Aventon Aventure vs Rad Power RadRover 5 and RadRover 6 Plus

Aventon Aventure vs Rad Power RadRover 5 and RadRover 6 Plus

April 30, 2021

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 RadRover 5, made by Rad Power Bikes. For good measure we've also included the newer, and much more expensive, RadRover 6 Plus in our comparisons. 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 the Aventure side-by-side with both these ebikes 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 that follow will cover all the aspects of each ebike in more detail. But let's first look at the winning specs.

 

Winning Specs

Aventure RadRover 5 RadRover 6 Plus

Battery

720Wh

672Wh

672Wh

Charger

48V 3A

48V 2A

48V 2A

Brake

Hydraulic

Mechanical

Hydraulic

Display

Color TFT

LCD

LCD

Sizes

3

1

1

Gears

8

7

7

Top Speed

Adjustable to 28MPH

Adjustable to 25MPH

20MPH

App

Yes

No

No

USB Phone Charge

Yes

Yes

Optional, sold separately

 

 

stats

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

Aventure RadRover 5 Rad Rover 6 Plus

Motor

750W

750W

750W

Battery

15Ah 720Wh

14Ah 672Wh

14Ah 672Wh

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

5 Levels

5 Levels

Throttle

Yes

Yes

Yes

Top Speed

20 mph
(adjustable up to 28 mph)

20 mph
(adjustable up to ~25 mph)

20 mph
(non-adjustable)

Range

45 miles per charge (PAS 2)

45 miles per charge

45 miles per charge

Size

3 Available: S, M, L

1 Available: 18" frame

1 Available: 17" frame

Step-Through Model

Yes

2 Sizes: S/M, M/L

Yes

1 Size: 18" frame

Yes

1 Size: 14.8" frame

Weight

73lb

69lb

73.4lb

Gears

8

7

7

Lights

Integrated front and rear lights (with brake light function)

Standard front light, integrated rear light (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

Backlit LCD

Price

$1,999

$1,699

$1,999

 

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 two so similar products with quite similar stats to their competitor's product, but with one having a 10% price discount and the other having a 6% price increase. 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 RadRover 5 RadRover 6 Plus Comments

Battery

15Ah (720Wh)

14Ah (672Wh)

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

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

5 Levels of PA

All even here, with each ebike running 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

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

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 RadRover ebikes, however, have none of these capabilities.

Controller

Hidden

Attached to outside of frame by back tire

Hidden

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. When Rad Power Bikes recently designed the RadRover 6 Plus, they decided to rethink their design and hid their controller away too.

Lights

Integrated front and rear lights (with brake light function)

Standard front light, integrated rear light (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 on both Rad Power's ebikes do need to be moved.

 

Mechanical

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

Aventure RadRover 5 RadRover 6 Plus Comments

Brakes

Hydraulic (With safety cut off sensor)

Mechanical

Hydraulic

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

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
80mm of travel with lockout

Spring Fork
60mm of travel with lockout

On the Aventure, we chose a 80mm, name brand fork to provide our customers with comfort through all of their riding days. There is little difference between the mechanical function of the three forks here, and they all have lockout functions so they'll act like stiff forks when you want them too. It cannot, however, go unmentioned that the RadRover 6 Plus is heavier than the other ebikes yet it is equipped with 20% less travel. The worry here is that the shorter fork will "bottom out", giving the rider a highly unappreciated jolt whilst also causing stress on other parts of the ebike and potentially causing the tires to slip out; whilst traveling over exactly the same terrain as the other two ebikes.

Production Method

Hydroforming

Extruded Tubing

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

Aventure RadRover 5 RadRover 6 Plus Comments

Frames

Standard and Step-Through

Standard and Step-Thru

Standard and Step-Thru

All these ebikes are offered in standard and step-through models. However, Rad Power Bikes only offer their Step-Thru models in one size.

Sizes

3 sizes:
S, M, L

1 size:
18" Frame

17" Frame Standard
14.8" Frame Step-Thru

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

Handlebars

680mm (26.5")

700mm (27.5")

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

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

Semi-Integrated

The batter on the Aventure is stealthily integrated into the frame, whilst the battery on both the Rad Power Bikes products are simply attached to the frame; okay one is slightly sunken. You could mistake the Aventure for a regular bike upon first glance, whilst the RadRovers both scream ebike!

Tires

26"x4" Kenda Krusade reflective wall

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

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

These ebikes use 4" wide fat tires, and they are all high quality, puncture proof tires made by the highly respected tire manufacturer Kenda.

Cargo

Front and Back

Front and Back

Front and Back

All 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 lining these ebikes up side-by-side and comparing their stats, it is clear that the Aventure surpasses both the RadRover 5 and the RadRover 6 Plus from a performance standpoint and an overall components level. 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

 


18 comments
Leon May 05, 2021

My wife likes the step thru bits like the teal color better than red.

Michel Levesque May 05, 2021

Where can I purchase this e-bike in Canada ?I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Erik May 17, 2021

I’ve been shopping for ebikes and just came across the Aventure a couple days after it’s release- I was watching Youtube bike reviews and the Aventure caught my interest. After watching several reviews and researching Aventon I decided to go for it and order the Aventure. My wife ordered the Level step through. From what I’ve seen they are a step above offerings from other companies in the same price range. So glad we made the decision to order promptly as it seems they are selling out fast. With luck we will be riding by this weekend.

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!

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