Eyes On: Volagi Viaje Steel Disc Brake Adventure Road Bike

Volagi Viaje steel disc brake adventure road bike for touring randonneuring and cyclocross

Volagi’s new steel Viaje road bike follows the form of their Liscio with Longbow Stays and disc brakes but changes up the geometry to make it a bit more versatile.

It gets 3mm longer chainstays and a 5mm longer wheelbase. Effective top tube is about 5mm shorter and the stack is about 10-11mm taller, putting the rider in a bit more upright position. Headtube angle is about half a degree slacker, too. They’re calling it an adventure bike, and it’s designed to do anything and everything.

Co-owner Barley Forsman says the geometry is more along the lines of a performance rando or touring bike, but it’s within line for a cyclocross bike. There’s clearance for a 42C tire if it’s a dry day, or 32C tire with fenders. Or, you could just rock it as a regular ol’ road bike…

Volagi Viaje steel disc brake adventure road bike for touring randonneuring and cyclocross

The Longbow Stays join the top tube by sleeving onto a lug rather than welding into the top tube, which could have weakened that section of the frame.

Volagi Viaje steel disc brake adventure road bike for touring randonneuring and cyclocross

Curved Longbow Stays take the edge of the bumps. You don’t often see an inset tapered headtube on steel bikes, but it certainly helps keep things looking sleek. The fork is full carbon like on the Liscio.

Volagi Viaje steel disc brake adventure road bike for touring randonneuring and cyclocross

Reynolds 853 tubesets will be offered as a framesets coming in at $1,500 with the full carbon fork. A full bike with Campy Chorus will be about $3,200. This includes hydraulic brakes using the 2nd gen TRP Parabox. They’re shooting for a sub 20lb complete bike…still finalizing the exact tubes.

Volagi Viaje steel disc brake adventure road bike for touring randonneuring and cyclocross

A Reynolds 525 bike with Apex should come in just under $2,000. There should be about a 1.5 pound difference between the two steel frames. They should be available in late August if things stay on track. Seven frame sizes will be available.

Comments

chadquest - 04/21/12 - 12:51am

This niche has exploded in the last 5 years.

And i am happy.

satisFACTORYrider - 04/21/12 - 12:54am

Diggin the tube choices. Wish they would offer a steel fork option with the frame set.

J-dog - 04/21/12 - 5:58am

TheSe guyS are on a great path. CongratS to them for all they have made it through.

I would have never conSidered one of their bikeS, but thankS to all the good publicity they are on everyone’S radar.

That”S my .01

meh - 04/21/12 - 11:15am

I wonder what company Robert stole this design from?

Meta - 04/21/12 - 7:33pm

I really think they should go with a different naming scheme. VIAJE is almost NSFW if you know what I mean!

James - 04/22/12 - 8:50pm

Who did they steal this one from?…Ever see a Retrotec bike? The difference is Kurt Inglis is too busy making frames and winning beer chugging roller races at Single Speed Worlds to spend all that time in court.

Alb - 04/23/12 - 7:43am

Nice to see shaped tubes on a steel frame. With any luck Specialized won’t claim it as their own.

Jason - 04/24/12 - 6:51pm

Where are the promised rack and fender mounts? http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/04/17/volagi-viaje-new-steel-disc-brake-road-bike/

Also how do the seat stays not rattle on the seat tube, looks like there is very little clearance.

tracy - 04/25/12 - 5:20pm

Total Retrotec rip off, i test rode something allot like that in the mid nineties in Chico before Curtis moved the show to Napa.

Will - 09/06/12 - 5:55pm

What part of Retrotec are they ripping off? The Retrotec stays I’ve seen are pretty different (welded to the seat tube, extending all the way forward to the down or head tube). Curved tubes are also used by several builders. Retrotec’s designs owe a lot to old Torker BMX models. Volagi’s stays are closer to old GT bikes if anything. Everything’s a remix: http://vimeo.com/14912890

carl - 11/28/12 - 5:00pm

That rear tire is running darn close to that brake bridge, huh?

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