The joy of cycling atop a Basso is quite similar to the joy derived from driving... it’s all about the ride quality... which is made up of equal parts handling, reactivity, speed, comfort and control. The Palta was engineered to incorporate that same excellent ride quality, without compromise, to cover surfaces of all types, thus allowing cyclist to ride better, riding Basso, anywhere. Taking that performance oriented yet extremely versatile Palta platform and adding a powerful electric motor brings Basso ride quality to an even larger audience. The Volta brings #ridebetterridebasso capability not only for anywhere but for anyone. This is not your average, relaxed, take it easy e-bike but rather a performance platform fully capable of adapting to all situations.
Add watts or add volts, it’s still cycling and it has never been this fun or for such a wide audience. The Volta adds electric power pedal assist to a platform capable of offering the best in terms of ride quality in any situation. The extremely sophisticated Polini motor has the power to flatten even the steepest climb, its 500Wh battery ensures that the extra boost is available on even the longest rides. Go big or go home, if you want assistance it should be powerful, a push, not a nudge. The Volta packs the power and durability to go hard and go long at the same time.
Average bikes have average motors, Basso bikes pack the heat. The Volta’s motor boasts one of the best power to weight ratios in the industry (2.8kg motor) and it has one of the strongest VERIFIED torque outputs in existence. (70Nm) The 250 watt (500watt max output) motor coupled with long range battery is capable of offering significant assistance for up to 220km, more than enough to keep going strong for those long days in the saddle.
The frame design of the Volta resembles the Palta not only in form but also in function. Handmade, just like the Palta and with the same premium carbon, it is designed to mimic as closely as possible the performance of its muscle powered sibling. The Volta shares a similar geometry as well, ensuring a comfortable yet performance- minded stance. However, as the electronic assist platform produces an entirely different demand on the frame a different internal structure and layup pattern were necessary. The engineering staff sought to develop the lightest structure that could guarantee the same Basso reliability for which the Italian brand has been well-known throughout its history. Considering its off-road capabilities in addition to the extreme forces that derive from the Polini motor a total system weight of 16,5kg makes for an engineering feat in its own right.
Additionally, keeping weight relatively low adds an extra level of versatility as the VOLTA need not be ridden entirely with additional power support, thus allowing the rider to choose when and how to ride. It’s an e-bike when you want it to be, but not, when you don’t. It is Palta, with an E, for added versatility. Add watts or add volts, it’s still cycling and it has never been this fun or for such a wide audience. Not only does the new Volta add power to the most versatile platform in the history of Basso but it makes it even more versatile. V for versatile, V for Volta, the platform that easily adapts that it is better described as three bikes in one. With road tires the Volta is a force to be reckoned with on the asphalt, offering the same great handling, maneuverability and reactivity as is customary with Basso’s race-winning road offerings. A simple change of tires and that on-road speed-demon becomes an all-road adventure machine. Quickly add carriage racks thanks to the Volta’s threaded bolt.... and your daily commute either just got a lot faster or a lot easier...or both.
Local Availability and Pricing
The Basso Volta will be limited to the Apex 1 Gravel build in South Africa. The Apex 1 build will retail for R115,000 with a carbon wheelset and R95,000 with an alloy wheelset. Contact Bike Mob for enquires.