What are some better options than the Aventon Soltera? This e-bike, with its sporty frame and slender profile, offers a host of features for those looking to get into biking without breaking the bank. But with the wealth of options out there, you’d do best to consider your choices carefully.
The sleek design and stunning LCD display are just a couple of incredible features of this bike. However, it’s not always up to par for everyone.
If someone told you to buy one as your first e-bike, you definitely wouldn’t be making a bad choice. However, when it comes to specific use cases or particular qualities, there are better options than the Aventon Soltera. So, let’s dig into a few of them.
Aventon Soltera: A Quick Recap
Ok, before we start talking about all of the better options than the Aventon Soltera, we should recap a bit about the bike itself.
We’ll make this quick since we already tested and reviewed the Aventon Soltera here. Basically, it’s an overall great bike and an excellent value for the money.
It stands out with its sporty-looking and rigid frame. Available in a multitude of bright colors, the Aventon Soltera looks fast and backs up its appearance. Plus, since the battery is integrated into the frame, you can’t even tell it’s an e-bike.
But there are still a few reasons not to buy the Soltera. It is lacking in a few key areas, such as battery life and ergonomics, that make it a poor choice for many. To add to that, other e-bike models offer a tempting array of price-to-performance to give the Soltera a run for its money.
Better Tires: RadRover 6 Plus
The RadRover 6 Plus, manufactured by RadPower Bikes, is a great choice for those looking to maximize their e-bike’s tire and grip capabilities.
The Aventon Soltera has a decent tire spec. However, it’s pretty standard and, in all honesty, on the slim side. These types of tires can be more desirable for some, but a larger, fatter tire is more desirable if you’re going over multiple types of terrain. That’s where the RadRover 6 Plus comes in with its 26×4” thick fat tires.
It is possible to trade out tires on any e-bike that you choose, but depending on the model, you are likely to be severely limited in your options. Not to mention the additional costs associated with getting different tires put on.
Getting a flat tire when you’re out biking, sometimes miles away from home, really sucks. If it’s ever happened to you, then you’ll appreciate the feeling of defeat when you have to pedal your heavy e-bike back home with no air in your tires.
It may come as a surprise to you, but bike tires aren’t cheap, especially high-quality tires. The RadRover 6 Plus already comes with puncture-resistant, thick tires.
In addition to an exceptional tire feature, the RadRover 6 Plus has an incredible 275-pound weight limit and comes in two different styles to accommodate a wide range of heights and preferences.
At a starting price of $1,399, it’s not cheaper than the Aventon Soltera, but it is well worth the price for those in need of reliably long-range and great tires.
Less Expensive: ASOMTOM RV1 High-Performance Electric Hybrid Bike
While the Aventon Soltera is certainly not one of the more expensive e-bikes on the market right now, it’s still going to hurt your wallet a little to bring it home. It comes with a $1,199 price tag to start with, which may still be out of the range for some people.
Fortunately, there are many less expensive e-bike alternatives, such as ASOMTOM’s RV1 High-performance Electric Hybrid Bike.
This is one of the cheapest options out there for an electric bike, but don’t think that they sacrificed quality to achieve the low price of $899. If you can find it on sale, even better!
Despite the low price, the performance is still incredible. This bike comes with a 45+ mile range as well as a backlit LCD display for optimal viewing on your nighttime rides.
You have the option of switching in and out of “electric mode” for when you want a better workout or you can keep electric mode on for a more leisurely ride, hence the ‘hybrid’ part of the name.
Other notable features of the RV1 High-performance Electric Hybrid Bike include a removable battery, a full charge in as little as three hours, puncture-resistant tires, five levels of pedal assistance, and so much more. If you’re in need of an e-bike that won’t break the bank, this would be an excellent choice to make.
Faster Speed: Ride1Up Prodigy
Before we dive into this one, just a friendly reminder to check out your local e-bike speed laws for optimal safety and so you don’t get in trouble.
With that said, the Aventon Soltera has a maximum speed of about 20 mph. This is pretty standard for an e-bike, and faster than most people often go on their e-bikes, but if that’s not enough to soothe your need for speed, you’ll love the Ride1Up Prodigy e-bike.
This is a class 3 electric bike with a top speed of 28 mph, if that’s not fast enough for you, you may be better off with a motorcycle at this point.
In addition to incredible speed, the Ride1Up Prodigy has a range of 30-50 miles depending on a variety of factors, but certainly not if you’re going full speed the whole time. They also offer three different design options, including one with a front suspension for the most comfortable ride.
The bike itself weighs about 50 pounds for ease of transportation but has a carrying capacity of an impressive 300 pounds total. If all of those features weren’t enough, they’ve got literally dozens of others listed on their website for you to explore.
Some other highlights include an ultra-bright headlight, a 9-speed trigger shifter, and ergonomic comfort designs everywhere you could think of for “the most comfortable ride ever.” At a price of $2,295, this is an incredible deal for everything this e-bike has to offer.
