Focus Aventura X30 Review

Focus Aventura X30 Electric Bike Review 1
Focus Aventura X30
Focus Aventura X30 Xion 350w Dd Motor
Focus Aventura X30 Removable Lithium Battery
Focus Aventura X30 Display Shifters Bell
Focus Aventura X30 Removable Lcd Display
Focus Aventura X30 Headlight
Focus Aventura X30 Shimano Deore Cassette
Focus Aventura X30 Rear Fender Led Light
Focus Aventura X30 Rubber Buttons
Focus Aventura X30 Rack And Pump
Focus Aventura X30 Electric Bike Review 1
Focus Aventura X30
Focus Aventura X30 Xion 350w Dd Motor
Focus Aventura X30 Removable Lithium Battery
Focus Aventura X30 Display Shifters Bell
Focus Aventura X30 Removable Lcd Display
Focus Aventura X30 Headlight
Focus Aventura X30 Shimano Deore Cassette
Focus Aventura X30 Rear Fender Led Light
Focus Aventura X30 Rubber Buttons
Focus Aventura X30 Rack And Pump

Summary

  • Top of the line commuter style electric bike with 30 speed drivetrain, commuter rack, fenders, suspension fork, adjustable stem, Ergon grips and dynamo powered LED lights
  • Powerful but efficient high torque hub motor is nearly silent, extra large Lithium battery offers 65+ mile range
  • Available in multiple sizes with high step and low step frame designs, limited availability in the United States, only offers pedal assist mode but does include regen

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Focus

Model:

Aventura X30

Price:

$3,999 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprahensive

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55 lbs (24.94 kg)

Frame Material:

RHM Trekking V2 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.71 in (44.98 cm)19.68 in (49.98 cm)21.65 in (54.99 cm)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, High-Step

Frame Fork Details:

RST Nova Suspension with 60 mm Travel and Lockout

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

30 Speed 3x10 Shimano Deore

Shifter Details:

Triggers on Left and Right Bars

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Treads

Stem:

Concept SL Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro HDC-300 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor

Grips:

Ergon Ergonomic with Lockers

Saddle:

Selle Royal Freccia

Seat Post:

Concept EX

Rims:

Rodi Web

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Citizen Light, 28" x 1.6"

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Kevlar Guard Puncture Protection

Accessories:

Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps, Bell on Left Bar, Adjustable Kickstand, Rear Carry Rack with Mini Pump Attached, Shimano 3D32 Dynamo Hub in Front Wheel Powering Concept EX Pro 80 Lux LED Headlight and AXA Slim Steady LED Tail Light

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Xion

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

42 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

15.5 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

558 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Estimated Max Range:

85 miles (137 km)

Display Type:

Removable Backlit TFT (Thin Film Transistor) MMI

Readouts:

5 Levels of Assist, 2 Levels of Regen, Speed, Battery Capacity, Odometer, Range Estimation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Aventura X30 is a commuter style electric bike that’s built for “adventure” and long range riding. For touring this bike would be excellent because it includes just about every accessory and add on you could want (aside from a bar-end mirror) and has a near-silent motor. The battery pack uses high density Lithium-ion cells that provide excellent range when paired with five pedal-assist only drive modes. The tires are Kevlar lined for protection against flats, there’s an included mini-pump attached to the rear rack and the rear wheel has built in quick release in case you damage the wheel somehow. with a removable backlit TFT display panel, removable battery pack and dynamo powered lights this bike feels invincible. It’s very solid, comes with a two year warranty and is available in two low-step sizes and three high step for the perfect fit. The only downsides I see are a higher price tag, limited US availability and a more complex computer display than some bikes that gives you lots of options for optimizing how you ride (enabling regen at different speeds) but can feel a bit daunting as a result.

The motor driving this bike sounds small at first, offering just 250 nominal watts of output, but it’s actually quite satisfying. Just like the Specialized Turbo, this bike uses a gearless direct-drive rear hub motor. And just like the Turbo, this thing puts out a lot of torque which means zippy starts and easier hill climbing. Unlike the Turbo however, there’s no low speed throttle (just a walk mode) and you can’t ride over 20mph. The downside of any hub motor system is increased unsprung weight but this is a hardtail so that doesn’t really apply. the bike is a bit trickier to service but a quick disconnect and quick release at the rear minimizes the challenge of servicing wheels and changing flats. It’s also a bit more rear heavy but the mid-mounted battery pack does a lot to offset this.

