Blix Aveny Skyline E-Bike Review – 2023
Blix Aveny Skyline Review: Overview
Poise, elegance and maybe a little European flair — For an electric bike that costs less than $2,000, the Blix Aveny Skyline has those features (and more) in spades.
In this Blix Aveny Skyline review, we’ll test the mettle of this Dutch-style electric commuter bike, including how well it climbs hills, comes to a stop and even how far you can make it on a single battery charge. Re-released in 2021, the Aveny Skyline is the latest edition of the Aveny model that blurs the line between cruiser comfort and commuter efficiency.
This is the third and final Blix electric bike review Electric Bike Report has done in relatively quick succession, and we’ve learned a few things as we’ve blitzed through much of the Santa Cruz-based company’s lineup: Namely, that simple elegance seems to be the name of Blix’s game. Blix e-bikes are straightforward and lack many of the newfangled frills we see on many other affordable e-bikes. Instead, they’ve clearly invested in quality components, solid geometry and a paint job that’s top-tier.
The Aveny Skyline, in my opinion, is a very well done electric commuter with high-brow styling and an extremely competitive price tag — but that’s not to say it’s faultless. Let’s dive into our real world impressions of the Blix Aveny Skyline.
- Bike feels very poised while riding. It handles predictably, easily and comfortably
- Like the other Blix e-bikes we’ve reviewed, the Aveny Skyline’s paint job is a level above the rest. Paint jobs like this remind me of classic cars.
- The 500W motor accelerates quickly in high PAS settings, but it cruises at a very nice and confidence inspiring speed.
- In a day and age where it’s very difficult to source name-brand parts, we love seeing a full Shimano drivetrain and Tektro brakes.
- This e-bike is very good at being a bicycle. It rolls very easily and is even pretty comfortable to pedal with the motor off. This helps the bike stay efficient and undoubtedly contributes to its impressive battery range.
- The ride is notably smooth for a bike with no suspension. It absorbs road vibrations and bumps nicely.
- Like the other Blix bikes we’ve tested, the Aveny has a remarkably sensitive cadence sensor.
- It’s a one-size-fits-all bike Blix claims will fit riders up to 6’2” but taller riders may feel a bit cramped. I’m 6’1” and still could use a little more seat height with the post maxed out.
- The metal fenders are very pretty, but they do audibly rattle more than plastic. It’s a worthy trade off in our opinion, but worth noting if you want a silent ride.
- Battery: 48V, 12.8Ah (614V)
- Display: LCD
- Motor: 500W rear hub
- Headlight: Integrated
- Taillights: Integrated
- Peal Assist: 5 PAS levels, cadence sensor
- Range: Up to 45 miles,a according to Blix
- Throttle: Thumb throttle on the left side
- Battery weight: 7.2lbs
- Claimed weight: 56.5 lbs
- Real weight: 56.5 lbs
- Maximum rider weight: 270lbs
- Maximum load on rear rack: 55lbs
- Brakes: Tektro Aquila mechanical disk brakes, 160 mm rotors F/R
- Fenders: Painted metal
- Fork: Steel
- Frame: Aluminum
- Drivetrain: 7-speed Shimano Acera, RevoShift twist-type shifter
- Gearing: 48t front chainring and 14-28t cassette
- Grips: Rubber ergonomic
- Saddle: Comfort saddle
- Handlebar: Swept back riser bar
- Kickstand: Included
- Pedals: Included
- Tires: 27.5” x 2.25” puncture resistant, unbranded
Blix Aveny Skyline Performance Review
Acceleration / Speed
Blix’s motors have historically been some of the more peppy we’ve tested, and the Blix Aveny Skyline’s 500W motor further proves that rule.
On the Blix Vika+ Flex I reviewed in October, I chalked some of the bike’s quick acceleration up to that bike’s small 20” wheels, but the Aveny makes me think it may just be the motor. It really is a quick bike, especially in the higher PAS levels. It’s top speed is limited to 20 mph, but it gets there very quickly.
Once you’re at that 20 mile cruising speed the bike has little trouble maintaining it, even with very little help from your legs. The only time I noticed the bike slow and motor strain was on steeper-than-average hills, but we’ll dive more into that in the hill test section.
The Blix Aveny Skyline is an e-bike that’s good at being a bicycle. Even with the motor off and left with nothing but my legs, the bike pedals relatively easily. It’s one of the few e-bikes I’ve range tested that I wasn’t that worried about how far from home I was when the battery died simply because of how easily it rolls.