Better Versatility: Blix Vika+ Flex
The Aventon Soltera is one of the lighter e-bikes on the market right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the easiest to transport.
For those looking to travel with their e-bikes, there are better options than the Avention Soltera, especially if you’re working with limited space in the home or their office. Unlike any other bike on this list, the Vika+ Flex is a foldable e-bike for optimal storage.
The Vika+ Flex fits a wide range of heights in its riders and has a range of up to 45 miles. It has integrated front and rear brake lights as well as a digital display with all of the necessary information you might need to know on your ride and also provides USB charging for your phone.
The primary feature is, of course, the fact that the Vika+ Flex can fold down to an incredible 36x21x28.5 inches. And they even offer a carrying case for maximum protection and support.
Despite a slew of other incredible features and even battery accessory options, you may be wondering if this bike can keep up with the rest of this list.
Well, it has a carrying capacity of 270 pounds, an 8-speed shifter, a 6-hour full battery charging time, and so much more. Blix did not compromise durability or safety for the sake of a foldable bike, and with it only weighing 47.5 pounds without the battery, it’s much easier to carry than most.
The Vika+ Flex has a starting price of $1,899. If you need something versatile, this is the best option.
Larger Cargo Capacity: Lectric Bike’s Xpedition Cargo E-Bike
The Aventon Soltera has an impressive cargo capacity given its size and capabilities, but not much can compare in the cargo department to the Xpedition Cargo Bike from Electric Bike.
The 200-300 pound range is pretty typical for most e-bikes on the market today. But if you want a massive carrying capacity, there are better options than the Aventon Soltera.
The Xpedition Cargo Bike comes with an incredible 450-pound cargo limit. This alone makes it a primary contender against the Soltera in terms of cargo-carrying capacity.
The Xpedition Cargo Bike comes with an integrated rear rack already attached for you, and that alone has a weight capacity of 300 pounds.
This is an ideal e-bike for riders with kids, delivery drivers with large or heavy loads, or even for those commuters with an extra large grocery haul to get back home in one piece. Despite its impressive carrying capacity, it only weighs 68 pounds and has a foldable stem for compact storage wherever you need it.
In addition to all of the above features, the Xpedition Cargo Bike comes with an LCD display, the option of a dual battery upgrade, and an impressive 75-mile pedal-assisted range, as well as many other impressive specs.
You can also purchase numerous accessories for this bike to help accommodate any other riders or loads you might be carrying for optimal safety. Despite all of these incredible offerings, this bike is only $1,399 for the single-battery model. This one is an absolute steal for anyone in need of a large carrying capacity on an e-bike.
Better Range: Electric Bike Co New Model J
This bike is brand new to the market. Production just started, so there isn’t much hands-on information yet. However, this bike has one of the most impressive ranges of class 3 electric bikes for a fraction of the price a bike with this range would commonly go for.
As a quick recap, the Aventon Soltera has a maximum range of about 41 miles, but upon testing, many test users found this to only be the case some of the time, even on the lowest pedal assistance setting.
The New Model J has a starting range of 65 miles on one full charge, but you can choose to upgrade your battery and get an incredible 150-mile range on a single charge.
It has a maximum speed of 28 mph, which is standard for a class 3 electric bike but is still worth noting, given the low price. As if the range and speed weren’t enough, Electric Bike Co offers one of the most competitive warranties of any electric bike.
The battery alone, regardless of which one you choose, has a 5-year warranty. The motor has a 10-year warranty. This is pretty impressive given that most e-bikes come with a 1-year warranty max.
If none of those features were enough to impress you, I’m not sure what would. But other notable specs include full customization of your bike, from color to accessories and everything in between, puncture-resistant reflective tires, a color LCD display with a USB charging port, and a maximum weight capacity of 420 pounds.
If you are impressed by nothing else, this bike starts at a price of $1,199. That is an absolute steal in the e-bike world, and this one will be worth every penny.
Better Accessories: REI Co-op Cycles CTY e1.1
The Aventon Soltera is advertised as a minimalistic electric bike, and the accessories that come standard and that are offered as extra on the website live up to that expectation.
This can certainly be desirable for those riders just wanting a bike without all the bells and whistles, but if you find you want to add on more later, you may wind up wishing you had gotten a bike with better accessorizing options.
That’s where REI Co-op’s Cycles CTY e1.1 electric bike comes in. Thanks to its durable and stylish models, REI is very well-respected in the e-bike community. This bike and its offerings are no exception.
The bike itself comes pretty standard with front and rear light offerings, up to 20 mph speed, and a removable battery for ease of charging. However, the accessories are what make this bike really stand out.
There are literally hundreds of accessories to choose from with REI, but some of the highlights include dozens of helmet options, proper bike clothing and shoes for all riders, every bike part you could think of, bike mounts for your car or storage in the garage, fenders for the tires, smartphone holders for the handlebars, various packs, and racks for the bike, and so much more.
But, if you’re just looking for a bike and want to add accessories later, a $1,299 price isn’t a bad decision.
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