Ebikes are changing the way we all commute from one place to the other and that fascinating and portable mode of transportation will never go away any time soon and there are a number of companies pushing to achieve this in the tech world today among which is a startup called Vvolt.
The company aims to bring its electric-powered ebikes to the United States and with that, it partnered with one of the biggest computer maker Acer. Even though the partnership between an ebike startup and a PC maker might be questionable, that doesn’t mean both cannot chunk out a high quality product at the end of the day.
The ebike from Vvolt will start at US$1,399 and each of the bikes uses belt drives despite offering some immense quality to it. The unique design of the frame and other components of the ebikes makes it a pretty decent transportation tool to consider.
Ebike startups have been disappointing in the recent past basically due to the fact that some of them just burned through their little cash too soon and run out of their investment fund and they have to foreclose or hopefully get acquired by a bigger brand.
The case of Vvolt might be worth the trying because of the fact that the brand is heading through another route.
The Vvolt ebike maker comes with the Alpha and Alpha models both of which start with a base price tag of US$1,399 as mentioned earlier. Both models will sport some pretty decent specifications and also there will be a 350W Acer/Xplova rear hub motor and Gates CDN belt drive all meant to gear your experience to the next level.
If anything, the Gates belt drive are pretty common due to their long-lasting chain and its silence when ridden. All that coupled with ease of maintenance makes this a pretty good experience for new ebike buyers.
You get about 375Wh battery from LG and the good thing is that its replaceable despite integrating well into the frames of the ebike. That provides it with the speed that is needed to help move from point A to point B without sacrificing elegance by any means possible.
On a single charge, you can get up to 60 miles of usage and the bike weighs just 44 to 46 pounds but that weight is based on the size of the frame – because they are 2-inch wide about 650B (27.5) tires which offer a bit more air volume and cushioning over the conventional 700C tires you get on the market often.
The Acer-powered motors help in delivering some super smooth and fast usage which also provide about 20mph in speed/transmission and offer 45 Nm of torque when pushed to its limit.
There are five levels of pedal assist with the Vvolt Alpha models which can be well tweaked up using its Bluetooth-supported accompany application and a USB port on the display.
Aside the Vvolt Alpha models, you also get the more pricier Proxima (US$2,599) and then the Sirius (US$2,699) both of which sports mid-drive motors also offering torque sensing and internal gear hubs.
The main difference between them is that the Proxima offers a 100mm air-sprung suspension fork for handling rougher terrain.
Unlike the Vvolt Alpha models, the Proxima and Sirius uses mid-drive motor made by MPF – a Taiwanese company. The motors produce about 80 Nm of torque and has 250W and can peak at 500W giving it all the power required to go up a hill if that’s your next destination.
Both Sirius and Proxima ebikes from Vvolt comes with the Enviolo internally geared hub which is known for being incredibly durable and requiring just oil change after several thousands miles. It also offer a wide 380% gear ratio which is another perk.
The biggest difference between the two mid-drive bikes is that the Sirius offers an air-sprung 100mm suspension fork, and the Proxima is the only model in the lineup to use 700C tires. The Proxima weighs in at 50-52 pounds, while the Sirius weighs in at 54-56 pounds.
Unlike the base models (Alpha and Alpha S) both of which starts at US$1,399 the other higher-up models are pretty outstanding and designed primarily for performances in mind and that is what you get when you opt for this on the other hand.
You get things like Gates Carbon Belt on the base model with hydraulic disk brakes and even a 3 years warranty. While the pricing might be somewhat in the mid-range, there are in fact more expensive ebikes on the market all which offer little less than what you get with the Vvolt Alpha or the Proxima and Sirius.
The mid-drive models are simply some of the most affordable mid-drive bikes I’ve seen. Let alone among those with a torque sensor, Gates Carbon Drive, and 80 Nm of torque.
Vvolt says it won’t stop with the development of its four ebikes and even teased a number of future ebikes to expect. The design will be pretty much unique and there is another one that you can mount a rack on for transporting bigger goods.
Further down the road, the company teased a cargo trike dubbed the Beluga, although Vvolt notes that it is currently a concept on the drawing board.
Hopefully Vvolt will be able to deliver on its production and make its potential customers happy. However one can expect some high level quality from the partnership between Vvolt and those manufacturers it partnered with such as Acer and MPF.
Pre-order has started with a deposit of about US$300 so if you’re willing to give it a trial, you can be rest assured to get quality from Vvolt.com.