Initial Review: Volagi Liscio Disc Brake Road Bike

first_imgThe Liscio is available in several trims and a frameset (frame, fork, wheels, post) but all use the same basic frame. It’s a monocoque carbon frame with nano-carbon particles in the resin and smooth wall construction. All Liscio frames are a blend of 30t and 24t carbon, even though their website initially stated that only the Dura Ace model had the 30t. They decided that making one frame would be less expensive than two different models, and decided that all bikes would benefit from the higher end carbon.Our test bike is the 57cm Ultegra build with alloy FSA stem and handlebar, Carbon FSA SL-K compact crankset and Volagi’s own VE7 Ignite EL carbon-rimmed wheels. Actual weight w/o pedals: 17lbs 5oz. MSRP for this model is $3,595.00.There’s no denying the curvy good looks.Maybe it’s me, but the Liscio (which means ‘smooth’ in Italian) has a the visual flair of the boot-shaped country. The lines are nice accentuated by the paint scheme. On a group ride, it received plenty of compliments.The fork is their own design. It’s tapered 1-1/8″ to 1-3/8″ with aero shaped legs. Both it and the seatstay bridge have holes for mounting traditional brakes. The top tube has mounting holes for cable stops should you regress to calipers. The headtube is tall, putting the rider in a more upright position. The handlebars have a very shallow drop, too, keeping the rider more comfortable.The brakes both use internal cable runs with mechanical Avid calipers. Front rotor is 160mm, rear is 140mm. Hub spacing is 130mm on the rear. Internally mounted rear brakes keep a very clean aesthetic. Near both are mounts for pannier racks, which is a nice touch that adds versatility to match the frame’s long distance design. In fact, cofounders Robert Choi and Barley Forsman are avid distance cyclists and made the bike to fit their riding style.Braking performance was solid, on par with quality calipers, but somehow felt better on long descents.The top tube’s gentle arc continues through the ovalized “Longbow Flex” seatstays, but part of it shoots straight back to reinforce the top of the seat tube. The stays don’t touch the seat tube at all, providing “5.5mm/kN” of flex. Translation: It’s damn comfortable over the rough stuff.The seat tube maintains the seatpost’s aero shape most of the way down, rounding off around the front derailleur mount.The downtube is aero shaped, too. Brake line runs internally, shift cables externally with a criss cross halfway down.The BB30 bottom bracket area is fairly stout. The downtube makes full use of the width and the chainstays are thick and tall as they exit. The result is a pedaling platform that’s stiff enough for most riders, particularly those that like to ride long distance. Sprinters might want a bit more, but this bike’s not really targeted at them.Ignore the decal, these are the “SL” version of their E7 Ignite wheels. The UD Hi-Mod carbon fiber rims were designed specifically for disc brake use, meaning there’s no braking surface required. Volagi made the most of it with the rim profile, and they made it wide: 25mm outer width and 30mm depth. This let them mate it with a 25C Continental Ultra Race tire.HOW’S IT RIDE?With all the talk about long distance, endurance riding you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a bike that’ll struggle on those fast paced group rides. You’d be wrong…I managed to hang onto one for as long as my legs would allow. It’ll put the power where you want it, and some initial creaking when standing to hammer was fixed by tightening the crankset. Under loads of standing and stomping there’s a bit of chain rub on the front derailleur cage, but not obscenely more than with racier bikes. I took it through some tight downhill corners and parking lot “emergency” turns to test it out, and the Liscio went where it was pointed with nary a complaint.That stuff’s just for kicks and grins, though.Under real world conditions – just riding for fun or with a few friends – the Volagi has really shone. It gobbles up rough roads, pavement cracks and bridge transitions like they’ve been milled smooth. While the fork doesn’t claim to have any specific damping characteristics, between it and the wide rim and tire, I’m actually OK with the alloy FSA bar. Normally alloy bars vibrate my hands to pieces, but I haven’t had any issues thus far.On a group ride I hit 48+ mph on a downhill and ran out of gearing. The Liscio was ultra stable. As in, I probably could have taken my hands off the bar and eaten a gel.My best ride on it so far has been the roads around Mt. Rushmore. The climbs could kill you, but the descents took me to heaven. Seriously – Best. Road descents. Ever. I’ll post video when I get back to civilization. The roads were mostly smooth, but a couple of dips, bumps or bridge transitions could have shooken a twitchier bike off course. Not the Liscio. And on rougher pavement, it’s perfectly content to soak up the crud while you remain comfortably seated and pedaling along. It’s not that you feel disconnected – far from it – just free from harsh bumps or