Aventon Aventure Review: Rugged, Fat Tire, Electric Bike
The Aventon Aventure is a rugged, fat tire, ebike that is surprisingly affordable.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to review the brand new Aventon Aventure in their newest color, So Cal Sand. When we first received the box from UPS, the first thing we noticed was how massive the box was and when we unboxed the Aventon Aventure, we couldn’t believe how massive the tires were.
The Aventon ebike came 90% assembled and we simply had to put on the front tire, pedals, and handlebar. We immediately took the ebike for a spin and was impressed with the many features and benefits.
In this review, we will let you know what we loved and hated about the Aventon Aventure ebike.
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How big are the tires on the Aventon Aventure?
The Aventon Aventure features massive fat 26 inch diameter tires that are 4 inches wide.
We reviewed the Grizzly with 20″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires, and the Aventure tires dwarf the Grizzly tires. My wife was riding the Aventure the other night and rolled up on to a full size curb with no problems at all.
The large tires help with stability and helps even the most timid of riders feel moree confident while making the ride very comfortable.
What kind of brakes are on the Aventon Aventure?
The Aventon Aventure ebike features Zoom hydraulic disc brakes. The brake discs on the front and back are 180 mms. The braking power on Aventon Aventure is excellent, and easy to modulate.
You will need to do some adjusting of the brakes from time to time, so I highly suggest you learn the basic adjustments for the brakes.
Great cable management
I love the cable management on the Aventon Aventure. All the wires are wrapped nicely and fed through the rugged frame. The only problem is that if you ever need to replace a cable, you will have to fish it through the frame.
Luckily, most parts on this ebike are plug and play so you should rarely need to rewire cables which makes replacing parts much easier.
The Aventon Aventure is an eBike that doesn’t look like it is giving birth to a battery
Many eBikes have batteries hanging from the frame or right above the rear tires. I’ve heard horror stories of batteries actually falling off eBikes when jumping the bikes. A nice heavy battery to the ankle or shin is never a pleasant experience.
The Aventon Aventure does an amazing job of building the battery into the frame. A key secures the battery, and you can remove it for charging or to make it lighter when transporting the bike by a hitch rack.
Color display for the win!
The previous Aventon eBike models had black and white displays. The Aventon Aventure comes with their brand new color display. The display is nice and displays battery levels and carbon offset.
However, there is no voltage display, so you cannot double check the battery gauge. The Aventon Aventure connects via a mobile app, but it can be glitchy on Androids.
From the app, you can unlock the peddle assist speed to go up to 32 mph.
Is the Aventon comfortable for long rides?
One of my favorite things about the Aventon is how comfortable it is to ride on long rides. The massive tires, suspension and design make the Aventure comfortable for long rides.
One of my favorite things on the Aventon Owners page is seeing elderly people post about taking 20-30 miles rides.
Lives have completely changed, because more and more people are now able to get out and go farther with these motor assisted devices making them more active and involved with their community.
I remember my first PEV experience with the Onewheel and how it made me so much more aware of my surroundings, like local parks and trails. I love the Aventon Aventure for opening the PEV door for many, young and old!
What colors does the Aventon Aventure come in?
I love the colors that the Aventon Aventure comes in. We received the SoCal Sand color, but I love the Camouflauge Green and Electric Red color. The paint job pops on the Aventon.
The welds on the Aventon Aventure are also high quality and they appear seamless. The clean welds with the perfect paint job make the Aventure stand out.
The standard Aventure comes in SoCal Sand, Camouflauge Green, and Fire Black.
The step thru Aventure comes in SoCal Sand, Camouflauge Green, and Electric Red
I can’t believe my wife loves the Aventon Aventure!
I love PEVs, personal electric vehicles, but my passion for them drives my wife bonkers sometimes! I am always talking about them, thinking about them, and trying to get my wife to ride PEVs with me. However, she simply doesn’t feel as safe as I do on a scooter, EUC or Onewheel.
On other ebikes like the Ariel Rider Grizzly, she finds it too clunky, too fast, and the seat uncomfortable. However, with the Aventon Aventure, my wife loves it! She feels confident on the Aventure and will go on long rides with me.
The Aventon Aventure helps my wife tolerate my addiction to PEVs! I asked my wife what were her favorite features about the Aventon, and this is what she listed off to me:
- Comfortable seat
- Wide tires
- Speeds up and slows down smoothly
- Gears shift well
- Perfect for her at 5′ 8″
- Works well for females
- Like the turning and feels stable
- Stable kickstand
Is the Aventon Aventure light bright enough for safe night riding?
