By Caley Fretz
Published Jan 3rd 2011 7:01 PM EST — Updated Jan 4th 2011 10:57 AM EST
Disc brakes — everywhere!
Mountain, cyclocross, and perhaps even road. The UCI rule changes this summer have paved the way for discs in ‘cross. Now the technology just needs to catch up. Redline has had road and ‘cross bikes with discs for years, and Volagi showed a sweet new disc-brake-equipped road bike at Interbike last fall. But those bikes have cable-activated discs. I want to see hydraulic road levers.
Laura Harris winning entry was LISCIO, which means SMOOTH in Italian. The Volagi bike is all about a smooth compliant ride while being lively and quick for all those miles logged on the bike. Laura wins a Volagi Liscio bike and we look forward to seeing her on her new Volagi bike this coming spring!
Greetings Fellow Cyclists!
We have decided to change the name of our new road bike and we need your help.
We're offering you the opportunity to win one of the first Volagi bikes ever produced by coming up with the name that best communicates the spirit of Volagi to our riders!
Simply check out our website, www.volagi.com, think about one of your most challenging rides where you have done what seemed impossible, and email us the most incredible Volagi bike name ever. Before you know it you'll be styling down the road on the hottest new road bike anywhere out there!
"Laterally stiff and vertically compliant," marketing buzzwords of many a bike at Interbike, are actually measurable on the Volagi, a bike designed for long-distance riders. The long seatstays, following a natural curve and attaching forward of the seat tube, provide 6mm of vertical travel at the rear wheel to roll smoothly over payment cracks. Short chainstay with a big down tube and tapered head tube provide stiffness and responsiveness.
Volagi cycles is new, but we’re betting their first bike, the Venga, will quickly put them on the map.
The first thing you’re likely to notice is the disc brakes, but that’s not even the raison d’etre for the brand or the bike. Created by Robert Choi and Barley Forsman, who both come from a varied design background within the cycling industry, the Venga is designed to offer endurance cyclists the form, function and fit they need to ride long, but the geometry is designed to handle quickly like a race bike.
On paper, this seems like a great idea, and we’re looking forward to testing one out when they come available next April.
For now, we can tell you about the technology and design, like those “longbow” seatstays that start well ahead of the seat tube and the geometry that tailors this bike to the type of riding most of us actually do.
By MATT WIEBE
Morgan Hill, CA - Not far into his typical 200-mile weekend ride Robert Choi starts steaming about bike design. Why do bike companies design hign-end road bikes around 140-pound pro tour riders?
"pro tour bikes are design to put every watt of a riders' output into going forward, so they are built very light and stiff to meet the needs of a professional racer," said Choi, who created VistaLite and along with feloow designer Barley Forsman started a company Volagi. "Not only are normal Americans a different size than pro riders, but they have different needs. As a long distance rider I want a slightly more upright, a comfortable compliant ride and a bit of room to move around on my saddle and bars. I also like fast downhills so I need brakes that work in all weather," he added.
Launching at Interbike 2010, a new line of performance bikes by Volagi™ specifically designed for the long distance rider.
We've incorporated our revolutionary LongBow Flex™ stay into an all-carbon frame providing an engineered light-weight, bike providing a balance of compliance and stiffness.. We know that endurance cyclists ride in all kinds of conditions; thus, all Volagi™ bikes include disk brakes for better control and traction while reducing rider fatigue. Passion for performance while providing a great experience for the Endurance cyclist is what Volagi™ is all about.
Check out Volagi™ at Interbike, Booth 7001, New Exhibitor Pavilion.
Volagi™ Cycles are the first production bikes in their class to be engineered, designed and custom tooled from the ground up specifically and exclusively for you, the committed century plus to ultra distance cyclist. Volagi is dedicated to ensuring you have the most technologically advanced and innovatively progressive equipment tailored to you to obtain a personal best-ever on your next event while experiencing the safest, most enjoyable ride possible. We’re equally dedicated to ensuring you have great finishing times on all your upcoming events the next ten years, and the next twenty years, and for as long as you have “the will to go”.