Car replacement, or car complement? Cargo e-bikes can be pressed into either duty — if you can afford one of these typically pricey electrics. Enter Aventon with the new Abound, starting at a touch over two grand.
Aventon Abound Basics
What does that relatively modest outlay get you? For starters: a low-step midtail cargo frame with a 50mm SR Suntour suspension fork, a fold-down handlebar mast, a 750W rear-hub motor with torque-sensing pedal assist plus a thumb throttle, and a 720Wh frame-integrated battery.
Aventon’s first e-cargo model is a Class 2 e-bike, delivering a top speed of 20 mph for both throttle and pedal assist. That pedal assist is spread across four ride modes: Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo.
The Abound rolls on 20-inch wheels with 2.4-inch-wide tires. It comes in one size with a very low stepover aluminum frame, fitting riders from 4’11” to 6’3″. And it’s available in either a Sage Green or Polaris Blue frame color. The MSRP is $2,199.
Aventon Abound Details
Aventon loads the Abound up with several included accessories. The brand provides front and rear lighting and a nice set of alloy fenders. The Aventon Abound also has a waterproof storage bag between the frame’s seat tube and the rear wheel. Finally, Aventon includes bolt-on footboards for rear passengers and wheel skirts to protect those passengers’ legs from turning spokes.
But that’s just the jumping-off point for the Abound. Aventon unlocks the bike’s full utility with a line of add-on accessories. Choose what fits your particular lifestyle and needs, from grocery runs and hauling bulk items to ferrying the kids to school every day: front rack and basket, rear cargo basket, seat pad, child handrail, child safety seats, trailers, pannier bags, front bag, etc.
First Ride Impressions
I got in one brief ride on the Abound before today’s launch, and will be testing it as a grocery-getter and errand-runner over the next several weeks.
So far, I’m pleased with the motor’s substantial power and the smooth, seamless quality of its torque-sensing pedal assist. And the throttle … yowza! It got this 81-pound beast off the start line in a hurry. And it didn’t quickly fade when tackling steep inclines.
That said, I’ve only ridden the bike unloaded thus far; we’ll see how it fares when it has more than 175 pounds on board. I’ve installed the giant rear cargo basket and expect the front rack and basket soon.
Stay tuned for the full test and review.