When I first looked at the Aventon Aventure light, I figured it would be weak because it is so tiny. I’ve seen escooter lights 4 times the size of the Aventure light and they weren’t bright enough. However, the Aventure light is so bright.
I was blown away by how bright the light is for such an itty bitty package. I don’t expect you to need additional light for safe night riding, especially because the tires are so massive. You can always buy additional lighting if you would like it super bright.
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How much torque does the Aventon Aventure have?
The Aventure does not have a ton of torque. There is a delay when using peddle assist or the throttle, and there isn’t an instant burst of power. The Aventon Aventure throttle does well bringing you up to 20 mph, but you aren’t going to get earth shattering acceleration.
I did gain a lot more respect for the bike when I unlocked the full potential of the peddle assist and was able to hit 32 mph. It certainly made the bike a lot more fun.
What type of shifter does the Aventon Aventure have?
The simple answer is, “I don’t know.” Initial videos showed them with Shimano shifters. However, many people report receiving their bikes with SunRace shifters.
We received our bike with the SunRace shifter and it has a weird layout.
You use your pointer finger to pull the shifter towards you to shift up, and you use your thumb to shift down. I did not like the modulation at first but once you figure out they both are not push, it is nice. I explained the wierd nuance to my wife and she said she enjoyed how smoothly it shifted.
Does the Aventon Aventure have rear suspension?
There is no rear suspension on the Aventon Aventure. The rear suspension is based on the tire PSI and the saddle. The saddle on the Aventon is made by Velo.
Aventon had Velo custom make the saddle for the Aventure. I don’t mind the saddle but would enjoy a little softer one. My wife loves the saddle and says it makes the ride ultra comfy.
Is the Aventon Aventure designed for jumping?
I would not suggest using the Aventon Aventure for jumping. I used it to do wheelies and jump off curbs, and the chain and fenders rattle quite a bit.
The Aventure is designed to handle most terrains thrown at it, however, I do not suggest using the Aventure on advanced mountain bike trails. The bike is made for cruising on pavement, packed gravel, and light dirt trails.
Whats the max throttle speed on the Aventon Aventure?
The max throttle speed on the Aventure is 20 mph. You can unlock the peddle assist to go up to 28 mph. 20 mph would be sufficient for most.
However, I would enjoy being able to throttle up to 28 mph. To me, 20 mph is simply too tame, and sometimes I don’t want to have to peddle to go 28 mph.
Does the Aventon Aventure have a bell or horn?
With such a cool bike, I expected at least a bell or electronic horn. With the Aventure, you get neither. You have to do the old-fashioned call, “On your left!”
Do the Aventon Aventure peddles scrape?
They should have designed the peddles on the Aventure to be slightly higher. It is easy to scrape the peddles if you have your foot down on sharp turns. It is best to have your pedals level to avoid peddle clipping on tight turns.
My throttle isn’t working, is my bike broken?
One thing I found obnoxious about the Aventon Aventure was that I cannot use the throttle while in PAS mode 0.
I have to be in peddle assist level 1 or higher in order for the throttle to work. Sometimes I just want to throttle to get going and peddle like a normal bike.
I hate having to be bound to peddle assist if I want to use the throttle.
Who is the Aventon Aventure perfect for?
I am part of the Aventon group, and one of my favorite things I see posted is how many senior citizens are riding around on the Aventon Aventure. The Aventon Aventure does not offer the cheapest bikes, but they are built solidly and have some of the best service in the industry.
The Aventon owner is Chinese but their sales and service is here in the USA. This allows the Chinese owner to micromanage production and leave his American team to ensure top-notch service is received.
With a lot of PEV companies, you can never get anyone on the phone, and you are only dealing through email. I had an issue with the wrong size rack ordered, and I was able to get a customer service rep over the phone.
The Aventure is great for those who like to ride with either pedal assist mode or throttle. It is perfect for the person looking to cruise around and have slight assistance from the motor.
Who should avoid the Aventon Aventure ebike?
The Aventon Aventure is not for the speed demon, since it caps out at 20 mph using throttle only. It is also not designed for the road bike enthusiast, because it is so bulky and massive. The Aventon Aventure is not the most portable because it does not fold, and needs a special hitch rack to carry it because it weighs 73 lbs.
If you want to use mostly throttle and pedal seldomly, I think a bike like the Ariel Rider Grizzly would be more suited for you. The Aventon Aventure is not for someone anticipating to take it on expert mountain bike trails.
