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Aventon Soltera Step-Through Review

What a time to be alive and a fan of e-bikes. Gone are the days when you had to dole out thousands of dollars for a janky e-bike with less range than a remote-controlled toy.

Case in point, the Aventon Soltera step-through!

I don’t know what kind of engineering black magic the Aventon engineers are using, but they somehow managed to produce an affordable, gorgeous commuter with pretty decent specs.

Sure, it doesn’t come with the most powerful motor or battery, but it will make your short trips around town much more enjoyable. And on top of that, it looks pretty damn cool.


I forgot to tell you in the intro that this is the Soltera actually comes in two flavors: step-over and step-through.

The reason why I’m not doing a dual review right now is that there are significant differences between the two.

For starters, the step-over Soltera comes with dinky little caliper brakes that offer less breaking power than just yelling, “stop!”

To make things even worse, the step-over version comes with a single gear. You rarely see regular single-gear bikes these days, let alone electric bikes.

The funniest thing about all this is that both versions are priced the same. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t go for the step-over Slotera even in my wildest dreams.

So, what does the step-through Soltera have to offer?

Well, a pretty sexy frame design, for starters.

The frame is fashioned in the same way as a high-end touring bike. In other words, there aren’t many unnecessary accents or accessories. just pure functionality.

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With that said, the front forks are pretty thick, which kinda’ adds the perfect contrast to the whole minimalistic aesthetic.

The cables are routed through the frame, which just further adds to the sleekness of the frame.

On top of that, the Soltera is pretty lightweight. It weighs just a tad under 41 pounds. So even if you’re not the most able-bodied, you’ll have no trouble lugging it around.

One little detail that blew me away was the tail lights. They’re integrated into the frame, which is something you don’t see in affordable e-bikes.

Unfortunately, this also means you’ll have to go through the whole trouble of fixing the tail lights when they eventually die. On the bright side, I’ve gone through hundreds of user reviews, and no one mentioned tail lights giving out.

This being a budget-oriented e-bike and all, there aren’t any accessories. The Soltera is as bare-bones as it can get.

Still, you can buy all the accessories you want from Aventon’s store. It’s far from cheap, but hey, it’s there. At least the cargo racks are affordable.

The only thing that rubs me the wrong way about the frame is the battery placement.

The battery is integrated into the lower side of the downtube, which makes taking it out a bit frustrating because you have to move the front wheel out of the way.


Aventon Solter comes with a 350-watt rear-gear motor.

At first glance, you might think that 350 watts of power isn’t enough to get this bike to 10 MPH, let alone 20 MPH.

But when you consider this bike weighs just 41 pounds, it all clicks. You don’t need a beefy motor if you’re not going to drive a lot of weight.

Of course, this motor produces almost no torque, but it will reliably get you to the max speed of 20 MPH in no time.

One thing that I noticed when riding the Soltera around is that the motor didn’t give any noticeable assistance until PAS 3. But that’s the case with most cheap e-bikes with underpowered motors.I think Aventon should’ve just put 3 levels of PAS instead of 5, but I guess five levels of pedal assist sounds better than three.

At least there’s a thumb throttle when you get tired of peddling. Just keep in mind that it will cut your range by more than half.

The one component where Aventon didn’t spare any expense was the LCD display. It’s extremely well-lit and easy to read.

You can also pair the controller with your phone and get some juicy info about your ride, such as calorie burn, total C02 reduced, as well as a nifty google maps integration.


Although Soltera comes with a pretty slim battery, it can churn out quite a lot of range.

The battery can hold only 10 Ah of charge. This will get you around for about 40 miles of range.

However, there are some caveats.

If you want to squeeze out every foot of range from this battery, you’ll have to ride this bike on PAS 1. This means you’ll be draining more of your energy rather than the battery.

Naturally, as you up the PAS level, the range drops off. At PAS 5, you can expect around 20 miles of range. Maybe you’ll squeeze out another mile if you’re super skinny.

What really blew me away was the range on the throttle. I don’t know how, but I managed to squeeze out 15 miles without turning the pedals once.

But this is not where the good stuff ends. Although it’s integrated, you can remove the battery from the frame and charge it somewhere more convenient.

As for the recharge time, it takes around 5 hours to top the battery off from 0 to 100 percent.


One of the components that manufacturers usually cheap out on is the brakes. Sadly, this is also the case with Soltera.

Don’t get me wrong, 150 mm mechanical disc brakes are leagues better than caliper brakes, but they still leave a lot to be desired.

