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Aventon Aventure.2 Step-Through Review

A sleek and well-integrated Class 3 capable electric bike with a huge battery, powerful motor, and fat tires that enhance its versatility and comfort
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Aventon Aventure.2 Step-Through Review (Comfortable, powerful, stable, the Aventure.2 makes a great companion for exploration.)
Comfortable, powerful, stable, the Aventure.2 makes a great companion for exploration.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens
Price:  $1,799 List
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Manufacturer:   Aventon
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 24, 2023
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RANKED
#5 of 16
  • Ride - 25% 8.0
  • Range - 25% 8.0
  • Power - 25% 9.0
  • interface - 15% 9.0
  • Assembly - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

Aventon recently updated the fat tire Aventure.2 to add features and expand the usability of this quality e-bike. It comes with 4-inch wide knobby tires and 80mm of front suspension, which helps to enhance its versatility and capabilities on a wide range of surfaces. Its 750W hub motor is quite powerful, easily pushing 20 mph with the throttle and up to 28 mph using pedal assist. The 720Wh of battery provides ample range and is integrated into the frame for protection and aesthetics. It boasts a quality user interface that includes a color display and a companion App, a great build, and a wealth of user-friendly features. It also comes in Step-Through (tested) and step-over frames in multiple frame sizes and colors to suit your needs or preferences. Topping it all off, this bike features working brake lights and turn signals.
REASONS TO BUY
Streamlined design
Powerful motor
Class 3 capable
Feature-rich
Large tires expand versatility to a range of surfaces
Aventon companion app
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavy
More difficult to transport
Big tires create noise and drag
Editor's Note: This product review was updated on August 23, 2023, with relevant testing data from the Aventure.2 adding to our previous review of the Aventure.

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Bottom Line With a clean design, powerful motor, large battery, loads of features, and fat tires, this bike is ready for adventureA comfortable, moped-style errand runner that won't limit you to a certain type of terrainWe have never seen such speed, range, performance, and included accessories at this priceIt's hard to beat this combination of value, portability and utilityHard to beat the value of this Class 3 bike that will fit most people's every day needs
Rating Categories Aventon Aventure.2... Ride1Up Revv 1 FS Ride1Up 700-Series Lectric XP 3.0 Step... Ride1Up Turris XR
Ride (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Range (25%)
8.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
Power (25%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
interface (15%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Assembly (10%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
10.0
7.0
Specs Aventon Aventure.2... Ride1Up Revv 1 FS Ride1Up 700-Series Lectric XP 3.0 Step... Ride1Up Turris XR
Wheel Size 26-inch 20-inch 27.5-inch 20-inch 27.5-inch
Battery Size (Wh) 720 1,040 720 500 614
Sensor Torque Cadence Cadence Cadence Cadence
Motor Power 750W/1130 peak 1000W 750W 500W 750W
E-bike Class Class 3 (Can be configured Class 2) Class 2 (Can be configured Class 3) Class 3 Class 3 (Can be configured Class 2) Class 3
PAS Settings 4 5 5 5 5
Top Speed Throttle 20 mph 20mph 20mph 20mph 20 mph
Top Speed Pedal-Assist 28 mph 28mph 28mph 28mph 28 mph
Measured Distance Range 28.1 miles 37.17 miles 32.4 miles 24.5 miles 22.1 miles
Claimed Range up to 60 miles 30-60 miles 30-50 miles 25-45 miles 25-45 miles
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Weight Limit 400 lbs 350 lbs 275 lbs 330 lbs total (up to 150 lbs on rear rack) 300 lbs
Measured Weight 75 lbs 9 oz 96 lbs 13 oz 63 lbs 11 oz 62 lbs 8 oz 60 lbs 8 oz

Our Analysis and Test Results

Aventon has taken the electric bike market by storm with a range of quality models, including the newly updated Aventure.2. Boasting top-of-the-line integration and features, this fat-tire e-bike is made for adventure, as its name suggests. We tested this bike on a variety of surfaces, including dirt, gravel, mud, sand, and pavement, and it impressed us across the board. With a large 720Wh battery and a powerful 750W rear hub motor, this bike is not only powerful, but it also has a respectable range. Add to that predictable handling, comfortable front suspension, and 4-inch wide tires, and the Aventure is ready to go just about anywhere. Additional features like fenders, working tail lights, and a unique companion app help to take this bike's performance to the next level.