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Aventon Aventure Review
The Aventon Aventure is Aventon Bikes electric fat-tire mountain bike model. The Aventure comes equipped with Kenda fat tires and front suspension making it a comfortable, universal ride for most. The Aventure scored a 53 on our Tower ebike score giving it a mediocre ebike ranking. To learn more about the Aventon Aventure read our full review below.
DISCLAIMER. Aventon and Aventure are trademarks of Aventon Bikes, and use of that trademark in this review does not indicate that the reviewer is claiming any interest in the mark or any affiliation with or sponsorship or endorsement by Aventon Bikes.
Aventon Aventure Review
Today, we’re going to be reviewing and rating the Aventure by Aventon. That’s “Adventure” without the D so you spell it right. Aventon jumped on the e-bike trend a few years back. They do one of the better jobs in terms of styling and looks on eBikes. They’ve got a lot of different electric bike models but today, we’re reviewing the Aventure Ebike. The Aventon Aventure Ebike scored a 53 on our 100-point scale, which rates it as a mediocre electric bike.
Before we get into the score, I want to introduce myself. My name is Stephan Aarstol. I am the CEO of the Tower e-Bike Repair Shop here in San Diego. We see hundreds of e-bikes come in through our shop. Therefore, we see a lot of different electric bikes within the industry.
What we normally do is have our professional mechanics, who have ten plus years of experience in the bike world and the electric bike industry, review and rate all of these electric bikes on seven key attributes. These are as follows:
- Electric Bike Materials Quality
- Bicycle Mechanical Quality
- Low maintenance of Electric Bike
- Electric Bike Hill-climbing ability
- Electric Bike Range
- Electric Bike Comfort
- Electric Bike Universality
Those are the seven key attributes that build up our Tower Score. In each category, the e-bike gets a score between one and ten, ten being the highest. After which, we normalize all seven scores to get a handy single-point score out of a hundred. When all is said and done, we’ll be able to provide e-bike customers and shoppers with a succinct rating that will give them all the context they need to make an educated purchase decision.
Nowadays, the e-bike market is a saturated market. It’s hard to figure out if an e-bike lives up to its name without seeing and testing it for yourself. Fortunately, we run an e-bike repair shop. Thus, we’re quickly able to see all types of e-bikes and review and rate them. We offer guidance, insight, and knowledge on the different e-bikes that we find. That’s the Tower Score. That’s what we’re doing here. It’s like the wine spectator score if you’re familiar with it, but for eBikes instead of wines.
There are almost as many types of electric bikes in the market as there are varieties of wine. It can be overwhelming to try to figure out which bike is going to match your needs best. Plus, it’s tough with a lot of these e-bike companies being direct-to-consumers. They don’t have a retail display model or an area where you can test ride their bike without paying thousands of dollars and having it shipped to you. That’s why we want to give as much information as possible and in a simple, digestible manner from a trusted source. Nobody pays us to review their eBikes, or pays us an affiliate marketing percent of their sales, which is a bit different that how many eBike sites operate online.
Apart from the Tower score, we also have a supplementary score. It’s also based on 100 points and it’s called the Specialty Score. The Specialty Score is a supplementary score that we like to include. It omits the last two attributes of the tower e-bikes score; namely comfort and universality. The point of the Specialty score is to take into consideration the purpose of a specific e-bike and what it was made for. In other words, we wouldn’t want to judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.
Some bikes, like off-road bikes, are made for performance during rugged use, not made for comfort per se. Thus, it will always score low on comfort. You get the idea. It’d be a bit unfair to judge some bikes on comfort and universality when it wasn’t even made for those. Comfort and universality may not be the focal point of the product we’re reviewing. Thus, that is why the Specialty Score exists. it’s often times a better rating for specialty type bikes. On the Specialty Score, the Aventon Aventure scored forty-eight out of a hundred.
Let’s get back into the Tower Score on this eBike.
Materials Quality. 2/10
The first attribute we looked at for the Aventure is materials quality. We like to look at materials quality first because we believe it’s usually a good telltale sign of what the bike is worth. Usually, a company that doesn’t provide high-quality materials will cheap out on other areas of the bike.
Also, usually, if you notice that the exterior parts of the bike are made of cheap materials, you’ll find the same to be true in the e-bike’s interior components as well. That’ll be detrimental to the rider; especially when we get into the electrical components. It’s something to consider because the Aventure scored very low here. We found this particularly odd as the aesthetic of the Aventon eBikes are actually pretty good, but they just seem to achieve that with cheaper materials so durability is likely an issue here.
