Aventon Level.2 Review: A truly top-notch commuter electric bike,
Aventon Level 2 E-Bike Review
I’ve been an Aventon fan for a long time, routinely impressed by the quality of each new electric bike the company releases. So I went into this review of the new Aventon Level.2 with a fairly high bar for company. Fortunately for everyone, Aventon pretty much cleared that bar with room to spare, delivering a Level.2 that’s truly worthy of the “flagship commuter e-bike” label.
Aventon Level.2 Technology Specifications
Motor: 500 W continuous-rated rear-mounted hub motor
Top acceleration: 28 mph (45 km/h) on pedal assist, 20 mph (32 km/h) on throttle,
Throttle range: 27 miles (43 km)
Pedal Assist Range: 19-53 miles (30-85 km)
Battery: 48V 15Ah (720Wh) frame-integrated, removable
Charge time: 5 hours
Frame: 6061 double-butted aluminum
Weight: 54 lb. (24.5 kg)
Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes, 180 mm rotors
Extras: Includes speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, USB charger, thumb throttle, color LCD display with front and rear fenders, rear rack, integrated headlight and taillights
So new Aventon Level.2
Out of the box, there’s a lot of new stuff to pick up here.
Like all of Aventon’s new e-bike launches and e-bike upgrades, the Level.2 inherits the updated Aventon color LCD display that integrates with the company’s smartphone app. A solid Bluetooth connection connects the bike to the phone, allowing you to record rides, make speed adjustments, connect with the larger Aventon community and more.
But it wasn’t just new software, Level.2 also comes with new hardware.
The big take home is the new torque sensor, which offers much better and more responsive pedal assist. The sensor allows the bike to respond quickly and provide a more natural-feeling ride. The way you pedal will give you more assistance. An e-bike should function properly.
Aventon Level 2 E-Bike
When you don’t feel like putting in some good effort yourself, the thumb throttle makes it easy to fly at speeds up to 20 mph (32 km/h). The Aventon had a long lag with the throttle, but they have tuned it well so that you get good throttle response.
It’s a criticism I throw at Aventon with every new bike, but they’ve done a really good job of making the throttle responsive, putting out all its power at once.
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Even with that nice throttle, I found I still liked using the pedal assist. I rarely hit level 5 because it’s the most powerful level and I don’t really need much help.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to fly at 28 mph (45 km/h) with your feet flying fast and the trees going even faster. But mostly I’m somewhere in the middle, cruising at pedal assist level 2 or 3 and enjoying modest assistance that still leaves some good ol’ honest pedaling to do.
The bike is decently light for a well-specced commuter e-bike at just a hair over 50 pounds. Many commuter e-bikes are significantly heavier. With parts like the front suspension, better seat, hydraulic disc brakes, 8-speed transmission and bigger battery, the grams quickly add up and turn into kilograms. But Aventon kept the weight reasonable and I appreciate that.
Aventon Level 2 E-Bike Hardware
The last major hardware addition that I really like is the new taillight setup. We get frame-integrated taillights that are built right into the seat at the rear of the bike. They illuminate both sides of the bike and are visible from rear and side angles.
Not only are they clear and bright taillights, they serve double duty as brake lights. I’m a little surprised that Aventon isn’t interested in giving them turn signal functionality yet, but maybe that’s something for the future.
Aventon Level 2 Review E-Bike
Passenger electric bike, lights are important. They’re important for night riding, but they’re even more important during the day to make yourself more visible. A bright front headlight is sure to get noticed, as are the taillights.
Other great passenger features include included fenders and an included rear rack. I love when companies give us these important traveler features and don’t hold them behind a paywall. Good job there, Aventon!
How much is Aventon Level.2?
That brings me to the cost.
The Aventon Level.2 is priced at $1,949, which only feels like a bummer here. It’s not a miss. They didn’t swing and whiff like some companies do. But they didn’t connect as strongly as I expected.
That said, for $1,799, I’d be over the moon. But as it stands, $1,949 is still a good price.
You definitely get a lot for your money here And the price is fair – don’t get me wrong. But if the base level was $1,599 two years ago, when I first reviewed it, I don’t think these upgrades will increase the bike by another $350.
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And again, I’m going back and forth with myself here. A lot has changed in two years. Parts are scarce. Shipping is expensive. In just two short trips around the sun, the entire world has changed drastically. And maybe I’m being too harsh. As it stands, there aren’t really any e-bikes that challenge the Aventon’s level in specs for the price when you consider that torque sensor. The best ones from Rad and Ride1Up don’t have torque sensors and so they can’t really compete directly.
A possible comparison is probably the Lectric XPremium, a better bike with arguably better performance for a little less cash. But this is a fat-tire folding e-bike, and it’s a very different animal. For anyone looking for a lightweight e-bike with full-size 27.5×2.1″ wheels like this one, the Aventon Level.2 could be just the ticket.
All told, I am extremely pleased with the new Aventon Level.2. It is an e-bike that can do any journey, anywhere and for anyone.
Featuring a well-made frame, visible light, high-performance motor and battery, and commuter packages of fenders and rear rack, the Level.2 is everything you need in a commuter electric bike.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better collection of parts at a better price from a reputable company like Aventon. If it’s out there, I haven’t found it yet.