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Yes, I had no issues coming to a full stop, but it took suspiciously long. I wouldn’t trust these brakes on any other surface than the pavement.

Thankfully, Soltera was built for pavement, so the brakes are adequate, at the very least.


Soltera features your run-of-the-mill 700c wheels and tires. They’re nothing to write home about, but they get the job done. In fact, these are your standard road bike wheels.

At least Aventon used a known brand of tires. Kenda. Just like the wheels, they’re pretty standard.

Since they’re pretty thin, they don’t do a great job of absorbing road shock, so if you don’t like a bumpy ride, I recommend you skip buying this bike.

I wouldn’t ride this bike on anything other than pavement. I mean, you can, but your spine, crotch, and kidneys will suffer greatly.


I have to admit, Soltera is not the most comfortable bike in the world. There’s no suspension and since it comes with standard 700c wheels, there are no fat tires to absorb the road shock either.

However, this bike isn’t meant for long rides, so I took that into account when reviewing this bike.

So, for short rides, the Soltera is amazing. The ride is a bit bumpy, but nothing intolerable.

On top of that, I had no trouble finding a comfortable riding position since I’m a bit on the taller side.

If you’re planning on taking this bike for longer trips, then I recommend you get a suspension seat add-on. Yes, it does cost an arm and a leg, but it will make your ride astronomically more comfortable.

What I Like About Aventon Soltera Step Through E-bike

Whenever I get to ride a budget e-bike such as the Soltera, I can’t help myself not to geek out about all the value it provides.

I’m happy to say that this e-bike has a lot going for it.

The main thing it’s got going is the price. There are just a handful of other e-bikes that provide this much bang for the buck.

Of course, there’s also a gorgeous frame design. The frame lines are aggressive but sleek, which makes for one gorgeous-looking e-bike.

And then there’s the range. This is one of just a handful of e-bikes that actually managed to provide the range as advertised.

Sure, you only get the full range if you are on pedal assist 1, but having 20 miles of range on pedal assist 5 is incredibly impressive for a budget e-bike.

What I Don’t Like About Aventon Soltera Step-Through E-bike

As is the case with everything in life, there are always some drawbacks.

The biggest issue I have is the underpowered motor. It’s not just underpowered, it’s sluggish too.

It took me nearly 20 seconds to reach the top speed of 20 MPH on PAS cranked up all the way to 5.

I know the bike is light and that the motor can drive it just fine, but having a little more power would go a long way.

I also don’t like how uncomfortable it can get. Sure, it’s all fine and dandy on shorter rides, but your crotch, back, and kidneys will start feeling the road after about 10 miles.

Advice To Consumers

If you’re strapped for cash and need a reliable bike for short trips around town, Soltera is perfect for you. If you need anything more than that, I recommend you take a look at some of Aventon’s other e-bikes.

The Aventon Soltera is proof you don’t need to spend a lot to get a good ebike

Tom’s Guide Verdict

The Aventon Soltera offers a zippy, fun ride and is surprisingly comfortable and affordable. However, the motor assist feels underpowered, so this bike is best for those who don’t need a lot of pedal assist.


  • Great price
  • Impressive comfort
  • Easy to read head unit
  • Throttle is helpful getting the bike going from a dead stop


  • – Lack of quick-release levers
  • – Motor assist lags
  • – Motor feels underpowered, particularly on hills

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Weight: 41 pounds (advertised) Range: 20 to 63 miles, depending on assist setting Motor: 36V, 350W brushless rear hub motor Top assist speed: 20mph Battery: Phylion Lithium-Ion 36V, 10Ah with LG cells Drivetrain: singlespeed (7-speed option available) Maximum payload capacity: 300 pounds Throttle: included. Removeable to change to Class 1 ebike if preferred

The Aventon Soltera e-bike is a shining example that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a functional, comfortable e-bike that’s appropriate for commuting or just having fun. It may lack some of the bells and whistles of some of the best electric bikes, but the Soltera delivers a pleasant ride quality, easy controls, and no-frills build that keeps the price low.

It also looks pretty darn good. The battery is hidden in the down tube, which means you might not even realize it’s an e-bike at first glance. That trend continues when you pick it up: at 41 pounds, most users will be able to move it around with general ease. This comes in handy for apartment dwellers who don’t live on the ground floor.

If you’re interested in buying your first e-bike and want something that delivers quality at a low price, the Soltera is worth a look as one of the best budget electric bikes. But make sure to read the rest of our Aventon Soltera review first.

