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From the Shop: Now Offering Custom Paint

Over time we have fielded several requests for custom paint, and now we are happy to offer this service through a local painter. We don’t even mark up the paint, you just pay what our painter charges us. Check out our first paint job, a simple pink clear coat over the top of an existing black/white frame.

Liscio XT Flat bar front

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.

TRP HYRD caliper close up

Volagi and the TRP Hy RD Disc Brake

TRP Hy RD Disc Brake


 

The TRP HyRd is a cable actuated, hydraulic powered disc brake. The use of cables allows for cross compatibility with any shifter that uses a cable brake, allowing us to keep the price down with little sacrifice in braking power compared to a full hydro set up. TRPs HyRd brake uses a cable pull system to activate a lever on the caliper that in turn pushes a piston into the hydraulic reservoir and activates the brake. Don’t be fooled – this approach has plenty of power despite its diminutive size. That, coupled with compressionless brake housing gives you a rock solid, nearly full hydraulic feel as the pads lock onto the rotor.

You might also notice the unique appearance of the T25 Center-Lock rotor. This steel rotor with aluminum carrier and center lock only option sheds weight and heat over its predecessor. The grooves you see along the rotor help pump in cool air to prevent heat build up, as well as help remove contaminates from the rotor and pad surface. The channels are treated with an ED (Electro-deposition) coating, much like anodizing, which bonds the coating to the surface of the rotor on a molecular level so that the coating will never wear off.

A staff favorite for its predictability, low noise, and larger pad-to-rotor contact area, the HyRd wont leave you wishing for anything more than longer rides and steeper descents.

Liscio Custom Bike

Cyclist Magazine Press

There is an appreciable amount of give at the rear end of the Liscio, which absorbs a large amount of road buzz, although perhaps not quite as much as I had anticipated, especially when factoring the gangly seatpost into the equation. However, it was still a lot more comfortable than many other endurance bikes. This is certainly one for the long miles.

Full Article: Cyclist Magazine 2014 Liscio Review

Velo Magazine Press

Excerpt taken from Velo Magazine article, “Braking Point” by Caley Fretz, Volume 43/No. 3

“Disc brakes are better at being brakes. It seems an odd, obtuse statement, but it’s a highly relevant one. Good brakes are fast brakes. Good brakes are safe brakes. The notion that discs don’t belong on the road because they are too good—which some folks believe—flies in the face of both physics and logic.

Discs are more powerful, with better modulation, across more situations. They are so thoroughly predictable that it becomes possible to ride an increasingly fine line between traction and lockup, braking later and harder, cornering faster and with more control. In our testing, it was actually the best bike handlers who got the most out of them, as they could push the tiers to the ragged edge with confidence. They allow faster descents and quicker evasive maneuvers. They’re simply better than any rim brake, ever.”

Volagi & Instagram Photo Contest

To help promote the launch of the new and improved www.Volagi.com, we will be giving away prizes to Instagram users who use #volagi in their photos during the entire month of January. All photos with #volagi will be featured on the new website and prizes will be awarded to the photo we deem to be the tops. Here’s the details:
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1. Hashtag your pictures with #volagi. Submissions that best exemplify the spirit of Volagi and the “Will to Go” will be chosen.
2. Prizes will be awarded to the best Instagram submission each Friday during January (10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st)
3. Your image will be featured on www.volagi.com as well as on Volagi social media pages
4. One winner per week, one prize-package per user.

Winners will be based on how well the the image captures the spirit of Volagi and the “Will to Go”. Need inspiration? Check out pictures from community riders just like you: http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/tag/volagi/

Viaje Progress

This post is long over due, but the end of the season has been a marathon for us at Volagi, or maybe a century is more apropos. Our successful Kickstarter project took us right into Interbike where we got some face time with some of the best dealers across the nation, and even some world wide. The star of the show was of course the all new Viaje steel adventure road bike. It was amazing to see everyone’s reactions to a bike that can be so many things to so many people.

What better way to celebrate the end to a great season than with some beautiful raw frames just waiting for their final colors.

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