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Viaje meaning “trip” or “journey” alludes to the spiritual core of why we all ride a bike – to enjoy the journey.

What kind of bike is Viaje?

Imagine a road bike that you could ride anywhere? If you see a dirt road, take it. Come across a gravel path—explore it. Ride by some sweet single track? Go for it. Suddenly, without limitations you are free to ride wherever the road takes you, enabling you to find your cycling nirvana, that point on a ride when your head is perfectly clear and everything comes into focus. Reflect on a mountain top, meditate by a river, all knowing your Viaje brought you there.

Adventure. A powerful word that conjures up images of fantastic realities and stories that qualify as anything but ordinary. Adventure can take you places, it can take you far away from the day to day, to bring your 9-5 day dreams to life.

For many, few things offer as much adventure as a self propelled journey through your favorite roads, trails, and paths. Often, such journeys require the choice of a certain bike, one best individually suited to a specific route. However, it is when you remove any restrictions from where you can wander, that the adventure truly begins.

Volagi's latest creation, the Viaje, is meant to help you fulfill your need for adventure. More than just our latest bike though, the Viaje is a category defining bicycle that sets the stage for others to follow.

Viaje is journey. Journey means adventure.

Viaje offers the freedom to explore roads less traveled...
Viaje offers the freedom to explore roads less traveled...
...freedom to turn your road ride into an adventure
...freedom to turn your road ride into an adventure
...freedom to ride comfortably all day—on or off the road.
...freedom to ride comfortably all day—on or off the road.
Meet Viaje.
Meet Viaje.

What makes Viaje different?

Engineered for Adventure. Its steel frame borrows our patented Long Bow Flex Stay from our popular Liscio road bike, and capitalizes on the positive ride quality of both in combination with a tapered carbon fork to tame the harshest roads, washboard trails, and rough gravel. The frame also boasts a tapered head tube, and oversized BB386 Evo bottom bracket to get the most power transfer possible. Finally, a standard 27.2 seatpost allows you to pick and choose the best post that suits your needs.

Tires are capable of completely transforming how a bicycle performs, and with the Viaje you can take your pick. 25mm road tires for pavement duties? No problem. 42mm knobbies to tame the roughest single track and gravel? Have at it. You can even fit 32mm tires with full coverage fenders with the integrated rack and fender braze-ons. You're going to need more tires. But the Viaje is more than just clearance for bigger tires. Thanks to Barley's wizardry with the geometry of the Viaje, regardless of what tires you choose to run the Viaje handles like a dream. Quick, agile, intuitive, but still stable enough for long days in the saddle.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Volagi without the use of disc brakes. Disc brakes offer next level stopping power and control - which is critical when riding in mixed conditions you are likely to encounter on a Viaje. Fully compatible with mechanical or hydraulic systems, the Viaje offers confident control in any environment with the tire clearance to back it up. Get out there, go explore.

Why a steel bike?

Simple. Steel is real. As cheesy as that saying is, it holds a lot of truth. Those who have ridden a steel bike already know, but for those that haven't - Steel has an intrinsically great ride quality thanks to a number of factors. Stonger tubing means you can use smaller diameter tubes which result in a more compliant ride. Careful selection of tubing for both models of the Viaje, along with the road taming performance of our Long Bow Flex Stays results in a supreme ride. Steel, only better.

Steel is also extremely durable, which is especially important when you're exploring uncharted territory on your Viaje, or locking it up to a bike rack downtown. When cared for properly, steel frames can last a lifetime! Many of us at Volagi still have our first bikes that happen to be steel.  

Don't get us wrong, there is absolutely still a time and place for carbon - just look at the Liscio. However, for an adventure bike like the Viaje, steel is the perfect material for the right blend of performance, ride quality, durability, and weight.