Performance Comparison


The Aventure.2 is certainly no mountain bike but it an incredibly versatile machine.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Ride Quality


The Aventure.2 has a comfortable and predictable ride quality with versatility enhanced by its front suspension and girthy, 4-inch wide tires. This bike performs well on a wide range of surfaces, from pavement to dirt roads and smooth trails. It comes in 2 frame sizes and two frame styles, so you can be sure to fit the bike to your preferences.


With features like a lockable 80mm travel suspension fork and 4-inch wide knobby tires, it's clear that Aventon intended the Aventure.2 to be a versatile adventure-ready e-bike. It is by no means a proper electric mountain bike for use on technical trails, but it performs well on a wide range of surfaces, from paved and gravel roads to smooth trails, sand, and probably even light snow. The suspension fork helps to smooth over bumps, roots, and small rocks, while the large tires provide additional dampening and traction on soft or loose surfaces. The bike feels stable at speed; even when brought up to its top pedal-assisted speed of 28 mph or coasting down steeper hills, it handles well. Despite this bike's size and weight, the shorter wheelbase gives it maneuverability and a relatively short turning radius at slow speeds. Due to the width and profile of the tires it can feel a little resistant to leaning into longer radius turns, but it doesn't take long to get used to it.

Aventon Aventure.2 is a sporty and comfy way to enjoy the scenery.
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The Step-Through version of the Aventure.2 we tested has a 400 lb rider weight limit and a low-slung frame that makes getting on and off the bike quite easy. This bike also comes in a traditional step-over frame style. The Step-Through comes in two frame sizes: S/M (tested) for riders between 4'11" and 5'7" and M/L for riders between 5'8" and 6'2". This means most riders should be able to match a frame size to their height for a more refined fit than the one size fits most approach of most other brands. Our test bike had a fair range of seatpost adjustment, while the stem and handlebar have a somewhat limited range of adjustability. The seated pedaling position is upright and comfortable, with an ergonomic-shaped saddle and riser handlebar.

We're not sure if the turn signals on the Aventure.2 will catch on but their bright flash does attract attention.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

The Aventure.2 comes with a quality build that enhances its ride quality. Importantly, it comes with powerful hydraulic disc brakes squeezing 180mm rotors that have no problem controlling the speed of this heavyweight. The 8-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain performed flawlessly for us during testing with accurate shifting and sufficient gear range. It also comes with front and rear fenders to keep you dry when riding in inclement weather or splashing through puddles or small creeks. The fenders are metal, so they can be a bit noisy riding in loose conditions, but overall, they are quite useful. A bright headlight and integrated rear lights that function as a brake light and turn signals are also included to enhance your visibility when riding in low-light conditions. The Aventure includes a rear cargo rack with a 55lb weight limit, and it has mounts for a front cargo rack, which Aventon sells separately.

aventon aventure.2 step-through - the shimano altus derailleur takes care of shifting duties, and this...
The Shimano Altus derailleur takes care of shifting duties, and this guard prevents damage to the derailleur.
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Our biggest gripe with the Aventure.2 is its weight. At almost 76 lbs, this bike is on the heavy side, so transporting it can be challenging. It's too heavy to carry on most bike racks, and moving it up or down a flight of stairs or into the back of a truck isn't easy. This bike is best suited for ground floor storage and being ridden from where it's stored. When riding the bike, its weight is masked by the motors power; propelling the bike without power isn't very enjoyable. Another complaint we have is with the sound of the freehub body; the tic-tic-tic you hear while coasting is incredibly loud on this bike. Whatever motor noise this bike makes doesn't compete with the freehub sound.

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Here the Aventure.2 occupies the stump of about 180 years of tree growth, its a big bike.
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Range


With a large 720Wh battery, we expected the Aventure.2 also to be capable of significant range. However, the large and comfortable tires affect the power consumption and range quite a bit. In our range test, we were able to ride 28.1 miles with 1,325 feet of elevation gain/loss in a time of 1 hour and 58 minutes. It's a few miles shy of the distance traveled by the top performers in this metric, most of which have similar or smaller battery storage capacities. That said, 28.1 miles is a respectable distance to travel on one charge without pedaling. Aventon claims a range of 60 miles with a rider using pedal assist, which seems plausible.


