- Supports the use of the pedal assist and the throttle.
- Maximum assisted speed is 28 miles per hour.
- Construction that is both all-terrain and water-resistant
- The speed and battery status are displayed on the built-in display.
- Rides are tracked by a companion app.
- Front and rear lights that are integrated
- imposing and hefty
- Acceleration with pedal assistance that is sudden
- The use of on-demand throttle necessitates extreme caution.
It’s possible that the Aventon Aventure Ebike, which is appropriately named, will be your ideal riding companion if you want to bike beyond the boundaries of paved roads, ride quickly, and feel the wind on your face. Designed for all-weather use with fat tires, the $1,999 Aventure e-bike has five different levels of pedal assist as well as an on-demand throttle for quick getaways at speeds of up to 28mph. This electric bike has a range of up to 45 miles thanks to its powerful 750W rear hub electric motor, and it is well-suited for rides on the beach or through trails thanks to its suspension and fenders. A built-in display with Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to charge your phone is included, and a companion app tracks your rides and allows you to customize your bike’s configuration. The Aventure is a powerful bike, and you should always use caution when riding it. However, it is a lot of fun to ride, and you should definitely try it out.
Aventon’s Most Versatile E-Bike
Aventon, which is based in Ontario, California, manufactures a variety of e-bikes, including cruisers, commuters, foldables, and fat-tire models, among others. Aventure is the company’s most expensive model to date, but it’s also the most versatile; it’s designed to handle any terrain, including city streets and hiking trails, as well as mud, gravel, snow, and sand, among other things.
The Aventure is available in both traditional and step-through frame configurations, in three sizes to accommodate riders ranging in height from approximately 5’1″ to 6’4″, and in four colors (black, green, red, or sand). Step-through frames make it easier to get on and off the bike, and they are also more comfortable when riding while wearing a skirt. Aventure is designed for off-roading, which is one of the primary uses for the vehicle. Traditional step-over frames are more durable and safer for this application.
Aventon provided me with a sand-colored model with a traditional frame in a small size (I’m 5’6″) in order to conduct this review. The company also provided me with front and rear racks, which are available for purchase for $39.99 and $49.99, respectively.
The Aventure is a monster of an e-bike, weighing in at 73 pounds and sporting 26-by-4-inch fat tires (HW) on the front and rear wheels. As you ride, you can see your speed, battery charge, power assist level (0 to 5), distance traveled, and other metrics on a backlit color LCD (Aventon does not specify the resolution, but it appears to be of high quality). Also included is a standard USB-A port for charging your phone while riding, which syncs your mileage and other metrics to the Aventon app (available for both Android and iOS devices).
The Aventure is a Class 2 e-bike that comes equipped with a 750W (sustained) brushless rear hub motor and five different levels of pedal assist. Even when you are not pedaling, the throttle has the capability of propelling the bike at speeds of up to 20mph. When using pedal assist, the motor is only activated when the pedals are being turned. When you depress the throttle on the left handlebar, the motor engages and the bike accelerates, regardless of whether or not you are pedaling (more on this in a bit).
It is possible to increase the bike’s maximum speed to 28mph while using pedal assist through the Aventon mobile app, effectively converting it into a Class 3 e-bike. Even with the speed limit increased to its maximum setting, the throttle only goes as fast as 20 mph.
You can also unplug and remove the throttle if you want to ride it in an area where throttles are prohibited; in this case, the Aventure will operate as a Class 1 pedal-assist-only e-bike, as described above. Class 3 e-bikes are prohibited from riding on certain bike trails and paths, so be sure to read the rules and regulations in the area where you plan to ride. If you want to learn more about the differences between Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes, Aventon has a helpful article on its website that can be found here.
The bike is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 720Wh and a voltage of 48V that provides an average range of 45 miles per charge. The battery is housed within the frame, and it can be removed with a key for added security or to charge the device indoors.