The battery pack on the Focus Aventura X30 is near perfect in my mind. It mounts to the downtube keeping weight low and center, it’s removable for convenient storage and charging and it uses energy dense Lithium-ion cells. the only downside to this thing (and most mid-mounted battery ebikes) is that there’s nowhere to put a water bottle cage. Consider getting a seat post accessory or storing them in a bag or panniers at the rear. The pack offers 36 volts of power and 15.5 amp hours of capacity which is enormous. I’ve estimated the bike will get between 55 and 85 miles per charge (given it is pedal assist only) but some have estimated 100+ and that wouldn’t surprise me at all, especially with the efficient tires and large 700c wheelset.

Operating this electric bike is a bit trickier than I’d like but I also appreciate the advanced features offered. This isn’t an entry level ebike and very few let you choose what speed you’d like regen to kick in (called brake assist here), let alone offer two regen modes along with regenerative braking. It’s the versatility and sophistication that sets this bike apart from the rest. Front and center is a backlit TFT display panel that is removable (just twist it off) and can be operated remotely with the rubberized button pad near the left grip. Once you turn the bike on, just choose from one of five assist levels and begin pedaling. I love that the display not only shows you speed, battery capacity and distance traveled but also estimates your achievable range in each level of assist. This type of feedback makes planning rides and charge pit-stops much easier. You can also see how much energy you’re contributing to the system for those truly data driven cyclists.

I don’t actually tour with my bicycle so I’m not sure what the culture is like out there and I’m unsure how an electric bike would be received by fellow riders. That said, this thing is quiet, well engineered, packed with useful accessories, gears and features that command respect. I’ve never taken a huge ride across the country or attempted to commute over 10 miles one way to work but the Aventura X30 makes it seem more possible. I wouldn’t have to worry about running out of battery (even if I had to go further than expected) and I wouldn’t fear rain, darkness or steep hills given the enormous torque offered here. It’s a beautiful bike and I love that it’s available in multiple sizes. While availability was limited at the time of this review I believe Focus will be introducing more ebikes to the US in coming years.

Pros:

  • The 250 watt gearless XION hub motor may sound small numbers wise but’s actually quite powerful offering 42 Newton meters of torque and two levels of regeneration
  • Battery pack mounts low and center on the frame for improved balance, removable for convenient charging
  • Frame is available in three sizes and two designs (low step or high step) for improved fit and ride quality
  • High quality rack uses standard gauge tubing that works well with bags and panniers
  • Front and rear fenders, dynamo powered LED lights and kickstand add utility for urban and city use
  • Adjustable stem, Ergon grips and light suspension fork improve ride comfort over long distances
  • Hydraulic disc brakes stay clean in muddy conditions and offer excellent stopping power without hand fatigue
  • 700c Schwalbe Citizen Light tires roll efficiently and include a reflective sidewall stripe for safety
  • 30 speed drivetrain offers plenty of range for climbing steep hills and reaching higher speeds on the way down
  • Break-out button pad makes changing assist level easy while riding, you don’t have to take your left hand off the grip, choose from five levels of assist and two regeneration modes
  • Dynamo powered lights will work even if the battery runs out, they have a standing mode for added safety when stopped
  • Easy disconnect power cable on the motor and quick release axle for convenient rear-wheel access

Cons:

  • TFT display panel looks great and is removable but can be complicated to use, it’s one of the more feature rich computer consoles I’ve tried (best for more advanced riders)
  • Limited availability in the United States, check with the New Wheel in San Francisco or Long Island Electric Bikes in New York
  • No throttle mode on this bike (aside from a slow walk mode), only offers torque sensing pedal assist
  • No braze on points for mounting a water bottle cage to the downtube or seat post (use a Camelbak, bags or seat post clamp)
  • Aluminum alloy platform pedals offer good stiffness and surface area but the rubber grip offers less traction than metal studs

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