Eyes On: Volagi Viaje Steel Disc Brake Adventure Road Bike
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.