Aventon Aventure vs Rad Power RadRover5

With the release of the Aventure Ebike Aventon is stepping into the exciting and rapidly expanding world of off-road ebikes. Offering just as great and just as comfortable a ride on the trail as they do on the pavement, we’re positive that the fat tire Aventure and Aventure Step-Through are going to quickly ride to the top of their class!

To put this statement in perspective we decided to write up a piece comparing our new addition to the field, the Aventure, with one of the longest standing and, purportedly, best selling electric fat bike in North America, the RadRover5, made by Rad Power Bikes. After all, if you’re going to see how you stack up against the rest you should compare yourself to the best!

There are four sections -lenses, if you will- that we’re going to use when conducting the comparison of these ebikes. The first is going to be a “Stats” or summary section, comparing these two ebikes side-by-side based on their stated performance; something which you might find presented to you as a customer trying to make a decision. The following three sections will cover all the aspects of each ebike in more detail.

 

Winning Specs

Aventure RadRover5

Battery

720Wh

672Wh

Charger

48V 3A

48V 2A

Brake

Hydraulic

Mechanical

Display

Color TFT

LCD

Sizes

3

1

Gears

8

7

Top Speed

Adjustable to 28 mph

Adjustable to 25 mph

App

Yes

No

USB Phone Charge

Yes

No

 

 

stats

How do these two ebikes compare when you look them straight up and down? Viewing their stats side-by-side.

Aventure RadRover5

Motor

750W

750W

Battery

15Ah 720Wh

14Ah 672Wh

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

5 Levels

Throttle

Yes

Yes

Top Speed

20 mph
(adjustable up to 28 mph)

20 mph
(adjustable up to ~25 mph)

Range

45 miles per charge (PAS 2)

45 miles per charge

Size

3 Available: S, M, L

1 Available: 18" frame

Step-Through Model

Yes

2 Sizes: S/M, M/L

Yes

1 Size: 18" frame

Weight

73lb

69lb

Gears

8

7

Lights

Integrated front and rear lights
(with brake light function)

Standard front light, integrated rear light
(with brake light function)

Display

Full Color
App pairing capabilities
USB phone charge

Backlit LCD

Price

$1,899

$1,699

On the cover these ebikes both seem pretty similar and the only items which may raise eyebrows are the slight difference in battery capacity, the app pairing capabilities, and the difference in price. On the above points alone, someone with no brand loyalty may choose what they deem to be the cheaper, "just as good" option. But if you're spending that kind of money, you're really going to want to get down to a bit more of the nitty gritty details. You might now be wondering why one company can produce a product with almost the same stats for 10% less than their competitor. that's exactly what we wondered.

 

Electrical

We started by further exploring the e element of the two ebikes we were comparing. Looking not only at the components of the electrical systems but, in some instances, how the system has been thought out too.

Aventure RadRover5 Comments

Battery

15Ah (720Wh)

14Ah (672Wh)

Having a battery that is 7% larger than the competitor means, simply, that you have more power available and are able to travel further on each charge. To make this extra capacity possible we're using the latest tech; the same battery cells that Tesla are using in their latest electric vehicles. These cells have been designed from the ground up to provide more power, packed into the same size space.

Motor

750W 48V Brushless Rear hub motor

750W 48V Brushless Geared hub motor

Our motors are equal, that is the easiest and most truthful way of putting it. Equally powered, both brushless, and positioned in the same place on the ebike.

Pedal Assist

5 Levels of PA

5 Levels of PA

Both even here, each with 5 levels of pedal assist. One thing to remember with this is that each company will program their pedal assist levels to what they believe to be the best for their customers. We just reprogrammed our PA in response to customer feedback, tailoring it more toward what you have said you want from an ebike!

Charger

48V 3 Amp Fast Charger

48V 2 Amp

A charger with a higher amperage means faster charging. Which translates to more time being where you want to be; out on the trail!

LCD Screen

Full Color Display
App pairing capabilities
USB phone charge

Backlit LCD

Both displays show battery charge level, speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, and your pedal assist level. So nothing different there. The Aventure, however, has our first color display fitted and is ready to be linked to the Aventon App so that you can download your statistics and share your rides with your friends and the Aventon community! The display is also equipped with a USB phone charge, so you will be able to charge your phone on the go.

Controller

Hidden

Attached to outside of frame by back

The controller on your ebike is the brains for everything which goes on underneath you as you ride. We have tucked ours away safely inside the frame to ensure it is properly protected from the elements. The RadRover5, however, has theirs strapped to the outside of the frame, right next to the vigorously spinning back tire.

Lights

Integrated front and rear lights (with brake light function)

Standard front light, integrated rear light (with brake light function)

The cables for the Aventure's integrated lights, have been internally integrated to leave less wires hazardously hanging outside. Also, the Aventure's lights do not need to be moved when you add on front and rear cargo holders, the ones of the RadRover5 do.

 

Mechanical

After looking at the e part of these ebikes, we naturally moved onto the bike part of these ebikes.

