Aventon rolls out some tasty upgrades with the new Sinch.2, the second generation of the Southern California brand’s fat-tire step-through folding e-bike.
From our perspective, the most exciting update is the addition of torque sensing to the bike’s hub-drive system. Its predecessor was equipped only with cadence sensing, which typically brings with it less-than-immediate activation of pedal assist, sudden surges of assist, and carry-over assist once the rider stops pedaling. The new torque-sensing bike promises a more immediate and measured response to pedal inputs and an overall improved and natural-feeling ride experience.
Last year Aventon added torque sensing in updating its Level commuter model, which greatly improved pedaling quality. (Check out our hands-on review of the Aventon Level.2 Commuter.)
What’s new on the Sinch.2
A rear rack capable of carrying up to 55 lbs now comes as standard equipment – no add-on accessory is needed now. The Sinch.2 also gets new turn signals integrated into its frame–integrated rear lighting, which includes brake flashing too. Additionally, the e-bike’s throttle is now integrated with the shifter on the right side of the handlebars.
Aventon ships the Sinch.2 as a Class 2 e-bike with both throttle and pedal assist up to 20 mph. Customers in areas where Class 2 e-bikes are highly restricted can remove the throttle to convert the Sinch.2 to Class 1 status, but the drive system’s pedal assist is not upgradeable above 20 mph to make it a Class 3 bike.
Powering the bike is a removable 672Wh frame-integrated lithium-ion battery with LG cells. Aventon says riders can expect up to 55 miles on pedal assist and 22 miles using the throttle only. Of course, real-world range will vary depending on rider weight, topography, weather, surface quality, and other factors.
Folding down the bike’s handlebar mast and unlocking the frame hinge, the Sinch.2 collapses down to dimensions of 46” x 28” x 30” to store in tight spaces. Commuters planning to carry the bike onto public transit should keep in mind that wheeling the bike in its folded state will require managing its 68 pounds of total weight.
The Aventon Sinch.2 is available now in Sapphire Blue and Quick Silver colors at an MSRP of $1,799, up from $1,599 for the original Sinch -step-through folder.
For more information or to purchase, visit aventon.com.