Is an Aventon Electric Bike a Good Value?
A devoted road and gravel cyclist and all-around gearhead, Josh has been riding and writing about electric scooters for the past five years. He’s generally happier on two wheels than two legs. When Josh isn’t writing or wrenching, he’s usually out on the road….
At the beginning of 2023, Aventon, a well-known maker of electric bikes, announced that prices for their e bikes would be up to 20% lower than previous years, in an effort to make e bikes more accessible and affordable for everyone.
Has the company succeeded in its goal? Is an Aventon bike a good value when compared with budget manufactuers who make inexpensive e bikes with similar features?
Ultimately, buying an e bike can be a personal experience; everyone’s body is different, and getting the right fit is important. But if you’re shopping for your first e bike, you don’t always need to go with the biggest or most recognizable brand names.
Let’s briefly look at some of Aventon’s pricing and value relative to a couple other affordable brands on the market.
Aventon: A Brief Overview
Aventon started out as a non-electric bike company in Southern California in 2013, manufacturing fixed-gear bikes locally. Since 2018, they’ve been making electric bikes in a direct to consumer model, meaning that you can order online and some assembly is required.
In the past several years, Aventon ebikes have become a popular choice for cyclists of all levels, thanks to their high quality design and reliable performance. The company offers a range of models, from entry-level road and mountain bikes to premium electric road bikes.
Aventon bikes are designed to last, with quality components such as lightweight aluminum frames, water-resistant tires, high-performance tires, and reliable brakes.
The bikes feature an ergonomic design, allowing riders to maintain a comfortable riding posture for extended periods. Additionally, Aventon provides a variety of accessories and upgrades.
With a focus on value, Aventon bikes are a great choice for riders seeking a reliable and affordable bike with plenty of quality features, high performance, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. They satisfy “discerning cyclists.”
Bikes like Aventon’s popular Pace 500.3 come packed with features like a backlit LCD display and torque sensor, in addition to a powerful 500W motor, a promised 60 miles of range, and an available step-thru frame.
The Pace 500 series has been beloved by reviewers for a few years now, and for good reason. It’s one of the most affordable and most versatile of Aventon’s bikes.
Aventon makes great bikes, but does the brand recognition and reputation justify an electric bike that goes for hundreds more than budget competitors from Lectric, GOTRAX, and HiBoy? That’s hard to say.
At around $1599.00 – discounted from its original price of $1799.00 – we’d have to say the Pace 500.3 has some pretty stiff competition from budget electric bike manufacturers.
Better Value E Bikes for Beginners
Aventon electric bikes are durable and high-quality vehicles, and so too are bikes like the Lectric XP 3.0, the GOTRAX F2, and the HiBoy P6 Fat Tire electric bike, which claims a top speed of 28 mph and 60 miles of range, and an even more powerful 750W motor – for $600 less than the Aventon Pace 500.3.
While we’ve yet to ride the HiBoy here at Rider Guide, our review of the Lectic bike is coming soon, and our reviewer Mitchell Anderson pronounced the GOTRAX F2 the “perfect electric bike for beginners.” That’s at a price of only $799, or around half the cost of the Aventon 500.3, even at its discounted price.
The fit and finish of an Aventon bike may well be superior to any of these models, but you’ll find similar specs and similarly high-quality components from brands like Shimano on all of these electric bikes.
If you’re a beginner just getting into the fun and convenience of riding electric bikes, there may be no need to spend a few hundred dollars more on an Aventon to impress the local cyclists.
Aventon: Great Bikes, Just Okay Value
While Aventon bikes might represent a great value for intermediate riders who especially want a bigger name brand, we think that beginner riders would do just as well to spend between $800 to $1000 for one of the models listed above before they commit to dropping $1500 or more on an Aventon Pace 500.3.
An Aventon ebike might be worth it for the committed rider, but if you’re looking for a general-purpose ebike for adults that’s fast, fun, and reliable, you really don’t have to spend over $1000.
That said, Aventon has lowered their prices this year and made their bikes more affordable. It’s undeniable that they still represent a great value for more experienced riders. However, beginners can find a high-quality, budget adult electric bike for hundreds less, and save more $ for those crucial accessories.