Hiya Warren. Second post, first day here. I just finished assembling my Aventon Aventure a half hour ago and have just completed my test ride around my neighborhood. This is my first ebike, first bike with disc brakes, first bike that weighs more than 30 pounds, Please factor in my ebike noob status in considering my comments, but likewise I've been mountain biking for about 35 years, so am not new to bikes.
Where to start? I'll start with the good. I had never ridden any ebike prior to my first ride on my Aventure that concluded 10 minutes ago. Things I liked were the noticeable boost even on pedal assist mode 1. Not subtle at all and at least from a first timer it put a smile on my face. The frame is relatively well made. The online assembly instructions were decent. The bike worked well enough to test straight out of the box (though I am going to have my local shop, which is an Aventon affiliated dealer, check my assembly and the torque of all the nuts and bolts I messed with.
Now the "just okay". The packing was adequate, though only just adequate (mine had obviously been dropped as the lower front of the bok was split and had been repaired with tape, the white plastic protector on the fork stem above the three spacers was shattered and piece of plastic had wedged between the top spacer and fork head tube. The front brake caliper spacer was rattling around loose in the box, so I'm not sure the front pads are contacting the disc evenly.
The "not okay" or "not sure I like this" next. The riding position will take me some getting used to. On every other bike I own or have ever ridden, I am somewhat stretched out over the top tube. I'm not a big guy at 5'9" and 175# with size 10 shoes, yet at low speed with my feet on the pedals the front wheel and fender contact the toe box of my shoes if I make a sharpish turn. I sit very upright on the Aventure which will suck for aerodynamics on the very windy afternoons I experience around here. I am torso-limbs disproportionate with very long arms and legs relative to my compact torso, which could be a factor. The cheap white box derailleur (in place of the Acera, which is plenty low end already on a $2k product) doesn't even have a barrel adjuster and the tune from the factory is off a bit, leaving me to fuss with the barrel adjuster at the shifter. I prefer adjusting the barrel adjuster at the derailleur. I also think the rear upshift and downshift travel limits need adjusting as it looks like I can almost get the chain to hop the small cog and hit the rear stay an hop the large cog and hit the dropout.
As a total noob to ebikes, I will give it some time. It's charging now and I am headed into the shop to add some air to the tires. More to come. Oh I should add my frame is a Medium, so the geometry gripe isn't because I chose too small of a frame. And a question for you. I am riding mostly om badly maintained rural roads through vineyard marshland in the California Wine Country. I will be using the bike to get to and from my favorite Mayacamas Mountains trailhead for hikes (about 20 miles from my house) 4 times a week. I'm not sure what to set the tire pressure to. With so much air volume and a suspension fork, I'm inclined to pump em up pretty good for lower rolling resistance given that most of my distance will be on hard pack gravel and bad asphalt. What do you think? (I just pumped the rear up to 40 psi and quit; 4" tires take a LOT longer to inflate than 2-inchers!).