road vibes. The bike shone while descending high speed corners. It tracked confidently, smoothly and predictably. Any mishaps would have been user error.So far, I’m pretty enthralled with it. I am on the fence as to whether I could use the larger (60) size – I’m 6’2″ – but the bike does have a long-ish top tube, and a jump from 57 to 60 is pretty big. Look for a longer term review in a few months.ANY ISSUES?Aside from the fixed BB creaking, the stock Volagi saddle didn’t meet with my approval. I’ve swapped it for the new Bontrager Team Issue road saddle and am much happier. I also had to tighten the seatpost clamp slightly more than recommended to keep it from creaking or slipping, but only at Choi’s suggestion. He said they’ve changed the mold slightly to improve the interface and that it shouldn’t be an issue anymore. (we got a really, really early production bike in for testing)CHRIS’ COMMENTSEditor’s note: We had another local rider spend a week on the Volagi. Separately, he’d contacted Volagi about demoing a bike and they put us in touch. Here’s his unedited review:The Volagi Liscio was designed with one thing in mind: riding long distances comfortably. To ride long distances means the rider must be able to ride safely under changing road conditions and to be able to stay in the saddle for hours without undue discomfort. To this end, a couple of major innovations were incorporated into the design: disk brakes for all-weather stopping power, and a light, aerodynamic fatigue-reducing full-carbon frame. I recently rode the Volagi on several short and long group and solo rides, and came away with a very favorable impression.Disk brakes on a road bike are long overdue. They stay free of road gunk, maintain power in wet conditions, and eliminate the risk of overheated rims producing blowouts. The lack of rim heating from heavy brake usage allows Volagi to achieve the current holy grail of cycling: carbon clincher rims. Carbon heats up and can delaminate when regular caliper brakes are used, but there is no risk of that with disk brakes, so you can enjoy the weight and performance characteristics of carbon wheels without fear of ruining them on long descents. I found the Avid BB-7 mechanical brakes to be very well modulated, with stopping power roughly equal to that of calipers. The weight difference is negligible when compared to the advantages of carbon rims and all-weather braking confidence.The frame design is among the first things you notice when you first see the bicycle. Volagi has split the seat stays and brought them past the seat tube to join the top tube in front of the seat cluster, effectively taking bumps and vibration from the rear wheel and dissipating it into the frame, rather than into the rider’s seat. The test bike I rode was 57cm, smaller than the 59 or 60 I usually ride, so I had to extend the seat post out to near its maximum in order to get my legs properly angled. The seat tube angle combined with the extended length gave the bike a very springy, almost boingy feel when going over rolling bumps. The seat stays are also bowed convexly, meaning that the top tube is angled down to meet it, further lowering the seat cluster (and lengthening the seat post above it). This also yields a step-over that makes the bike easy to mount. The bike eats up rough roads, encouraging the rider to hold his line and roll over the bumps. The bike retains good road feel while minimizing deleterious vibration effects, and feels quite stiff when you need to rise up out of the saddle and stomp. I felt no wobbles or shimmies on descents.One of the most important features is that the bike looks fabulous. Everybody I rode with commented favorably on its appearance, which features shiny cherry-red paint offset by exposed black carbon fibers, with neat white blazes inside the fork and chain stays. The pleasing curves and artful color combinations look sharp without being overly flashy. Surprisingly, any discomfort I felt from the bike being too small faded with each ride, to the point where I could ride 60 miles and still want more. I heartily commend this well-thought-out bicycle! Since seeing the production versions ready Sea Otter, we’ve been awaiting our test bike from Volagi (Voe-LAH-Jee). Since hitting our office, two different riders have put a bit over 150 miles on the Ultegra-equipped Liscio, most recently on Highway 16a near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.The Volagi Liscio is probably best known for being one of the first disc-brake specific road bikes, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s a really great bike! Designed for long ride comfort, its frame uses long seatstays that split around the seat tube and connect further up in the top tube, providing a good bit of vertical compliance. Climbing through the Black Hills and descending the winding, corkscrewing, s-curving downhill treat toward the monument, the Liscio proved all that cush doesn’t come at the expense of performance.The Volagi Liscio’s got a lot going for it. Make the jump for frame details and more first impressions…last_img read more

