Eyes On: Volagi Di2 Hydraulic Disc Brake Road Bike, in White!
We broke the news that Volagi went ahead and put out the first fully spec’d hydraulic disc brake road bike, and now we’ve got some actual photos to prove it.
Sure, it’s using an adapter to go from mechanical to hydraulic brakes for now, but the Liscio’s frame is designed around a hydraulic system, so as soon as someone gets hydro shifter levers, there’s no retooling needed, just a simply spec swap. They’ve also designed the frame around Di2, giving this bike some of the cleanest lines we’ve seen.
The Di2 hydraulic brake equipped bike shown here will retail for under $5,945 with Ultegra Di2. More pics, plus some updates to their carbon wheels, after the break…
Hydraulic brake lines are run internally. Cable guides can be bolted on to flush in-molded mounts for non-electronic drivetrains, and guides are pre-installed on the bottom of the BB30 shell.
These pictures don’t do the bike justice. The white color was (is) striking, perfectly complemented by the white TRP Parabox brake system.
The Longbow stays add a good bit of bump absorption making for a very smooth ride. The seat clamp has been revised since we reviewed the bike, which (they say) improves clamping ability and eliminates any of the creaking issues we had.
The Di2 integration is very clean.
New wheels that come in at just about 1400g with a $1,600 retail. That’s with 30mm deep, 25mm wide (outside) carbon clincher rims. Because they don’t have to reinforce a brake track, they can save weight, and they’re working to further reduce rim weight to about 380 or just under.
We’re hoping Volagi offers up a 135 rear option in the future, at least for the wheels, since they’d make a great upgrade option. Their frame is currently 130 rear spacing, as are the wheels.