Mid 2016, Volata introduced the Model 1. Touted as the most integrated and advanced bike on the market, it combined navigation, lights, cycling computer, and other features all in a smartly equipped package. While the Model 1 isn’t available just yet, they are getting closer with an expected delivery of July. In the mean time, the company is introducing another model – the Model 1c. Using the same smart technology package and frame as a starting point, the Model 1c sees a flat bar and bigger tires for a more city oriented build though it’s still just as smart…
One of the biggest features that sets the Volata apart is the fully integrated computer with a 2.4″ color LCD screen. The computer allows you to access native apps for things like the weather, music, navigation, and basic cycling computer functions, all through the joysticks mounted on the handlebars so you don’t have to take your hands from the bar. On the Model 1 these were located on top of the hoods, but for the flatbar equipped 1c, they are stand alone joysticks that mount to the bar above the Di2 shifter pod.
Front and rear lights are integrated into the frame and automatically turn on at dark, or can be turned on manually at any time. The bike also includes an integrated horn and anti theft system, all controlled through the joysticks and connection with your smart phone. Built with a dynamo front hub, Volata says the system is self charging though it can be topped off through the USB-C port in the head tube.
Volata has also developed a trio of bike extensions to make either the Model 1 or Model 1c a little more useful. They include aluminum full coverage fenders to fit the 1c’s 35mm tires, a Smart Carrier Rack that includes an additional tail light and mounts to the seatpost, and the expandable trunk bag which will supposedly have a magnetic slide lock for easy removal and installation. Sold separately, the extensions will go for $110, $120, and $180 respectively, but if you preorder the bike before March 15th, they’ll all be included for free.
The Alfine 11 mechanical Model 1c build starts at $2499 with a jump to $2999 for the Di2 Alfine 11 build. The Model 1 jumps up to $3499, and all bikes are available in four sizes and two colors with options for saddle choices and build options. As part of the planned delivery, riders can choose to have Velofix assemble and deliver their bike with a complimentary 30 day safety check – though the entire service will run $290. The alternative is a $200 delivery charge for a bike shipped straight to your house, so you’re basically paying $90 for Velofix delivery, assembly, and the fit/safety check. Bikes are available for preorder now with a $299 deposit, and Model 1s are expected to ship this July followed by the Model 1c in September.