I used to bemoan the high cost of e-bikes, but lately we’ve seen prices go down while component quality goes up. And the Aventon Level Electric Commuter Bike is a prime example of fair pricing paired with quality components. And the performance is great to boot!
Aventon Level Electric Bike Review
We’ve reviewed Aventon e-bikes before and they’ve already performed very well. The company just knows how to build a quality e-bike that looks as good as it rides.
The Aventon level is no different.
You can tell the company takes pride in the build of the Level and was sure to outfit it with good components that matched its excellent build quality.
In fact, you’ll definitely want to watch how I put the Aventon level through its paces. Check out my full video review below, then read on for my detailed written review.
Aventon Level Video Review
Technical specifications Aventon Level
- Motor: 750W Max Power Rear Geared Hub Motor
- Top speed: 20 mph (32 km/h) on throttle, 28 mph (45 km/h) on pedal assist
- Acceleration range: 30 miles (48 kilometers)
- Pedal assist range: 25-57 miles (40-92 km)
- Drums: 48 V 14 Ah (672 Wh) integrated into the chassis, removable
- Loading time: 4-5 hours
- Maximum charge : 250 lb (113 kg) driver + 50 lb (22 kg) cargo
- Framework: Double butted 6061 aluminum
- Weight: 62 lbs (28 kg)
- Suspension: Suntour Mobie A32 spring fork with 75mm travel
- Brakes: Bengal Ares 3 hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm rotors
- Supplements: LCD display with speedometer, power meter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, trip meter, 5-speed settings, thumb throttle, front and rear fenders included, rear rack included
Let’s talk shop: performance and value
So here’s the skinny: The Aventon Level isn’t just a commuter e-bike. It is a commuter electric bike with very good performance. It didn’t end up in our list of the top five commuter e-bikes of 2020 by chance!
It’s a Level 3 e-bike in the US, which means you can hit 28 mph (45 km/h) if you add pedal assist, or 20 mph (32 km/h) if you feel like it. tired and just want to use the throttle.
With a large 674 Wh battery, you have a minimum of 30 miles (48 km) of range.
And Aventon is a direct company that gives you honest reach ratings for all of its different modes of operation, including throttle only and every level of pedal assist. Check out their chart below.
At a price of $1,599, you also get some nice components here. There are dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes, a decent spring-loaded suspension fork, a thru-axle front wheel (instead of a cheap skewer), an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, and a beautifully integrated battery in the frame. .
Now, are these components top of the line? No of course not. But I didn’t expect them to be top of the line at this price. For the price though, they are better than I expected. Just compare with other $1,500 commuter e-bikes that still rock cable brakes, cheap wheel skewers, and bolt-on external batteries.
Aventon Level’s Bengal Ares 3 hydraulic disc brakes are powerful, the levers feel comfortable in your fingers, and the stopping power is just what you need for a 28 mph (45 km/h) e-bike. Plus, they’re virtually maintenance-free, which is always a big plus in my book.
The bike even gives you mudguards and a rear rack included as standard equipment – at no extra cost! I like not to get nickel and dime for accessories. This rack is no slouch either. He says he’s rated at 55lbs (25kg), but that’s the rating after the lawyers are done with him, so you know the true breaking limit is of course higher. It even supported my weight standing on it. (Obviously, I do NOT recommend doing the test standing on a typical cheap rack, or probably any rack. I’m what they call “a professional”.)
Another note on quality: Check the welds on the frame. I always have to hand it over to Aventon, every time I review one of their e-bikes I know I’m going to be looking at some of the best frame welds I’ve ever seen.
These welds are so well dressed that the frame almost looks like a single piece of cast carbon, not a collection of double-butted aluminum tubes welded together. Congratulations to whoever welded this frame because it is a work of art.
Perhaps the only other e-bike I’ve seen with such nice welds all over the bike is the Serial 1 RUSH. But not only does this bike come from 100 years of motorcycle lineage (and therefore better have really good welds!), it also costs 3 times the price of the Aventon level.
So suffice it to say that Aventon beats way above average here.
The Aventon Level is comfortable to pedal and smooth to ride – it’s that simple. The frame is available in three sizes to provide a more personalized fit for a wider range of riders, unlike many one-size-fits-all e-bikes out there.
The riding position isn’t upright like a cruiser, but neither is it curvy like a road bike. The Level strikes a happy medium that balances comfort and performance.
The center-mounted LED display is giant and easy to read at a quick glance. You won’t need to spend a lot of time searching for information or battery speed; it is practically already visible at the bottom of your field of vision.
The 27.5″ x 2.2″ tires are also a happy balance that offers enough rubber to get over a few obstacles, while being narrow enough to stay light and efficient.
What are the disadvantages ?
The pedal assist uses a cadence sensor and so it’s good, but not great. There’s the telltale lag that almost all cadence sensors provide. While I would have liked to see a torque sensor added to the pedal assist to give the most precise pedal assist response, the cadence sensor is still good enough for pedal assist activation.
A torque sensor is the biggest upgrade I could have asked for on the bike, but I know it’s not in the cards at this price, especially with all the other components on the bike.
The only other area I might have liked to see a bit more investment in is the lighting (or lack thereof). Strictly speaking, there is none. You will need to add your own lights. Which is a shame, because I like when commuter e-bikes use lights that run off the main battery. That’s one more thing I don’t have to worry about.
But those are really my only two gripes here. The torque sensor is forgivable and it’s just that I’m spoiled, but the lack of lights seems like an oversight.
Despite the lack of lighting, the Aventon Level is a huge win for an electric commuter bike. It features incredible build quality, comes standard with a rack and mudguards, has a powerful motor paired with a large capacity battery and even gives you hydraulic disc brakes at a price to match. normally mechanical disc brakes.
The bike also looks very sleek with that built-in battery. No bolt-on batteries here!
The value proposition we envision is incredibly high. Other electric commuter bikes in its price range simply don’t offer the speed, build quality, and component benefits that the Level offers.
I might not get a perfect score, but damn if Aventon level isn’t really close!
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