The Soltera is a city e-bike for apartment living

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The e-bike is a great integrated transport tool. (Photo: Aventon)
The e-bike is a great integrated transport tool. (Photo: Aventon)
  • Commuter e-bikes make a lot of sense for city dwellers.
  • But you don’t need one with a carbon-fibre frame, suspension and all manner of expensive components.
  • The Aventon Soltera shows how simple is best, for those urban riders who need a bit of help on the uphills.

The most popular application of e-bike technology might be in mountain biking, but the real magic of pedal-assistance happens on a commute.

That mid-drive motor mountain bike might be great at crushing steep climbs and getting you a lot more trail in a shorter amount of time, but with slow-rolling mountain bike tyres, it isn’t the ideal commuter.

As e-bike technology has scaled and evolved, commuter e-bikes have enabled urban riders. Two issues have inhibited the popularity of commuter e-bikes: maintenance and weight.

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Commuter e-bikes must be comfy to carry on stairs. (Photo: Aventon).

E-bikes for urban living

Although e-bike mass isn’t an issue when you are pedalling away, with that battery helping you along, carrying any 25kg e-bike up and down stairs, isn’t fun.

Most battery-assisted mountain bikes, are heavy. Much too heavy, for convenient carrying into buildings.

The solution is a new generation of lightweight commuter e-bikes. Easy to carry up stairs. And with simple drivetrains, that don’t require a lot of maintenance.

Aventon is an e-mobility specialist whose latest offering is the Soltera – an example of the simplified commuter e-bike.

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The Soltera has rim brakes, instead of disc brakes, but at urban commuting speeds, that should not be an issue. (Photo: Aventon)

Making every ride, less of an effort

Available with either a seven-speed transmission or as a nearly zero-maintenance singlespeed, the Soltera has a rear-hub motor. It provides 350W of pedalling-assistance, which is plenty for any urban commute – effectively doubling the power of your pedal inputs.

With a range of 65km on a single charge, the Soltera will flatten those steep inner-city hills and reduce the annoyance of riding home into a powerful headwind. That means you’ll always arrive at a work or social meeting feeling fresh, instead of looking like someone who has been doing hill interval training.

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Commuting in low light, and at night, is made safer with the Soltera's integrated lights. (Photo: Aventon)

Safe early in the morning - or late afternoon

To enhance driver awareness when riding in a heavily trafficked urban environment, the Soltera has wraparound lights on its seatstays. This clever design makes the Solera e-bike visible to traffic from the rear or sides.

It might not be terrifically light at 18.6kg, but the Soltera is a lot less burdensome to hoist onto a shoulder and carry up stairs, than the average battery-assisted mountain bike.

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