Aventon Soltera: This is the most beautiful low-cost electric bicycle I’ve tested yet

by Micah Toll

Aventon Soltera tech specs • Motor: 350W continuous rear hub motor • Battery: 36V 10Ah (360 Wh) • Top speed: 20 mph (32 km/h) • Range: 20-63 miles (32-101 km) • Weight: 41 lb (18.5 kg) • Frame: Aluminum • Load capacity: 300 lb (136 kg)

Aventon Soltera specs (cont'd) • Brakes: Mechanical rim brakes (single speed) or mechanical disc brakes (7 speed) • Tires: 700c x 35 • Price: $1,199 with free shipping • Extras: Color LCD screen, integrated tail lights and bar-mounted headlight, left-side thumb throttle, available in single-speed or 7-speed, two frame sizes, two frame styles (step-over and step-through), mounting hardpoints for accessories, kickstand.

The Soltera, which I tested in the single-speed variety but also comes in a 7-speed option, is a beauty to behold.

I tested the Azure Blue model, which has some red and white accents that give it a real Frenchy vibe.

But beyond the paint job, the construction of the bike is exquisite. The welds are so smooth that the frame almost looks as if it was cast in one piece.

The electrical wiring and brake lines are neatly routed inside the frame tubes. The tail lights are incorporated directly into the frame, hidden in the seat stay tubes and illuminating on either side of the rear wheel like true vehicle lights.