Volagi Viaje ti Ryser-10

Custom Paint, Enve Components Shine On Viaje Ti

 

Our Viaje Ti, beautiful on it’s own, truly shines with this build for our customer S. Ryser. Custom paint touches by Time Warp Paint in Ogden. Full Ultegra Di2 Hydraulic, with Enve Cross Disc Fork, Stem, Handlebar, and seatpost, Brooks C17 Carved Saddle with matching Brooks Cotton Canvas bar tape. Reynolds ATR wheels with Clemente Gravel Grinder tires round out this package for a bike that is both as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional for miles in the saddle. Call or email us today and start your custom journey at [email protected] or 801-690-7008.

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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.

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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.

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Photos From the Hoodoo 500

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Staff Tested and Approved: Reynolds Wheels

 

 

 

You may have noticed recently that we have been offering many more wheel options on our bikes than we have in the past. This is all part of our new vision for Volagi – instead of simply offering complete bikes with set specs, we will be rolling out a new bike builder where you can customize your whole build online, compare it to other build kits, and even request custom options if we don’t list something you’d really like. But we didn’t want to stop there. We aren’t just putting up untested products in the hopes they will work in the real world, we are testing them all right here in Ogden, Utah. Today we are going to talk about the wheels we have been riding from Reynolds: the Stratus Pro Aluminum wheelset, the ATR (All-Terrain Road) Carbon wheelset, and the lightweight Attack Carbon wheelset.


 

The Stratus Pro, Reynolds budget minded aluminum wheelset was the first to be tested, and currently has the most miles logged on it. What we really wanted to find in testing this wheel was whether or not this entry priced wheel would hold up to continued abuse, and also if it was pleasurable to ride in the first place. We knew that the more expensive and swanky Carbon offerings would perform, but would the Stratus Pro? The answer is yes. This stout and aero wheel accelerates with ease, blasts through uneven terrain and destroyed pavement, and comes out the other side ready to snap up the climbs unscathed. The 28mm rim depth helps slice through the air, but it’s not so deep that it deflects in light to medium cross winds. The 17mm bead width also compliments wider tires nicely, allowing a slightly larger contact patch for more stability and a more supple ride. It is slightly heavier than its carbon counterparts, but still fairly light – especially for the price.
Pick this wheel if you are looking for an ultra-reliable wheel at an average weight and are on a budget – or if you are looking for a wheelset for training so that you aren’t putting tons of miles on your ultra-light carbon race wheels.

The Stats:
Weight- 1630 gr/pair
Rim Depth – 28mm
Outer Rim Width – 21mm
Inner Rim Width – 17mm
Tubeless Compatible


The ATR is Reynolds new flagship wheelset for pushing the envelope of where you can take your road bike. The carbon rim shares the 28mm rim depth of the Stratus Pro, but is considerably wider at 29mm for the outer rim width and 21mm at the bead hooks. This really shines when you are running wider tires, increasing the effective volume of the tire and really smoothing out the ride. As with most carbon rims the ATR is stiff, so a supple tires helps balance the potentially harsher ride. The benefit you get out of this stiffness is a wheel that accelerates with incredible ease and tracks precisely no matter how quickly you are trying to flick the bike around. Reynolds also took a unique approach to the construction of this rim, utilizing their MR5 mountain bike rim technology. This process uses five different carbon layups and epoxy resins in strategic locations along the rim for optimal tensile strength, stiffness, and weight reduction.
Pick the ATR if you are looking for a light, tough wheelset that can handle any adventure you are brave enough to embark on.

The Stats:
Weight – 1535 gr/pair
Rim Depth – 28mm
Outer Rim Width – 29mm
Inner Rim Width – 21mm
Tubeless Compatible


The Attack wheelset is the lightest disc offering from Reynolds, and we picked it to pair best with our Liscio endurance racing machine. While all of our bikes handle off-road riding well, our Liscio was built to cater more to the ultra-endurance rider who would be running a narrower tire and generally staying on pavement. This wheelset obviously climbs great, coming in at only a hair over 1400 grams for the pair. It also has a shallower rim profile, preventing the wheel from getting pushed around on open roads with cross-breezes.  The carbon PR3 process uses three different carbon layups and resins in the rim at key areas to reduce weight, add stiffness, and increase strength. This wheel always leaves us smiling after a long ride, a perfect wheel for all day epic rides.
Pick the Attack if you spend most of your time logging miles on the road, love to climb, or are in need of an ultra-light wheelset for your next endurance race.

The Stats:
Weight – 1454 gr/pair
Rim Depth – 29mm
Outer Rim Width – 25mm
Inner Rim Width – 21mm
Tubeless Compatible

 

 

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Volagi and the Ground-Breaking Longbow Flex Stays

 

When Barley Forsman and Robert Choi set out to design our first frames, they knew they would be swimming against the current trends of the cycling industry of the time. The industry seemed to think that everyone desired bikes based off their race models. Bikes with steep angles and aggressive geometry. Bikes with so much stiffness built into the frames it became overkill and unpleasant to ride. Not only were these bikes detrimental to every day riders, but these bikes were also held back by rules the UCI (the bicycle racing worlds governing body) wouldn’t budge on: no disc brakes, and frames could not vary from “traditional” construction designs.

” When developing Volagi’s original bicycle frames, my co-inventor and I set out to design a bike best suited for “endurance” road cyclists. Endurance road cyclists, or riders, are cyclists who prefer to ride for longer distances, 100 km or more rather than compete in organized sanctioned races against other riders. Endurance riders are looking for a bike that still performs like a racing bike but, more importantly, that is comfortable and forgiving to bumps and road vibrations since they are on their bicycles for a long time” says Robert.

