Frame and Contact Points
The Aventon Abound is a surprising addition to the Aventon lineup since it’s Aventon’s first splash into the cargo Ebike space. And without giving too much away…this might be one of their shining Ebikes for 2023! It is propelled by a 750-Watt motor, with torque sensor integration, and has enough cargo capacity for a Costco run! Stay tuned folks, cause this one is truly a unique Ebike.
Aventon is launching the Abound with a price tag of $2,199 USD, which is low, based on the specs of this thing. The Abound comes in two colors, Polaris and Sage. We’ve got our hands on the Sage version. Aventon has been around for a while and is a top player in the direct-to-consumer space. We can expect the Abound to fit into Aventon’s 1-Year Warranty.
The motor in the rear here is a 750-Watt brushless powerhouse. Considering this is a longer bike, and will be used to haul gear, groceries, and all sorts of other stuff, we’re glad they gave us as much power as you can fit in a legal, Class 3 Ebike. As we mentioned in the intro, we do have a torque sensor included here, which is quite frankly bananas for the price. I mean not bananas per se..well you get it. You can fly forward by utilizing the pedal assist or the thumb throttle, so plenty of options here.
The battery here is 48-volts & 14 Ah, which gets you around 50 miles per charge. Aventon is one of the better estimators of how far their bikes actually travel. They have a comprehensive range calculator on their website, that we recommend you check out! The battery is lockable and removable and is inserted directly from the side, which is different than most other Ebikes on the market. I’m not sure of the real benefit, or if there is one, but it functions really well! They have a nice indicator light that is on top of the battery, which is actually the side of the frame, which kind of makes explaining this whole top/side situation like explaining the end of Interstellar to your grandmother. It’s complicated. But it’s also simple…let’s move on to the frame.
The frame here is exactly what you’d expect from Aventon. A little beefy and a whole lot of sleek in the execution. And if that wasn’t enough, let’s throw a folding stem on there as well. Starting at the front, we’ve got bolt-through axles, which we absolutely love. We’ve got bottle cage bosses on the downtube, bosses for a front rack attachment, and obviously the whole rack situation in the back here. We’ll dive into that a bit more in the Extras section, coming up. The geometry of the Abound is almost flawless. It’s easy to navigate, and easy to get on and off of, which is extremely important with a cargo bike. You’re likely to have a large amount of weight above your centerline, which makes handling a bit different, and you’ll need to be able to plant your heels on the ground to secure your load. In most cargo bikes, they sacrifice the safety/functionality of the ride, for the actual riding position, but Aventon added a manual dropper post, which is just a next-level idea from a design perspective. Coming to a stop? Pull the lever and sink to the lowest seating position, feet able to plan on the ground. Riding around? Pull the lever and get that seat adjusted for the optimal riding position. We don’t normally do points anymore, but I’ll sneak in 10 design points for this feature alone!
Up in the front we’ve got Suntour front forks! These forks are not top of the line or have the most travel by any means, but they do exactly what we’d hope they do for the ride here, without being too spongy, considering we’re most likely carrying some load in the back. This is our only traditional suspension, but the other part we always touch on is the tires. The tires here are 20-inch by 2.4-inch tires. They have puncture protection and sidewall reflective striping, excellent safety features to see here. And the saddle, besides that dropper post we’re still gushing over, the saddle was fairly comfortable and I don’t have too much to say past that.
Ah, Brakes. The thing on every Ebike rider’s mind. Those pesky brakes. Were you looking at that price tag and expecting them to skimp on the brakes? Not these guys! No mechanical brakes in sight! We’ve got Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors on both the front and rear.These bad boys stop the Abound quickly, and safely. Even if you were to load this thing up, I believe these brakes would be up to the task.
We’ve got a 7-speed Shimano Revoshift on the right-hand side, and that is connected to our Shimano tourney derailleur in the rear. In between those Shimano gearing is a really cool chain tensioner setup. We’ve seen similar designs from Momentum, Tern, or Flyer E Bikes, and this combats one of the main problems with cargo bikes in general, which is that ever-present chain sag. None to speak of here!
Let me preface this by saying there are a ton of extras. Make sure to check out Aventon’s website for more details, but I’m going to breeze through these here so you can know what things to look into. First, we’ve got integrated front lights, and rear lights, with turn-signal functionality. All the lighting elements can be controlled from the keypad on the left side of the cockpit. We’ve got fenders on the front and rear wheels. We’ve got a center double kickstand, which is a great addition for a cargo Ebike. We’ve got single-locking grips, which are comfortable and secure. We’ve got an included cargo bag that mounts to a special spot just above the chainstay. It’s a pretty flush design, and a great way to utilize all the available space. And of course, the rear rack, which I promised you we’d talk more about. The rack itself is a bit on the thicker side, which we like. It features tons of connection points, places for baskets or other cargo accessories, and includes some pretty nifty running boards for a passenger. To keep the passenger safe, they’ve also included wheel coverings that separate the whirling spokes from your passenger’s calves.
The cockpit for this whole electric vehicle is simple, yet well-refined. The throttle and main controls are located on the left-hand side, with the color display parked front and center. The LCD display shows us a few things, such as the odometer, battery level, and trip distance, just to name a few. The Abound has 4 levels of pedal assist, which are Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo. Obviously, we’re going to be doing most of our cruising in Turbo mode because that’s just who we are over here. For slower-folk, Aventon gave you some options.
The Abound is one heckuvvan Ebike! You could carry your mom to her knitting night, or your dog to his play date with that poodle he’s fond of. Really your options are endless! Those are the only reasons I get out of the house, but if you can come up with other ways to use this bike, you probably could. They say you’re supposed to talk about what you know though, you know? All-in-all, the Abound beat our expectations of what an affordable cargo bike could be. Based on the Aventure vs the Aventure2, we’re excited to see what Aventon does with this cargo lineup in the future!