NBC 5’s Charlie Wojciechowski was ahead of the curve on this one.
Take a trip back to the summer of 2017 when Volton Bicycles founder Joe Marchfield tells NBC 5’s Charlie Wojciechowski about the increasingly popular electric bikes. Presenting the Volton Alation ST350 and Alation Mid Drive, the Chicago electric bicycle maker continues to build and sell this popular go-everywhere ebike design for city commuting and light trail riding.
Enjoy the ride!
Consider all of your options and make sure you’ll be riding a better eBike. See why riders choose Volton to ride to work, school, tow the kids, pickup groceries, and explore trails across the country.
The cost of your new eBike can be a significant purchase.
After all the ads and low and high prices and more research, you want to ride a quality bike – An electric bike that looks good, has the parts and features that will keep you riding and having a fun, mile after mile, season after season.
Performance Specs, Value Pricing – Ride Volton and Get More for Your Money
Better battery, brakes, motors, suspension, and wheels. All in Volton designed frameworks.
See how our “all-arounder” town and trail Volton Alation 500 lines up against the competitionVolton Electric Bike Comparison
Superior Support – Assembly and Maintenance Network
We offer at home assembly, white glove delivery, and knowledgeable maintenance service in most metro areas of the country.
Need a part, accessory or looking for eBike advice. Volton offers support, online and over the phone, from our Chicago shop since 2011.
A Dedicated Team, Dedicated to Cycling
From our early bike shop roots, building and selling mountain bikes, to our devotion to Volton and supplying fine electric bicycles, we are dedicated to a future of bicycles and ebikes being a major force in how people move and stay active.
We know cycling, and we are here to help you when you need it. We love to ride, and we want you to love it to.
Volton Bicycles wants you to ride a better bike.
Since 2011 we have riders riding in comfort and style on well-designed Volton electric bike models built with quality parts. Better performance, parts, strength, and service. On the road and on the trail, you know it’s Volton Bicycles.
“On the Road and On the Trail, You Know It’s Volton Bicycles.”
The video shows the Alation 500 and Alation ST500+, Volton’s popular “all-around” ebike, with optional torque sensing pedal assist and up to 840 watt-hours (48v17.5a) of battery power, ready for the city bike commute, medium-duty trail riding, towing cargo and having a good time.
Also shown is the A-Trail Ultra, a high performance eMTB with torque activated mid drive motor throttle power and trail-rated performance parts kit.
Volton 500+ models feature
DAPU 500w geared rear hub
Torque sensing pedal assist and throttle, class 2 or 3 via user settings
Three Samsung or Panasonic battery options 11ah (2500R cell), 14.5ah (2900E cell), and 17.5ah (3500GA cell)
Shimano Alvio 8 speed Drivetrain
100mm XCR Air Suspension
Alex Rims 26″ DP20 and Novatec Sealed Hub
Schwalbe Big Apple 2.35″ Tires
Velo Gel Saddle
Two Frame Sizes
Volton A-Trail Ultra features
Bafang Ultra Motor
Torque sensing pedal assist and throttle, class 3 or 4 via user settings
48v14ah pack (GA cell)
Shimano Deore Brakes
Shimano Deore 9 speed Drivetrain
Rockshox Recon and Monarch RT suspension
Alex Rims 27.5″ MD35 and Quanta 12/15mm Thru-Axle Hubs
Maxxis Chronicle 3″ Tires
Selle Royal Rampage Saddle
Two Frame sizes
Hardtail version Tracker Ultra also available
for more information visit www.voltonbicycles.com
Volton Bicycles has designed and supplied quality electric bicycles since 2011. Founded in Chicago, Illinois USA.
With good design, better parts, and the best pricing, there is a Volton model to get you rolling.
After a run of the upgraded Alation model this past fall, we are moving forward with a full fleet of the torque sensing pedal assist version of Volton’s popular Alation model – the 500+ and ST500+.
With two Alation frame sizes to choose from and 3 battery capacity options, including up to 840wh in the large capacity pack (48v 11ah, 14.5ah and 17.5ah), the Alation 500+ and ST500+, are sure to move fast.
We are planning our next fleet to begin shipping in early March. Pre-order savings are active and a great way to save more money off the already affordable Alation series.
As things warm up (finally!!), Volton bikes are starting to roll out. In fact, we sold our spring fleet of Tracker and, at this time, we are down to the last A Trail in stock. The models are on “backorder” until our summer fleet is ready to pack and ship.
Until then, we have a great deal on our Alation 500 and ST500 to get you moving to school and work. And if you are looking to take the scenic route, be confident your Alation is ready to rip your favorite single track.