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Leguan/East Bank Essequibo beat Bartica/Wakenaam by one run

first_imgTHE 2017/2018 Guyana Cricket Board/Demerara Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited/National Sport Commission/National Secondary School Cricket League (GCB/DMLAS/NSC/NSSCL) continued in the Essequibo District, where Leguan/East Bank Essequibo Combined defeated Bartica/Wakenaam Combined by one run. Travis ChristianAt the Good Success ground in Wakenaam, Bartica/Wakenaam won the toss, and sent Leguan/East Bank Essequibo in to bat first.Leguan/Essequibo struggled to adapt to the touring conditions, as they found scoring very challenging on the Good Success pitch.In-form all-rounder Wazim Mohamed was the top scorer with 26, while Ronaldo Schouten and Javal Sahoye each made 10.Bowling for Bartica/Wakenaam, Hamel Lamb grabbed 5 for 24 from 5 overs, while Rickey Persaud supported well with 3 for 21 from 5 overs.In reply, Bartica/Wakenaam gave a good account of themselves, and looked set to overhaul the Leguan/Essequibo score of 86, with Hamel Lamb producing a valiant batting display in which he stroked 46.However, Lamb failed to get the necessary batting support and the team stumbled to 85 all out.Bowling for Leguan/East Bank Essequibo, fast bowler Travis Christian grabbed 5 for 18 from 4.3 overs, while Wazim Mohamed and Javal Sahoye took 2 for 12 and 2 for 23 respectively.Leguan/East Bank Essequibo won by one run.Hamel LambThe GCB/DMLAS/NSC/NSSCL will continue today at the Everest Cricket Club ground on Camp Street, with North Georgetown Zone winners, Chase Academy, doing battle with East Georgetown Zone winners, North Georgetown Secondary, for the Georgetown District Championship title.This match was postponed from its previously scheduled date, due to unfavourable weather conditions.last_img read more

