Technological advances have companies making everything "smart" these days. And with the trend having crossed over to cycling, San Francisco-based Volata Cycles may have come up with the smartest bike yet.
The key component of Volata is a 2.4-inch app-based embedded computer integrated into the handlebar. The app not only tracks speed and performance, but it also informs the rider of weather forecasts, directions, heart monitoring, and even smartphone notifications about performance and security. Security is regulated by a GPS-based anti-theft system that works with a motion detection unit.
The bike itself then features a belt drive transmission that has replaced the conventional chain and eliminated traditional gear system maintenance, an internal-gear hub Shimano Alfine 11 di2 with electronic shifting, automated front and tail lights, and a 96 dB electronic horn.
Volata is scheduled to begin shipping next July, but you can go ahead and secure yours today for $299 USD. Total cost is $3,200 USD.
After taking a look at Volata, be sure to check out the GeoOrbital that makes almost any bike electric in 60 seconds.