Aventon Level or Himiway?

Wooshers

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So prices seem to be raising everywhere and I'm hoping to pull the trigger ASAP. The store within a 30 minute drive sells Aventon and I really like the look of the Level. They'll order it and says it takes up to 6-8 weeks to get but ordering from them gives me 3 tune ups included. My weight is roughly 290 atm hopefully headed down but it still exceeds Aventon of 250. The Himiway is a little bit cheaper but I'll have to put it together and find a service center if I have an issue plus pay for tune ups. But it has a bigger battery which would be very helpful with my added weight. Also has more accessories like the front basket for my grocery trips and has a child seat which I might need in a few months. The fat tires could be a pro or con I guess. I'll mostly be on roads but maybe there are some places near me which have some offroad, won't know till I go exploring. I noticed Himiway shows Velotooler(Mobile bike mechanic)and its apparently available in my area. So I'd probably use that to service if and when I need it.(Assuming I can't get someone at LBS to do it)

Any thoughts?

Thanks
 

Wooshers

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Have you done a test ride on either one, yet?
I've ridden a Lectric Xp, Biktrix Mid drive, 6 different Pedego bikes and an expensive Townie. The store has no Aventon in stock for ppl to test drive....they sell out as soon as they come in and said they can place an order for it but they're about 6-8 weeks out. I talked with someone with a Himiway but did not ride. He had only good things to say but ownership is short atm so hard to say down the line. So unfortunately wouldn't be able to test either. The Biktrix is similar to the Himiway in that it had fat tires and it might have even been the same frame. Different drive system though.
 

PedalUma

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Lion Sleeps Tonight, Himiway, Himiway.
A guy brought in his Himiway last week. It died six-months ago on its first real ride. He has been trying to get customer service ever since. He thought that a hub motor could climb a hill! The bike is such a porker it can't go up and down curbs and has a bunch of ugly wires at the handle bar. We will see if the motor is burnt when he gets a new controller in six-months.
Get a mid-drive that you have ridden. Smaller batteries are best. Lighter is better. My 36V x 10.5 battery out ran today a bike with a 48V x 21.1 battery. Because each of the three bikes on today's ride have mid-drives they could do the climbs.
 

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Wooshers

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Lion Sleeps Tonight, Himiway, Himiway.
A guy brought in his Himiway last week. It died six-months ago on its first real ride. He has been trying to get customer service ever since. He thought that a hub motor could climb a hill! The bike is such a porker it can't go up and down curbs and has a bunch of ugly wires at the handle bar. We will see if the motor is burnt when he gets a new controller in six-months.
Get a mid-drive that you have ridden. Smaller batteries are best. Lighter is better. My 36V x 10.5 battery out ran today a bike with a 48V x 21.1 battery. Because each of the three bikes on today's ride have mid-drives they could do the climbs.
Yeah. Heard a few bad things but there are also a ton of good things people say. The juggernaut duo was tempting because I really enjoyed my ride with the Biktrix but it’s probably out of my price range and months wait. There is a Verve 2 used for sale in area but I do worry a bit being used without warranty. The Bosch motor be nice but otoh I think if I needed extra battery that price is almost the price of a Himiway.

If I pushed the budget to 2600 I think there was a Modela 2 for around that, Verve 2, Giant E 3, Momentum Vida, and a Lafree. The lafree is a nice price but I’m not sure I’d enjoy the ride style. I did like the sorta leaned forward type ride of the juggernaut and this seems more cruiser like. Although the Townie was a nice ride...I did feel a little lazy while riding it and I do want some exercise.

also fwiw I live in Florida so climbing hills won’t really be a problem here.
 

WattsUpDude

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Just like @PedalUma , I'm a huge middrive fan. A big part of that might be that we live in hilly San Francisco Bay Area. I think that hub drives have their place and will probably keep you happy if you happen to live somewhere relatively flat.

I'll chime in with personal experience on the Aventon. The Pace 500 (shares the controller with the Level, as far as I know) does not like to go slow. Assist level 1 will launch you to 11-12 MPH very quickly. It sucks to ride it anywhere there may be other people or obstacles in the way. And hubdrives "run out of breath" on steep or sustained hills. I will say that the build quality on the frame was really nice for the price point. But I'll never ride a bike with a basic cadence sensor ever again. It's not for me. I like the very natural feel of a torque sensor.
 

PedalUma

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Wooshers, Hub-drives do have their place. It is just not in hill country. Get one with some local support that you can test ride. Not a bike like the one in these photos. This first bike's owner got a bike that did not work. It is heavy and oh so wrong.
 

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Wooshers

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Just like @PedalUma , I'm a huge middrive fan. A big part of that might be that we live in hilly San Francisco Bay Area. I think that hub drives have their place and will probably keep you happy if you happen to live somewhere relatively flat.

I'll chime in with personal experience on the Aventon. The Pace 500 (shares the controller with the Level, as far as I know) does not like to go slow. Assist level 1 will launch you to 11-12 MPH very quickly. It sucks to ride it anywhere there may be other people or obstacles in the way. And hubdrives "run out of breath" on steep or sustained hills. I will say that the build quality on the frame was really nice for the price point. But I'll never ride a bike with a basic cadence sensor ever again. It's not for me. I like the very natural feel of a torque sensor.
Thanks for the info on Aventon. My mom is also looking for an ebike as she’s older and just recently retired and wants to get out and about. We were really considering the step through level or 500 for her but that might not be good if that’s not adjustable. Although idk of a Torque sensing bike with a step through, store support, and a throttle.
 

PedalUma

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Step through bikes can be made electric. With a torque sensing mid-drive.! The blue one and the red one can have a throttle added but it drops performance to Class 2. Only 8-wire displays can have a throttle with a torque sensor.
 

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WattsUpDude

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Step through bikes can be made electric. With a torque sensing mid-drive.! The blue one and the red one can have a throttle added but it drops performance to Class 2. Only 8-wire displays can have a throttle with a torque sensor.

Sorry for going off-topic but I really like your work. Is it possible to mount a TSDZ2 on a belt drive bike?
 

PedalUma

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Sorry for going off-topic but I really like your work. Is it possible to mount a TSDZ2 on a belt drive bike?
I think the topic ran its course.
Thanks, I am doing one this week. It just takes a wafer thin adapter. Google Gates 110BCD - 130BCD spider. $35..
Then a fresh problem arises. The gearing with the additional power feels too low. The cost effective answer is to use a HL1L Wide chain that lasts as long as a belt, dropping the rear cog to 16-T on the Nexus or Alfine 8. Then the bike does 24.2Mph at 80Rpm and feels nicely balanced. See some additional ideas at PedalUma.com. The Wide chain will have some break-in stretch by three weeks of climbs, then it stabilizes nicely. Rear cogs on belts are all too big for what I like to ride.
 

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GenXrider

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I was interested in the Aventon Level at one point, but it didn't have power percentage adjustment for each individual assist level, wasn't geared as high in top gear as I would have liked, and the tires weren't as wide as I preferred. I ended up going with a Ride1Up 700 instead which has the higher top gear, adjustable power for each assist level (and options of ranges), and 2.4" wide tires on wide rims. I don't even have a local bike shop within 2 hour round trip, and they don't have Aventon, so that wasn't a factor for me.