Electric bikes are so popular and plentiful these days that it can be difficult to tell them apart. thehowever, it sets itself apart by relying on the little extras that show attention to detail and offer more value than its similarly priced competition. It’s those little things that make for an overall better experience
For example, the $1,899 Aventure 2 bike comes with a small packet of grease useful for the pedals. That might not seem like much, but it was the first time I’ve seen this from a bike at this price point. It arrived securely packaged in easy-to-recycle cardboard, not foam, and all the tools needed for assembly were in cut-out cardboard slots in a branded box.
As I assembled the bike, I appreciated the high quality paintwork and all the stylish branding throughout the bike, tastefully placed from the rear fender to the kickstand. Even the charger had a letter A that flashes red while charging and then green when full. Standing out like that means a lot to a guy with a bunch of similar chargers.
The cables run through the frame and are only visible where they exit. The buttons on the handlebars to change the assist level are small but soft and well-placed. The model I tested was the step-over pictured above, but there is also a step-through model pictured below. The step-over is available in gray and green; The step-through is available in black and blue
The bike is fairly burly, constructed of single-butted 6061 aluminum alloy and weighs 77 pounds. The Aventure 2 can carry a total load of 400 pounds. The bike has a headlight and brake/signal lights are integrated into the frame at the rear. In addition to human power, the bike has a 750 watt motor powered by an internal 48 volt, 15 Ah lithium-ion battery. It can be charged in four to five hours and is detachable
The bike is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, eight gears and four levels of assistance with a top speed of 28 mph. There’s also a throttle that will take the bike up to 20km/h without pedalling. The Aventure can be set up as a class 2 (pedal assistance up to 32 km/h only or accelerator up to 32 km/h) or class 3 (pedal assistance up to 45 km/h or accelerator up to 32 km/h) e-bike from the mobile application . By default it is delivered as class 2.Â
The multicolored display has a matte finish that reduces reflections and makes it easier to read in sunlight. Each of the four levels of assistance is represented by different colors so you can see your level at a glance. It also displays battery level, current speed, total mileage, signal indicator, and uptime
The Aventure 2 rides smoothly both on and off-road – the 80 millimeters of travel on the front fork shock absorbers help with this. It has lockable ergo grips and a comfortable Aventon bike seat. It comes with 26″ x 4″ puncture-proof tires and a front and rear fender with racks to make all-weather riding as painless as possible. (I only wish I could have tested it in the snow.)
However, the Aventure 2 would be great for the daily commute. The original Aventure came with a cadence sensor (motor assist kicks in when the cranks are turned). This updated version uses a torque sensor that works through the pressure on the pedals, so the assistance kicks in faster. Also new in version 2 are the rear luggage rack and turn signals, as well as an improved range. The original had an estimated range of 45 miles, while the new is closer to 60 miles on a full charge
Aventon has an app for iOS and Android that connects to the bike via Bluetooth. The app shows the battery level, calories burned, total ride time, top speed and average speed. In addition, the lights can be turned on and off via the app, drivers can record their journeys and there is even a space for Aventon drivers to connect and share photos
In the app’s settings menu, you can change things like mph to km/h, set the bike to auto-off, and adjust the display brightness and speed limit. You don’t have to worry about your phone’s battery life either, as the Aventure comes with a USB-A charging port
The only thing missing to complete this would be an electric horn, but that might be asking too much when the bike only costs you $1,899
Frequently asked questions about e-bikes
How fast can an e-bike go?
Before we can go into top speed, we need to go through e-bike classifications first. There are three classes:
- Class 1 is an e-bike where the motor only provides pedal assistance while the rider is pedaling and has a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.
- Class 2 follows the same pedal-assist top speed as Class 1, but also has a throttle that allows the rider to get around without pedalling
- Class 3 has a maximum assist speed of 28 mph and can be fitted with either pedal assist only or pedal assist along with throttle assist.
These classes are limited to 1 hp (750 watts). However, some supposed “e-bikes” can reach 50 or even 60 miles per hour. But they are more like motorcycles with pedals. They are not optimized as conventional bicycles for pedaling from point A to B and do not legally fall into the Class 1-3 category. Normally only class 1 and 2 e-bikes are allowed where conventional bikes are parked.
Do I need a permit or license to operate an e-bike?
The short answer is no. However, drivers must meet their state minimum age limit (which may vary). In New York, that’s 16.
Should I buy an e-bike or an e-scooter?
It’s honestly pretty fun to have one of each. But if you need a reason to choose one over the other, an e-bike can also be used as a traditional bike, giving riders the benefit of a workout and the benefit of the fact that you can keep going even when the battery is dead . Also, most people I speak to feel better on bikes because they have more experience riding them.