Your driving range will vary depending on the outside temperature, your weight, the wind speed, the road and terrain conditions, the level of pedal assist, and how much you use the accelerator and the throttle. According to Aventon, the bike has a range of approximately 53 miles when using the pedal assist level 1. On level 5, it has a range of approximately 19 miles. It should be able to travel approximately 27 miles on just the throttle. A rider’s weight of 180 pounds on 80 percent flat terrain was used to calculate Aventon’s estimates.
The Aventure shouldn’t cause you any range anxiety, but it isn’t the best choice if you want to go the distance with your golfing endeavors. Comparatively, the VanMoof X3, which costs $2,198 and is a Class 1 pedal-assist-only ebike designed exclusively for city riding, has a range of up to 93 miles on a single charge.
In terms of other specifications and features, the Aventure has a wide, comfortable seat as well as an aluminum alloy frame that can accommodate riders weighing up to 300 lbs. The hydraulic disc brakes on the front and rear of the bike are controlled by levers on the left and right handlebars, respectively. With just one finger, you can easily engage the brake levers on your car. Its front suspension fork has 80mm of travel, which allows it to absorb bumps when riding on rough terrain. It has built-in fenders, as well as integrated front and rear lights that can be controlled via the display or the app, for added safety and convenience. As a result of the Aventure’s IPX4 water-resistance rating, it is perfectly safe to ride and park in the rain.
Putting the Aventure together
The Aventure is delivered in a large box, only partially assembled, but in excellent condition. Any storage racks that you order will be delivered in separate packages.
Aventure comes with a set of keys for removing the battery, a 48V 3-amp fast charger, a user manual, and all of the tools necessary to finish assembling the bike. The battery is not included. It’s possible that you’ll want to bring your own 15mm ratchet because the one provided by Aventon doesn’t feel particularly sturdy.
The handlebar, front wheel, front fender, pedals, and seat must all be installed before the bike can be completed with the rest of the parts. Aventon provides detailed assembly instructions in the bike’s user manual as well as a step-by-step assembly video on YouTube, which you can view here.
After watching the YouTube assembly video, a handy friend of mine put the bike together without consulting the manual, but he did sustain a minor cut as a result of the inferior tools provided by Aventon. The entire assembly process took one hour and forty minutes, from beginning to end.
I’m not particularly handy, and I’m not confident in my ability to assemble the bike on my own. For a small additional fee, one of Aventon’s dealers or a mobile service provider such as Velo Fix can assemble your bike for you on the spot.
Because the Aventure does not come with an air pump, you may have to purchase one separately. If you want to inflate each tire between 5 and 30psi, Aventon recommends that you use a pump with a Schrader valve and a pressure gauge.
After putting the Aventure together, the only steps left were to inflate the tires and adjust the seat height to fit the driver’s preference. I was eager to put it through its paces right away, and fortunately, the battery had been partially charged when it arrived. I had finished reading the user manual from cover to cover the night before, so I felt confident about turning it on and going for a test ride.
The Aventure is not a toy, and I don’t mean that in the most obvious way. It is critical that you take the time to read the user manual before using the product. To avoid injury and unnecessary wear and tear on the charging components, pay close attention to the safety warnings and battery installation instructions.
Simple to Function
For the bike to turn on, you must complete a few steps: inserting the battery is as simple as sliding it into the bike and pushing it into place; pressing the power button twice until it turns blue; and holding down the power button on the left handlebar for three seconds until the display comes on.
Additionally, there are plus and minus buttons on the left handlebar to increase or decrease your pedal assist level; a light button to turn on or off the front and rear lights; an information button to access the main menu and scroll through various riding metrics; and a power button. You can change the level of pedal assistance while the bike is in motion or while it is stationary using the buttons on the handlebar.
When the device is turned on, the LCD displays the light status, battery charge percentage, speed, and power assist level at all times. To view additional information, such as your trip distance, odometer reading, average speed, maximum speed, trip time, and calories burned, select the information button and then scroll through the data. The screen also displays the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and the number of trees saved during that trip as a result of choosing to ride rather than drive.
