If you’re in the market for an electric bike whether it is for riding faster and further or just to take it easy on the knees or sweat less on your commute, three great options to consider are the RadRover 6, the Aventon Aventure, and the Himiway Cruiser. All the three of them are great fun to ride, but how do they stack up against each other and how can you decide which one to get? In this comparison, we’re going to put them head-to-head against each other in plain English so you can decide which one is better for you.
In a nutshell…
Radrover is a well-established brand with excellent customer support and a proven track record of reliability.
The Aventon Aventure is the newest one on the market of these e-bikes and it offers slightly higher specs and a more avant-garde look at an appealing price point. Thankfully, Aventon is an established brand, so we know that they produce good quality bikes.Electric bikes built for everything and priced for everyone. Shop Rad Power Bikes, America's #1 electric bike brand. Get out. Go further. Ride Rad.
The Himiway Cruiser offers a lot of value for the money and an excellent battery range, but at the cost of a slightly less stylish design. It’s also the one with the highest maximum payload capacity.
The RadRover 6 Plus is a reliable, understated e-bike. It has an excellent reputation and an ever-expanding customer service. It offers great performance at a reasonable price.
The Aventon Aventure is a stylish, well-built fat tire e-bike that offers great performance and excellent range at a very reasonable price. It's great for commuting, running errands, or just to have fun riding a bike
|RadRover 6 Plus||Aventon Aventure||Himiway Cruiser|
|Motor||750W hub motor||750W hub motor (peaks at 1130W)||750W hub motor|
|Top speed||20 MPH||28 MPH||20 MPH|
|Battery||48V 14Ah Semi-integrated||48V 15Ah Integrated||48V 17.5Ah Non-integrated|
|Expected range||45 Mi||45 Mi||35-60 Mi|
|Bike weight||73lbs||73lbs||72 lbs|
|Brakes||Hydraulic disc with 180 mm rotors||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc|
|Front suspension||60 mm travel, adjustable with lockout||80 mm travel with lockout||Adjustable with lockout|
|Rear cogs||Freewheel 11-34T||Cassette 12-32T||Freewheel 14-28T|
|Derailleur||Shimano Altus 7 speed||Shimano Acera 8 speed||Shimano Altus 7 speed|
|Tire size||26” x 4” Kenda||26” x 4”||26” x 4” Kenda|
|Frame sizes available||One size||S, M, L||One size|
Weight, design and build quality
Despite the fact that all the three bikes come in under 2000 dollars, which is considered a budget range in the e-bike world, they offer very good build quality. The frames are stiff and sturdy, and they offer good riding comfort. All of them are in the same weight range, with just a couple of lbs of difference, which is negligible.
RadRover 6 Plus
RadRover has the longest proven track record since they have been around for the longest time. Their bikes have stood the test of time, as the models released a while back still hold up very well if they are kept properly maintained.
The RadPower 6 Plus is a big step forward from the previous model, and it has a semi-integrated battery with a much better-looking design. It’s also a clean-looking bike with some nice touches, such as the rear light integrated into the fender, and it comes with a bell out of the box.
The ergonomic leather grip is a good looking elegant addition to the bike, but it can get a bit slippy when your hands start sweating.
The RadRover has the lowest maximum weight limit at 275 lb, including rider and cargo. This is still sufficient for most people, but if you’re a heavy rider or you just want to carry a lot of cargo, this is something to keep in mind.
The Aventon Aventure, with its frame-integrated battery, is the most modern-looking bike of the three. It has clean-looking lines and some innovative design elements, such as a rear light integrated into the frame.
The Aventure has a 300 lb weight limit, which is a step above the RadRover.
The Aventon also offers the most comprehensive display, which includes comprehensive data and statistics of your ride, including CO2 savings, trees saved, and others. While this is non-essential for the ride, it can offer some encouragement to ride your bike instead of getting in the car.
You also have the most size options (S, M, L) as well as the most color options in the Aventon. I feel like you can actually customize your bike to your body type and your taste better than the other two.