Staten vkon improvised representation on points nestail, with Scotland tsn lost…

first_imgPrague esk football team in improvised elephant lost in the second match of the League of Scotland 1: 2. The national team without all the stable games, which after five fifths in Slovakia had to isolate due to coronavirus in the inserts, led in Olomouc from the 11th minute after the hit of Jakub Pek. In the 27th minute, however, Lyndon Dykes equalized and in the 52nd minute Ryan Christie turned the penalty from the penalty. Due to anti-coronavirus measures, relapse occurred without divk. Hastely sloen esk whole favored Islanders unexpectedly overheated, clearly enlarged on the stalls, but had a bad deal in the end. At 1: 2, the house hit you twice. The championship of the premieres was led by the coach of the octopus David Holoubek, he only represented the corner of Jaroslav Ilhavho, who, like the rest of the original selection, had to go into isolation. The reason was two positive tests for covid-19 in only realized darkness.utkn esko-scotsko watch here as wellIn the League of Scots, the Scots got into the Ela kind of the group of the League B, esk tm is one point back the kind. He gave way to representatives in June in Israel. In the National League, two places are played in the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup, so the competition is decisive for the division into the qualifying round.Team B2 football match of the league in Olomouc:R – Scotland 1:2 (1:1)Goals: 11. Peek – 27. Dykes, 52. Christie from pen. Ruling: Gzbyk – Van Zuilen, Balder (vichni Niz.). K: Malinsk, Jno – Armstrong, Robertson, McKenna, Palmer. No divk.Assemblies:R: Mandous – Hole, Hubnk, Jemelka, Zelen – Jno, Havlk (81. Rsek) – Malinsk, Budnsk (55. Breite), Peek (76. Poton) – Tecl. Coach: Pigeon.Scotland: Marshall – Palmer, Cooper, McKenna, Robertson – McTominay, Fleck (71. McGinn), McLean – Christie, Dykes (67. Paterson), Armstrong (80. McGregor). Trenr: Clarke.In the new member of the Czech team, the vast majority of the game took place in the national team, only the captain Hubnk and tonk Tecl had the start for the national team before the race. The pigeon was improvised and only prepared for preparation for an hour, he only came in on Saturday night. Pesto started a very long time before the empty sight and in 11 minutes surprisingly opened the closet. Tecl scored with a great penetrating pitch behind the defense of the advancing Pek, and he opened the score in front of Marshall. Libereck zlonk glov celebrated the national debut.Peka woke up the goal and after a quarter of an hour he could see. Scotland’s glman, however, pulled his fingertips out of his long-range stela. In the second half of the first place, the highly favored guest rose and leveled. In the 24th minute, the debutant in the Czech goal, Mandous, caught both Palmer and Christie, but capitulated a few minutes later. Dykes approached the Palmerv ground center from the right side and directed the balloon to st. The first representative of the goal was scored. Domc could be led back to the orchard, but Marshall pulled out Jno’s table in the 40th minute.They joined the second team of the Lpe, who last advanced to a big event in 1998. In the 50th minute, Hubnk managed to hit the jet, but after a while they also collected. According to a Dutch decision in the Netherlands, Malinsk fouled Robertson of Liverpool and Christie converted the penalty, so that Mandous would reach the table with the ground.After the second collected goal, the inexperienced esk vbr completely threw away the shyness and the unexpected clearly overcame the big favorite. Several times only a neck was missing to level the house. In the 58th minute, Hubnk switched to the standard and in those minutes Havlk hit you from the pmho kick right behind.esk tm pushed behind the leveling gle, but he was not judged. In the middle of the kind of Pek’s stele, Marshall and Dor Tecl in a tk position miles next. Jemelka’s rna didn’t catch on either. In the last minute, striker Rsek hit you in the head. The Scots were enlarged for the second time in a row.last_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flop

first_imgREVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flopby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with his players after defeat to West Ham.The Sun says he told his flops that they were ’embarrassing’ him after United’s loss.The under-pressure Red Devils boss also tore into them at half-time, saying their performance bored him. Solskjaer, yesterday given a vote of confidence by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, regularly defends players in the media.Yet privately, he has been constantly losing his temper as his reign unravels.On Sunday in the capital he also accused them of showing no energy and panicking in the final third.Morale is understood to be extremely low, with the mood having changed dramatically from pre-season when Solskjaer lifted the squad. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoKeown says Ozil behaviour unacceptable for Arsenal’s Highbury era

first_imgKeown says Ozil behaviour unacceptable for Arsenal’s Highbury eraby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Martin Keown says Mesut Ozil’s behaviour would not have been tolerated during his era at Highbury.Ozil has fallen out of favour under Unai Emery amid question marks over his attitude, with his body language regularly questioned by onlookers.Keown told talkSPORT: “I feel at times he has been disdainful with his team-mates if he doesn’t get the right ball.”To be honest, if he was in our dressing room there were a few players who would have had him round the throat early on because of his body language.”Keown has urged the German playmaker to back-up his words and end what he branded an “embarrassing” situation for the club with their highest earner sat on the sidelines.Keown added: “I was seriously worried for his immune system, the amount of games he missed through allegedly being ill, or a back injury.”He has only been given another opportunity with Emery because it looks like he has started to work hard again.”I believe he has been over-indulged in the past. It’s embarrassing for the football club that he is not featuring.”The manager has to get him back into the team but if his attitude drops again then big decisions need to be made.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebec police say they believe missing businessmans helicopter has been found