Aventon Soltera review: Price and availability

The Soltera costs 1,199 for the single-speed version, which is the model I tested. If you want to bump up to the 7-speed version of the Soltera, that will cost you 1,299.

You can order the Soltera on Aventon’s website. Aventon offers free shipping on some orders, and lots of discount opportunities (military, first responder, gov employee, teacher).

There’s also a dealer locator on the website for dealers in the U.S. and Canada. That way, you can stop into a shop to test ride, find out which bike fits you best, and even buy right through the local store.

Aventon Soltera review: Design

The Soltera comes in two sizes: regular and large. Aventon says the regular is the most appropriate size if you’re between 5’1” and 5’7”. The large is best if you’re between 5’7” and 6’4”. There’s a step-through option as well to make it easier to mount and dismount the bike. I am 5’11” with a 30-inch inseam, and the large frame fit me perfectly.

The aluminum frame features lights integrated into the seat stays. There’s a headlight mounted just below the stem at the front of the bike too. That’s a little fancier than the Swft Volt, another budget ebike, which only has a headlight. You can get the Soltera in three different colors. Aventon advertises the Soltera weight as 41 pounds for the singlespeed version.

The wheels are aluminum as well, and they mate to Tektro rim brakes. The wheels do not feature quick release levers; instead, they are bolted on. This is likely to accommodate beginner cyclists who may not be familiar with how quick release levers work.

The Soltera is a Class II e-bike, which means it has a throttle in addition to the pedal-assist modes. You can remove the throttle to make it a Class 1 e-bike if you prefer. The max assist speed is 20mph.

Phylion’s removable lithium-ion battery is integrated into the downtube of the frame. At first glance, the Soltera barely looks like an e-bike at all, a nice nod to the effectiveness of Aventon’s battery integration. The battery itself is physically smaller than many batteries on similar bikes, which helps it hide more effectively inside the frame.

The rear hub motor is Aventon-branded and features 36V and 350W of power. Aventon says this motor is “white-labeled,” which means Aventon sourced the motor from another company. (They did not say what company made the motor.)

The BC280 LCD Easy Read Color Display has an integrated backlight for easy viewing in dark conditions. It can sync with an app that allows you to configure your lights, track your mileage, view battery life percentage, record rides, and even set goals for yourself.

Aventon says you can tote up to 300 pounds max on the Soltera. If that sounds daunting with just a single-speed drivetrain, Aventon does offer a 7-speed version of the Soltera that comes with disc brakes. It will cost you an extra 100.

The Soltera comes with a kickstand that mounts to the chainstay near the rear of the bike. It feels stout and stable, which should come in handy should you end up loading any weight onto the bike. But the Soltera does not come with racks out of the box, so you’ll need to purchase those separately if you intend to carry cargo.

Aventon Soltera review: Performance

The Soltera immediately impressed me with its comfortable riding position. A cushy saddle combined with an upright riding position make the Soltera pleasant to ride, particularly for those with less flexibility to accommodate aggressive riding positions.

The head unit display also impressed. It’s very bright, even in direct sunlight, and it’s easy to read at a quick glance. Navigating the menus is simple using the handlebar control buttons, and adjusting the assist level is just as easy using those same control buttons.

Getting the bike going can be a challenge if you’re counting on the pedal-assist or throttle to do most of the work. It takes about a second or slightly more for the assist power to kick in regardless of whether you’re using the pedal-assist mode or the throttle.

That means you’ll start pedaling under your own power from a dead stop. That’s not a huge problem for most riders, but if the bike is loaded down with weight or you’ll be relying primarily on the motor assist to get you going, that lag can be long enough to become problematic.

Once you’re up and pedaling, the motor kicks in and offers smooth acceleration. But just as it takes a second or more for the assist to kick in, it also takes a second or so for the assist to disengage, regardless of whether you’re using the throttle or the pedal-assist feature.

The assist itself is a bit underpowered and bogs down particularly on hills in both the throttle mode and the pedal-assist mode. You will end up doing more pedaling under your own power if you live in a hilly area.

Aventon Soltera review: Battery life and range

According to Aventon’s website, you can get up to 20 miles of range while using the throttle exclusively, no pedaling. If you use the pedal-assist modes instead, you can get up to 63 miles on a single charge.

