Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Volagi: The Will To Go
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08-08-11, 09:25 PM
Volagi is a new brand with its first offering being Liscio, Italian for smooth.
Its a carbon road bike with disc brakes
and the LongBowFlex Stay, which effectively smooths out the rough stuff.
High modulus 24/30t carbon fiber, monocoque design
BB30 bottom bracket
Avid BB7 Road disc brakes
24mm wide rims.
3 groups offered
Dura Ace at about $4500
Ultegra at about $3600
Rival at about $2900
Dura Ace and Ultegra get FSA SL-K compact, carbon cranks with 25/11t corsets
while, Rival gets FSA Gossamer compact crankset, and a 28/11t cogset
all the bikes are spec'd with FSA compact bars.
the DA bike gets the carbon version.
Rival has 32h 3x wheels with J-bend spokes, 24mm (w) x 19mm (h) rim, brass nipples stainless steel eyelets. Think Open Pro (esq)
DA and Ultegra get straight pull hubs, with a rim 24mm (w) x 24mm (h) 2x with brass nipples. semi-aero
a 30mm deep carbon aero wheelset is also available as an up charge.
a couple of quick reviews from BikeRumor
Volagi News: http://volagi.com/news
08-08-11, 09:41 PM
08-09-11, 07:55 AM
Interesting bikes, but out of my price range.
IMO, they need to sell a bike that's closer to $2k if they want people to take a chance on their tech. Or sell build kits - frameset, wheelset, and brakes (the things that differentiate them from the competition), so people can transfer over their own groupsets.
08-09-11, 08:31 AM
another review was posted today:
we do offer "frame modules". At the moment we only have a very limited supply of completes.
more on the way!
One of the few times I've seen bikeradar.com add some objectivity to a review.
Great concept/design/bike, pleased to see it.
Now if a model were available that could accommodate 650B wheels and fat tires, that would be a comfortable ride on a bigger scale. One wouldn't need to weigh 240lbs to experience 6mm worth of compliance from the frame, a lighter person could realize suspension benefits from the tires.
I have disc brakes on my road bike and can confirm discs are advantageous on descents, even in dry conditions.
08-09-11, 12:20 PM
at the moment I have a set of 28c Rubino Pro's on the bike.
its very smooth.
you can seriously hammer over some silly rough pavement.
08-10-11, 12:06 PM
The idea of a disc-brake equipped road bike is a great one, but they need to figure out exactly what the target audience for this kind of bike wants. If they want to sell these bikes to long distance riders then they need to sort out the gearing that is being offered. Why not an Ultegra triple option? Or a compact crank with an 11-32 cassette (although I'm not a big fan of that combination)? People could make the switch to a triple themselves, but because the frame has a BB30 bottom bracket, the choice of cranksets is far more limited than it needs to be; alternatively, making the conversion to fit a standard BB is a hassle (and the adaptor adds unnecessary weight), so I'm not a big fan of BB30 frames.
BikeRadar also commented about the use of 130mm rear hub spacing. Obtaining aftermarket wheels for disc brakes in this size is a nightmare, it would have been much better if the bike had 135mm spacing.
I do commend this company's efforts to make a high performance bike that is not designed to be exactly the same as what the pros are riding and what every other company is producing. However, they should have kept certain things more standard (i.e., BB type and rear hub spacing).
09-12-11, 02:08 PM
A great bike!! I was able to do a 25 mile test ride with the OC Wheelmen and Irvine Cycles a couple of weeks ago. The sales rep (Devian) was friendly and knowledgeable! The best kind of sales rep, because he loves what he sells and sells what he loves! I work as a surgical RN and I see sales reps all the time in the OR and they change companies like we change shoes!!
Anyway, back to the bike- I ride all kinds of styles, from BMX, to MTB (DH and all mountain), and of course road; being in the market for a new road bike I have been doing many test rides and the Liscio (Ultegra Gruppo) was the best yet!! Very smooth over the bumps, yet very rigid when out of the saddle and hammering on the pedals, great cornering and best of all- DISC BRAKES!!! Also being an auto racer (BMW M325) I susbscribe to Porsche's philosophy on brakes, "you can never have enough"! That said, I would really like to feel the maximum power of even these mechanical brakes on a long downhill descent. You can stop harder, and shorter and therefore be faster than your competition.
Currently saving up for the purchase of the Liscio- Can't wait!!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I do not work for nor am sponsored by Volagi; I'm just a passionate and avid cyclist that believes in giving an opinion in things I believe in!
09-12-11, 10:36 PM
thanks for the kind words.
the bike(s) are great bikes.
the crew is on their way to Vegas for InterBike
here's a little press:
10-14-11, 07:54 PM
I was asked to demo this bike for the Levi Leipheimer King Ridge Granfondo last week. In a word - amazing.
The ride was very smooth - the thing that struck me was that I didn't notice the cattle guards as much as usual. (I ride a scandium Pegoretti).
The disc brakes - holy cow. It started pouring rain as I was doing one particularly technical descent (down to Hauser Bridge). This is where people blow out their tires from braking, and this year was no different. I was able to glide down the left of the road, passing everyone, but in complete control of the speed of the bike. Usually when you're descending for a long period of time, or braking hard, your hands hurt after (at least mine do) - I had none of that at any time during or after this ride.
Everything on this bike is well thought out and just makes sense for long distance riding. This is my next bike. :)
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