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Steel For Real

If there is one thing you’ll notice about the content on C&C, it’s that I love a good steel bike.  And I love a bike that has more than one function.  The fine folks over at Volagi Cycles have the same opinion.  While steel adventure bikes are not a new idea by any means, finding a good one without going to a custom frame builder is tough.  Through the wonders of Kickstarter, Volagi is hoping to get this prototype named Viaje (meaning “trip” or “journey” in Spanish) on to the market with your help.  The bike comes in two versions, the SL, made with Columbus Spirit tubing, and the XL, made with 4130 (both are also available as frame-set only).  And at $2,900 for a full build of the SL, it’s practically a ‘steel’.  Head on over and check it out for yourself, here. According to Volagi, “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.”  It may not be the best bike to shoulder over a barrier, and it definitely won’t be the lightest, but a nice gravel ride or off-road tour would be even sweeter on this steel monster.

While the specs seem pretty standard as far as a sub $3,000 full builds are concerned, the one feature that really sticks out to me is the standard 27.2 seat post.  Finally, someone makes a bike I can upgrade without having to go out and purchase a new odd size post for. Granted the top-tube angle and massive head tube look a little Tricross-ish (eww), the gorgeous long bow flex stays really make up for it. And if you are so inclined to see the Viaje make it to the market and possibly take one home yourself, Volagi will also toss in a tonne of swag for your troubles. Check out full specs and more photos of the ultra comfy long-bow flex stays at the Kickstarter page.


2 comments on “Steel For Real

  1. Duncan McMonagle
    September 5, 2012

    What language does Viaje come from?

    • jaredfalk
      September 5, 2012

      Ah, yes. Although not mentioned in the Volagi information release, it is Spanish. Let’s clarify that.

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