Using the throttle drained the battery very quickly during my testing. At 100% charge, I used the throttle for less than five minutes and was down to 97%. That got me about 0.6 miles. The throttle is best used on short trips, or if you need to get started from a dead stop, particularly with the bike loaded heavy. Otherwise, you’ll probably want to use it judiciously to preserve battery life.

The 63-mile range figure that Aventon provides as its outside best is what you’ll get if you only use the lowest assist setting. In the middle settings where you’ll likely spend most of your time, you can reasonably expect a 25-40 mile range on a single battery charge.

Aventon Soltera review: Accessories

There are pages and pages of accessories available on Aventon’s website. Some are branded Aventon, some are third-party bits. can range significantly depending on how you want to configure your Soltera. You can get basic racks for around 40 to 50, for example, or you can set your Soltera up to haul the kids with a Burley rack mount or frame mount child seat for around 150.

You can purchase helmets, phone mounts, lights, bike locks, water bottles and cages, and even vehicle bike racks right on the Aventon website.

Aventon Soltera review: The competition

Other inexpensive e-bike options are vast. Many of them feature sourced motors without branding, and batteries that may or may not come from reputable sources. Aventon’s Soltera is no different; the motor is branded Aventon but was sourced somewhere else.

I reached out to Aventon for clarification on where they got the motor and battery; the company told me the motor was “white-labeled”, and the battery features either Samsung or LG cells packed by a third-party supplier. The battery in my test bike is labeled Phylion.

Samsung and LG are both reputable names, which is important when you’re considering battery life, repairability, and recyclability. But keep in mind that third-party assemblers may also glue the casings closed, which makes it difficult or impossible to repair batteries, since the casing will need to be pried apart to access the contents within. I couldn’t tell just by looking at the battery how it is enclosed or whether it is repairable.

Other bikes in the category of inexpensive e-bikes include the 999 Swft Volt, and Ride1Up’s Core5 and Roadster V2, among many others.

Aventon Soltera review: Verdict

The pedal-assist isn’t the quickest, and the parts package isn’t the nicest out there. But the Soltera still delivers a comfortable and fun ride in an attractive package. For an extra 100, you can upgrade to a 7-speed drivetrain and disc brakes. That seems like Smart money, particularly if you’ll be carrying heavy loads with the Soltera.

If you’re looking to save a bit, the single-speed 999 Swft Volt also has a 350-Watt motor and an estimated range of up to 32 miles, though its battery is non-removable and its design and display are both less sophisticated.

While the Aventon Soltera could do with some more modern touches like disc brakes and quick release levers, beginner e-bike riders or budget-conscious commuters will be plenty pleased with the no-frills package the Soltera offers.

Aventon Soltera Review: A Lightweight, Affordable Electric Bike That’s Easy to Ride

I spent some time riding the Aventon Soltera, which is one of the lightest and affordable electric bikes on the market. Here is what I found.

If you’re in the market for an electric bicycle but aren’t sure which one to pick, then the Aventon Soltera is worth your consideration. I say that because I am not a bike enthusiast nor do I have experience with any other electric bikes. However, I have had the pleasure of testing out the Soltera and I can say that if you’re a complete novice like me, then it’s a “one and done” affair. Here is why.

The Aventon Soltera is an affordable and powerful bike for beginners

To be honest, I hadn’t even ridden a bike in years, but when Aventon offered for me to test out a Soltera, I couldn’t pass it up. I read a few reviews and even ogled at the bike’s price. The Soltera carries a retail price of 1,199 for the single-speed version – which is what I received – and 1,299 for the seven-speed model. That may sound like a lot for a bike, but trust me, it’s worth the money.

If you can look past the Soltera’s specs, which are comparable to some e-bikes on the market and bested by others, there’s a lot to like about it. First, the Soltera arrives in a really large box and you have to put it together.

Well, you mainly just have to stick the front wheel, handlebar, and pedals onto the frame, but when you’re inexperienced like me, it looks daunting at first. (Just follow the directions and you’ll be fine).

That all being said, I applaud Aventon on the craftsmanship of this e-bike. The welds are smooth, the Azure Blue paint job is eye-pleasing, and I really like that the brake lines are well-insulated and hidden. Overall, the Soltera provides a clean look and excellent construction. Just cross your fingers that you put it together well upon receiving it – I trusted Aventon’s handiwork, but not my own.

