As some of you might have heard, Volagi is currently being sued by Specialized over claims of intellectual property theft. While we can’t go into all of the details of the case, we would like to thank all of our dealers, customers, and fans for the tremendous amount of support we have had since the beginning.
As you can imagine, starting a business from scratch is hard enough, but to have a frivolous lawsuit thrown in on top of things would be enough to push just about anyone to the brink. From day one, we have been using our limited resources to create a unique product that didn’t currently exist in the market, and provide top notch customer service. Imagine our surprise, when we were blind-sided by the lawsuit from Specialized, which has become an unsurpassed economical and emotional strain on the company. However, as you might expect, a company founded on endurance isn’t going to give up that easily. After all, “by endurance we discover.”
While the world of cycling used to be a welcoming place for innovation and new ideas, lately it seems it has become easier to sue the little guys than to “innovate or die.” Specialized has developed quite the reputation for sending cease and desist letters or suing a small companies in hopes to inundate them with paperwork and lawyer’s fees to try and effectively eliminate them as competition. It is a shame that Specialized feels it so necessary to attack small businesses such as Volagi, simply because they feel threatened by someone else who happens to “innovate.” While Specialized certainly has contributed to the cycling community in many ways, just imagine what could be done if the millions of dollars they have at their disposal were instead used to promoting cycling rather than hinder it?
We have a tremendous amount of respect for what Specialized has been able to accomplish in bringing cycling to the world, as one of the most prolific brands in the industry. However we know for a fact that we have done nothing wrong and are in no way harming or stealing from Specialized, which will be made clear after the trial. The Liscio was not designed on Specialized company time, nor does it violate any of Specialized’ patents. This isn’t just a battle for Volagi, this is a fight for free market enterprise. We urge you to support and restore fairness and competition for our nation’s small businesses.