The Aventure is equipped with Kenda tires. Kenda tires are fairly common and popular, but they are also a low-budget option. If you’re touting a rugged bike, one that’s made for the outdoors and for off-roading, and then you put cheap tires on it, we find that somewhat ridiculous. We would’ve liked to see a more trusted name tire brand; one that should be a bit more flat-resistant.
Another thing that we didn’t like is it does come with a cheap thumb throttle. It would have been acceptable were it only a high-quality component. You can expect the thumb throttle to break down the line. With that being said, we should consider that it is a low-cost item. It wouldn’t be difficult to replace, even if it would force you to spend a bit more, but it’s a hassle for you the customer. Going with quality here instead of junk literally costs the brand a few dollars difference. It’s silly to skimp.
We find the same story to be true regarding the LCD display. The Aventure has a nice and large LCD screen right in the middle of the handlebars. However, we found that the exterior buttons of the PA aren’t of good enough quality. They interact well with the LCD screen, but they don’t feel good to use. Not to mention that they look relatively cheap. This seems to be a consistent theme on this bike, it looks shiny and nice when you take a superficial look, but if you really dig into things you find a lot of corners cut.
The same goes with the seat. The seat has good adjustability, which we’ll talk about later. But it is a relatively low-quality seat. The last thing you want to do is to invest thousands of dollars into an e-bike and find the seats to be cheap and uncomfortable. You’re going to have to spend even more money to get it replaced or worse, not want to ride the bike at all.
There were a lot of undesirable components on this e-bike but there are good things about it as well. It has 36H stainless steel spokes. This is nice to see. It has some rust resistance. And again, the LCD screen in the middle was also quite nice to see even though it’s a low-quality component. Overall, though it gets a 2 on materials quality, which isn’t very good.
Mechanical Quality. 6/10
The second attribute we looked at was mechanical quality. In this category, we try to see just how mechanically sound of a bike this product is. It isn’t uncommon for people to be swayed by the superfluous marketing around an e-bike. Also, most shoppers only care about how fast or how far the e-bike can go. However, there’s so much more to an e-bike than that. Thus, we have our professional mechanics look at the product from a mechanical standpoint.
When it comes down to it, electric bikes are still bikes. Customers need to make sure that it’s great even without the motor. If the battery dies while you’re using the e-bike, is it still going to be easy to ride the bike? Is the derailleur good enough that you’ll be able to switch through gears easily?
We’ve seen a lot of types of e-bikes come through our repair shop here in San Diego. There are some e-bikes that are almost fully focused on electrical components. Sometimes, when we strip out the electrical components, we’re left with a poorly designed skeleton.
However, for the Aventon Aventure, that wasn’t fully the case. We scored the Aventon Aventure a six out of ten on mechanical quality. It has hydraulic brakes, which is something we highly appreciate. The front suspension is good as well. With hydraulic brakes, you’ll be able to go farther and faster. Because the brakes are essentially a self-adjusting system, you are going to save a lot of time and trips to the repair shop. Which, in turn, saves you a lot of repair costs.
That being said, these hydraulic brakes are unbranded. Meaning, they aren’t from any brand that is already reputable and trustworthy. We would’ve liked to see Tektro or Shimano.
Again, the bike does come with suspension, which is nice to see. This is especially true for an electric mountain bike. It’s going to make riding the e-bike easier and a lot calmer. If you go off-roading as you would with an electric mountain bike, you’ll surely appreciate this feature.
However, the bike’s derailleur is relatively cheap. The same goes for its chains. They aren’t rust-resistant. All of these factors combined are why the Aventure scored a six out of ten. It could be better but it sure isn’t awful.
Low Maintenance. 5/10
The third category is low maintenance. The Aventure scored a five out of ten on low maintenance. Hydraulic brakes are self-adjusting brakes and, again, we see this on the Aventure. E-bikes will typically score better in this category for simply having hydraulic brakes. With the brake fluid in the hydraulic brakes, they are going to even out on the brake pad wear. You won’t have to do that.
By working at an e-bike repair shop all day long, I’ve observed that most of our customers come in specifically for brake adjustments. The reason is that their e-bikes have mechanical brakes instead of hydraulic ones. Hydraulic brakes save you so much time and monetary cost from repairs.
