With the increased number of e-bikes on the road, there’s no doubt you’ve seen more than a couple emblazoned with “AVENTON” across the frame.
The company makes a range of lower- to mid-level e-bikes in a range of styles and formats to meet the needs of just about any rider.
It’s a company founded in entrepreneurship and hustle. While at California State University, Long Beach, founder JW Zhang observed many college students riding fixies, but a gap in the market for something lighter with the same sort of easy functionality. From there, he used his family’s manufacturing plant in China to produce the first Aventon bikes, managing everything from bookkeeping to sales calls during the company’s early days.
In 2013, Aventon released the Mataró, a high-design, lightweight bike ideal for southern California cruising. With this model in tow he went to different bike shops around Los Angeles and Orange County to sell the Mataró out of the trunk of his Toyota Sienna.
As initial designs caught on, Zhang saw potential in the e-bike space and began to consider what a functional, reliable e-bike would look like, long before the category caught on. Aventon’s first e-bike, the Pace 350/500, was a sleek bike with plenty of capability and ushered in a new era of electric mobility.
Today, the brand has more than a dozen options available and is quickly becoming an entry point for those looking to get a quality e-bike. These e-bikes can be bought directly from Aventon or from one of many authorized dealers.
- Best for Commuting: Aventon Level
- Best Cheap E-Bike: Aventon Pace 350
- Best Singlespeed E-Bike: Aventon Soltera
- Best All-Around E-Bike: Aventon Pace 500
- Best Fat Tire E-Bike: Aventon Aventure
- Best Folding E-Bike: Aventon Sinch
Think of the Level as Aventon’s cruiser-style bike. This is a two-wheeler meant for long, lazy rides along the boardwalk, or speedy runs to and from the grocery store. A suspension fork offers a bit more comfort along the way and a simpler LCD display fills you in on the essentials right when you need them. With speeds of up to 28 mph on pedal assist, you certainly won’t be caught flat-footed with your fellow bikers, even if you decide to use it for commuting.
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The Pace 350 is one of Aventon’s original models, and it’s safe to say the company’s latest iteration is among its most well-rounded offerings. This e-bike hits 20 mph with a 40-mile range and includes a range of integrated components that puts it well above competitors in its class. It’s a great commuter/weekender hybrid with plenty of utility to conquer a casual ride or the daily grind.
Aventon’s base-level offering comes in under $1,300, but certainly doesn’t feel like a budget bike. Your choice of single- or seven-speed drivetrains offer real biking versatility whether you’re heading to work or taking a spin on the greenway. The geometry of this particular bike is a bit more forward-leaning for those who prefer a more aggressive riding style and the general build of the bike lends itself to being a bit more swift than some of its peers. Adding a couple of the available racking accessories makes it a real commuting competitor.
We loved the Pace 500’s blend of comfort, speed and versatility.The zippier of the Pace lineup includes a larger motor (which, for a few hundred dollars is an investment that’s realistically worth it) and cements that power with upgraded brakes and a better drivetrain. We also liked the upright frame across the Pace line, which made it a great multi-use option if you’re looking for one bike that can do it all.
Aventon’s most powerful and versatile option is possibly the Aventure. This is a bike built for tougher, unpredictable terrain with a front suspension fork, fat tires, and rigid construction. On top of that, a nifty LED display keeps all of your metrics in one, easy-to-view locale. The brand has also done a good job of integrating front fenders and front and rear lights to ensure that wherever you go you’ll be both seen by others and protected from those quick shifts in the surface.
The Sinch Step-Through is proof that fun-loving e-bikes don’t have to be tricky to transport. The key here is a foldable frame that downsizes into a package small enough to fit into the trunk of a sedan or the storage unit within an RV. However, that functionality doesn’t mean less features: you still get 4” fat tires, a strong motor, and front suspension with the price of admission.