When we first laid eyes on Volagi’s disc brake equipped road bikes, we drooled and totally wanted a size run in the office…everyone here wants to ride one. (and now we have one on the way!)
The Volagi Liscio, which means “smooth” in Italian, is now fully in production in all sizes and will be ready to ship May 23. They had several builds on display at Sea Otter, but all revolve around Avid’s mechanical disc brakes coming standard. While that’s certainly the initial “whoa” factor, the frame itself is worthy of attention. So, jump past the break and check this thing out…
Available with either red or white paint details, the bikes are really well thought out beyond including discs. This one is a prototype – the seatpost collar on this was a concept, but it didn’t allow for enough strength in that section of the frame…the other photos below show production versions – but it’s representative of complete bike weights of all the ones we lifted there.
This is the production seatpost binder…still pretty good looking. The seatpost is Volagi’s as it’s shaped to fit the seattube.
Their fork runs the brake cable inside the leg, and it has a mounting hole in the crown for traditional road brakes should you decide to go “old school.” Oh, and check out those rack mounts on the inside of the leg. Rear brake cable runs internally through the downtube.
The top tube has cable stop mounts preinstalled, letting you install standard road calipers if you want. The seatstay bridge has a hole in it for the brake.
The rear brake is mounted inside the triangle, which looks much more appropriate for a sleek road bike. The rear has rack/fender mounts, too.
The Liscio uses a BB30 bottom bracket.
So, what wheels are these? Volagi’s! Since there aren’t really any disc-specific road rims, they actually did sort of reinvent the wheel. Their new Ignite SL disc-specific wheels have carbon clincher rims and new hubs. Rim width is a respectable 24mm wide on the outside. Claimed weight is 1490g per pair, and they’ll come as a spec option or be available for $1495.
They use 130 rear hub spacing, rims are 30mm tall, and these are almost final spec.