It is worth noting that the Aventure is quite heavy, weighing in at 75 lbs 9 oz, and this weight is definitely a factor that we believe could result in a reduction of its range. Likewise, the 4-inch wide knobby tires certainly create a bit more drag than narrower, smoother tires, further reducing their rolling efficiency. The Aventure's 750W motor is quite potent and likely uses battery power a little more quickly than less powerful motors. All that said, the range for this bike is still pretty impressive.

The extra air volume between the Aventure.2 and the ground makes it feel like you're floating.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Power


With a robust 750W motor (1,130W peak), the Aventure.2 is amongst the most powerful motors we've tested. When using the throttle, it accelerates very quickly and has no problem reaching and maintaining its top speed of 20 mph, even up gradual hills. The 4 levels of pedal assist provide a great range of output and speed, and this bike is capable of pedal assist speeds up to 28 mph.


While performing our standardized range test using the throttle only, it quickly became apparent just how powerful the Aventure.2 was. From the first press of the throttle, the powerful motor made an impression and continued to impress for the duration of our test period. 750W refers to the nominal power of this motor, a baseline that the motor can perform for a sustained amount of time without damaging itself. The motor has a peak wattage number that is higher than its nominal rating and tells us how much power it can generate for a short time. In this case, it's 1130W, which is enough power to easily propel you up the steepest of grades.

Simply press the throttle with your thumb, and the Aventure springs to life, quickly accelerating up to its top throttle speed of 20 mph. It has no problem starting from a complete stop. In our acceleration test, the Aventure hit 20 mph in 7.8 seconds with no assistance from our legs. We were quite impressed by its ability to accelerate and hold speed while going up the gradual hills of our range test course, where most other bikes began to slow and bog down. In our uphill acceleration test, the Aventure shot up to 18.8 mph, only slowing to 15.1 mph in the steepest part of our course.

Deep sand isn't a problem for the Aventure.2's strong motor.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

The Aventure.2 ships in its Class 2 mode; switching it to Class 3 requires downloading the Aventon App and bumping up the top speed up to 28 mph. It has four levels of pedal assist that provide support based on a torque sensor, as well as 0 or Off setting. Similar to using the throttle, the 750W motor feels very powerful when using pedal assist, and this bike has absolutely no problem getting up to and maintaining its top speed of 28 mph in level 4. Since it uses a torque sensor, the bike reacts quickly to rider input. This is a vastly superior system to the cadence sensor the outgoing model had; the bike seems to intuitively add power when you need it. The throttle can also easily be removed from this bike, and it can be operated as a Class 1 e-bike.

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Aventon Aventure.2
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

User Interface


Aventon pulled out all the stops with the user interface on the Aventure.2. With a backlit, color LCD screen, intuitive controls, and a companion app, this is one of the best displays we've tested. The color display is centered above the stem, where it is easy to view while riding. Turning the bike on requires pushing a button on the battery and then holding the power button on the remote for a few seconds.


The 2.25" x 1.75" color display comes to life with tall, crisp numbers and letters on a black background with bright white numbers and blue graphics. The display shows you everything you need to know about your ride at a glance, including state of charge, current speed, pedal assist level, and “ride data.” The battery indicator sits near the top of the screen as a small battery graphic with five blue bars, each representing 20% of the battery charge accompanied by a numerical percentage. The real-time speed indicator is in the center of the screen, with large numbers displayed in your chosen units (imperial or metric). The pedal assist level is in the bottom left corner of the screen. The remainder of the bottom of the screen is the ride data field that shows trip distance and odometer as the default and can be toggled through various other data, including average and max speed, trip time and calories burned, and even the number of trees saved. The display also has a USB port to charge your phone or other devices off the bike's battery, a handy feature for users who wish to run an app while riding.

