Velotric Packer 1 vs. Aventon Abound, A Cargo E-Bike Comparison

A Cargo E-Bike Comparison

When it comes to choosing a reliable and versatile electric cargo bike, the options seem endless. In this blog post, we will compare two of the newest models in the market - the Velotric Packer 1 and the Aventon Abound. Join us as we delve into their features and specifications to help you make an informed decision.

Check out this YouTube comparison between both bikes!

Overview

The Velotric Packer 1 and Aventon Abound share many similarities such as the 750W motor and being a Class 2 e-bike with both throttle and pedal electric assist. 


There are many advantages that the Velotric Packer 1 has though, including


Features

Benefits

More pedal assist levels

Finer control of the speed you want to operate in

Top Speed Unlock possible

Ability to go faster when needed

More range

Ability to go farther from a single charge

Total weight of bike is lighter

Easier handling and maneuverability

Higher rear rack capacity

Ability to carry more cargo or heavier passengers

More gears in derailleur

Enhanced versatility in different situations

Hydraulic Suspension + 30mm more travel

Improved comfort for rider and passengers, especially over rough terrain.



The primary advantage the Aventon Abound has it that it uses a torque sensor. Generally torque sensors have a more ‘natural’ riding experience (see our Velotric T1 and Velotric T1 ST series) as it responds to the actual pressure applied on pedals and can be more dynamic. However, cadence sensors are just as reliable and tend to deliver a more consistent level of power. Due to Velotric Packer 1’s presumed primary use of carrying cargo and passengers, as well as the frequent use of the thumb throttle for cruising, the Velotric Packer 1 opts for a cadence sensor for a reliable performance and to save costs for a buyer.


We will go more into detail into the specific areas of the bike, but overall, both bikes offer quite a similar package and are great cargo e-bikes, but the Velotric Packer 1 comes at $400 less.


Velotric Packer 1

Aventon Abound

Motor

750W (Sustained), 

1200W (Peak)

750W (Sustained)

Battery

692Wh with LG 21700 cells 

*(max capacity 720Wh)

692Wh with LG 21700 cells 

*(max capacity 720Wh) 

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

4 Levels

Sensor

Cadence/Speed

Torque

Throttle

Thumb Throttle

Thumb Throttle

Top Speed

20 MPH (default)

25 MPH (Unlocked)

20 MPH

Range

Up to 52 miles

Up to 50 Miles

Size Options

1

1

Step-Through

Yes

Yes

Weight

75 lbs

81 lbs

Total Payload Capacity

440 lbs

440 lbs

Rear Rack Payload Capacity

176 lbs

143 lbs

Gears

Shimano 8-Speed

7-speed

Suspension

Hydraulic Front Suspension, 80mm of travel with Lockout

Up to 50 mm of Travel with Lockout

Display

Monochrome Display

Full Color Display w/ App Sync Capabilities

Lights

130 lux Front Light; Integrated Rear Light

Integrated Front and Rear w/ Turn Signal Functionality

Price

$1,999

$2,199

 

Electrical

The electrical drive system is what powers an electric bike. A majority of e-bike manufacturers including Rad Power Bikes and Aventon typically source components from different manufacturers such as BAFANG motors, which saves costs on the R&D of creating a system from scratch, but sacrifices the efficiency of the system, typically resulting in trade-offs such as less range or long-term reliability. 


Velotric is one of the few e-bike manufacturers who have actually developed their own proprietary drive system, which typically results in higher range or other benefits. In the Velotric Packer 1’s case, it’s driven by the Velopower H50 drive system. In addition to the slightly longer range, Velotric Packer 1 also works with Apple Find My™, which allows iOS device users to add their e-bike to their Find My app and track where their Velotric Packer 1 is at any time.



Velotric Packer 1

Aventon Abound

Works with 

Apple Find My™

Yes

No

Sensors

Cadence

Torque

Battery

692Wh with LG 21700 cells 

*(max capacity 720Wh)

692Wh with LG 21700 cells 

*(max capacity 720Wh) 

Motor

750W (Sustained) 

1200W (Peak)

750W (Sustained) 

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

4 Levels

Charger

48V, 3A

48V, 3A

Display

Yes

Yes

Lights

130 Lux Headlight;

Integrated rear rack brake highlight

Integrated front and rear w/ turn signal functionality

USB Charger

Yes

Yes

 


Mechanics

The mechanical components of any e-bike is what ensures that it will actually ride comfortably and safely. In this regard, the Velotric Packer 1 has spared no expense to create a superior e-bike. Particularly the Velotric Packer 1 features a 4-piston hydraulic disc brake which offers double the stopping power of typical 2-piston brakes, which is important given a cargo e-bike’s heavier loads and higher potential in carrying passengers. The additional 30mm of travel of the hydraulic front suspension also means a smoother and more comfortable ride for both rider and passengers, and less bumps for fragile cargo.


Velotric Packer 1

Aventon Abound

Brakes

4-Piston Hydraulic Disc Brake

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Drivetrain

Shimano 8-Speed

7-Speed

Suspension

Hydraulic Front Suspension, 80mm of travel with Lockout

Front Suspension, 50mm travel with Lockout

Front hub

15mm Novatec Thru-Axle

9mm Quick Release

 


Physical

The physical elements of any bike determines what the bike can do and who it is best used for. For a cargo e-bike, weight capacity and accessibility play an important role.


Both cargo e-bikes herefeature a step-through frame, which ensures an easier mounting experience, especially given that both bikes are one size only. Both bikes will fit a wide range of heights and the same total payload capacity of 440 lbs, however on some key aspects the Velotric Packer 1 does have some advantages, such as its overall lower weight, higher rear rack payload capacity and an included waterproof TSA lock storage bag. 


Velotric Packer 1

Aventon Abound

Frame

Step-Through

Step-Through

Size and Fit

5'3'' ~ 6'6''

4’11 - 6’3”

Colors

2

2

Seat

Velotric urban comfort ergonomic seat

Dropper Seatpost

Weight

75 lbs

81 lbs

Total Payload Capacity

440 lbs

440 lbs

Rear Rack Capacity

176 lbs

143 lbs

Integrated Battery

Yes

Yes

Puncture-resistant Tires

Yes

Yes

Storage bag

Yes, comes included. Waterproof, TSA lock storage bag.

No

 


A Better Package at a Lower Price

In this head-to-head comparison between the Velotric Packer 1 and Aventon Abound, we’ve highlighted key features to help you choose according to your preferences and requirements. Ultimately we believe the Velotric Packer 1 of superior value, often offering superior specs at a significantly lower price. 


Looking for a cargo electric bike? Learn more about the Velotric Packer 1 here and give it a try with our 14-day return window and 2-year industry leading warranty.


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