You may not of heard of Volata or the smart commuter they have designed. It’s packed with tech and features that you don’t see on bikes – yet. Volata Cycles is headquartered in San Francisco for R&D and the design office is in Milan. Founded in 2015 by a group of product designers, engineers and creatives who bring their extensive expertise to the cycling industry, Volata merges all the heritage and creativity of Italian design with the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley. It aims to develop bicycles for a wider market. The goal is to convince more and more people to use the bicycle daily as a primary means of transport.
So, the smart commuter…
The new city-oriented Volata Model 1c is designed to improve the experience of everyday riders by solving the problem of dealing with multiple accessories. It integrates a computer, lights and safety features into an elegant, cohesive Italian design, and premium components make maintenance almost obsolete.
Built in computers!
The Model 1c’s app-based computer provides instant information such as riding metrics, turn-by-turn navigation, weather forecast, music, heart rate, smartphone notifications and more. All information and controls are right in front of you on the handlebars. A GPS-based anti-theft system informs the owner if anyone tries to steal the bike by sending real-time notifications to the user’s smartphone. The system also sounds an alarm if the bike is moving while it shouldn’t be. When lost or stolen, the bike can be found by tracking its location. The need for maintenance is kept to a minimum by using belt drive technology and an internal gear hub. The dynamo located in the front-hub automatically charges the internal battery while pedalling. Frequent over-the-air updates add new features and ensure the bike becomes better over time. Volata also keeps cyclists safe during their ride. A horn will help you get noticed in city traffic with a flick of your left thumb. Sleek, built-in front and rear lights automatically turn on when it gets dark. Lastly, Volata’s smartphone app collects all riding stats and shows the bike’s location and status (like on modern cars).
So, you want one, how do you get one?
The new Model 1c retails for €2,499 with mechanical shifting and €2,999 with Di2 electronic shifting, the Model 1 retails for €3,499. Starting from today the Model 1c t is available for online reservation at €299 through volatacycles.com. The balance is due upon delivery, which will begin in September 2017. Volata can be configured online and offers the choice of four sizes (S, M, L, XL), two colors (Ice White and Moon Grey), and two different saddles (men/women). The shipping fee is €90 and Volata will deliver the bike to the desired location 99% assembled. Multiple pop-up events throughout Europe during the year will allow customers to meet the company founders and test their latest bikes – we will do our best to keep you informed of those events.