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Sad news about Robert:
https://www.facebook.com/volagi/
We regret to announce that yesterday evening, Robert, the backbone of our company, was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle while riding after work. He is currently in a coma at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. Please send positive thoughts his way, send flowers, or stop by to visit. All visitors are welcome. We have also set up a Go Fund Me account for him to help offset hospital and recovery costs.
We also are sad to announce that with this accident, we will be closing our doors indefinitely. Customers who have orders placed will be happy to know we will be working this month to fulfil outstanding orders. At this time we need to focus on getting Robert back on his feet, and hopefully the bike, as soon as possible. Please consider making a donation to the Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/RCroad2recovery
I love my Volagi Liscio and hope Robert recovers to continue his dream.
 

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From FB:

"Important update on Robert:
As of this morning, Robert has been opening his eyes, squeezing his hand, yawning and has raised his eyebrows to the suggestion of an Americano. His fighting spirit and the love of his family and the community seem to be pulling him through. While he is not out of the woods, we are enjoying being able to talk to him and see his response. Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and contributions. He is the true embodiment of Volagi, "The Will To Go"

I love my Liscio also, great bike.
 

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Another update was posted to bicycleretailer.com

UPDATED: Choi's condition improved as Volagi Cycles' operations resume; Specialized donates $10,000 | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

UPDATED: Choi's condition improved as Volagi Cycles' operations resume; Specialized donates $10,000

by Stephen Frothingham

Tuesday's article to add that Specialized is donating $10,000.

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Volagi Cycles co-founder Robert Choi remains hospitalized here following a collision with a car a week ago. Choi faces a long recovery as supporters rally to help him, his family and the company that has been his passion for at least the last six years.
Choi, who is about 55, suffered a head injury after being rear-ended in a roundabout near the Volagi headquarters in Ogden the evening of Sept. 27. After refusing medical treatment at the scene, he returned to his office, where he was found unconscious a few hours later. After emergency surgery, he was in a coma for several days.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Choi's condition was slightly improved, Barley Forsman, another co-founder of Volagi, told BRAIN.

Forsman said that after a very difficult week, he is now more optimistic about Choi's future health.
"There's been a lot of back and forth and ups and downs," Forsman said. "We all want some kind of definitive answer about his future and whether he's ever going to be himself again. At this point I think him returning to 100 percent would fall into the miracle category. But Robert is very tough, and if anyone could defy a doctor's expectations, it would be Robert."

Forsman met Choi when they both worked for Bell Sports in the 1990s, after Bell had bought VistaLite, a company that Choi founded. Choi and Forsman later worked together at CamelBak and then at Specialized. They both left Specialized to found Volagi in 2010. Specialized later sued the pair, claiming they stole the Volagi bike design from their former employer. Volagi lost the suit and was ordered to pay Specialized $1 in damages. On Wednesday, Specialized founder Mike Sinyard told BRAIN the company was donating $10,000 to help Choi. See details below.

Several years ago, Forsman stopped working at Volagi day-to-day as he began doing freelance design work. But he remained a co-owner and drove from his home in California to Utah soon after the accident last week to help out. The third Volagi co-founder, Susan Scarlet-Macaw, also has returned to help.
Although the company announced last week that it was suspending operations, Forsman said Volagi is now accepting and filling orders.

"We are now getting back up to speed and we have every intention of keeping it going, and supporting our customers and supporting the brand," he said.
At the time of the accident, Choi was training to attempt to set a world record for the most vertical feet climbed by bike in 48 hours.

Forsman said details about the accident are scarce in part because Choi didn't talk to anyone after the accident other than emergency responders. It appears that he was doing one of his regular after-work workouts around a roughly 1-mile loop through the industrial park where Volagi is located.

An elderly driver entered a roundabout on the loop and, with the setting sun in her eyes, never saw Choi before hitting him. Forsman said the driver was reportedly very distraught after the incident.

Although his bike was heavily damaged, Choi refused medical treatment and returned to the Volagi office. When he didn't return home or call that evening, his wife eventually went to the office, where he was found unconscious.

Choi has two adult children and was recently remarried.

The family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to defray medical costs and other expense.

Choi's GoFundMe page.

Specialized founder Mike Sinyard told BRAIN Wednesday that Specialized employees were donating $10,000 to help Choi with expenses. Sinyard said the donation came from "all of us at Specialized, especially Kwai Kong and myself." Kong is Specialized's leader of equipment and a former colleague of Choi's at Bell Sports and VistaLite. Kong shares the patent with Choi on the VistaLite LED light.

"I've known Robert a long time and care for him ... If there’s anybody that is strong and determined in this world it's for sure Robert," Sinyard said.
 

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His daughter recently posted an update on the GoFundMe page

https://www.gofundme.com/RCroad2recovery

We have started Week 4 since the accident and there are some great updates! Robert has made some amazing progress including standing with his physical therapist, writing words and numbers, his first time leaving the hospital to enjoy the Utah sunshine and speaking his first words!

While there is a long road ahead, Robert has made endurance part of his personal mantra. He will need endurance, mental and physical, in the months to come but we are thrilled to see him hit some major milestones.


Please, again, accept our gratitude for the prayers, well wishes, monetary donations and offers of help to us, Robert's family. He is blessed to have friends, family, colleagues, mentors and fellow cyclists willing to give.
I won't post them here, but there are some pictures at the gofundme link above.

He's improving, but still in pretty rough shape.

Apparently Robert was riding through a traffic circle and was hit by a car whose driver was blinded by a low sun.

He was able to get back to his office nearby, but apparently collapsed there. He was found by his wife (he was recently married) who had gone looking for him when he didn't answer his phone.

His wife and kids have been posting about him on the Volagi Vanguard facebook page for anyone interested.
 

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Well,

Sadly, it doesn't look like this is going to end well for the company.

I just saw a post on Facebook "Volagi Vanguard" page that Volagi is selling all of their frames for 50% off "in an effort to get back on track for the new year"

Unfortunately, their website is down, so if you are interested in a Liscio 2 or Viaje, you might want to give them a call. Hopefully the site is just down for some updates. :(

If anyone is interested in a frame, I grabbed their phone# from their facebook page.
Volagi: (801) 690-7008

I'm not sure if they have any built bikes, wheels, or accessories available.
 

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I had a Liscio 2 and really enjoyed it. I spoke with Robert directly about it before purchasing it and he was a pleasure to deal with. A really cool boutique builder with a really neat story. I hope this is not the end and more importantly I hope for a full recovery for the man.
 

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I've been following the facebook pages for the folks running the company while Robert is recuperating.


They are still working on getting the website back up, and the phone may or may not be answered if you call.


For anyone interested in a frame, please send an email directly to Susan Scarlet-Macaw at [email protected] (they are still selling them for 50% off)


She posted that they are out of Ti Viaje frames, but the carbon Liscio 2 and steel Viaje should still be available.
 
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