Vvolt Centauri

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
5.5 Hours
Maximum Range
40 Miles
Top Speed
26 mph
Watts
250 W
Torque
80 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 10.4Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Gearing Type
Weight
51 lb
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Vvolt Centauri. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • The Centauri is available in step-over and step-through frames and a choice of two sizes.
  • The CVT hub and belt drive greatly reduce maintenance needs.
  • This grease-free system helps avoid getting dirt on clothes.
  • Reviewers appreciate the durability of the “smooth” and “quiet” Gates belt drive.
  • Experts say the enviolo hub’s stepless shifting and 380% gearing range make it easy to find the perfect pedaling cadence.
  • Reviewers enjoy the “really smooth” shifting and ability to change gears when pedaling hard or stopped.
  • Testers savor the “responsive” assistance from the “powerful” motor, which easily handles climbs.
  • A reviewer highlights the Centauri’s “natural” riding experience.
  • The Kenda Koast 650b x 45mm tires give a smooth ride and have plenty of grip, say testers.
  • Vvolt provides a three-year warranty on the frame, fork, and most components.
  • A tester says the Centauri easily cruises at 25mph.
  • Reviewers appreciate the smooth integration of the battery.
  • Experts call the Radius hydraulic disc brakes “responsive” and “powerful.”
  • Reflective logos enhance safety at night.
  • Testers say final assembly takes just 15 minutes.
  • A reviewer appreciates the thoughtful packaging and use of recycled materials.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The included lights aren't integrated.
  • Users must pay extra for a rack and fenders.
  • The Centauri’s range is below average. Testers achieved 20 to 30 miles using pedal assist levels 3 and 4.
  • One reviewer's test bike arrived with a damaged fork despite an intact shipping box.
  • Changing between Class 1 and Class 3 modes requires swapping the included displays.
  • A reviewer experienced "annoying" noise and vibration from the motor.
  • During one test, the reviewer’s motor shut off while climbing a hill.

Bottom line

The Vvolt Centauri is an urban runabout with a "responsive" mid-drive motor, enviolo CVT hub, and Gates carbon belt drive. The smooth, low-maintenance drivetrain, easy stepless shifting, and abundant speed impress experts, who call the bike "versatile" and "fun." They also appreciate the quality Kenda tires and three-year warranty. Non-integrated lights and the lack of fenders and cargo rack reduce commuting appeal, and battery range is limited. Additionally, changing the speed limit requires swapping displays. But overall, the Centauri is deemed a "premium daily driver” at a reasonable price.

Expert Reviews

84/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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Ebike Escape

Vvolt Centauri Review: Elevate Your Commute With This Mid-Drive Belt-Driven E-Bike!

The Vvolt Centauri is a sweet deal if you want an affordable mid-drive motor with a belt drive and an internally geared hub… There are a couple of downsides… but these are outweighed by the amazing riding experience.

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Cycle Volta

Vvolt Centauri Review

A premium daily driver at an accessible price.
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Active Gear Review

Vvolt Centauri E-Bike Review

The Centauri has a quality build with great components that offer an efficient and natural ride. If you are looking for a reliable commuter that has easy-to-use shifting and performs well on hills, the Vvolt Centauri e-bike is worth taking a look at.
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E-Bike Commuting

Vvolt Centauri E-Bike Review 2023

All things considered, the Centauri from Vvolt is a reliable, efficient, and stylish choice for the e-bike commuter… Though it has a few areas for improvement, its strengths make it a worthy consideration…

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Chris Crossed

Vvolt Centauri – Mid-Drive Road E-Bike

… if you’re a roadie biker, I think you’ll like it a lot.

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Engearment

Vvolt Centauri E-Bike Review – Easy to Put Together Commuter E-Bike

It’s a great bike.

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The Frickin' Shredder

Vvolt Centauri E-Bike Without Throttle

… after everything I’ve said, I still really, really like the look and the feel of this bike… I’d feel really comfortable owning it.

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RV Enthusiast

Vvolt Centauri Full Review & Ride

Is this a bike for an 85-year-old man? Probably not. Is it a bike for someone who’s maybe 75 and fit, maybe 78 and fit? Yeah… Vvolt, you knocked this one out of the park, baby.

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Mountain Weekly News

Vvolt Centauri Electric Bicycle Review

Riding the Vvolt Centauri e-bike is a blast. It’s just efficient, and you can still get a great workout riding.

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