Aventon Soltera 7 Speed Review – $1.4k

The Aventon Soltera 7 Speed is a light, efficient, affordable city electric bike. This option includes a basic Shimano Tourney 7-speed drivetrain and Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors. Efficient 350 watt hub motor and 350 watt hour removable battery pack. Available in two frame styles: High-Step and Mid-Step, two frame sizes each, and three colors each. Lots of options to get the correct fit and a unique style. Outstanding integrated lights including their position, brightness, and brake activation. One of the best display panels and smart phone apps I’ve seen for any electric bike. The button pad is easy to reach and includes a dedicated lights button, the large color LCD is intuitive to navigate and includes a settings menu, the app allows you to adjust the top speed and engage in a social feed to share rides and pictures. Rigid aluminum frame with no suspension and narrow tires means it’s efficient but also jarring to ride on bumpy terrain. Opportunities to improve include additional bottle cage mounts, a derailleur guard, tougher display screen, wider gear range, and faster motor activation… or the option to change power delivery since it ramps up very gradually.

0:00 Introduction, pricing, single vs. 7-speed
0:40 Slow and kind of weak motor controller start
1:00 Two frame types, three sizes, six total colors
1:59 Aluminum frame and fork, weight distribution
3:00 Hub spacing and axles, custom geared hub motor
3:43 Internal cadence sensor, kickstand, cranks, pedals
4:26 Drivetrain overview: chainring, freewheel, derailleur
5:48 Larger wheel diameter, Kenda Kwest tire details
6:34 Ways to make the bike feel more comfortable
7:12 Selle Royal gel saddle, locking ergonomic grips
7:32 City bike heritage, company backstory, my stats
8:09 Attachment points for fenders, racks, bottle cage
9:18 Mechanical disc brakes, 160mm rotors, inhibitors
11:44 Battery charging, charger, unlock and removal
13:47 Powering on bike, showing the lights and readouts
16:29 Settings menu and smartphone app walkthrough
19:04 Ride test frame mount camera, body camera
20:48 Outro with site resources: compare, shops, forums

Full review with specs and comparison tool: https://electricbikereview.com/aventon/2022-soltera-7-speed/

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