Ride1Up vs Aventon | Understanding the Differences

Ride1Up vs Aventon

There are companies in the ebike space that sell very similar looking ebikes. This makes it difficult for prospective ebike customers to compare across the different models to ensure they get the right ebike. This review is self-serving as I wanted to better understand Ride1Up vs Aventon electric bikes.

n this comparison, we’ll focus on the Ride1Up Turris, Ride1Up 700 Series, and Ride1Up LMT’D. I will compare these specs to the Aventon Pace 500, and the Aventon Level 2.

Brand Differences and Similarities

Note that Aventon also sells the Sinch, a fat tire foldable electric bike. Ride1Up focuses solely on selling typical-styled bike frames. In addition to the Ride1Up models in this review, you may also want to check out the Ride1Up Roadster V2, a lightweight single-speed or the Ride1Up LMT’D, a higher priced model from Ride1Up with a torque sensor. I’ve reviewed the LMT’D extensively on my YouTube channel. For the purposes of comparing Ride1Up vs Aventon in this article, I’ll focus on the models from each company that come in at similar price-points.

A major difference is Aventon electric bikes are sold through a network of dealers as well as online. This is great for those who want to test out the electric bike before making a purchase. Ride1Up operates solely as a direct to consumer business to offer the best pricing to consumers (you’ll see this play out below in the comparison below). If you do end up deciding on an ebike from Ride1Up, check out their Facebook group to see if anyone in your local area has one you can test ride. The Ride1Up Facebook group is also a great resource for troubleshooting. Of course, you also have Ride1Up’s support team which in my experience is very responsive.

What I really like about both Aventon and Ride1Up ebikes is they are using battery cases by a company called Reention. This means that in theory, you don’t need to purchase a battery directly from either ebike company. Some manufacturers use their own proprietary battery pack, meaning you are beholden to that electric bike brand unless you overhaul the battery system with a new one. This alleviates some of the concerns. For instance, whether an ebike company will be around for the long haul when you need a battery or if they even stock the batteries down the line.

Ride1Up advertises the battery cases they are using such as the Reention Eel Pro (Core-5), Reention Dorado ID Plus (500 Series) and the Reention Rhino (700 Series). I believe these packs are same used on the Aventon ebikes but you should confirm this.

As far as frames go, Ride1Up uses extruded aluminum frames as opposed to Aventon who uses hydroformed aluminum frames. If you look closely you can spot the differences in the ways the Aventon frames are shaped and this process is to ensure more strength at certain points around the bike. Welds have are also smoothed on the Aventon for a really clean look. If you’re someone who pays attention to the details this might be something to consider. I’ve also been told that Aventon owns their own factory, but I have not confirmed this.

Another key difference between Ride1Up and Aventon is that the throttle on Aventon ebikes does not operate from a standing start. On Ride1Up ebikes you have access to the throttle at any time. This means that you may have to downshift on an Aventon before stopping so when you start back up again you can get a half pedal stroke, at which point the throttle is accessible. This could be regarded as a safety feature but in my opinion, it is a frustrating feature, particularly when starting on an uphill slope – when the throttle is helpful to get going.

Aventon Pace 350 vs Aventon Pace 500 vs Ride1Up Core-5 vs Ride1Up 500 Series

To make things even more confusing, both Aventon and Ride1Up offer an ebike with 500 in the name. Taking a deeper look into the specifications you can more easily spot the differences. For the purposes of this article, I kept looked at a few key specs so you can better understand what each model has to offer. If you’re looking for the full specs, be sure to check out each model’s specific product page.

One of the main benefits of the Aventon Pace 350 and Pace 500 is the variety of frame sizes as well as the increased sized disc brake rotors on both models. But these are perhaps the only advantages of Aventon over Ride1Up. The Aventon Pace 350 and Ride1Up Core-5 are identically priced, but the Core-5 is far superior with its 48 volt system, larger battery and a much more powerful motor.

When comparing the Aventon Pace 500 to the Ride1Up 500 Series you’ll note that the Aventon Pace 500 is 4 pounds lighter and also has hydraulic disc brakes. While I prefer hydraulic disc brakes, the Ride1Up 500 Series is $200 cheaper than the Aventon Pace 500. Plus the Ride1Up 500 Series sports a front suspension fork and a slightly larger battery (likely making up a majority of the 4 pound weight difference). My advice is to save the $200 and upgrade the brakes down the road if desired.