Going back to the fact that they have Kenda tires, they aren’t super flat-resistant; especially for an electric mountain bike. We always want to see flat-resistant tires. Flats can be a real pain to deal with; not to mention fixing them on electric bikes. It takes a lot of skill and patience because of the extra weight of electric bikes and all the electrical connections that can get in the way.
Then, the last thing we want to touch on is the fact that this bike does have multiple gears. Having multiple gears is always great; however, specifically for this category, it is not. Why? Because having a multiple gearing system also means that more things can go wrong. It is a great feature but one which comes with cons from a maintenance standpoint. The quote “more power comes with more responsibility” is felicitous here. You see, the issue when a brand goes with gears but cheaps out on the components, you create a maintenance issue.
The Aventure has a nice eight-speed gearing system; meaning you can switch into eight different gears. That is a glad-to-have feature; however, you’re going to have to be on top of chain-stretch maintenance and you must also make sure that the relative ease of switching through gears is maintained. Else, it’ll seem rougher to ride the e-bike. If there is something wrong with that derailleur and you’re not able to switch into a gear, that’s going to be something that’s going to need to be maintained, preferably by an e-bike mechanic. What does that mean? expenses.
Hill-climbing Ability. 9/10
The next attribute we looked at is hill-climbing ability. The Aventure scored great on the hill-climbing ability category. We tested it here locally at a huge San Diego hill. We scored the Aventon Aventure a nine out of ten.
This is in large part due to its 750-watt sustained motor; emphasis on sustained! A lot of e-bike companies will tout their 750-watt motors, but what they’re really saying is that that’s the peak wattage, meaning the peak at which the product can reach. But, at how much power can it actually sustain itself for a period of time? So many brands are really telling you a 500-watt motor is a 750-watt motor because, well, who’s going to call them out? We will 😉
Being able to sustain power is what you’re looking for here and to their credit the Aventure does not disappoint. The Aventure’s online product page indicates that they have a 750-watt motor, and we found that to be true. Its peak wattage can even go up to close to a thousand watts. This is impressive. Good on the company for delivering more than it is marketing.
There’s a ton of power on this motor. On top of all that, it even has a 48-volt system as well as those eight-speed gears. You can switch into low gear and fly up a hill. Online, it does state that the Aventure can go 28/mph. We don’t think that’s accurate. We found that the bike can go to about 20/mph. Whereas if you do use the pedal-assist feature, in about three or four pedal assist levels, you’ll be able to go around 24-25/mph. This is fantastic. It exceeded our expectations with regards to its hill-climbing ability.
Again, on hill-climbing ability, the Aventure scored a nine out of ten.
E-Bike Range. 2/10
The 5th attribute is range. This bike has a 750-watt motor, 15Ah, 48-volt battery system. However, we were a little disappointed. Online, it’s stated that you can go to about 45 miles on a single charge. We simply found that to be false. Even with levels 3 to 4 on pedal-assist, we were only getting close to about 25 miles. 25 miles is nowhere near 45 miles. It seems that they overstretched here quite a bit! Maybe if you’re just straight using pedal-assist level one, you may get closer to that 45-mile range, but certainly not if you’re using just the throttle.
Using straight throttle and not pedaling will get to about 20 miles on this battery. This is in large part just because the battery itself doesn’t come from a reputable and trusted brand. This is a highly-discussed topic in the e-bike world. If you’re getting an electric bicycle, you’re going to want to make sure that you get a battery that has branded cells, meaning the cells within the battery are either Samsung, LG, or Panasonic. The reason you want to get one of those is just that those companies have outstanding and established quality-control measures. They have standards for what they’re putting their name on. And that quality costs. A quality battery can be 25%-35% of the production cost of an eBike. Brands that skimp on batteries can cut massive costs, but you the customer is getting the short end of the stick at the end of the day here, and it’s not apparent until you start to experience degradation and frustration with exaggerated marketing claims that don’t come true.
When you’re getting an e-bike that has unbranded cells, you’re running the risk of getting a cheap BMS system and cheap Chinese quality cells that are going to deteriorate in no time. Unfortunately, that’s the case here with Aventon Aventure, they have unbranded cells. The results of our range tests are in sync with our opinions about its batteries. You won’t go too far without pedaling the bike yourself. Being limited to 25-30 miles is not dangerous, but a nuance. And you can expect degradation of those numbers after just a few months of ownership and use.
On range, the Aventure scored a two out of ten. Not great.