Aventure RadRover5 Comments

Brakes

Hydraulic (With safety cut off sensor)

Mechanical

Hydraulic disc brakes deliver more power in a smoother fashion than mechanical disc brakes; giving you quicker and smoother stopping capabilities. This makes hydraulic brakes that little bit safer, which can be very important when you’re riding an ebike that accelerates quickly, and is heavier than a regular bicycle.

Gearing

8 Gears

7 Gears

Having 8 gears gives you a greater range than 7, allowing for more flexibility with speed and smoother transitions. Having 8 gears also means that there's a stronger hub design.

Suspension Fork

Zoom Forgo Fork
80mm of travel with lockout

Spring Fork
80 mm of travel with lockout

Besides the use of a name brand fork for the Aventure there is little difference in the mechanical function of these items. They both have 80mm of travel and both have lockout functions so they'll act like regular, stiff forks when you want them to.

Production Method

Hydroforming

Extruded Tubing

Extruding is the production method used to produce the vast majority of products made from aluminum. Hydroforming is the production method used in the automotive and aerospace industries and produces a stronger, more precise final aluminum product.

 

Physical

Finally we sat back and looked at both ebikes as a whole, took in their stature, and looked at the elements which made up each of these machines physique's.

Aventure RadRover5 Comments

Frames

Standard and Step-Through

Standard and Step-Thru

Both ebikes are offered in standard and step through models. However the RadRover5 Step-Thru is only available in one size; both are available in two colors.

Sizes

3 sizes:
S, M, L

1 size:
18" Frame

Here at Aventon we know that one size doesn't fit all, and when ti comes to spending over $1500 on an ebike, you want to make sure it fits you perfectly!

Handlebars

680mm (26.5")

700mm (27.5")

Both of these handlebars are wider than the average bike, providing the rider with extra stability whilst also making the ebike easier to control.

Fenders

Metal fenders

PVC fenders

Simply, the choice of material here affects durability, and, for something that's protecting you, you want the material to be up to the challenge.

Battery

Integrated

Un-Integrated

The battery on the Aventure is stealthily integrated into the frame, whilst the battery on the RadRover5 is simply attached to the frame. You could mistake the Aventure for a regular bike upon first glance, whilst the RadRover screams ebike!

Tires

26"x4" Kenda Krusade reflective wall

26"x4" Kenda Juggernaut, K-shield puncture resistant liner

Both ebikes use 4" wide fat tires, and both have high quality, puncture proof tires made by the highly respected tire manufacturer Kenda.

Cargo

Front and Back

Front and Back

Both these ebikes have the ability to add cargo holders front and back.

 

REAL WORLD RANGE TEST

The range of an ebike will travel on a single charge varies on many different factors such as speed, weight, accelerations, crosswinds, motor exertion and more. Fortunately, we've put the Aventure to the test for you! We tested the ebike under real world conditions to give you a better indication of the Aventure's performance. For this test we rode on 80% flat terrain with a rider weighing approximately 180lbs. Riding the Aventure solely using the throttle at 20 MPH gets you 27 miles of range! Considering that throttle exerts more from the battery, the range only goes higher from there as you move down the pedal assist levels. You can see the real world numbers for yourself.

 

All in All

After putting both ebikes side by side and comparing their stats, it is clear that the Aventure surpasses the RadRover5 both from a performance standpoint and overall components. Additionally, when you begin to look beyond the stats on the page, you will find the subtle yet impactful elements and considerations that went into the design of the Aventure. Someone thought long and hard about the best way to go about each and every single element of that machine.

That attention to detail is a signature of the passion that we here at Aventon put into everything we design, build, and do. It shows through in the final product and we’re very proud of that and this new ebike that we’re so excited to release into the wild! On a final note: we know this isn’t a beauty contest… But tell us which one of these machines you think is the better looking one?

 

Want to see more? Here are other comparisons done by independent reviewers: Citizen Cycle and Electric Bike Report

 


17 comments
Brian P Cook May 18, 2021

After a month of research, I was on the verge of ordering a RadRover, my brother has one and loves his. Hats off to Aventon marketing team as I was going on YouTube one more time to review the RadRover and I get hit with an ad for the Aventon. Aventon put the bike in the right reviewer’s hands and I ordered one, excited for it to arrive.

Now my brother is selling his RadRover and getting an Aventure as well. Cudos Aventon excited to do my bike review!

John Novelli May 24, 2021

I agree, I have a rad rover 5 , the aventon has a more of ebike upgrades, and more advanced, But rad power bikes offer a military discount and first responders. I’m waiting for aventon to offer the same.

Ali Nekumanesh May 24, 2021

I would like to order one

Dennis Oeding June 07, 2021

Like others here, I was ready to purchase a Rad Rover5 when I went to You Tube for another look and came upon a review for the Aventure. After watching several reviews and doing some comparison shopping I decided to order an Aventure. The price hit my budget and I definitely wanted the disc brakes. Plus, the Aventure has an overall cleaner look with the hidden controller and integrated battery.
I’M SO EXCITED! I ordered my Aventure on 5/24 and the anticipated shipping date was 6/30. Well, I received a text today that my Aventure has shipped, 3 weeks early! I can’t wait to get it assembled and hit the trail with my new bike.

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