Press and hold the information button for a few seconds to bring up the main bike settings menu. You can clear trip data, adjust the screen brightness, change the speed units (miles per hour versus kilometers per hour), access system information, and connect the bike to the app from this screen. As stated in the user manual, you should be able to adjust the speed limit of the bike from the main menu of the LCD, but this feature is not available on my unit. I can, however, continue to modify the speed limit in the app if I want to.
As part of my testing, I had no issues connecting both the bike and the Aventon app. Using your phone, scan the QR code that appears on the bike’s display after you have downloaded the app and created an account. Then, give your bike a name by pressing Pair, turning on the bike’s display, long-pressing the information button, selecting Connect to App, and finally pressing Pair. When the app asks for permission to connect to the bike’s display through Bluetooth, select OK to complete the pairing process.
From that point forward, every time you turn on the bike’s display, it should automatically connect to the Aventon app on your smartphone (as long as your phone is within Bluetooth range). You can check the status of your connection in the top left corner of the app; it will say Connected in yellow or Disconnected in gray depending on your connection type.
You must pair your bike with the Aventon app in order for your rides to be automatically recorded. A manual ride tracking option is available by tapping the yellow Go button located near the bottom of the app. At the bottom of the screen, the app displays a few additional tabs, including Ebike, Record, Discover, and Me.
You can view your riding data in the Ebike tab, as well as turn on or off the bike’s lights and access additional settings by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen. You can adjust the LCD brightness, auto power-off time (up to 100 minutes), speed limit, speed units, and pedal assist level by tapping the gear icon on your bike’s display.
One minor quibble: despite the fact that I have my speed unit set to miles per hour, the app displays the speed limit in kilometers per hour. When I press the plus and minus buttons on the app, it allows me to change the speed limit from 20 to 51 kilometers per hour (around 12 to 31mph).
Using the Record app, you can view your riding data by month as well as see how you compare to other users on leaderboards that include daily, weekly, monthly, and all-time totals. The distance you ride determines your position on the leaderboards, according to Aventon. At the time of this writing, the top rider had logged more than 250 miles in a single calendar month.
You can scroll through a social feed of posts from other Aventon riders and even create your own in the Discover section. You can view any virtual medals you have earned (Aventon awards medals for 10 miles, 100 miles, and 1,000 miles, for example), locate service dealers for your vehicle, access Help content, chat with Aventon’s support representatives, change your password, and more in the Me section.
Battery Balancing and Charging
Aventon recommends that you fully charge the (large and heavy) battery after each use to ensure that it is ready to go the next time you want to go riding. Charge time for the battery is typically between three and seven hours, depending on usage.
You can charge the battery while the bike is in motion or while it is stationary, but it must be turned off first (the indicator light should be off). Aventon emphasizes the importance of the charging process being completed in the following order: Before connecting the battery to a power outlet, connect the charger to the battery’s charging port. As soon as it has finished charging, unplug it from the outlet and then unplug the charging cable from the battery’s port.
When the battery is charging, the indicator light is illuminated in red, and it turns green when the process is completed. In order to get the most out of your battery, remove the charger from it within one hour of it turning green.
I keep the Aventure outside on my covered patio because it takes up too much space inside. Although Aventon recommends that the battery be stored and charged indoors in the user guide, I always store and charge the battery inside.
Because you need to balance the battery, the procedure for the first three times you charge the bike is different from the procedure for subsequent charges. Aventon also recommends repeating the battery balancing procedure after a period of long-term storage if you notice a significant reduction in range, or up to once a month as a “proactive battery maintenance” measure for frequent users who use their batteries frequently.
Aventon recommends charging the battery for “just under 12 hours (but never exceeding the 12-hour mark)” in order to keep the battery balanced, regardless of how far you ride or how much battery power is left in the battery. It is acceptable to leave everything plugged in after the indicator light turns green in order to complete the balancing process. Following the balancing of the battery, you can resume the normal charging procedure for the battery.