Electric Bike Comfort. 7/10
The next attribute we looked at is comfort. On comfort, the Aventure scored a seven out of ten. We found the bike comfortable. Again, touching back on the fact that it does have that nice front suspension to it. If you do go off-road and go up a mountain with lots of bumps, it’s mostly going to be a pleasant ride. The suspension and the tires are going to take most of the blows while cushioning you in the process. The fact that the bike also has 26×4 inch tires and that the handlebars are easy to reach, especially for a mountain bike, helps in this category.
We were a little surprised, but the actual riding position of the Aventure is mostly upright. This is highly appreciated as it alleviates back-strain. The only area that this e-bike failed in terms of comfort is the seat itself. Because the seat is a critical component when it comes to comfort, we recommend switching it out.
The 7th attribute we reviewed is universality. Universality looks at just how many demographics of riders is this bike capable of serving? Can it accommodate shorter riders? How about really tall ones? What about our stouter friends? Is there a weight limit on this e-bike?
On universality, we gave the bike a six out of ten. It has a nice seat post height. We imagine that most riders will be comfortable with this. The seat post has a ton of room for adjustments. We measured it at 27 inches; meaning there’s a lot of play in that seat post height. If you’re a shorter rider, you will be fine. You can move that seat down with the stem and have a lower riding position.
The same goes if you are a tall rider. You can easily put the seat post higher and make it comfortable for you. The only thing we didn’t like is that the handlebars don’t go back and forth. We find this to be a big deal. You can only move the handlebars up and down. You can’t twist the bars to move closer to you or change the positioning when you’re uncomfortable with the sitting position it imposes on you.
Again, on universality score, the Aventure scored a six out of ten.
Tower e-Bike Score (53) and Specialty Score (48)
That’s our Tower Score. Again, the Aventure scored 53 out of a hundred, earning itself a mediocre e-bike rating. Then, touching back on the Specialty Score, the Aventure scored a 48. This also means that it gets a mediocre e-bike rating on that front.
Weight = 73 pounds
One more thing we haven’t touched on, but should, is the weight of the e-bike. We don’t factor this into the eBike Score, but we do put all eBikes on our scale to give you the honest weight with the battery attached. This is important to consider when choosing your e-bike. The Aventure is 73 pounds. That’s way on the heavier side in contrast to the typical e-bike. We like to see e-bikes in the 40 to 50 pounds range; especially for a mountain bike that you may be lugging on a rack or at the back of a car often. 73 pounds is a lot.
Before making the purchase decision, try to imagine lifting this 73-pound bike over and over again from where it is to where you want it to be.
Electric Bike Looks
Apart from the weight, we also want to give our opinions about the looks of the e-bike. Upon purchase, you automatically get a front and rear fender with the Aventure. Although they are low-quality, it does give it a nice mountain bike look. The battery is hidden inside the frame. We tend to favor that sometimes on the looks front. A lot of electric mountain bikes almost look like a motorcycle or something close to it. The Aventure maintains its mountain bike look in contrast to most other e-bikes. Overall, we liked how it looks.
Low Proprietary Risk Score. 3/10
The last thing we want to touch on is something we call the low proprietary risk score. Again, this score isn’t factored into the Tower E-Bike Score, but we like to give you a 1-10 rating on it. We’re defining how proprietary this bike is. The unfortunate truth is that about 95% of e-bike brands existing today are going to go out of business in the next 5-10 years. There’s simply no room to hold the vastness of e-bike brands in one niche. Thus, on a score of one to ten, we rate how easy it is for shoppers to get replacement parts for their e-bike. We look at the longevity and reputation of specific brands.
There are so many e-bike companies that spend a lot of money on customer acquisition costs and on advertisements but don’t have a sustainable business model. The last thing we want to see is a customer with no hope of repairing their e-bike because the company they bought it from no longer exists and no other manufacturer manufactures the specific proprietary parts in their product. Keep in mind that a brand that has dissolved will not be able to give any type of customer service or after-sales support.
We like to provide our insight on proprietary parts for each e-bike. For the low proprietary risk, the Aventure scored a three out of ten. Meaning, most of its parts are proprietary and you are at the mercy of only Aventon. You’re riding or dying with them, and because of the industry the odds are 19 out of 20 they won’t last long. Not great odds.
The only thing that’s standard on this bike is those Kenda bike tires. Everything else, we found to be non-standard. The battery pack and the controller, being the most fundamental aspect of an e-bike, are highly proprietary. Also, the Aventure sports a non-branded motor. Similar to how we’d like to see branded battery cells, we would love to see branded motors as well. We like to see Bafang or Bosch, or another trusted motor brand. That way, if you do have issues further down the line, a trusted and reputable company can offer you an e-bike mechanic and service your bike.
