all had pretty well defined aero profiles. It certainly did like to roll downhill. It felt fast, but I'll have to check past rides on this route to compare with old speeds. One thing that killed speed was the braking. It was very powerful, and my usual braking points were way off. I ended up slowed down way to soon for a lot of the corners. Granted, I didn't want to push too hard since I didn't want to wad their bike and me, but there's no denying there be power a plenty. There was some brake squeal, but if it were my bike, I could use some of the tricks I've learned for diminishing or getting rid of squeal. I don't know how new the pads were, so I don't know if they were bedded in yet or not. The braking was such that for someone with either decreased hand strength, impaired hand function, or someone one a long descent, braking would likely be pretty damned easy and effective without being tiring.

Aesthetically, I think it were a pretty sexy looking bike. The company have definitely gone the conservative route with labeling, decals, whatever, and two of the owners told me that was a goal. The frame was nude unidirectional CF with clear coat, but the inside faces of the fork and the chain stays were painted red. I like that, the subtle addition of color. The CF finish looked very good and had no evidence of "we're new at this" or "we'll eventually figure out how to do this" to it. I didn't ask where their frames are made because, well, I don't care. They are not open mold frames. The design is all Volagi's. Given the subtle labeling and conservativish paint selection coupled with design elements of the bike, it certainly looks unique compared to other bikes out there. I has happy to see not a single decal that had the prefix "nano" in it, and there was no sign at all of things like SCLS, VCFM, or XYKZ or whatever worn out marketing crap is on any other given bike.

So, I dug riding the bike. I'd like to be able to give it a proper long test, maybe a month at least, to see what niggles or larger issues might come to the front.