2017 Volton Electric Bikes at Interbike (Alation Step-Thru, Bafang Max Drive, EL Legs Express)

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2017 Volton Electric Bikes at Interbike (Alation Step-Thru, Bafang Max Drive, EL Legs Express)

Voltbike founder Joe Witherspoon was on hand at Interbike with his sister Lauren and another employee named Tim talking about their updates for 2017 ebikes. For several years now his company has been a leader in producing more affordable but still integrated, well balanced products like the Alation 500 (which can be made with a geared hub motor or a mid-drive). The battery packs are removable but slot into the downtube so the frame looks more normal like a regular bicycle.

I like that in addition to offering larger more powerful motors, the company stocks 48 volt 11 amp hour batteries and uses high quality Panasonic cells. The Alation is one of their leading products and comes in both a high-step and step-thru design so both tall and short riders can enjoy it without feeling unstable while mounting or stopping. Joe explained that the bikes can go a bit faster (up to 23-24 mph) and come with throttles so they can be used without pedaling more like a moped. One of the bikes he showed me used the Bafang torque activated mid-drive called the Bafang Max Drive. The step-thru model with the centerdrive costs $2,600 and comes in a range of colors including metallic purple, metallic red, pear white and all black. If you go for the high-step you can get a graphite grey, white and dark metallic blue.

One of the bikes that really caught my attention was the EL Legs Express which only weighs ~41 lbs according to Joe, you can take the battery out to replace it but they are designed to stay inside more permanently. It comes in a couple sizes, costs $2,299 and uses a 36 volt battery pack.

For more information about Volton including their latest pricing and product details check out their official website at voltonbicycles.com/

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