In terms of adjustability ”the Volt really excels”, says Triathlon magazine in its first test report about the new STEVENS Volt. First, there is the probably most eye-striking feature the Aeria Ultimate cockpit made by Profile Design with an integrated hydration system. This cockpit as well as the top tube-mounted Foodbox, tucked-away TRP brakes, saddle and seatpost are standard equipment of the frame kit which is also sold separately.
Versatile Aeria Ultimate Cockpit By Profile Design
The cockpit can be adjusted to basically any preference. Its height is adjusted by adding or removing a number of spacers at the fork shaft. Bevor the shaft is finally cut you should be sure about your handlebar height, the editors strongly advise. Also the armrests can be ”set to any position you want using an extensive set of spacers”.
This is added by all the usual ways of adjustability, such as fore-aft and outside-inside. The carbon aero extensions can also be tilted which ”in combination with the upward bend allows for a very versatile and relaxed hand position.”
The combination of STEVENS Volt and Aeria Ultimate cockpit with its unique covers ”almost looked like a bespoke solution”. For example the lateral rubber flaps would provid a smooth transition between hydration system and top tube. The small gap between stem and top tube-mounted box enables easy adjustment of the headset added by ”well-thought out, very clean cable routing in this area.” An inconspicuous little barrel adjuster for the brake cable comes in handy as well.
The hydration system holds ”reasonable 800ml (27oz) and is easy to fill”. It’s simple to remove without tools and securely attaches to the frame plus ”the flexible straw is very comfortable to reach and the magnet keeps it nicely out of the headwind when not in use.” Bend it slightly towards the bottle and the magnet will pull the straw securely into the right position.
The top tube-mounted Foodbox securely holds several gels and can be detached if needed.
Other parts can also be stored inside but also the Di2 junction box. ”it fits so nicely inside but it’s well accessible for hassle-free charging.” Yet, when it’s put in the box together with tools and replacement tubes you need to be careful when packing.