It’s fast rolling nature makes the Blix Aveny Skyline a very efficient e-bike; it really doesn’t need much energy to get it rolling and keep it rolling. That fact, paired with the 614Wh 48V, 12.8Ah battery, makes for an e-bike with an impressively good range on a single charge.
We do two range tests to check a bike’s battery life — the first on maximum pedal assistance and another on a low PAS level. This gives us a ballpark estimate on what rider’s can expect the bike’s minimum and maximum range can be in the real world. While we always do the max PAS setting, we chose to do the Aveny’s low assist test on PAS 2 because that’s the lowest assist setting where the bike felt like an e-bike.
On the PAS 5 (high assist) test, the Aveny Skyline made it an impressive 35.5 miles before dying. On the PAS 2 (low assist) test, the bike went 52.94 miles before running out of charge. Both of those results outperformed our expectations and Blix’s range claims by a margin of nearly 10 miles or more in each test — an impressive result for a budget-priced e-bike.
This result is at least in part thanks to the efficiency I was hinting at above. If a bike is easy for me to pedal, it means it’s easy for the motor to push — resulting in less energy used.
To see how well the Aveny Skyline performs in each of its five pedal assist settings, we put it to the test around the Electric Bike Report circuit.
We clocked six laps around the circuit — one for each PAS level plus one more with the motor off — to get a feel for how the performance changes and get an idea for how Blix tuned the bike. We typically like to see consistent jumps in speed between each PAS level and an average speed in maximum assist near the bike’s top motor-assisted speed.
The Blix Aveny Skyline hit all these marks. We recorded a fastest lap around the circuit of 19.1 mph, less than 1 mph short of the bike’s Class 2 limit. Each pedal assist level also had a very distinct change from the next, meaning those wishing to conserve power or ride the bike with less assist can do so easily.
We did, however, notice that the Aveny’s PAS 1 gave very little assistance, yielding just a 0.8 mph improvement over pedaling the bike with the motor off. This is why we chose to do the low assist range test on PAS 2 (the first level we noticed a measurable assist from the motor) and is actually something we notice on most e-bikes with five PAS levels or more.
While I wouldn’t describe the Blix Aveny Skyline as a mountain goat, it can climb hills decently well.
We test the hill climbing ability of each bike we review by subjecting them to two separate hill tests on a particularly steep local grade. That hill, which we lovingly call “Hell Hole,” has a 12 percent to 15 percent grade over its quarter mile length — enough pitch to tax almost any e-bike. The first test is conducted using just the throttle and the second is on the bike’s maximum pedal assist setting.
On the throttle test, the Aveny Skyline cleared the hill in 1:57.00 with an average speed of 9.3 mph. Add in a little help from my legs, and the bike cleared our hill in 1:44.00 for the PAS 5 test with an average speed of 9.3 mph.
Compared to other bikes we’ve reviewed and tested on the same hill, we wouldn’t consider either of those results particularly speedy. But speed isn’t all that’s important when it comes to climbing hills. What I was really impressed with was how little the 500W motor appeared to struggle, even on the steepest sections. Particularly in the throttle-only test, it’s not uncommon for hub motors to make a stressed whirring noise or even vibrate a little, but the Aveny gave little indication that it was suffering. In fact, even though its times are relatively slow, I never doubted that the Aveny was going to clear our test hill — it just took its time.
Handling wise, the Blix Aveny Skyline is a peach.
It’s not a bike designed with laser-sharp handling or hard cornering in mind, but the bike rides with poise and comfort. It’s a perfect bike path cruiser and would be right at home in denser urban environments. The weight distribution feels very balanced thanks to the low battery mounting point and riders looking for predictable and calm handling will likely really like the Aveny. It feels like a through-and-through commuter.
As I’ve mentioned before, the Aveny Skyline’s ride quality is bar-none for a fully rigid commuter. Despite its lack of suspension, the aluminum frame and steel fork do a great job of absorbing vibrations and softening bumps.
The Aveny also has a very nice upright riding position that keeps weight off your hands and your center of gravity very neutral. It’s a mid-step frame, making it a bit easier to get on and off of, and its weight never really was a factor at low speeds or when walking the bike around the office.
I do, however, have one gripe that’s going to be specific to taller people. Though Blix claims this bike can accommodate riders up to 6-foot-2-inches, my 6-foot-1-inch frame didn’t fit perfectly. The main issue for me was seat height, as the factory-spec seatpost maxed out about 2 inches lower than I needed for a full leg extension. I also found myself scooching back on the seat as the swept-back handlebars effectively shorten the cockpit, leaving less space for my arms.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to have your local bike shop swap out the seatpost for a longer version, so this is a relatively easy fix for us tall folks. A longer post and some minor adjustments with the adjustable stem would also likely solve the reach problem.
