Hills: DOST Kope, Aventon Level, or Ride1Up 700

evolvable

New Member
Hi everybody,

I am looking to buy my first ebike. I will be using it daily to get to work and back in Vancouver. While I haven't moved to Vancouver yet, my understanding is that it has pretty hilly terrain. According to googlemaps, there is a 101 meter increase in elevation from my future neighborhood to where i'll be working:


I want to get an ebike that can handle this potentially hilly terrain on a daily basis without putting undue stress on the motor.

The three bikes I am considering most strongly are the DOST Kope, the Aventon Level, and the Ride1Up 700. What appeals to me most about the Aventon Level ($1600) and the Ride1up 700 ($1500) is that they are significantly cheaper than the DOST Kope ($2800). On the other hand, given that they are propelled by hubdrives, I am concerned that these bikes won't be able to handle the 101 meter increase in elevation that my future ebike will face on a daily basis. The DOST Kope, on the other hand, has a middrive motor that should be much better equipped to tackle hills.

Do I have this correct? Or maybe because both the Aventon Level and Ride1up 700 both have motor outputs of approxiately 500-1000watts and approximately 55 newton meters of motor torque that both these bikes will handle hills with relative ease.

What do you think? Your opinion, expertise, and experience are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

p.s. In case it gets asked, these three bikes appeal to me because they are class-3 commuter-style bikes with a stealthy look (e.g., integrated battery). While the DOST Kope is really stretching my budget, it seems like a relatively complete ebike (although it doesn't have a torque sensor for peddling and some would prefer a more modern battery). If money wasn't an issue, I would strongly consider getting either an OHM Quest or a Gazelle Ultimate T10. Thank again. :)
 

MMC

Active Member
Ideally for me the Dost Kope was my first choice. Integrated battery and dual battery mount for extended range is fantastic but they have so many backorders that they are not shipping until April 2021 (as per their website) - order now, recieve in April 2021.

I needed an ebike now so I bought the Aventon Level instead.

As for the hills, I don't think it will be a huge issue for hub motors unless your ebike is hauling lots of extra weight or the hill is extremely long. A friend of mine with his hub ebike says he throttles it here and there as he's motoring up steeper parts.
I would think it would be common sense that during your trek that when a hill comes along that the rider gauges in more pedal effort to try get over the hill versus using the ebike more like a moped and expect it to do all the work.

quick comparison on YT

Lots of other comparisons or thoughts of hubs on hills YT videos.
 

ElevenAD

Well-Known Member
the Aventon and the ride 1up are not going to be great climbers and the Dost is grossly overpriced! the dost motor is just a750watt Bafang BBS02,you could purchase a Biktrix Juggernaut Classic with the same BBS02 for $800 less orHell you could even buy a Biktrix HD for less than the Dost and then you dont have to worry about any hills. here is a Ride 1up Limited, a bike that is supposed to be more powerful than the 700 vs an Ariel Rider X-Class climbing, both hub motors, the Ride1up limited top speed up the hill is 14mph, the Ariel Rider does it at 21mph, so if the 700 is slower than this Limited i dont expect it to be a great climber.