Put this new cherry red e-bike on your Christmas list, STAT
Christmas is almost 10 months away on the regular calendar, but on the Clean Technica zero-emission personal mobility calendar, Christmas began on February 22, when Los Angeles-based company Aventon launched a sleek new version of its Sinch folding electric bike that will satisfy the craving for a carbon-free ride without the expense of an electric car, and it’s also available in cherry red.
Let’s get to know the company Aventon E-Bike
If Aventon doesn’t tell you anything, it soon will. Clean Technica owngave the company two different slots in its overview of the best electric bikes and motorcycles for 2022.
Here’s what Jo had to say about the first iteration of the Aventon Sinch folding electric bike, in the fat folding tire category:
“I rode the Aventon Sinch for the first time at the Electrify Expo in Orange County last year, and it really surprised me. Folded up, it’s bigger than you think. On the go, it feels chunky and fun – if you’ve ever driven a Honda Ruckus, you’ll get it straight away. It’s a silly, fun bike that soaks up uneven surfaces and sandy beaches with ease, but won’t break the bank. What more ? »
In the utility bike category, Jo cited Kyle Field and Derek Markham of Clean Technica on the Aventure Adventure e-bike, calling it an “absolute bike tank” and “an excellent midlife crisis motorcycle” respectively.
This is a great bike for city riding…
Jo may want to add the new Aventon Soltera electric bike to the “best bikes” list whenever it updates. I had the chance to ride a Soltera last week, which is the company’s full-size, non-folding, diamond-framed e-bike. The Soltera isn’t dumb, chunky, tanky, or midlife-crisis, but it’s definitely fun, powerful, and more fun.
“Imagine the aggressive driving style you expect from a single-speed [or: fixed bike], but on an electric bike,” enthuses the company. “The more aggressive design gives riders more control and improved agility while weaving through city obstacles.”
… And also to get back to nature
This bike is a partial knockout of the semi-straddle asymmetric frame, especially when it comes in a juicy seafoam green. It begs to be shown on city streets, but the single-speed action does a great job on back roads too, which I found out because the Soltera arrived in the courier on my doorstep in the dead of winter, which put the kibosh on my usual 20-mile out-and-back commuter trial for e-bikes. It would have been the perfect opportunity to put the bike to the test of its urban rhythms, but there is a self-imposed ground of 40 degrees Fahrenheit, in dry weather on this route, taking into account the traffic along a busy suburban city-to-city route with trucks, buses and no bike lanes.
Still, there’s only been so long you can keep a seafoam green e-bike in a cardboard box in the basement. As soon as temperatures hit 30 degrees last weekend, I threw it in with the nice set of tools that came with it. It went pretty quickly, partly because the headlight was already attached. The rear light is actually two lights cleverly integrated into the rear fork, which is a real bonus.
I got on board then realized I had kind of tightened everything up with the front fork flipped over even though it was clearly marked ‘left’ and ‘right’ so I fixed that with the nice set of ‘tools and I managed to get on the road before the sun set on the Hill of Doom, which is a long, steep, straight uphill section at the start of a 13 mile dual carriageway which loops around a nature reserve near my home.
The Soltera looks like a purring tiger on an e-bike and the Cursed Hill proves it. The bike cycles through the power modes effortlessly and gives you a punchy, springy ride down those skinny tires. I didn’t even notice the lack of shifting, and when I got home I still had close to 80% battery in hand, even after heavy use of the electric motor on the climbs.
By the way, for us petite riders, this diamond frame trend in bike design is the best thing since sliced bread. Things were different back when diamond frames were strictly for girls. Boys wouldn’t ride a diamond frame bike or they might turn into girls. This may sound really stupid, but that’s how people thought back then. Apparently the original idea was to maximize the drape of long skirts that girls once wore, and the idea stuck around for decades after skirts got shorter and it was acceptable for girls to ride bikes in pants, like the boys. .
That was then, and nowadays, everyone rides diamond frame bikes of any size. It doesn’t matter how small you are (well, within certain limits). I’m 5’3″ and the full size Soltera fit me perfectly. The seat is adjustable with a clamp, and Soltera designed its clamp to provide a non-slip grip without having to apply great effort.
Now, about that step-by-step folding sinch…
I was so excited to hit the road with the Soltera that I didn’t bother to read the instructions to unlock the throttle. Well, the power modes alone were so satisfying that I didn’t miss it on the 13-mile loop, Hill of Doom or not. However, I like to use a throttle to navigate traffic, so stay tuned for a follow-up review involving this 20-mile city-to-city trip without bike lanes and a throttle.
In the meantime, Aventon has already come out with another new e-bike we’ve been dying to try, and it’s the new step-by-step version of the Sinch folding fat tire.
Here is the company summary:
“The powerful motor and stealth-integrated battery mean you’ll never run out of power, and 5 levels of pedal assist and a no-frills, no-pedal throttle means you can go as hard or as light as you want. The chunky 20″ x 4” tires take you anywhere and provide excellent stability, whether on pavement or on the trails. Trust the tires under your foldable e-bike when you go where your heart takes you with confidence .
It’s all true! Well, based on the ride of the Soltera, that’s definitely what I’d expect from the folding Sinch.
Here’s what you get for an MSRP of $1,799, a few clams more than the single-speed Solterra, but worth it for the flexibility of seven gears and the convenience of storing or transporting your e-bike when the going gets tough. space is limited:
— Motor: 48V, 500W Brushless rear hub motor
— Display: BC280 LCD color display with backlight, with app connectivity
— Brakes: mechanical disc brakes
— Weight: 68 pounds.
— Transmission: 7 speeds
— Frame type: double butted 6061 aluminum alloy with internal battery
— Tires: 20″ X 4.0″
— Assistance: Accelerator + pedal assistance modes
— 20 mph
– Average battery life of 40 miles
If you don’t like cherry red, the new e-bike also comes in a respectable dark green hue.
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Pictured: Sinch Folding Electric Bike in Cherry Red (courtesy Aventon).
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