first_imgMONTREAL — Provincial police say they believe they have located the helicopter belonging to a Quebec businessman who went missing two weeks ago with his teenage son in the upper Laurentians.Stephane Roy and his 14-year-old son Justin were reported missing on July 11 after failing to return home from a fishing trip in Lac de la Bidiere, a remote area west of La Tuque, Que. The pair were aboard Roy’s Robinson R44 helicopter.In a tweet today, Quebec provincial police said crew aboard a police helicopter located an aircraft in an area around Lac Valtrie, about 230 kilometres north of Montreal.They say they believe it belongs to Roy, the founder and owner of Les Serres Sagami Inc., which produces greenhouse-grown tomatoes and other produce. They have dispatched teams to the remote area.More than 90 people with the air force, the Canadian Coast Guard and other rescue services had searched for the pair since they went missing.The Royal Canadian Air Force ended its search operations last weekend and transferred the case to the provincial police. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tax changes coming New Years Day

first_imgSome tax changes are coming on New Year’s Day, but it’s an increase to the carbon tax that will have the biggest impact on Albertans.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Colin Craig said it will go up 50 per cent.“That means it’s going to cost Albertans more to fill up their cars, pay for their home heating bills and the cost of goods and services is going to go up, too, because all those business increases are going to be passed onto consumers,” he said.Employment Insurance premiums are going up a bit for employees and employers. Albertans earning over $51,700 will pay an extra $9 in Employment Insurance premiums, while their employers will pay an extra $23.But there is a little bit of good news for small businesses.“The small business income tax rate will drop for 10.5 down to 10 per cent,” said Craig.The Canada Child Benefit will be indexed for inflation starting in July 2018. After accounting for inflation, since 2017, the benefit’s value actually decreases in 2018. A decrease in real value of $61 for children under six years old, and $72 for children aged six to 17.last_img read more

UK parliament seizes Facebook files from app executive

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s parliament has seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as it seeks answers from the social media company about its data protection policies.The parliament’s digital committee sought the documents ahead of an international hearing it’s hosting on Tuesday to look into disinformation and “fake news.”Committee Chairman Damian Collins tweeted on Sunday that it has “received the documents it ordered from Six4Three relating to Facebook.”The app maker, Six4Three, had acquired the files as part of a lawsuit against the social media giant.News reports said the committee used its powers to compel an executive from the company, who was on a business trip to London, to turn over the files.The Associated Presslast_img read more