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Using the Aventon App and built in USB charging, you have access to a vast amount of data and real time positioning.
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The controls of the Aventure.2 consist of a remote unit with five buttons and a thumb throttle situated next to the left grip on the handlebar. The throttle is engaged by pressing and holding the thumb paddle in any of the four pedal-assist levels. There are a total of five buttons on the remote, and their use is relatively intuitive. A small button on the side of the downtube/battery needs to be pressed first, but then the remote's central power button turns the bike's power on or off. The + and - buttons are used to shift up and down through the bike's four pedal assist levels. Pressing and holding the - button while the bike is on engages the bike's walk assist mode, which allows the bike to power itself at a walking pace. Pressing and holding the + button turns the headlight on or off and adjusts the brightness of the screen. The left and right buttons activate (and cancel) the turn signals located on the backs of the seat stays. A short press of the power button scrolls through the bike's data fields. One thing that sets the Aventure.2 apart from other e-bikes we've tested is the Aventon App. The App is free to download to your smartphone, and when paired with your bike, it allows you to access a number of cool features. You can track and record your rides, share pictures and adventures with other Aventon owners, configure your settings, and much more.

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The remote is clearly shown with its 5 button design and the thumb activated throttle sits just inside the brake lever for ergonomic and easy use.
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The 720Wh battery is cleanly integrated into the downtube of the bike's frame. The key is used to lock and unlock it and can easily be removed for security or charging off the bike. A relatively standard charging cable plugs into the battery's charging port, which is covered by a large rubber cover, giving it IPX4 water resistance and keeping dust and debris out. Aventon claims a charging time of 4-5 hours.

Not a bad place to hang out; the ergonomic Aventon saddle was well...
Not a bad place to hang out; the ergonomic Aventon saddle was well received.
The 55lb weight capacity of the rear rack adds versatility to an...
The 55lb weight capacity of the rear rack adds versatility to an already impressive package.
Should you want to forgo the comfort of the suspension fork, the...
Should you want to forgo the comfort of the suspension fork, the Aventon Aventure.2 has a lockout.
The Aventure really is feature-rich.

Ease of Assembly


Aventon has their packaging and delivery of bikes dialed, and the Aventure arrived mostly assembled with only a few easy steps remaining to complete the job. Due to this bike's weight and the size of the box that it comes in, we recommend a second set of hands to assist with moving it around and removing it from the box. Otherwise, the assembly can easily be completed by one person; Aventon has helpful assembly videos for those wanting some guidance.


Once the bike is removed from the box and its protective packing materials, the remaining assembly is easily completed with the included tools and detailed instructions that can be found on the Aventon website. The primary steps remaining include attaching the stem and handlebar, the front wheel, the seat/seatpost, and the pedals. Once those simple steps are completed, the Aventure is ready to ride. In total, it took around 40 minutes, including unboxing, to get this bike rolling.

aventon aventure.2 step-through - aventon has its consumer-direct model down to a science.
Aventon has its consumer-direct model down to a science.
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Should You Buy the Aventon Aventure.2 Step-Through?


Looking for an electric bike that won't limit you to just paved paths? The Aventon Aventure.2, with its fat tires, front suspension, and robust motor, could be your ticket to freedom. We loved just about everything about this bike, especially the comfort provided by the tires; they're comfortable, they add traction, and the powerful motor ensures that you won't be pushing their mass all by yourself. Perhaps most importantly, this bike is enjoyable to ride; it elicits smiles constantly. Quality components create few distractions from the pleasure of riding.

The 750W motor produces an impressive amount of torque, and its 720Wh battery gives it a respectable distance range. The Aventon companion app and a quality interface make it easy to control the bike, adjust settings, and record your rides. A super sleek design with excellent battery integration completes a bike that performs well and looks good. Our only reservations in recommending this bike would be its size and weight; transporting it requires some consideration.

What Other E-Bikes Should You Consider?


This is a great adventure-ready e-bike, and fat-tire bikes like this one are gaining popularity. If you'd like to compare to something similar, the Blix Ultra has a similar design approach with a slightly longer wheelbase, giving the bike a relaxed feel and an even larger footprint. You might also consider the Ride1Up Rift; with its larger battery, greater range, and excellent rack; it's compelling but heavy. If you like the relaxed disposition of this bike but don't need sand-capable tires, we recommend the Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser, especially for those who want to kick back and cruise. If you need a city bike for a hillier metropolitan area, you'll want to check out something with a bit more power, like the Ride1Up 700-Series, which is a GearLab favorite.

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Aventon Aventure.2
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