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Feast your eyes on the Aventon Soltera, and take your time because the careful eye will notice a lot of detail packed into the gorgeous bike. At electrified reviews we’ve seen dozens of bikes that let it all hang out, with parts and features that leave nothing to the imagination, but this - this is a classy date that compliments any occasion.
The soltera is a beautiful electric bike that you can hardly tell is electric. Packed inside the downtube is a 36v 9.6 ah battery with cells made by LG. LG cells are special because they have a perfect balance of power, range, and also lifespan. This pack has the trifecta of good battery design, It locks in place with a unique key, it can charge the battery both on and off the bike and it fits flush inside the otherwise unused space. These batteries power the 350w rear hub motor tucked in the middle of the back wheel. With this kind of power, the pedal assist function on the Soltera makes quick work of short hills with punch in every turn of the pedals. And if you don’t want to turn the pedals, and would rather let the motor do the heavy lifting, Aventon has you covered by adding a throttle on demand function to this bike. This is a well thought-out feature, as it lets you challenge steep hills, regardless of your mechanical gear.
I gotta spend a bit more time on the electric system, because there’s more to cover. The Aventon Soltera keeps you in control with a backlit, multi-color LCD display. The clarity and beauty of this display still gets to me, it stands out among the crowd. The speed display is front and center, the battery display is vibrant, and all the health and tracking metrics are yours at the press of a button. Also unique among this class of eBike, is the higher tier remote buttons for operating the display. Not seen on many discount bikes in this price range, this keeps your hand on the bars, and your eyes on the road, which is huge for safety and enjoyment.
OK, one last electronic feature, and we’ve saved the best for last. The Aventon Soltera features a bright LED front light tucked in front of the display, as well as red colored rear lights that are built into the frame itself. This is so cool! You wouldn’t know it unless you look, but these lights are super bright, and they not only shine right where it counts, but they literally get in the way of nothing. You can still mount accessories on the rear of the bike, there’s no AAA batteries or risk of theft… this is just so right in so many ways.
We’re finally ready to get into the mechanical parts on this bike, which showcases flexibility in the brand. The soltera can be equipped with either a single speed or a 7 speed derailer. The derailer upgrade adds a 7 speed shimano tourney with an [[[ 14-36T freewheel ]]]. While the single speed will save you a few bucks, and clean up the look, there is a case to be made for the upgrade option. That $100 gearing upgrade also gets you a set of disc brakes. The single speed version shown here is rockin’ the old favorite, rim brakes. Either option might work well for your situation, if you want a classy look, and save a few bucks, then by all means, stick with the single speed. On the other hand if you want more hill climbing capability and some great brakes to get down the hill, then an upgrade may be in your future.
Let’s talk about a few more perks of the ride that land on either gearing setup you choose. The soltera is rockin’ reflective stripes on the 700c tires. These slim and sturdy tires get plenty of efficient miles ahead, and the reflective stripe helps illuminate from vehicles pointed towards your side. While these tires aren’t the most comfortable out there, they do offer a lightweight and glide-worthy design, complemented very nicely by the thin wheels. Underneath the top tube you’ll notice a couple of mounting points for a water bottle, toolkit, pump, or anything else you need to ride further and better. Internal routing of the electric and mechanical cables means that your bike is protected from road debris and splash damage, but it also serves to clean up the look of the bike, even when selecting a brighter color. Two other smaller points are the quick release seat post, and the athletic saddle that we will get to know better, once we start the ride.
Really the only thing left at this point is the handlebars, which, out of all the amazing things on this bike, something has to follow suit, and it’s the bars. The grips are on par, and the slight rise gives a touch of comfort on an otherwise stiff bike.
The Soltera is coming in at $1,199 for the single speed, and a small $100 upgrade for both the disc brakes and the 7-speed derailer. You can choose between 3 colors, and Aventon also has two distinct sizes, medium and large. On top of all this! Aventon still has more up their sleeve, you can check out their accessory line for color options on compatible pedals, bags, helmets, mirrors, and a wealth of other items to spruce up your ride. Last but not least, Aventon is offering financing through a partner on their website, and a 1 year warranty for added support.
Overall, the Aventon Soltera is a gorgeous bike with surprising features and benefits that help it stand out from the crowd. The added options and upgrades make it tough to pass up, for those looking for a great ride on any street.
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