Vvolt takes a slightly different approach to their consumer-direct e-bike business. They produce three different models, the Alpha, the Centauri and the Sirius. Both the Alpha and Centauri are produced in both traditional and step-thru frames and every e-bike model they offer can be ordered in one of two sizes, either S/M or L/XL.
Most consumer-direct e-bike companies focus on models that sell for less than $2000 and skip anything with mid-drive motors due to the higher expense. Vvolt took a different approach. The Alpha and Alpha S feature hub motors while the Centauri S and Sirius both include mid-drive motors. In this regard, Vvolt seeks to provide a model for both modest budgets and those seeking a higher-performance e-bike.
Other distinguishing features of the Vvolt line are that every e-bike features a Gates belt in the drivetrain, rather than a traditional chain. This eliminates those black marks on pants and socks (and legs!) and all but eliminates drivetrain maintenance. While the Alpha and Alpha S are single-speed e-bikes, the two mid-drive models, Centauri S and Sirius, are spec’d with Enviolo internally geared hubs.
Many surveys of cycling infrastructure have named Portland the most bike-friendly city in the US. Vvolt takes pride in their choice of Portland to base their headquarters. Their eye toward cycling infrastructure and what sort of ordinances cities are passing regarding e-bikes might have contributed to their decision to make all of their e-bikes conform to Class 1 requirements—a maximum pedal-assist speed of 20 mph and no throttle.
Another notable feature we see with Vvolt e-bikes is relatively low weight. The Alpha and Alpha S weigh roughly 45 lbs. (depending on size and frame design), while the Sirius comes in at roughly 55 lbs., and the Centauri at roughly 52 lbs. (depending on sizes).
Anyone looking for value-packed e-bikes with a different take on design should consider Vvolt.