Here are the Aventon Soltera’s specs:

Motor 350-watt continuous rear hub motor
Battery 36-volt 10Ah (360 Wh)
Top Speed 20 mph
Range 20-63 miles
Weight 41 pounds
Frame Aluminum
Load capacity 300 pounds
Brakes Mechanical rim brakes (single-speed), Disc brakes (7-speed)
Tires 700c x 35
Price 1,199 (single speed), 1,299 (7-speed)
Extras Color LCD screen, integrated taillights, bar-mounted headlight, and left-thumb throttle

The Soltera is a lightweight e-bike that is easy to ride

After getting the Soltera all put together and charged up, it was time to take it on the road. According to Aventon’s specs, this e-bike weighs 41 pounds, making it one of the lightest e-bikes on the market.

I can attest to that fact because I live on the third floor of my apartment building, which meant having to carry the bike up and down the stairs. Alas, it wasn’t an issue as I was easily able to carry the frame on my shoulder and hold the handlebar as I ascended and descended the stairs.

Out on the road, the Aventon Soltera feels solid and well put together. Again, part of that solidity depends on your own craftsmanship, which I quickly found out that mine was not up to par. After swinging my leg over the bike and sitting on the seat, I rested my hands on the handlebar, which immediately drooped down.

Oops, I guess I didn’t tighten two of the lock nuts on the handlebar bracket. Fortunately, I was able to fix the issue right away with the provided Allen key tool.

Self-inflicted foibles aside, the Soltera provides a nice and smooth ride. Keep in mind that there’s no suspension on this bike, so you will feel some of the dips and bumps, but the seat comfort makes up for it. Also, although the single-speed Soltera doesn’t have disc brakes, it still stops on a dime with ease.

As far as the power goes, I ran through all five levels of assist and was able to get up to around 20 mph on level 5. It was interesting hearing the whir of the electric motor while pedaling and feeling the assist come through the pedals, which got stronger as I worked my way up the assist levels. It reminded me of being a kid and having my dad push me from behind when teaching me how to ride a bike.

Going uphill is a breeze

The most fun part about riding the Soltera is going uphill. With the electric assist, it feels like you can conquer nearly any incline with ease, especially on level 5. But what’s even better is that this is a Class 2 e-bike, which means that it has an electric throttle as well.

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That throttle came in handy when I didn’t feel like pedaling anymore. It’s an awesome feature to have when going uphill or just cruising, but it also felt like cheating.

The Soltera’s components are solid as well

The Soltera comes with a small LCD display that shows you pertinent information like your speed, odometer, and assist level. It’s easy to read in all types of lightning and it’s also easy to toggle through using the four rubber buttons below it.

Additionally, the e-bike has a small headlight that can be toggled on and off with the LCD display. I didn’t ride the bike at night, but the headlight is very bright and will definitely do its job when the sun goes down.

Who is this electric bike for?

After building and testing out the Aventon Soltera, I would say that it fits a variety of riders from novice to the more experienced. But if I had to narrow it down, then I would recommend the Solterra to anyone that is just getting into the world of e-bikes and needs a solid commuter to ride around town or get to work and back with.

However, I wouldn’t recommend it for any off-road riding or trails as you would be better off with a mountain bike for that. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a lightweight and affordable electric bike that’s easy to ride, then the Aventon Soltera is worth a look.

This E-Bike From Aventon Is Fast, Furious, Town-And-Country Fun

Commuters looking for a a versatile e-bike that can handle long distance, hills, and city traffic can check out the latest offerings from Aventon.

People are beginning to notice that electric cars are good from a sustainability point of view, but e-bikes are even better from a materials perspective alone. They are also easier a bit easier to park. That’s why you see loads of them in cities. But, how do they fare out in the suburbs? Here’s a second look at the powerful Soltera from Aventon on a 20-mile suburb-to-city commute.

This Urban E-Bike Loves The Country…

If Soltera rings a bell, maybe you’re thinking of that dead-of-winter review I did last February. It was too cold for a long ride, so I took it on a winding road that winds through the local nature preserve.

That was supposed to be a short ride-and-review spin for a couple of miles out and back, but the Soltera was so much fun I just kept going. I ended up with frozen toes, frozen fingers, and 13 miles on the odometer.

It was well worth the time. The Soltera is billed as a one-gear city bike, but it took every upgrade in my semi-mountainous area in stride thanks to 5 power modes (a throttle is also available but I didn’t need it).

Here’s what I had to say about that:

“The Soltera looks like a purring tiger of an e-bike and the Hill of Doom proves it. The bike cycles through power modes effortlessly and gives you a punchy, springy glide downhill on those skinny tires. I didn’t even notice the absence of a gearshift, and when I got back home I still had almost 80% of the battery in hand, even after liberal usage of the electric motor on the uphill climbs.”