The plastic handlebar grip of the Aventon may appear less comfortable at first, but it offers a superior grip when your hands get slippy from riding.
The Himiway Cruiser has the classic e-bike design with the battery mounted on the frame. In order to save on production costs, it also lacks fenders. This may not be a big problem if you are a fair-weather cyclist, but it is an additional cost if you want to ride in wet and muddy conditions.
You have the same type of elegant grip as on the RadRover, which is less practical when your hands are wet.
The Himiway has the highest maximum weight capacity at 350 lb, which is pretty impressive.
In terms of components, the parts for all of these bikes are sourced from good manufacturers (such as Shimano and Kenda).
All three bikes come with hydraulic disc brakes, providing excellent stopping power combined with their 4” fat tires.
Although supply availability makes it hard to guarantee that all bikes will be supplied with the exact components specified on every single bike, the RadRover 6 Plus and the Himiway Cruiser are likely to be shipped with 7-speed freewheels and Shimano Altus rear derailleurs, which is slightly inferior to the Aventon’s 8-speed cassette and Shimano Acera derailleur.
The RadRover offers the lowest gear ratio, and the best climbing capability when it comes to pedaling. It has the same 26” size wheel as its competitors and a smaller gear ratio which allows you to transmit the most amount of power to the tires.
The Aventon Aventure has the highest available gear ratio, which comes in handy at high speeds, especially when you want to go faster than 20 MPH, which is only possible with pedal assist (the Aventon Aventure is a Class 3 e-bike).
The Himiway Cruiser doesn’t excel in either in high or in low gears, which is another way of saving costs on the bicycle.
Range and speed
All three bikes have 750W rear hub motors. This is plenty enough to tackle hills and do some off-road riding. They are not designed for extreme hills or to replace high-end mountain bikes, but you can do some light double-track without problems.
RadRover 6 Plus
The RadRover 6 cuts off at 20 MPH regardless of whether you pedal or not. If you want to ride faster, it’s all powered by you. It has a slightly smaller battery (48V 14Ah) than the Aventure, but with a slightly tamed motor, it claims to have the same 45-mile range
The Aventon Aventure’s motor peaks at 1130W, which makes it the most capable of the three when some extra power is needed. It offers the most power of the three even when it’s in its lowest setting. You can ride it up to 20 MPH on throttle alone, while it can assist you up to 28 MPH if you want to go faster.
The Aventon has a 48V 15Ah battery with a range of up to 45 miles in optimum conditions. This is sufficient to run your daily errands.
It also offers the fastest charging time with its 3Ah charger (the others have 2Ah chargers).
In order to run on full motor power, you rely on a thumb throttle, whereas the competitors offer twist throttle, which is more familiar and immediately intuitive to most people.
The Himiway Cruiser has the largest battery of them all (48V 17.5Ah), and consequently, it offers the longest range: up to 60 miles on a single charge in ideal conditions. Just like the RadRover 6, the motor doesn’t spin any faster than 20 mph.
All of these three bikes make riding so much fun and they make the experience of cycling available to people who may not get on a regular bicycle.
If you want the most modern-looking bike with the highest performance, the Aventon Aventure is for you. This is the one that gets me most excited of the three because it offers excellent performance, good range and it’s the most customizable one of them all. It also has the highest spec components, which may just offer a little bit superior performance and longevity.
If you appreciate a well-established brand with an excellent service background and support center, and you don’t mind spending some extra money, the RadRover 6 Plus is for you. It’s not the most exciting bike of the three, but definitely, a very solid choice, which has stood the test of time, and has received a nice upgrade with its latest iteration.
If you are on a strict budget or you want the longest range out of your battery, the Himiway Cruiser is hard to beat. You’re going to miss out on the more modern design, the low and the high gear options, but you’re getting a well-built robust bike. It’s also an excellent choice if you’re a heavy rider or you want to carry a lot of cargo.
All of these three bikes are reasonably priced for what they offer and will give their owners many happy miles in the saddle.
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