Ebike newbie who just test-rode an Aventon Level seeking big-picture purchase advise for my intended usage purposes.

Artbarton

New Member
Hi all, I am a new member,and this is my real name (Art Barton). I tried out an Aventon Level bike last week at a dealer, and this was my first ride on an ebike. My primary objective in getting an ebike is to drive less when buying groceries or when going out for coffee without the hassle and extra sweat of taking out a regular bike every time I skip the car. I should explain that I am both an avid road cyclist, who has pedaled (without a motor) over 60,000 miles since I turned 40 years old, and also now definitely a Senior, as I will turn 70 in December. So my needs are changing. And I am looking for some experienced advise on choosing an ebike.

I should note I live on an extremely steep coastal California hill, "only" about 170 feet up from the main road, but that's the equal of 17 stories of a building to cycle up in about 400 yards. Which I do all the time on my regular bike, but mostly without groceries in tow. Also there are numerous long and sometimes steep hills along my usual grocery shopping routes, not just the steep hill I live on. However this is a place with no snow or ice where it only rains notably from late November through early April, so this ebike shopping usage would be very regular, even when accounting for my ongoing recreational road biking.

So I want to pack 25-35 pounds of groceries in panniers on a regular basis. And FYI, while my Trader Joes run may be only 17 miles round trip, it involves about 1200 vertical feet total. So I am looking for an ebike that is optimal for that, assuming I pedal more than most ebikers would, and which does not require a lot of mechanical skills to keep going, as I do only the basic bike maintenance on my own.

Note I found 16-17 MPH plenty fast on my test ride of the Aventon for my intended purpose.

And I think I'm in the right ballpark of price/performance with either the Aventon Level or the Aventon Pace 500, or perhaps the new REI Co-op basic bike https://www.rei.com/product/172495/co-op-cycles-cty-e21-electric-bike. But I also want a bike that will last at least 6 to 7 years of regular (125 trips a year or more) usage, assuming some replacement of chains, cassettes, etc would be necessary. .

So I'm looking for advise on whether that regular usage goal is realistic with those roughly $1400-1800 bikes I'm looking at, given their motor quality?

Also I'm looking for advise on whether front shocks make a big difference in ride comfort for my intended use (the Level has them, the Pace 500 does not) ?

Finally I have a 2nd electric bike envisioned use. There are times when i want to go into our amazingly beautiful mountain reservoir system without having to climb (and descend) 3500 vertical feet on my own power. And that ride is about 45 miles round trip.

Is that a realistic ride in terms of range and hill climbing ability for either of those Aventon bikes, or the new REI one, or similarly priced ebikes for relatively light-weight person, assuming I will pedal a lot more than your average e-biker up and down hills, and also assuming I use the lowest speed/lowest pedal assist mode on all the uphill parts?

Thanks all for answering
 

Tom@WashDC

Active Member
Region
USA
City
Loudoun County, VA
Artbarton, I have owned my Avenon Level since the first week of September and have just under 400 miles. Based upon the parameters that you spelled out I judge that the Level will suit your needs handily. Based on my battery usage, using PAS 0-1-2 mostly, I think the 'Real World" testing results for mileage on the Level as published on their website is accurate.
 

Taylor57

Well-Known Member
Hi all, I am a new member,and this is my real name (Art Barton). I tried out an Aventon Level bike last week at a dealer, and this was my first ride on an ebike. My primary objective in getting an ebike is to drive less when buying groceries or when going out for coffee without the hassle and extra sweat of taking out a regular bike every time I skip the car. I should explain that I am both an avid road cyclist, who has pedaled (without a motor) over 60,000 miles since I turned 40 years old, and also now definitely a Senior, as I will turn 70 in December. So my needs are changing. And I am looking for some experienced advise on choosing an ebike.

I should note I live on an extremely steep coastal California hill, "only" about 170 feet up from the main road, but that's the equal of 17 stories of a building to cycle up in about 400 yards. Which I do all the time on my regular bike, but mostly without groceries in tow. Also there are numerous long and sometimes steep hills along my usual grocery shopping routes, not just the steep hill I live on. However this is a place with no snow or ice where it only rains notably from late November through early April, so this ebike shopping usage would be very regular, even when accounting for my ongoing recreational road biking.

So I want to pack 25-35 pounds of groceries in panniers on a regular basis. And FYI, while my Trader Joes run may be only 17 miles round trip, it involves about 1200 vertical feet total. So I am looking for an ebike that is optimal for that, assuming I pedal more than most ebikers would, and which does not require a lot of mechanical skills to keep going, as I do only the basic bike maintenance on my own.

Note I found 16-17 MPH plenty fast on my test ride of the Aventon for my intended purpose.

And I think I'm in the right ballpark of price/performance with either the Aventon Level or the Aventon Pace 500, or perhaps the new REI Co-op basic bike https://www.rei.com/product/172495/co-op-cycles-cty-e21-electric-bike. But I also want a bike that will last at least 6 to 7 years of regular (125 trips a year or more) usage, assuming some replacement of chains, cassettes, etc would be necessary. .

So I'm looking for advise on whether that regular usage goal is realistic with those roughly $1400-1800 bikes I'm looking at, given their motor quality?

Also I'm looking for advise on whether front shocks make a big difference in ride comfort for my intended use (the Level has them, the Pace 500 does not) ?

Finally I have a 2nd electric bike envisioned use. There are times when i want to go into our amazingly beautiful mountain reservoir system without having to climb (and descend) 3500 vertical feet on my own power. And that ride is about 45 miles round trip.

Is that a realistic ride in terms of range and hill climbing ability for either of those Aventon bikes, or the new REI one, or similarly priced ebikes for relatively light-weight person, assuming I will pedal a lot more than your average e-biker up and down hills, and also assuming I use the lowest speed/lowest pedal assist mode on all the uphill parts?

Thanks all for answering

Also consider the Espin Sport or Flow. Yes I am biased as a Sport owner, however on paper, the Sport compares favorably with the other bikes you mentioned and retails for $1200...
 

BigNerd

Well-Known Member
I'm going to have to agree with @Taylor57 ... the Espin Sport at $1200 is just as capable and has features of the more expensive bikes and seems to have less issues. The 500w engine is more than capable as I've put it through multiple hills with ease.
 

JVD

New Member
Region
USA
City
Palm Springs CA and Denver CO
I've really appreciated the input here of those who have been long-time cyclists and who wish to continue at a vigorous level as we age. I too am approaching 70 and have noticed that is probably a factor in the decline in frequency and amount of riding I've enjoyed so much over the years. I've been researching e-bikes after riding an Aventon Level a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure if that was the right bike for me as I had very little knowledge at the time of what other bikes were available out there. While I've since found there are a lot of options and I'm sure some very good ones, I've pretty much decided to go with a Level. One major reason is the price and features it includes. Another is the ability to buy it and have it assembled and serviced by a local bike shop. I've read any number of testimonials regarding how easy it is to assemble it yourself and I have no doubt that's probably true for those experienced in bicycle mechanics (which I am not!). I did note that some Aventon literature regarding self-assembly states that you should have final adjustments made by a professional bicycle mechanic. My local shop has indicated that if I buy the bike through them, they will assemble it for no additional cost beyond the $1599 price. I'm more than willing to support my local shop under those circumstances! More to come once I get my bike and start riding...
 
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Bigal1463

Well-Known Member
Welcome JVD, the Level is an excellent bike with lots of features and quality components. Definitely purchase through your LBS. When you have a problem, they will help you out. There are many upgrades and more accessories on the Level for $200. more than the Pace 500. Good luck and ride safe.