Aventon Pace 350Aventon Pace 500Ride1Up Core-5Ride1Up 500 Series
Weight46 lbs49 lbs48 lbs53 lbs
Battery36V, 11.6Ah (417.6Wh) with Samsung Cells48V, 11.6Ah (556.8Wh) with Samsung Cells48V, 10.4ah (499.2Wh) Reention Eel Pro LG Cells, Smart BMS48V, 13AH (624 Wh) Reention Dorado ID Plus
Motor350W, 36V Brushless Rear Hub Motor750W (Peak), 500W (Sustained)800w (peak) 500W (sustained) geared Shengyi motor, 56nm torque800w (peak) 500W (sustained) geared Shengyi motor with 56nm torque
DrivetrainShimano Tourney 7 SpeedShimano Altus 8 SpeedShimano Altus 7 SpeedShimano Acera 7 Speed
BrakesTektro Mechanical Disc, 180 mm rotors w/ electronic motor shutoffTektro HD-T285 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotors w/ electronic motor shutoffTektro Mechanical Disc, 160 mm rotors w/ electronic motor shutoffTektro Aries Mechanical Disc w/ electronic motor shutoff
TiresKenda Kwick Seven 27.5″ x 2.2″27.5″ x 2.2″ Kenda Kwick SevenKenda Kwick Seven 27.5”x2.2Kenda Kwick Seven 27.5″x2.2″
ForkRigidRigidRigid100mm travel coil suspension fork (Suntour XCT)
Ebike ClassClass 2 (up to 20 mph)Class 3 (up to 28 mph)Class 3 (up to 28 mph)Class 3 (up to 28mph)
LightsN/AN/AN/AIntegrated headlight
FrameMedium/Small – Step Through OnlySmall/Medium/Large – high step or step throughOne size – high step or step throughOne size – high step or step through
DisplayLarge backlit display black/whiteLarge backlit display black/whiteSmall black/white displaySmall black/white display

Aventon Level vs Ride1Up 700 Series

When it comes to the Aventon Level and Ride1Up 700 Series, the differences are more subtle. They even look *almost* identical. Same weight, similar motors, and even the exact same battery capacity. Both ebikes have hydraulic disc brakes though the Aventon has larger rotors for increased stopping power. It also has an 8 speed derailleur as opposed to a 7 speed on the 700 Series. The Ride1Up 700 Series has slightly wider tires and I do like the Schwalbe Super Moto tires quite a bit. Note that I do not have experience with the Kenda Kwicks.

Another difference to be aware of is the different sized displays between Ride1Up and Aventon. All Aventon ebikes sport a large black/white LCD display whereas Ride1Up takes a little more minimalistic approach. The 700 Series in particular has a nice color LCD. This is going to come down to personal preference.

With only $100 difference your decision might just come down to the frame size when considering the Aventon Level vs Ride1Up 700 Series. Ride1Up opts for a one-size-fits-all approach, again to keep costs down. The Aventon Level step through has two options: either small/medium or medium/large. The standard frame has all three options: small, medium and large. It is worth mentioning riding position. The 700 Series Step Through comes with swept back handlebars which offers a more upright riding position.

Aventon LevelRide1Up 700 Series
Weight62 lbs62 lbs
Battery48V, 14Ah (672Wh) with Samsung Cells48V, 14ah (672Wh) Reention Rhino, 52x Samsung 35E Cells, Smart BMS
Motor750W (Peak) 500W (Sustained)800W (peak) 500W (sustained) geared motor with 56nm torque
DrivetrainShimano Acera 8 SpeedShimano Acera 7 Speed
BrakesBengal Ares 3 Hydraulic Disc Brakes, 180mm RotorsShimano Hydraulic Brake, MT200, w/ electronic motor shutoff
Tires27.5″ x 2.2″ Kenda Kwick Drumlin, Ebike Rated, Reflective SidewallsSchwalbe Super Moto X 27.5″ x 2.4″
ForkSuntour Mobie A32, coil spring, thru-axle, 75mm travel, with lockoutMozo Hydraulic Lockout, 100mm Suspension Travel
Ebike ClassClass 3 (up to 28 mph)Class 3 (up to 28 mph)
LightsN/AFront and rear light
FrameSmall/Medium/Large – high step or step through One size – high step or step through
DisplayLarge backlit display black/white2.2″ color LCD
AccessoriesRack and fenders includedRack and fenders included

Final Thoughts: Aventon vs Ride1Up

The biggest consideration on whether to buy an Aventon or a Ride1Up ebike is whether you value the dealer network that Aventon has in place. If taking a test ride and having a dealer near you is important then Aventon might be your best bet. The shop you work with is going to support your Aventon ebike post-purchase.