The steel chosen for both the SL and the XL has been hand picked to ensure the best possible bike for each model. At the top of the line, the Viaje SL will be manufactured with Columbus' Spirit triple butted tubing which is known for its incredibly high strength to weight ratio. Our premium Viaje deserves premium tubing. Meanwhile, the XL Viaje will be constructed from high end 4130 Chromoly double butted steel tubing. The XL will still have the ride you would expect from a Volagi, though it will end up slightly heavier than the SL. Both versions of the Viaje frame will be manufactured in Taiwan and then shipped to our headquarters in Cotati, Ca for final assembly.

Premium steel tubing adds durability to comfort.
Premium steel tubing adds durability to comfort.

LONG BOW FLEX STAYS

Volagi's signature innovation, now in steel.
Volagi's signature innovation, now in steel.

EVO BOTTOM BRACKET

Maximum drivetrain efficiency
Maximum drivetrain efficiency

EXTRA WIDE TIRE CLEARANCE

Go as wide or narrow as you want, and throw on some fenders.
Go as wide or narrow as you want, and throw on some fenders.

Viaje Geometry

In order to maintain the fun, fast, but stable handling you have come to love from the Liscio, the geometry of the Viaje is very similar with slightly longer chainstays and a curved seat tube for tire clearance. The end result is a bike that is equally at home off road, as well as on. The Viaje is not a cross bike, gravel bike, rando bike, touring bike, or a road bike. The Viaje is whatever you want it to be.

Massive 42mm slicks can tackle anything.
Massive 42mm slicks can tackle anything.
Campy more your style? Go ahead, build it out.
Campy more your style? Go ahead, build it out.
The Viaje makes an awesome super commuter. 100% fender compatible.
The Viaje makes an awesome super commuter. 100% fender compatible.

Both the Viaje XL and SL frames and complete bikes will initially be available in the three colors shown above:  Blue, Cream, and Red.


Viaje Frame Specs

  • Headset: Integrated 1.5 to 1 1/8" tapered (Included)
  • Seatpost: Standard 27.2 Straight post
  • Bottom Bracket: BB386 Evo - convertible to GXP or Hollowtech II with adapters
  • Rear Hub Spacing: 135mm only. Compatible with all 135mm QR disc hubs
  • Brake Compatibility: Disc only, mechanical and hydraulic
  • XL frame: Volagi 4130 CRMO steel, Double butted Heat treated, weight 1.95 kg. * 
  • SL Frame: Columbus Spirit, Triple butted Heat treated, weight 1.65 kg * 
  • Fork: All HM carbon composite with carbon steer and dropouts, UD finish, weight 450gm ** 
  • *(estimate for unpainted 55cm frame) 
  • **(estimate for 450mm steer, uncut

For more information on purchasing our wheelsets to build a frameset, check out our website.

Viaje SL Specs

Frame: Columbus Spirit steel frame, Long Bow Flex Stays
Fork: Full carbon, 1 1/8-1.5 tapered steerer
Wheels: E7™ IGNITE EL Wheels Rim—24 hole, 26 mm(h) x 23 mm(w) Aero clincher rim.
Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro, 700x28C
Shifters: Ultegra ST-6700
F Derailleur: Ultegra FD6700
R Derailleur: Ultegra RD6700
Crank: FSA SL-K Light Compact 386 Evo
Cassette: Ultegra CS-6700 11-28t
Saddle: E7™ Sync LD hollow CroMoly railSeat
Post: FSA Carbon Post 27.2
Handlebars: FSA Wing Pro Compact
Stem: FSA OS-150, AL6065, 31.8mm 84°/96° reversible
Headset: Stainless Integrated 1-1/8” top and 1.5” bottom
Brakes: Your Choice: Parabox Hydraulic, 3rd gen. w/ Lyra rotors 160/140 or Avid BB7 Road w/ Lyra Rotors 160/40

Viaje XL Specs:

Frame: 4130 Chromoly Steel frame, Long Bow Flex Stays
Fork: Full carbon, 1 1/8-1.5 tapered steerer - Kickstarter only!
Wheels: E7™ Ignite XL - 32H Rear, 32H Front 26mm(h)x24mm(w) 
Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Hyper(32-622),  700x32C
Shifters:  Sram Apex
F Derailleur: Sram Apex Braze On
R Derailleur: Sram X9 Medium Cage - Kickstarter Only!
Crank: FSA Gossamer Compact 386 Evo
Cassette: Sram Pg-1050 11-36 - Kickstarter Only!
Saddle: E7™ Sync LD hollow CroMoly railSeat
Post: Alloy Post 27.2
Handlebars: FSA Wing Compact
Stem: FSA OS-150, AL6065, 31.8mm 84°/96° reversible
Headset: Stainless Integrated 1-1/8” top and 1.5” bottom
Brakes: Avid BB7 Road, Lyra Rotors 160/140

Specifications are subject to change. Which isn't a bad thing, for instance, check out the prototype fork for the Viaje. The bikes above are pictured with an off the shelf fork for the sake of having a complete bike to ride. The actual fork? Well, it's a work of art with all of the features you have come to expect from Volagi.

Kickstarter Only: The Viaje XL Framesets and Completes will ship with the upgraded, full carbon Viaje SL fork!

Granted, this is an early sample but this is what you can expect the Viaje to be equipped with. Forward facing dropouts, aggressive skewer retention, hidden fender eyelets, and a clean brake cable/hose routing down the back of the fork leg slightly to the inside. The Viaje's fork is completely our design (like all of our products) and completes the bike.

Why a Kickstarter? 

The point of the Viaje Kickstarter is for you to help us get the Viaje into production as fast as possible, and to allow you to be part of the process of bringing the Viaje to life. More than just helping us, you'll be able to take advantage of this one time only Kickstarter Pricing on a Viaje. You have a chance to be the first to experience the cycling freedom a Viaje offers firsthand, and you'll be able to say that you helped make the Viaje a reality.

Rewards:

Reward Selection:

1. Make sure to include a current email address so we can send you an email once the Viaje is funded to confirm details on sizing (shirts, jersey, kit, frame, or bike) and Color.

2. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@volagi.com

Volagi co-founders Robert Choi and Barley Forsman
Volagi co-founders Robert Choi and Barley Forsman

Whether you are backing us $5, or $5000, we greatly appreciate the support. Our goal is to continue to produce unique, innovative products for the cycling community, and we can't do it without your help.

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    Volagi kit: including cycling shorts, cycling jersey and and Limited Edition Viaje water bottle (US shipping included. Please add $25 for International shipping)

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    Blue XL Frame. Your very own Viaje XL frame and fork in the Blue Colorway. (note that there are different rewards to chose, based on the frame color your prefer) Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Cream XL Frame. Your very own Viaje XL frame and fork in the Cream Colorway. (note that there are different rewards to chose, based on the frame color your prefer) Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Red XL Frame. Your very own Viaje XL frame and fork in the Red Colorway. (note that there are different rewards to chose, based on the frame color your prefer) Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Cream SL Frame. Your very own Viaje SL frame and fork available in the Cream colorway! Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Red SL Frame. Your very own Viaje SL frame and fork available in the Red colorway! Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Blue SL Frame. Your very own Viaje SL frame and fork available in the blue colorway! Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Blue XL Complete Bike. Your very own Viaje XL Complete bike with a Sram Apex build kit in the Blue colorway. Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Red XL Complete Bike. Your very own Viaje XL Complete bike with a Sram Apex build kit in the Red colorway. Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Cream XL Complete Bike. Your very own Viaje XL Complete bike with a Sram Apex build kit in the Cream colorway. Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Cream SL Complete Bike. Your very own Viaje SL Complete bike with a Shimano Ultegra build kit and TRP Hydraulic brakes in the Cream colorway. Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Red SL Complete Bike. Your very own Viaje SL Complete bike with a Shimano Ultegra build kit and TRP Hydraulic brakes in the Red colorway. Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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    Blue SL Complete Bike. Your very own Viaje SL Complete bike with a Shimano Ultegra build kit and TRP Hydraulic brakes in the Blue colorway. Available in sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63 (US shipping $40, International shipping will be according to actual cost)

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