Previously, in order to isolate the rider, bicycle companies relied on one or a combination of existing options:
1.) Use thinner tubing at the rear of the bike to create more flex – which worked well for compliance but would deflect and steal energy from the rider when pedaling, as well as affect handling.
2.) Use elastomers or other energy absorbing materials – which absorb high frequency vibrations well enough but add undesired weight to the bike and do nearly nothing for large impacts.
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3.) Use a suspension linkage, like mountain bikes – which isolates the rider completely, but affects the geometry and handling of the bike, pedaling efficiency,  as well as adding too much weight to be desirable on a road bike.

To accomplish our goals, Robert and Barley created our patented Longbow Flex Stays, a design that completely isolates the rider from harsh road vibrations and impacts and provides ~6mm of movement at the saddle, while only allowing a fraction of that movement at the bottom bracket. What this does is isolates the rider in a seated position without affecting drivetrain performance, allowing for the snappy acceleration of a race bike without the harsh ride associated with it. Our Longbow Flex Stays also allow for energy absorption when standing, something that just adding an elastomer or suspension to the seat post will not do, and because of our oversized bottom bracket and tapered chainstays, the rider loses no power to the pedals.

We also took the time to engineer our LongBow Flexstays to work best with each material we use – Hi-Modulus Carbon Fiber, Titanium Alloy, and Cromoly Steel. Because each of these materials each have different characteristics and capabilities, a cookie cutter approach was not only impossible, but impractical. Our carbon frame, with its slightly shorter headtube, has the joint moved slightly back towards the seat tube. The Ti, slightly further forward. Our steel? We designed it to accommodate wider tires and changed the joint location completely vs. the other two frames.

We believe what we have accomplished with our line of bikes is a complete set of options that, no matter which you choose, will totally surpass you previous notions of how comfortable a bike can ride, while still maintaining the snappy, responsive feel you desire from a high end bicycle. Try a Volagi today, and discover your Will to Go, blaze new paths, and challenge preconceived notions of how and where you can ride a road bike.

 

Staff Tested and Approved: Mavic Ksyrium All Road Pro

Today we are highlighting the Mavic Ksyrium All Road Pro Disc wheelset. This new offering from Mavic had us really excited, as the traditional Ksyrium road wheelset set a benchmark in weight, technology, and aerodynamics. The All Road holds true to that tradition of excellent out of the box performance and reliability, with the added benefit of a wider rim profile, centerlock disc mounts, and are easily adjustable for different axle options.

After the first ride on the new wheels, Cody immediately remarked at the wheels stiffness, noticeably stiffer than the carbon Reynolds wheels he had previously. This translates to quicker acceleration and better handling, although he did adjust air pressure down slightly due to the slightly harsher ride.
The new freehub is also a noticeable improvement from past models, with a 360 degree engagement system with 60 points of engagement. This results in a much faster engagement from the freehub after coasting vs the previous models with four or even two pauls.

Wheel Specs:

Weight: 1620gm set
Technology:

    ISM 4D-

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HooDoo 500 Victory for Volagi

We would like to congratulate our Co-Founder Robert Choi for his excellent performance at the HooDoo 500, for taking the Mens over 50 field win, setting a new course record, and surviving 500 miles on a bicycle in the desert! When asked for once piece of advice to surviving such a feat, Robert says “Pain last only a short time, but Glory lasts forever!” (and also “Be sure to test new shorts out on a nice long ride before trying a new pair during an ultra-endurance event”). Always a smile on his face, no matter how exhausted he may be.

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Cycle Sports Japan Press

Translated from “’Crazy about Bikes’ This month’s bike”; Cycle Sports Japan, January 2014

Established brands are a safe choice, but finding that special bike from a little known brand is one of cycling’s attractions.

Volagi is a small brand established by former Specialized staff, their disc road bike turned some heads at Interbike in 2012. Often smaller brands like this can go relatively unnoticed, but ironically Volagi was thrown into the spotlight with a lawsuit from the owner’s former employer.

The bike that caused a stir is this, the Liscio 2. It’s main features are the long, gently curving seatstays. Thin, curved seatstays are not uncommon these days, but the fact that they bypass the seattube and attach to the toptube is where the Liscio’s originality lies. This “Logbow Flex Stay,” also used in the steel Viaje model, is the brand’s trademark design. The approach differs, but like the Trek Domane or Cannondale Synapse, the concept of allowing the seattube to move in order to increase comfort is the same. Aiming for the top with a bike designed for endurance is one of the brand’s concepts, born perhaps from the creators’ experience at Paris-Brest-Paris. With a disc brake only line-up, Volagi is unique in the market.

A few turns of the pedals reveals a neutral ride. The disc rotors catch a small amount of wind, but no surprises. This may sound like a negative impression, but it’s not. Many compliance-oriented bikes reveal a disconcerting gap in vibration transmission between front and rear end. (The Liscio) lets you feel the road at the front, then smooths out the bumps at the back. There’s no gap between what you see and what you feel, with excellent front-rear balance.

Even if you don’t notice over short distance, the reduced fatigue becomes noticeable over longer rides. The more you ride it, the more you will understand and appreciate it. It doesn’t have the acceleration of a top end race bike, nor is it especially light: looking down from a racing perspective, it may seem that there’s not much to praise. However, what the creators are aiming for is bike for riders looking to explore their full potential. They are aiming at an ideal road bike, without the limitations of UCi regulations. Road disc brakes still have a way to go, but the benefit of better function in the wet and when tired is for sure a good proposition.

Regardless of whether road disc brakes become widely accepted, this is definitely one for any bike enthusiast. I’ve ridden a number of disc road bikes, but this is the best buy so far. Pricier models are available, but they lose out on that easy-to-ride feeling. The brand’s potential and the balance of price and function make the Liscio 2 a very attractive proposition, especially for those interested in up-and-coming brands.

 

 

 

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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