Blix Aveny Skyline Specs/Features Review: Electric Components
Blix spec’d the Aveny Skyline with a 500W hub motor laced into the rear wheel. It ships as a Class 2 unit, meaning it will stop powering the bike at 20 mph on throttle and pedal assistance.
The motor has a really nice acceleration profile that, at least on higher pedal assist settings, has quite a bit of get up and go. I never struggled to maintain a pace near the max speed of 20 mph and I never heard the motor audibly struggle on hills or hard acceleration.
The only qualm some may have is it’s not the most aggressive hill climber. Blix doesn’t publish the torque rating of the motor on the Aveny Skyline, but the motor of the previous Aveny has been cited at 70Nm. Typically that’s an amount of torque that yields some quicker times up hills, but the Aveny Skyline is no high-speed mountain goat. That said, the bike never struggled on hills — it simply took its time.
The Aveny Skyline has a 48V, 12.8Ah externally-mounted battery that makes for 614Wh of available power. Pair that battery with the bike’s remarkable efficiency, and we saw some very impressive range test results.
It is worth noting that the Aveny Skyline actually sports a smaller battery than what was spec’d on the previous Aveny. The old model had a 672Wh battery while the new one has a 614Wh battery. Either way, we are very impressed with how this battery has performed in our testing.
Pedal Assist / Throttle
As we’ve mentioned previously, the Blix Aveny Skyline comes stock with five pedal assists settings and a thumb throttle. It’s a Class 2 e-bikes, so both of those propulsion modes are limited to 20 mph.
Even though it has become an industry standard (especially for more affordable e-bikes), I’m not a huge fan of having five PAS settings — it’s just too many. But despite my curmudgeonly view of this setup, Blix actually did a pretty good job of dividing up the Aveny Skyline’s speed among the five settings. This is evidenced in the bike’s circuit test results, where we saw consistently reasonable changes in speed between each PAS level. The only exception to this was PAS 1, which gave very little assist — again, something we see often in e-bikes like this.
On throttle, the bike delivered a very controlled and responsive stream of power to the rear wheel. The throttle has good modulation and you can easily fine tune how much power the bike gives based on how far you depress the trigger.
The Blix Aveny Skyline’s LCD display is a pretty standard-issue unit for a sub-$2,000 e-bike. It’s got a black and white screen that’s extremely easy to read and a dash-style readout that gives important metrics like speed and battery life.
I’m a stickler for battery indicators — trust me, there’s such a thing as a “bad” battery indicator — and the Aveny Skyline has a pretty good one. Your battery life is represented by a chart at the top of the screen that closely resembles dashes on a ruler. As you use battery, those dashes disappear.
Blix Aveny Skyline Review: Components and Accessories
The Blix Aveny Skyline is clearly a bike that’s been refined over and over again. It’s also a bike that doesn’t try to be more than it is — the component package balances budget and utility, the geometry is accessible and comfortable for a wide range of body types and Blix has clearly invested in small details that, added up, make this bike stand out.
Lots of factors have bearing on how well an e-bike stops, but obviously you have to start by looking at the type of brakes an e-bike comes with. The Tektro Aries mechanical disk brakes that come stock on the Blix Aveny Skyline are models we’re very familiar with. When adjusted correctly, they typically stop very, very well.
We put the Aveny’s Skyline’s brakes to the test by conducting five full-power stops from 20 mph then taking the average of those stopping distances, giving us the bike’s average braking distance. The Aveny Skyline’s brakes performed particularly well in this test, coming to a stop with an average braking distance of 15’ 8”, which is better than the 16’ 5” average distance of all the bike’s we’ve tested until now.
This is not to say that the Blix Aveny Skyline will come skidding to a stop that quick every single time, but it is a good indicator that Blix chose appropriately powerful brakes for their bike.
Blix designed the Aveny Skyline with the basic swooping frame shape of a classic Dutch city bike. It’s an elegant design that doesn’t try to hide its e-bike componentry inside oversized tubing.
It’s a mid-step design that’s easy to get on and off of, but the real highlight of the frame is its paint job. I love Blix’s paint jobs. I don’t know paint well enough to accurately put my finger on it, but there’s something about the Aveny Skyline’s paint that makes me think of the paint job on a classic car. It’s one of the main reasons this bike stands out from other affordable e-bikes in its class.
Though I love the frame, as I’ve mentioned before it’s a little small for taller riders. You can fix this easily with a taller seatpost.
The fork is rigid and made of steel, a pretty common material for non-suspension forks. I’m not sure if credit is due to the fork, the overall construction of the frame or both, but the Aveny Skyline has a very smooth ride for a fully-rigid e-bike.
