Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Exploring the Aventon Level.2 Electric Bicycle: Review, Pros, Cons, and Assembly Tips

Hey there, e-bike enthusiasts and curious commuters! Today, I’m zooming in on the Aventon Level.2 Electric Bicycle, a marvel on two wheels that promises to make your commute a breeze and turn heads while you’re at it.

From its surprising power to its sleek design, I’ll give you the insider scoop on what makes this e-bike a must-have for city riders and recreational riders alike. Plus, I’ve got some handy assembly tips up my sleeve to get you on the road faster.

So, buckle up for a ride through the pros and the cons. Plus, I’ll tell you what you need to know before making a buying decision and share assembly tips to help you decide if the Aventon Level.2 is the perfect electric bike for you. 

The Aventon Level.2: A Speedy Overview

Aventon Level.2

Imagine cruising through the city with the wind in your hair, effortlessly overtaking those sluggish morning traffic jams. That’s the reality with the Aventon Level.2 e-bike.

Out of the box, it’s a Class 2 powerhouse, offering pedal assist and throttle modes up to 20 mph. But hold onto your helmets; with the Aventon app, you can unlock the Level 2 to reach a breezy 28 mph. Whether you’re facing a no-throttle zone or tackling an uphill battle, the Shimano 8-speed gearshift has your back.

Why You’ll Love the Level.2: Pros of the Aventon Level.2

White Aventon Level.2 Electric Bicycle outdoors
Discover the Pros and cons of the Aventon Level.2 Electric Bicycle in this review.

Hub Motor Power

Jumping into the saddle of the Level.2, I was a little shocked by the 500W motor’s gusto. It gave me the oomph I needed to climb hills, even though it’s not a 750W motor. The torque sensor made my ride feel smooth as silk, with no pesky lurching to spoil the fun.

LG Cell Battery

And the 672Wh LG battery? After a 14-mile test ride using throttle and pedal assist levels 4 and 5, the battery was still at 93%. I was pretty amazed since Aventon reports the range as up to 60 miles. This suggests it could go further. Plus, the Level’s battery comes with a 48V 3 Amp charger so you’ll be on the road fast.

Hybrid Tires

The 27.5″ x 2.1” Kenda hybrid tires with safety reflective sidewalls handled every twist and turn of my urban adventure with grace, proving themselves on the occasional gravel detour as well.

Hybrid Kenda Tire
Hybrid Kenda Tires let you ride on easy gravel and dirt paths.

Visible Lights

Although integrated front and rear lights are becoming more common in new electric bikes, Aventon gets bonus points for placing the lights where they can be seen, even with a pannier bag attached to the rack.

Ease of Use

Finally, you can do everything on one control panel, so forget searching for pedal assist levels, lights, or speed and distance. There’s not much more dangerous than taking your eyes off the road to find the right function.

Backlit LCD Display

The intuitive color display tracks the pedal assist level and remaining battery charge, but also useful data including trip distance and time traveled.

But Wait, There’s More!

Other benefits of the Aventon Level 2 electric bicycle include hydraulic brakes, a rack and fenders, ergonomic grips, a comfortable Aventon by Velo seat, and a solid kickstand. I found the stand a little hard to push down but that’s why it stays put. I should also mention that the bright little yellow keys are super easy to find if dropped!

Level 2's comfortable seat and rear rack
A comfortable seat doesn’t have to be plush… it has to be well-designed!

But, No Electric Bike is Perfect: Cons of the Aventon Level.2

Now, for a bit of a reality check.

The Level.2 motor, while powerful, can be a tad noisier than you might expect, and there’s a small vibration at lower speeds. And then there’s the price tag – sitting at $1,699, it’s not exactly pocket change. However, considering the premium features and robust build, I found the investment justifiable.

What You Need to Know Before You Buy

The Aventon Level 2 has a pretty average weight of 62 pounds for a full-size electric bike with a payload capacity of 300 lb. Not bad for a commuter e-bike.

I always appreciate having the option of a step-through frame that’s accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability, size, or age. The step-over frame Level 2 is still perfect for taller riders and those who prefer a more traditional bike.

Speaking of size, Aventon offers both frame styles in two sizes. So, the Level 2 can fit riders from 4’11” to 6’4. Being 5’1” myself, the small step-thru frame fits me perfectly. Just check their sizing tool to choose the perfect fit.

Woman standing next to Level.2 to show size
The Level 2 offers different frames and sizes

Now, here’s what you need to know about unboxing and assembling the Aventon Level 2.

Getting It Road-Ready: Assembly Tips

Fear not, assembly novices! Unboxing the Level 2 was easy with all the reusable, eco-friendly packaging, much of which could be just pulled off.

Overall, assembly difficulty was better than average. However, I have a few tips that’ll save you time, especially if you lack bike assembly experience.

  • First, use the box to hold the front tire while dropping on the frame. Because the frame sits a little differently on the tire, you’ll get it done more easily if you have someone to help guide it. 
  • When you insert the thru-axle in the front tire, push it in slowly, keeping the release handle loose, so it doesn’t get stuck and you can’t close the lever. This mistake set me back about 10 minutes, getting it unstuck and starting over.
  • Rub a little bike grease on the pedals and seatpost to make them easier to put on.  
  • Move the display out of the way to finish tightening the handlebars, using a criss-cross pattern between the 4 screws.
  • And, if you want to be ready for a ride when you’re done, remove the battery and fully charge it while assembling your Level ebike. My battery had a 65% charge out of the box.
  • Final Tip… Aventon has a good assembly video on its site, so be sure to watch it before starting to assemble your new e-bike.
Level 2 e-bike ready for Assembly
The Aventon Level 2 Assembly wasn’t too difficult but these assembly tips should help.

Is the Aventon Level.2 the Best Commuter E-Bike for You?

If you yearn for a seamless, controlled ride and won’t compromise on quality or features, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’. Whether zipping through city streets on your way to work or enjoying a recreational ride, the Level 2 is a fit for nearly every rider out there. For those with a thirst for off-road thrills, though, you might want to check out Aventon’s catalog for something more rugged.

If you’re in the market for a ride that combines power, innovation, and style, this could very well be your next big e-bike love. Just imagine all the places you’ll go, the sights you’ll see, and the sheer joy of leaving traffic jams in your dust. Remember, every ride is an adventure waiting to happen, and with the right e-bike, you’re already halfway there. So, gear up, charge up, and let the good times roll. Here at E-Biking Today, we live by one simple motto: “Enjoy your ride.”

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