Last month the co-founder coming from a new bike manufacturer visited our shop. The bike she presented was attention grabbing and its design is a bit out of the box. The goal on the Volagi bike should be to supply the recreational rider who likes long rides by far the most comfortable bike in the marketplace, but with the geometry was created to handle quickly similar to a race bike. Volagi Liscio certainly carries a “whoa” factor, featuring a Wishbone frame and Avid’s mechanical disc brakes.
The beefy downtube and chainstays offer lots of stiffness for power transfer. Volagi’s unique split seat stays (Wishbone) permit more flex both in the seat stays and it also greatly softens the ride. That doesn’t signify the bike is whippy, however. . Those stays plus the fork also allows sufficient width to permit the rider to run wider tires, as much as 28c.
Disc brakes offer great braking under all conditions, better safety and control, better stopping power, less hand fatigue, less maintenance, they’re less expensive, simple to adjust, won’t damage your expensive bike wheels, will brake even with broken wheels, you are able to run wider tires and/or fenders without worrying about caliper clearance plus it makes changing a flat easier.
Current race bikes can provide the performance, destroy you on rides lasting 2-3 hundred miles and up. An advantage of these bikes, beyond the claimed better braking and comfort, is that no parts are proprietary to make it work. When hydraulic disc brakes for road bikes appear, that is certainly inevitable, you’ll have the capacity to upgrade (though depending on how the internal cabling is run, you might have to run the house down the frame). That, and you can now slap fenders to the frame using the built-in mounts and ride all throughout the winter. Wide 25mm rims enable you to throw some ‘cross or winter commuter tires on.
Volagi, is founded by two former Specialized Bikes employees. Robert Choi was the founding father of VistalLite and once Bell Sports purchased VistalLite, he took over as head of marketing and product development for Blackburn, Rhode Gear and VistalLite. He then worked at CamelBak for several years developing many break-through products for CamelBak.
In July Volagi’s Demonstration Truck arrived at San Diego and El Camino Bike Shop for the week of demo riding. People were looking at and riding the Volagi for six days. At the conclusion of the Demo week over 30 people had ridden the bike and three people had placed an order for the bike. As one happy new Volagi customer said “I trust the people at El Camino Bike Shop. I was ready for something different and they showed me the Volagi Lisco. I was sold after one test ride.”
Volagi Bikes will be exhibiting at the 2011 Interbike show in Booth 7149. Interbike brings most brands and over 10,000 buyers from around the world to Las Vegas and you have Interbike – the ultimate blend of industry leaders and innovative products in the bicycle industry. The annual gathering kicks off each September with two days of the Interbike OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV – a world renowned outdoor cycling venue – and continues for three packed days of exhibits, product launches, insightful seminars, meetings and celebrations at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas.
The Volagi will roll out with three models: The Volagi Liscio Rival retailing for $2,895.00; The Volagi Liscio Ultegra retailing for $3,595.00; The Volagi Liscio Dura-Ace retailing for $4,495.00
If you are looking see the Volagi bike, El Camino Bike Shop is the bike shop in San Diego to be selling the Volagi Road Bike. El Camino Bike Shop has been serving San Diego since 1972. We have one of the largest selections of bicycles and bike accessories in the county. We are a “family” bike shop with bicycles for everyone from the first time rider to the serious athlete.
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