…And It Really, Really Loves Commuting

That still left the question of how the bike would perform on a long (9 miles in) suburban-to-city commute in rush hour traffic, mostly on a 4-lane county road, with no bike lanes. Seriously, none. Not even a “share the road” sign.

So finally, last week the weather warmed up and it stopped raining, and I took the Soltera to work. Without kicking in a power mode, this bike handled the mild upgrades with minimal effort. Where it did need a bit of assist, toggling between modes 1 and 2 did the trick, no need to use modes 3, 4, or 5. A 9-mile ride that started out with 99% battery concluded with 93% battery and no need to change shirts at the office, which is a big deal for people who are expected to show up to work dry.

Depending on your route and your parking situation, an e-bike can also save money, time, or both. The parking garage near my office is a multi-level building and it takes time to divert over there, go up a few levels to find a space, and walk back a couple of blocks to the office. So the e-bike commute took a few minutes longer on the road, but I made up for lost time by parking it right under my office building.

Door to door, the full 9 miles only took about 10 minutes longer by e-bike. That’s pretty impressive considering that I wasn’t pushing for speed.

Also, if you have to pay for parking, that’s something else to consider. And, if there is a logjam of cars waiting to get out of your parking garage at the end of the day, that’s another bad thing you can avoid with an e-bike.

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It Also Makes The Impossible, Possible

As for commuting in general, an e-bike can overcome whatever obstacle was preventing you from riding a bike to work. Anyways, that’s my experience. My inbound commute starts at a higher elevation, and the route bumps up and down a stretch of lower hills for about 8 miles before leveling out for another mile or so. That would be a piece of cake on any bike, except if you don’t want to arrive at work in a sweat.

Time is also a consideration. My door-to-door commute by car is about 35 minutes, the Soltera door-to-door only took about 45 minutes. It would have taken me a good hour or more on a regular bike, the difference being that an e-bike enables you to maintain good speed going uphill.

Traffic is another thing to think about. Morning traffic on a county thoroughfare is actually not too bad around 8:30, once the morning school drop-off is over. The evening commute, in contrast, is a mess due to the additional traffic from after-school activities, after-work activities, errand-running, and whatever else.

So, the evening commute is the real test for me, because it involves an alternate route that avoids the county road, but adds an extra two miles and a lot of extra elevation going up and over a mountain (a smallish mountain, but still a mountain).

The Soltera did everything I asked, no matter how steep the grade. Even with all the extra mileage and climbing, I arrived back home with 57% on the battery on a total of 20 miles.

How About A High Tech Air Pump For Your New E-Bike?

For the record, I’m not the only Aventon fan around here. Just a couple of months ago CleanTechnica’s Jo Borrás reviewed the next-generation Aventon Pace e-bike lineup and took note of all the new bells and whistles.

Adding to the fun, Aventon has just paired up with Fanttik to co-brand the company’s flagship battery-powered X8 Apex Air Inflator.

Fanttik is a startup better known for its work in the auto sector, and the e-bike hookup is a natural.

“Utilizing advanced technology and a powerful motor, X8 APEX boasts 50% faster inflation speeds when compared to other inflators with accuracy within ±1 psi. The inflator takes five minutes to fill a single car tire with zero air pressure and has enough power to inflate six 185/65 R15 tires from 0 to 2.4bar when fully charged,” the company enthuses, but don’t worry about popping a tire on your e-bike. The X8 APEX includes presets to prevent such a thing from occurring.

Extras include automatic detection of existing tire pressure, built-in pressure monitoring, a tri-level LED light for night use, and a USB port in case you want to charge your phone on it.

An E-Bike In Every Garage

Of course, riding any kind of bike to work requires a particular set of circumstances, which many people don’t have. Park-and-bike is one way to wedge at least some bicycling into a commute, but that option is not a universal one, either.

Mass transit plus bike is another option, though rules for bringing bikes on trains and buses vary from one jurisdiction to another.

For that matter, commuting by bike is not an everyday event, due to weather, after-work errands and other obstacles.

Still, e-bikes can create an opportunity where none may have existed before. It’s well worth giving one a try if you can. I haven’t checked out the Pace series or other Aventon models yet, but they are definitely on my list.

Photo: Aventon Soltera e-bike by Tina Casey.

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