Case in point, our mechanics here at Tower Electric Bike Repair Shop are familiar with Bafang and Bosch motors. Thus, whether the bike is from Aventon or not, we would be able to help riders with their e-bike motor problems. Whereas if you get an unknown motor, it’ll be more challenging to fix. If you buy a non-branded motor, you’ll find that there isn’t a lot of knowledge on them simply because they are proprietary.
That’s our review on the Aventon Aventure. Let us know what you think of this e-bike. Check out our site for Tower Scores on a growing list of other e-bikes that we see coming through our repair shop.
Aventon Aventure vs. Denago Fat Tire: step-thru eBikes compared
If you’re in the market for a fat tire eBike with a step-thru frame, you may have noticed the Aventon Aventure and the Denago Fat Tire step-thru eBikes, especially the very similar frame and some of the component features. Both these models offer a step-thru frame for a low standover height that makes starting and stopping with your feet flat on the ground easy and are intended for the same style of riding.
The Aventon Aventure and the Denago Fat Tire have many features and specifications in common; including 4″ fat tires, suspension forks, and integrated lights. They also share the same retail price of 1,999, making these two models competitive on price.
Let’s take a deep dive and look at the two models head-to-head to see how they stack up.
The primary difference between the Aventon Aventure and Denago Fat Tire
Above all else, the primary difference between the Aventon Aventure and the Denago Fat Tire is the sensing technology used. The Aventon Aventure uses a cadence sensor, while the Denago Fat Tire Step-thru uses a more advanced and more expensive torque sensor.
Torque sensors are more responsive to the rider’s pedaling input, which make them a better choice for eBikes ridden off-road. Above all else, torque sensor vs. cadence sensor may help drive your decision-making between these two models.
What features Aventon Aventure and Denago Fat Tire Step-thru eBikes have in common
The Aventon Aventure and Denago Fat Tire Step-thru eBikes have some specs and features which are identical, or very close to identical, including:
- The same retail price, 1,999
- 750 Watt rear hub motors
- 4″ Kenda fat tires
- built-in lights powered by the eBike battery
- hydraulic disc brakes
- supension fork
- both bikes offer a USB port for mobile phone charging on the go
Adjustable speed limiters
While the Denago ships in Class III mode (28 MPH pedal assist, 20 MPH throttle top speeds) and the Aventon ships in Class II mode (20 MPH pedal assist and 20 MPH throttle top speeds) in practice they are actually the same, since the rider can adjust the top speed to suit their preferences on both models.
Aventon riders can turn up the speed limiter to 28 MPH if desired, emulating Class III features, while Denago riders can turn down the speed limiter to 20 MPH (or even lower) if desired, emulating a Class II eBike.
How the Aventon Aventure and Denago Fat Tire Step-thru models are different
The Aventon Aventure and Denago Fat Tire Step-thru models differ in these key areas:
- Sensor: The Denago Fat Tire eBike uses a more advanced torque sensor vs. the cadence sensor on the Aventon Aventure. Torque sensors measure the rider’s pedaling input for a more natural feel, especially on off-road surfaces.
- The Denago also uses a much larger capacity battery than the Aventon, which translates to significantly more range on the road or trail. The Aventon Aventure gets a 720 Wh battery, the Denago Fat Tire battery is 921.6 Wh, a huge difference in performance. You can go much further on a single charge.
- Denago uses premium LG 21700 cells in the battery, Aventon does not disclose the manufacturer used for the Aventon Aventure battery cells.
- Aventon’s handlebar mounted display can be synced with a rider’s cell phone using an App, Denago does not offer this feature.
- Aventon uses a wider-range 8 speed drivetrain, vs. the 7 speed drivetrain on the Denago.
Which fat tire step-thru eBike should you buy?
Considering that the Aventon Aventure and Denago Fat Tire Step-thru eBikes carry an identical retail price, head-to-head comparisons are straightforward: Denago wins on battery capacity and torque sensor technology, making the Denago a better choice for extended off-road exploring, since you can ride further from home or base camp on a single charge. Aventon wins on convenience features that may appeal to riders interested in connecting their eBike to their mobile phone via an App, and has a wider-range 8 speed drivetrain.
The Denago team can help you find the best eBike for your needs. Call us at (877) 755-2454 to chat.
