The French brand Voltaire has lifted the veil on a new electric bike by the name of Bellecour. His particuliarity ? This model is more affordable than the Courcelles, but also less secure.
In 2021, the tricolor start-up Voltaire caused a sensation with its very first electric bike, the Courcelles. A VAE tested and validated by the editorial staff, which enjoyed a convincing design, pleasant electrical behavior and effective brakes. All sublimated by several security systems cut especially against theft.
A year later, the company returns to the charge with a new model simplified in terms of electronics, but also more affordable. Welcome to the Voltaire Bellecour, which is nothing more than a copy of its predecessor, without the famous connected stem, the anti-theft system, the alarm and the geolocation.
200 euros less
At 2190 euros, against 2390 euros for the Courcelles, the Voltaire Bellecour has a 1.3-inch OLED screen that allows you to change assistance, a 100 LUX front headlight, LED rear lighting in the shape of a border and directly integrated in the mudguard supplied as standard.
Designed for users measuring between 1.55 and 1.80 meters, the Voltaire Bellecour displays the same weight of 21 kilos. Which remains considerable and cumbersome if you want to carry it up the stairs over several floors. A new color is however on the menu: cream.
For the rest, nothing changes: there are Tektro hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear, a high-density foam saddle, handles with hand rests, a belt transmission – practical because it does not get dirty and quiet – and puncture-proof Schwalbe Road Cruiser Plus Green tyres.
Deliveries from May 18
Placed on the hub of the rear wheel, the 1.5 kg motor provides 250 W of power and is accompanied by an always welcome torque sensor. With it, the level of electric assistance will be proportional to the force you put into the pedals. With a capacity of 360 Wh, the battery promises a range of between 40 and 70 km and a charge in 2h30.
You will have understood it: Voltaire wanted to focus on a simplified but less expensive bike of 200 euros, by removing all the connected part of the model. Security and geolocation systems are no more: it is therefore this criterion that must be taken into account to set your sights on one or the other.
The first deliveries will take place from May 18.
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