Here’s a picture of an A-Trail Max eMTB heading out to Fort Collins, Colorado for some side-country trail exploration.
Enjoy the ride!
We had a fun day on the lakefront trail here in Chicago. Maura, Lauren, Joe from Volton, and Mike, from Enriquez Media, piloted the drone to take footage and photos of the Alation, Alation ST and Stow.
The weather was perfect and the scenery cannot be beat. The footage is posted on our facebook page at facebook.com/volton. Here are a few select shots.
Watch out for Josh rolling on his Alation 500 around Chicago and Lake Geneva Wisconsin.
He was leaning on a black frame but he came to his senses and realized he couldn’t resist his love for gray.
Josh was shopping electric bikes for a few months before deciding a Volton was the best ebike for the best price.
2018 Alation 500 in graphite
With several inches of snow on the ground for a couple weeks, we had an itch to get out and ride one of our newest ebikes in snow. With a free day to get out and ride and a decent day to boot, I saddled up. All Volton bikes are fun to ride… but powerful dual suspension ebikes are a blast to ride.
Riding Volton Electric Bicycles in Snow
The A-Trail, with its 3 inch wide tires and solid wheel set, aptly took the snow by storm. All trees and branches, hidden by the snow, were quickly absorbed by the Recon and Monarch suspension. The power of the 750w Ultra motor was able to climb steep hill sides with ease and the Chronicle tires held on through turns and decents. What a ride!
As a flood of uninspired ebikes featuring dual suspension with weak linkage and off the bottom shelf frame geometry are hawked online, I am proud that Volton continues to offer unique and purpose built ebike builds up to the challenge of what a eMTB should be.
How to Get your very own A-Trail
We did a quick run of our eMTB A-Trail and they quickly sold out. If you’re around Chicago looking to test ride and see the performance and finer details of a Volton, please call and plan a ride. We plan on shipping the A-Trail eMTB in 350w and 750 soon.
Check out the full details of our Volton A-Trail and Ride a Better eBike
Shot a quick video of the Volton A Trail eMTB with 750w Bafang Ultra motor.
Here is a full detail on the choice component selection and beautiful, purpose built frame.
Looking forward to getting some nice shots of this bike outside where it belongs.
Enjoy the ride!
The A-Trail with Ultra eBike Motor is Finally Coming Together.
Well the time is here and the first batch of frames are ready to rock and roll. Making this frame was a test in patience as it took about 2.5x longer than we planned….The ride was great on version 1 and 1.5 but even better on version2! The time to refine was worth it.
The A Trail eMTB is made to explore any section of trail with confidence. The A-Trail motor’s 350w or 750w nominal watts demand proper components of which we carefully selected.
The 350w Max motor kicks out a smooth and robust level of power but the Ultra ebike motor is a beast! Both motors are torque activated for smooth power output, and responsive rider control under foot.
Better parts, better performance, better prices.
Resist the allure of second-rate, off-the-shelf frame designs featuring the Ultra motor.
Volton strives to offer a finely tuned machine, no matter which Volton model you decide to ride. The A-Trail demands parts to stand up to the power of the motor system and rigors of trail riding, and a quality build from the tires up is what you’ll get.
No bottom shelf or commodity bike parts that you’ll find on the lower cost ebike brands are fitted on this machine – sealed oversized hubs with 12 and 15mm axles, 35mm rims from Alex Rims, big hydraulic brakes from Tektro, Rockshox Recon and Monarch suspension kit and steering components from Truvativ.
The 750w ships as a class 2/3 – featuring a throttle* and torque sensing pedal assist – we will also be fitting the frame in a 350w class 3 version which will comply with a growing number of local pedal assist trail access guidelines. Same great design and parts in a road, parks, and trail friendly package at a more affordable price.
When you want to ride on, ride Volton
*-Throttle is removable and will not effect the functions of the Ultra torque sensing pedal assist system.
**- ebike access is regulated at the federal, state and local level. It is important to know your local laws and rules of the road when riding your ebike – refer to your local vehicle laws for more information on what and where you can ride. For more information regarding current and future legislation visit People for Bikes.
NOTE FOR ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDERS: State vehicle codes do not apply to electric mountain bike access on motorized and non-motorized trails typically used for hiking, biking, and other singletrack or doubletrack trail experiences. eMTB access on singletrack is different than access to paved and soft surface bike lanes and bike paths; eMTBs are not allowed everywhere traditional mountain bikes are; and on federal, state, county and local trails, eMTB access varies significantly. Always consult with your local land manager for access questions.