Aventon Sinch Fat-Tire Foldable E-Bike Review
I don’t know why, but there’s something about fat-tire e-bikes that makes them incredibly fun to ride. But it’s not every day you stumble upon a fat tire e-bike as elegantly crafted as the Aventon Sinch.
The Sinch offers the unbridled joy of cruising around on ridiculously large tires. yet it doesn’t sacrifice the ride and build quality. This makes it one of the best e-bikes you can buy in this price range.
What’s more, this bike is also foldable! This means you can easily pack it up and take it with you on any adventure you think of. Thanks to its big tires, you’ll be able to glide over sand, rock, and, of course, asphalt.
This is currently the only fat-fire e-bike on the market with a fully integrated battery.
The frame on Aventon Sinch is on a whole other level compared to the competition. It’s built out of 6061 hydroformed aluminum. The frame design is incredibly striking with bold, strong lines. However, the design serves a good purpose! Inside the tube, you can find the battery. As I mentioned above, the battery is full integrated into the frame. Don’t worry; you can still remove it. All you have to do is fold the bike and press a button, and the battery will slide out.
The battery also distributes the weight evenly, resulting in excellent handling.
Just like with all Aventon bikes, the woodwork on the frame is otherworldly. I have yet to see e-bikes in this price range with welds so smooth and seamless. The frame almost looks like it was cast rather than welded together.
Who needs extra features when the SInch is so fun? With that said, this bike doesn’t come with a lot of extra features. The only one is the suspension fork.
The Aventon Sinch features an RST Suspension fork with 45 millimeters of travel. While this I snot a lot of travel, it’s more than enough to absorb most of the bumps coming to the front of the bike. When combined with oversized tires, you will have a smooth ride even over the roughest of terrains.
Besides the suspension, this bike also comes with a large backlit LCD display. The display is easy to read and provides you with all the information you need about your ride, including the speed, battery health, level of pedal assist, as well as distance traveled.
The Aventon Sinch features a 500-watt (750 watts peak) geared rear hub motor that provides assistance up to 20 MPH with pedal assist and/or throttle.
The motor provides a decent range of riding performance from easy going up to quick and powerful thanks to five levels of pedal assist and the throttle.
Just like most rear hub motors, the motor on the Sinch produces some noise. The noise isn’t that loud, but it is quite audible when riding at slower speeds. Once you reach the top speed of 20 MPH, the noise dissipates quite a bit.
The Aventon SInch is powered by a high-capacity lithium-ion 48V battery rated at 672Wh. Just like all batteries from Avetnon this one also features Samsung cells, so you don’t have to worry about the dying out any time soon.
The position of the battery in the frame is ideal because it gives the e-bike its unique look and distributes the weight more evenly for a smoother ride. Since the battery is fully integrated into the frame, you don’t have to worry about dust or water getting in.
When it comes to range, on a full charge you can ride for up to 71 miles. That is if you use only the first level of pedal assistance. Realistically, you will be able to ride for around 40 miles on one charge.
The battery recharges quite quickly thanks to Avetnons fast charging technology. You can fully charge it in less than five hours.
Speed And Brakes
The Aventon Sinch is a class II electric bike. This means it can reach a top speed of 20 MPH on the pedal assist. What’s more, if you feel lazy, you can also reach the same speed using the throttle. Just keep in mind that you have to turn the pedals at least one-third of the revolution before you can engage the throttle.
The Sinch features Tektro MD 810 mechanical disc brakes with 180 mm rotors. You won’t have any trouble coming to a full stop in just a couple of feet. The breaks also feature an automatic cut-off system that will disengage the throttle the second you hit the breaks.
Like I mentioned before, and as you can see from the pictures, the Sinch comes with oversized Kenda Krusade tires. These tires are puncture-resistant, which means you can go full ham on just about any type of terrain.
The tires have an aggressive tread that’s just perfect for rough terrain. No matter the terrain, you won’t have any trouble finding grip with these tires.
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The Aventon Sinch is one of the most fun e-bikes to ride on the market. On top of that, it’s the only foldable fat-tire e-bike that features a fully integrated battery.
Thanks to fat tires and fork suspension you will hardly feel the roughness of the terrain. This bike is perfect for when you want to go on a weekend adventure to the beach or into the woods and just drive around until you’re sore all over.
My only gripe with the Sinch is the throttle system. I can’t stress enough how I dislike having to turn the pedals so I can engage the throttle. While I understand that it’s a safety feature, but there must’ve been another way about doing it, but that’s just my opinion.