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”.