The Volata is San Francisco bike marketer and found it lacking, especially when it came to included options. The Volata, on the other hand, is meant to be everything you need to ride, right from the start. The bike has a fairly high price tag as a result ($299 up-front now for a pre-order, with the balance of $3,200 due at delivery – but for that price you get a built-in computer with a 2.4-inch color screen, with Strava integration through Volata’s own app.
A rider can control the on-board computer with a thumb joystick integrated into the handlebar, letting them page through views that show weather, temperature, ride info, turn-by-turn directions and heart-rate info if a user is wearing a compatible Bluetooth heart rate monitor (including Apple Watch). Push notifications from your phone also show up on the display.
Also included int the price tag are built-in, automated front and rear lights that turn on when it gets dark and turn off when it lightens. An electronic horn lets you alert riders, pedestrians and drivers around you to your presence, and all of the electronic components are powered by your riding – a dynamo hub on the front wheel charges your battery automatically.
$3,499 is a investment so Volata also built smart security features into the bike. It has a three-part anti-theft system, which starts with motion detection that looks for potential theft, then triggers an alarm and sends a notification to your smartphone when it detects what might be bad behavior. And if the thief gets away, it has built-in GPS for location tracking. Of course, if you don’t like the bike, all the whiz bangs and doodads in the world aren’t going to change your mind. Volata says it paid just as much attention to frame and geometry design, and it certainly went to the experts; Volata is designed in Italy, though the startup resides in San Francisco and all final assembly takes place in California.