Drivetrain / Shifting
This year (and honestly probably the next several years) is the year of name-brand component shortages, especially anything built by Japanese component giant Shimano. But somehow, Blix appears to be shipping all its e-bikes with a full suite of Shimano drivetrain components.
We love to see it.
The Blix Aveny Skyline comes with a mixed Shimano 7-speed drivetrain with a Acera rear derailleur tied to the seldom-seen RevoShift twist-grip shifter. Acera componentry is one of the workhorse drivetrains we see very often on affordable e-bikes — well, at least until the pandemic made the bike part supply chain go crazy. It functions very well and usually holds up fine against heavy use.
The RevoShift shifter, however, is not something we see often. In fact, I’m pretty sure Electric Bike Report had never tested an e-bike with the Shimano twist shifter until the new batch of Blix bikes arrived (the Vika+ Flex and Sol Eclipse we just reviewed also have RevoShift). It basically functions with the same wrist movement you’d use when twisting a throttle, but instead of powering the bike you cycle through the gears. It’s a setup I personally like quite a bit because it keeps the cockpit clean and it’s actually pretty intuitive.
Contact Points / Comfortability
The Blix Aveny Skyline puts you in a body position that feels very balanced; never did I feel like I was overweighting my hands or the seat.
It comes stock with a broad comfort-style saddle from Selle Royal that looks a little like its shape was inspired by a horseback riding saddle. The grips are ergonomic and made of a very forgiving rubber and the swept-back handlebars have enough shape to keep you in an upright riding position but not so much that it throws your center of gravity backward.
The bike also comes with an adjustable stem so you can set the handlebar height accordingly, though I used that adjustability to set the bars as far forward as I could — helping the bike fit my lanky arms a little better.
The 27.5” x 2.25” tires on the Blix Aveny Skyline are unbranded with a semi-slick chevron tread pattern.
They boast a puncture-resistance liner, according to Blix, and I thought they hooked up well on asphalt and pavement. If you’re looking for a tire that’ll be at home on gravel and dirt, this probably isn’t it; but it did handle some very light off-pavement riding without flatting or becoming noticeably squirrelly.
Extras / Accessories
Like any good commuter, the Blix Aveny Skyline comes stock with a rear pannier-style rack rated to a respectable 55 lbs (25kgs). It also has front and rear integrated lights that operate off the main battery supply and full coverage fenders front and rear, which are nicely painted to match the rest of the bike.
The Aveny Skyline also has mounting points for Blix’s proprietary racking system, which allows you to easily bolt on a number of different racks and baskets to carry even more cargo.
Blix Aveny Skyline Review: Summary / Where to Buy
Affordable elegance is the key phrase I want you to remember from this review of the Blix Aveny Skyline.
This is one of the few bikes I’ve reviewed in a long time that I was actually surprised didn’t cost more than its $1,799 MSRP. While the components it’s spec’d with do fit that price point, there’s something about the Aveny Skyline’s finish that makes it feel like a more expensive e-bike. Maybe it’s the high-brow styling or really smooth and balanced ride quality, but either way, I’m finishing up this review with the distinct feeling that this bike is a bit of a bargain.
It’s not perfect — particularly if you’re a taller person like me. But even with that gripe about seatpost length and a slightly cramped cockpit, I’d still choose to ride this bike over many other sub-$2,000 electric commuters. Blix did a really exceptional job of capitalizing on small details that by themselves don’t equate to a whole lot, but all added together make for an e-bike that’s really fun to ride. It’s also refreshing to see Blix decking their bikes with name-brand componentry, even in a day and age where those parts are very hard to source.
The Blix Aveny Skyline is sold on the Blix website. You can navigate there at the button below. The Aveny Skyline and will be shipped (mostly assembled) directly to your door. Or, if you find yourself near Santa Cruz on the California coast, you can stop by their showroom to test a bike and buy it in person.
‘Happy Riding, make sure to let us know if you have any questions down in our comments section or if you think we left anything out in this review of the Blix Aveny Skyline.
Robert Germscheid says
Excellent Review the details I want to hear
Very helpful; love your well written reviews. Really, they are top notch in details and written with professional grammar and spelling. (Such a nice bonus!) Just one suggestion: you mention suitabililty of size for tall people, but how about us vertically challenged folks? I am 5’1″ (62 yo with hip arthritis beginning) and wonder if the Blix Aveny Skyline might be a bit for me. It has a 16″ reach versus some other bikes with 12″/13″/14″ reaches, and of course it’s very difficult to just go and ride them without travelling all over the place (and wasting gas.)