The process of familiarizing yourself with the battery charging and balancing procedures takes a little time, but it’s an important part of your responsibility as an e-bike owner—think of it as getting your car inspected or changing the oil in your car. I keep the user manual close to the battery so that I can refer to it quickly.
My Expertise With the Aventure
I get a lot of compliments on the Aventure when I’m out riding it because it’s so slick and attractive. The Aventon, which costs $1,699, is more streamlined than its main competitors, the RadRover 5 and Himiway Cruiser, which both cost $1,699 and have integrated batteries.
When you first start pedaling or tapping the throttle, the Aventure can feel a little jerky, but it becomes more comfortable as you ride it for longer periods of time. As a result, before you begin to pedal or tap the throttle, make sure you are mentally prepared for rapid acceleration.
Aventon has reduced the acceleration rate of pedal assist levels one and two in response to customer feedback, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride for the customer. Models that have been in production since March 22, 2021 (including my review unit) have incorporated these changes, but I still get a jolt when the pedal assist function is activated for the first time.
When Aventon modified pedal assist levels one and two to provide a smoother acceleration transition, it also made a significant change to the throttle function, which can be found here. User feedback led the company to remove a safety feature that prevented the throttle from activating until you pedaled at least a quarter rotation into the pedals.
As the corporate explains in a blog post, “Whereas this security function is one thing we stood by, it has developed into clear to us by the number of suggestions we’ve acquired … that whereas this function is appreciated, it prevents folks from utilizing the throttle in a few of the methods they’d wish to; as an example, the necessity for some help whereas beginning on a steep hill since that quarter rotation might show to be too troublesome on such a steep incline or forgetting to gear down when hitting steady cease indicators.”
This means that models shipped after March 22, 2021 are equipped with an on-demand throttle, which allows you to activate the throttle even when you are at a complete stop. This change, according to the company, “increases the possibility that you will accidentally hit the throttle switch,” in which case “your ebike will accelerate, regardless of whether you are sitting or standing next to it, and will continue to accelerate until the throttle switch is released.”
(Observe that Aventon sells a retrofit display and controller bundle for $179.99 that addresses the abrupt pedal help acceleration problem and gives on-demand throttle performance for fashions bought earlier than March 22, 2021.)
One time, as I was walking the bike through a crowded parking lot before hopping on, I either accidentally tapped the throttle or the pedal, resulting in the bike accelerating quickly. It was a little frightening, but I didn’t lose control of myself. As previously stated, it takes time to become proficient with the Aventure, and you should proceed with extreme caution when using it because it can be dangerous. It has significantly more power than the VanMoof X3 that I am accustomed to riding.
In spite of my reservations about safety, the Aventure is a lot of fun to ride off-road, and I particularly enjoy riding it on the beach. As soon as I’ve passed through the crowded areas and reached a deserted strip of sand, I enjoy shifting to pedal assist level five and riding at a fast pace. When the LCD is set to its highest brightness, it is easy to read, even in bright sunlight.
Although some would possibly declare driving an e-bike is pointless for fitness, it may maybe nonetheless offer you excellent exercise. As talked about, the Aventure is a heavy bike. Without the motor, I can barely pedal it. On the sand, I undoubtedly cannot trip it without the assistance of pedal help or the throttle; however, on pedal help stage one or two, it nonetheless affords an excellent exercise—my legs have been sore for days after a long seaside trip.
A Companion for Off-Road Adventures
The $1,999 is a one-time payment. This rugged fat-tire electric bike can handle any terrain, from paved roads to dirt, gravel, sand, snow, or mud. It is designed for off-road riding. This vehicle has a range of 45 miles on average, can reach a top speed of 28 miles per hour with pedal assistance, and has a throttle that propels you up to 20 miles per hour with no effort. Additionally, we appreciate the app-based and onboard connectivity. A fun and thrilling ride can be had even though the bike’s pedal assist acceleration isn’t always the smoothest and the throttle needs to be used with caution. If you enjoy adventure, the Aventure is a great choice for you.
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