APNORC Poll Immigration among the top concerns in 2019

first_imgAs much of the U.S. government remains shut down over President Donald Trump’s insistence on funding for his border wall, nearly half of Americans identify immigration as a top issue for the government to work on this year.An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted shortly before the shutdown began finds that both Republicans and Democrats are far more likely to include immigration in their list of top issues facing the country this year compared with a year ago.Overall, 49 per cent mentioned immigration in an open-ended question as one of the top five problems they hoped the government addresses in 2019. By contrast, 27 per cent mentioned immigration in December 2017.Partisan divides on the best solutions remain deep. Republicans continue to be more likely to cite immigration as a top issue than Democrats, an indication of the GOP’s greater intensity on the issue. But it’s an increasingly important issue to members of both parties.The poll found that 65 per cent of Republicans say immigration is one of the top five problems facing the country, up from 42 per cent in 2017. Among Democrats, 37 per cent cite immigration as a top issue, compared with just 2 in 10 a year ago.Roughly two-thirds of those who named immigration as a top priority express little confidence in the government to make progress this year, including a third who say they are “not at all” confident. About a third say they are at least moderately confident in the government to make progress on immigration. This follows a year of intermittent deadlocked negotiations and standoffs between Trump and Democrats in Congress.Although both Democrats and Republicans are increasingly likely to name immigration-related issues as top priorities for the government, other polls show that their opinions on the issue diverge dramatically. For example, a December poll by CNN found that 78 per cent of Republicans and just 8 per cent of Democrats supported building a border wall.And with their party still in control of the White House and the Senate, Republicans are more optimistic about the government making progress on immigration this year. Among those who prioritize immigration, Republicans are more than three times as likely as Democrats to express some confidence that the government will make progress. That includes David Hoyt, a 77-year-old retired school superintendent and registered Republican in eastern Iowa.“We waste too many resources with illegal aliens,” Hoyt said. “If people want to come here, let’s have them do it legally. I don’t understand why people don’t understand the word ‘illegal.’”Hoyt says he’s also focused on the economy, and its healthy state is why he’s satisfied with the country’s direction and Trump’s performance.“People are busy,” Hoyt said. “I can tell the economy from the number of semis on the highway, and it’s loaded.”Chris Butino, 31, is a Democrat and a firefighter in Cortland, New York, who’s been disappointed by Trump’s rhetoric and actions on immigration, especially against refugees. Trump has sharply curtailed the number of refugees accepted by the U.S. and taken steps to limit who can claim asylum as more migrants from Central America try to do so at the Mexican border.“We’re America — we’re the wealthiest nation in the world in terms of resources, and saying we’re not going to take in the poor, huddled masses,” Butino said. “We can maintain our own safety, but we can also be generous.”The economy remains a top priority for Americans, with 62 per cent citing related issues, including mentions of jobs, unemployment, taxes and trade.Nearly half of Americans also identify health care as one of the top five issues facing the country, unchanged from one year ago. A traditionally Democratic issue, health care is named by Democrats more than Republicans (56 per cent versus 43 per cent).There was a sharp rise in environmental and climate issues after a year of wildfires and hurricanes, a change that is largely driven by Democrats. Overall, about a quarter of Americans mention the environment as a top issue. About 4 in 10 Democrats include the environment as a priority, compared with just 8 per cent of Republicans. The share of Democrats naming the environment has grown 11 percentage points since a year ago.The poll was conducted in December before the stock market gyrations and government shutdown. Gil Parks, a retired CPA who’s become a rancher in Texas, is fine with the shutdown.“It’s only 25 per cent of the government,” he said.Parks, a 59-year-old Republican, is optimistic the country could be in for a long stretch of economic growth, in part because of the partisan acrimony fueling the shutdown.“If you look back in history, the economy did best when government couldn’t get in the way,” he said.With Democrats assuming control of the House of Representatives, the inevitable gridlock could preserve the economic expansion, Parks argued.Republicans are more likely than Democrats to be optimistic, but feelings about the country are mixed even within the GOP. Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country as a whole, including 79 per cent of Democrats and 42 per cent of Republicans. Among Republicans, that’s a slight increase from 33 per cent who were dissatisfied with the state of the country in October. Still, Republicans are far more likely than Democrats today to say they’re satisfied with the way things are going in the country, 39 per cent to 9 per cent.The unhappiness on both sides of the aisle is palpable to John Rossetti, a 47-year-old code enforcement officer in Youngstown, Ohio.“There’s a really different, negative environment,” Rossetti said. “Everywhere you go, it’s there — just a very negative atmosphere.”Rossetti describes himself as a moderate to conservative Democrat who didn’t support Trump in 2016 but was rooting for him to succeed. Now he’s disillusioned and pessimistic about the future, and he’s not alone. Americans are more likely to think things in the country will get worse in the next year than that they will get better, 42 per cent to 32 per cent.More Americans do think 2019 will be a better year for them personally than think it will get worse, 37 per cent to 18 per cent, but another 45 per cent say there won’t be much difference.Rossetti has only had two small raises in the past 12 years he’s worked for Youngstown, yet his health insurance premiums keep rising.“I don’t think I’m doing better,” Rossetti said. “I feel like I’m doing what I need to do to stay afloat.”___The AP-NORC poll of 1,067 adults was conducted Dec. 13-16 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.___Online:AP-NORC Center: http://www.apnorc.org/Nicholas Riccardi And Hannah Fingerhut, The Associated Presslast_img read more