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INTERBIKE TECH REPORT, PART 4 by Michael White Road Bike Action
Submitted by Volagi on October 2, 2011 - 7:26pm
Monday, September 19, 2011 (All day)
Road Bike Action: Tech Report during Interbike
We recently tested a Volagi Liscio with a mechanical Dura-Ace drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes - look for that in a future issue of RBA. And during our testing, we postulated if and when Volagi would incorporate some sort of hydraulic brake options in their lineup. We didn't have to wait long for an answer as the company has revealed two new build options that will include hydraulic disc brakes, courtesy of TRP in the form of their stem-mounted Parabox first seen at this year's Sea Otter bike festival in April.
Like all of Volagi's Liscio models, the 2012 versions feature their signature Long Bow Flex seat stays, which we've found in our testing to aid in producing a vertically-compliant ride by deflecting road chatter away from the seat tube.
This glossy white Liscio will come standard with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain, Volagi's proprietary carbon clincher wheels (featuring a new and improved carbon layup for 2012), and will retail for $5995. Volagi's committed to this predominantly white colorway, completing the build with a white FSA handlebar and a white TRP Parabox cable-to-hydraulic conversion box (mounted under the stem).
There's still more shiny, white paint on the TRP brake calipers, which are nestled cleanly between the chainstays and seat stays. Although Volagi's big news involved their offering hydraulic brake-equipped models for 2012, the San Francisco-based company will still offer select build options of the Liscio with Avid mechanical calipers for those with smaller budgets.