If you purchase a Ride1Up ebike you may need to call around to other bike shops (or work with a mobile bike shop like Velofix) in order to have your Ride1Up ebike serviced or assembled. This is due to some bike shops wanting to service only the electric bike brands that they sell. I personally believe that bike shops will have to adapt their business practices with the immense amount of people purchasing ebikes. In fact, some already have. If you call around, you are bound to find someone who is willing to accept your business.

If you are handy or have a bike shop that works on any ebike brand then it is hard to compete with Ride1Up’s incredible prices, especially on the lower priced models. Just make sure that the frame size is going to work based on the frame dimensions provided on Ride1Up’s website.

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  1. By now, you have test-ridden both the Aventon Nex-Gen Pace 500 and the Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser. They are essentially at the same price point. I would love your candid advice and thoughts. I know all the differences, having poured over the technical specs. My issue comes down to weight of the bike vs. needed features. If YOU didn’t absolutely require front shocks, but wanted a cruiser style bike (swept back handlebars), which one of THESE TWO brands/models would you get? I will be 69 years old tomorrow, I am 5’10” and 190 lbs. I don’t enjoy lifting my current Aventon Pace 500 into my hitch rack, and it weighs only 49 lbs (a bit more after adding a rack and ThudBuster) vs 52 lbs for the Nex-Gen Pace 500 vs. 65 lbs for the Cafe Cruiser. Also, IF I were to go with the Nex-Gen would you recommend I go for the large frame (I want step-over), or stick with the regular that is “rated” for up to 5’11”?

    1. While the Cafe Cruiser is a fun bike and well built, the Next-Gen Pace is equally well built. So I don’t think either is less equipped than the other. So lets focus on a couple key things you pointed out:

      The jump from 49lbs to 65lbs is not a small amount, and cannot be down played. If you don’t like the 49lbs weight, the 65lbs is going to be a large hinderance. While you could change to a different rack (Saris Door County or 1Up rack with a ramp) could help with this, a new rack is a additional investment. The other key thing you pointed out was wanting swept back handlebars. Really I don’t feel this should be a deal breaker. Handlebars are an easy to add part to any bike. However depending on how swept back you go, cable and hose length for the controls needs to be considered.

      So all in all if you can deal with the extra weight, and are looking for a different feel from your current Pace, the Cafe Cruiser is going to be the pick. However if the weight is that big of a factor, installing swept back bars might be a good “hold-over” solution.

      I would always recommend going with a step-through frame design. The accessibility a of a ST frame cannot be looked down on.

      P.S. Happy Belated Birthday Jim.

  2. Hey thank you for writing this comparison. I’m really leaning towards the step over 700 series but a little concerned about the frame size- I’m almost 5’5 and usually prefer to be a bit higher up but I don’t want to drop $1.5k on a bike that is uncomfortable to commute with. That is what ultimately deterred me from the Himiway Zebra.

    I really want you to say “go for the 700! You will be totally fine!” But I’m reaching out for honesty. What do you suggest?

    1. It does appear that the reach on the Zebra is a bit longer then the 700 series. So there is a good chance that the 700 series will fit you a bit better. Our ultimate recommendation (fitment questions are difficult as every person is different), is to compare the geometry (reach, handlebar height, etc..) of what ever bike you like the fit of now, to the sizing chart on Ride1Up’s website.

      What I can tell you is the step-thru 700 series seems like it is a bit “tighter” fitting then other bikes. So even if you have to install a different stem/handlebar setup, it might be able to be adjusted to fit you a bit better.

      Good luck with you search.

  3. I was looking at the level or the cafe cruiser.The level I would chose the the step over but the cruiser the step thru looks nice. I am 5’5″ 130lbs. whatone has better build quality. I see in a review someone said the cafe cruiser handle bars felt like you were holding onto deer antlers. LOL. Had to laugh at that one.

    1. Aventon and Ride1Up are two brands we recommend to people all the time. And feel that the build quality is very comparable between the two. Are you by chance near any Aventon dealer? Might be worth seeing on in person if you are on the fence.

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