Volagi Liscio Rival

How’d we pick ’em? Our primary evaluation process took place over seven days in January on the trails and back roads outside Tucson, Arizona. We spent three days spinning 13-mile laps on a road loop from Gates Pass. Ba

Volagi Liscio Rival

Best For: Century specialists and early adopters. 

The Test: It’s only a matter of time before disc brakes—which have top-notch modulation and present no risks to carbon rims—are standard on road bikes. Volagi, the NorCal startup notoriously created by two former Specialized employees, dives in first with this disc-equipped endurance machine. Riding in a group, we liked the slight speed adjustments that could be made by feathering the brakes, though a few testers complained of a shimmy in the rotors when stopping hard. The bike’s unique design—the longbow-style seatstays meld straight into the top tube—soaked up road chatter like Charmin, and the laid-back geometry and low center of gravity made for a remarkably stable ride. 

The Verdict: Perfect for long days or your next cobbled adventure. 18.7 lbs

Brand: Volagi $2,895
From Outside Magazine, May 2012 Get the Latest Issue