The Volton Alation 500

Volton Electric Bikes

July 1, 2013

Written by Ron/spinningmagnets, July 2013

Stromer introduced the ST1 recently, and the mainstream bicycle magazines actually wrote favorable articles about it (see our review of the Stromer here). Apparently sales are doing well, and that was all the Chinese generic bicycle manufacturers needed to hear for them to begin producing a similar frame.  As we have seen in the past, as soon as an actual factory begins making a frame, any wholesaler who wants to, can order that frame and sell it as their own brand.

The wholesaler can have the frames painted any custom color they want, and they can order upgrades to the actual frame, or…they can even specify a lower quality of material (if the order is large enough). Only time will tell which wholesalers are ordering quality components and providing good customer service.

I have recently seen a noticeable increase in the number of frames that look similar to the Stromer-ST1, with the Volton Bicycle Company being the most recent I have found, and their Alation model is the one that is similar to the Stromer. They both house the main battery pack in the down-tube for a very good weight distribution, which helps the balance of the bike when riding.

This is significant because it is expensive to make the factory tooling on such an ebike for both frame and battery pack.  Since a China factory has sprung for this tooling, expect to see more of these “Stromer” clones hitting the market at a cheap price soon.

Here’s a link to the Geoby Easy Bike MTB, so you can judge for yourself if it copies the Stromer.

The Volton Alation 350 step-through frame.

The Volton Alation 350 step-through frame.


The Volton Alation uses a Bafang-BPM rear hub, which is a very common kit on most of the generic E-bikes coming out of China. The Alation 350 uses 36V, and the more expensive Alation 500 uses a 48V system.

Both of them use the same motor, but with a different winding so each of them top-out at the US legal speed of 20-MPH. If you can find a retailer who will sell you the 350W bike with the 500W 48V battery and controller, the bike should be able to achieve 26-MPH, but be aware that doing this will void the factory warranty.

The color schemes that they have chosen are all bold choices, and that is risky. However, I actually like their colors, and I think the public will respond well to them.


The Volton Boulevard DLX stretch cruiser.

The Volton Boulevard DLX stretch cruiser.


The stock battery pack is a Samsung 36V 10.4-Ah Lithium

Frame: 6160 Aluminum Alloy, with some custom shapes being hydroformed

Brakes: dual Tektro Novella cable-actuated discs

Pedal-drive: single 44T chainring with a 7-speed Shimano Megarange freewheel


Ebay and Amazon prices vary, and on July 1st 2013, the 36V version was available for $1,400.

Here’s a link to their Ebay store

Here’s a link to their Amazon store

Here’s a link to their Facebook page

Their China supplier is: Yongkang Simino Electric Vehicle Co

Their USA headquarters address is:

400 E Randolph, Ste 3611, Chicago Illinois, 60601

Grew up in Los Angeles California, US Navy submarine mechanic from 1977-81/SanDiego, Hydraulic mechanic in the 1980's/Los Angeles, Heavy equipment operator in the 1990's/traveled to various locations, Dump truck driver in the 2000's/SW Utah, Water Plant operator since 2010/NW Kansas

  • hcrider

    Where are the water bottle cage mount bosses? On lengthier rides, I often go through two large bottles of water / sports drink.

  • Chandlee Caldwell

    The Chinese company Simino had these bikes 3 years ago with the same design and power. This isn’t an ST1 copy. Good to see they finally made it over here.

  • PeterGrfx

    Besides the Alation and Boulevard/Ease lines — which all weigh in at about 53 pounds — Volton also offers a lighter-weight bike that comes in two versions, the 43-lb. El Legs with 250-watt motor and 9ah Samsung Lithium Polymer battery, and the 45-lb. El Legs 5 with 500-watt motor and 10.5ah battery.

  • Rafe Husain

    the essential info on ebike is weight, speed and distance. the article gives no weight no speed and no distance