REVIEW: Volt Pulse Hybrid

Volt are one the most prolific ebike producers currently with 16 models available in the UK, catering to men and women, with folding ebikes and electric hybrid bikes.  Their ebikes are designed and engineered in the UK, manufactured elsewhere.  We selected the Vote Pulse as one of the best electric bikes for men in our 2017 Best Electric Bike Awards, primarily for its extensive list of extras and being good value for money.

The ‘battery behind post’ layout is somewhat dated, but it does mean the Pulse is able to accommodate a 36v 12ah Panasonic battery which wields 80+ hours of assisted cycling per charge, putting it top of the class!

As you can see from the nice photos produced by Volt, the Pulse is a hybrid designed for both town and country cycling and will cope with most surfaces, apart from those set aside for mountain bikes.

The nice range of extras included with the Pulse includes front suspension, pannier, electric lights and mudguards.  Don’t forget to value these in the price when comparing against other ebikes, because if you want these extras you could easily spend another £150 adding them to another electric bike without them.

In terms of value for money, at £1,500 you are getting a solid, reputable ebike with plenty of extras and a very good battery capacity.  If your budget is less you will have to compromise on features or battery capacity.

At 23kg the Pulse is carrying a bit of extra weight because of its battery, and although better than most it does lag behind against some of the competition. However, most men should have no trouble lifting a 23kg bike onto a rear-mounted bike rack or up some stairs.

Specifications:

LCD Display Five-speed display with throttle system
Frame Lightweight Aluminium
Weight 19.5 kg without batteries / 22.7 kg with battery
Max Person Weight Max 100 Kg
Max Weight (rider + luggage) 125 Kg
Frame Size 19 or 20.2 inches
Wheel Size 26 or 28 Inches x 1.75
Rims Alexrim DP21 Double Wall Reinforced
Tyres CST Puncture Resistant
Gears Shimano 8 Speed ALIVIO derailleur
Seat Velo Sport Comfort Saddle
Brakes Shimano M375 Disc
Motor 250 Watt SpinTech™ Motor
Battery Panasonic Lithium battery 36v
Distance 60/80+ miles under the PAS (depends on level of assistance)
Lifetime 1000 charge-discharge cycles
Charge Time 3 to 4 hours
Compact charger Provided: for AC 100 V to 240 V – 50 or 60Hz

Alternatives:

The Volt Pulse is one of the best in class and good value for money, so not much need to shop around.  However, the All Seasons E-xplorer was our best in class for men’s ebikes so worth a look too.

Volt Pulse

£1,499
8.6

Value

9.0/10

Build Quality

9.0/10

Battery

9.0/10

Weight

7.0/10

Ownership

9.0/10

Pros

  • Good extras
  • 80+ Miles per charge
  • Masculine looks
  • Good all rounder

Cons

  • Dated battery location

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