- A price competitive and affordable ($1,399) yet powerful and versatile high speed ebike which aims to give more bang for your buck versus other value priced offerings
- The Pace 500 features a capable electric drivetrain sporting a 20mph trigger throttle and a 28mph cadence based pedal assist, each complimented well by the stopping power of hydraulic disc brakes
- A overall comfortable ride with relaxed ergonomics and thoughtful finishing touches like reflective sidewall stripe tires, also comes in a variety of size and color options for both frames
- To keep the price low, some tradeoffs are to be considered, no suspension, no intergraded lights, no USB charging, but the big one to keep in mind is the assembly you may have to do on your own, however, you can always get some help from a bike shop, mobile service, or use their instructional videos
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Aventon (inspired by the Spanish words for “to lift up”) comes from a rich background in performance track and fixed gear cycling. Products like the Cordoba and Mataro have been ridden on the world stage at the highest level, including races like the Red Hook Crit. Their founder, JW, sees the benefits of electric vehicles for fitness, recreation, and transportation. They are looking to bring their past manufacturing expertise to the new Pace ebike line and the 500 is a great example of this. The Aventon Pace 500 is an affordable yet powerful and versatile ebike which aims to give more bang for your buck versus other value priced offerings. It comes in both a step-through and a high-step, each with their own sizes and colors. The step-through comes in White and “Celeste” (a seafoam green) while the high-step comes in Black and “SoCal Sand” (a kind of brownish color). Similarly, you can find the step-through in Small and Medium sizes, while the high-step is available in a Medium and Large frame. For $1,399 there is surprisingly a lot to look over, so lets get in a little deeper. The Pace 500 is a comfortable and upright bike with a relaxed position for leisure riding or commuting. That comfort comes from a seat tube that is further back, adjustable angle stem, swept back handlebars, and locking ergonomic grips. You also get this Velo comfort saddle with rubber bumpers underneath and some nice fairly thick high volume tires (27.5” x 2.2”) which make for a wider attack angle. Unfortunately, there is no suspension fork or seat post, but I am sure most wouldn’t be surprised given the cost of the bike. However, they do have a 30.4mm seat post on the step-through and 31.6mm seat post on the high-step if you want to swap those out with a cushier option. Also, the head tube itself is tapered, which is nice because that will open up some fork options for those looking for an upgrade. The bike itself is fairly lightweight with an aluminum alloy frame and fork, coming in at 49.8lbs total. Its a handsome bike with wrapped wires, some internally routed cables, and extra gussets adding a lot of attention to detail. Other features include rear rack bosses, fender bosses, kickstand (although it is centrally mounted which could produce pedal lock when reversing), reflective sidewall stripped tires, plastic chain guide, and a semi-intergrated downtube battery. The real big wins on this bike though is in it’s performance. The Aventon Pace 500 sports a powerful rear hub-drive motor with both pedal assist and a throttle. The throttle is rated for 20mph while the pedal assist will get you up to 28mph. To match that 28mph top speed, they added on a satisfying set of hydraulic disc brakes complete with motor inhibitors.
Driving the Pace 500 is a Shengyi 500 watt planetary gear hub motor. The 9lbs motor offers 50nm of peak and since its planetary geared, will freewheel a little more efficiently and not cause the drag you get from gearless motors. However, since it is a sealed 12 magnet cadence sensor, you will get a little more of that “on-off-on-off” feeling as you ride it. The pedal assist is capable of getting you up to 28mph and the sealed sensor means no gunk or debris getting lodged inside which is a nice feature. You also can power the bike via a trigger throttle. The throttle is variable speed and is capable of a 20mph top speed, but will only engage with 1 full pedal rotation. I try to get a good example of this in the review video, so make sure to check that out if you want to see it in action. On the mechanical drivetrain of the bike, you will find an 8 speed Shimano Altus sprocket. Altus is a step up from entry level, so its nice to see them kick things up a notch on a value priced ebike. Along with that is a 11-36 Shimano cassette and a 42 tooth chain ring. Controlling everything is a set of trigger shifters (one way high, three-shift low) with a windowed gear display. As mentioned before, we have a nice set of Tektro HD-T825 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors and three-finger levers with motor inhibitors.
Powering this high speed bike is a 48v 11.6ah lithium-ion battery with Samsung cells. The battery is running at 556.8 watt hours and weighs a total of 7lbs. There is a USB port on the side, but it is not for charging, but rather for service diagnostics which serves a great purpose, but looking at it does serve as a constant reminder that a USB charging port may have been a missed opportunity. The charger is 1.3lbs and puts out 3amps of charging power, a bit faster than the standard 2amp chargers we are used to seeing. The battery is secured with lock and key and can be charged on or off the bike, but I do recommend charging indoors. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life, and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.
The cockpit controls are great, its nice to see levers for shifting instead of the usual thumb shifter. Most of this is possible since the throttle is on the left along with the display controls. On the right is your shifting levers as well as a gear display window. Right in the middle of the handlebars is the large and easy to read display. The display does have an adjustable angle, but is not removable which can sometimes leave you feeling insecure when parking it or leaving it to the elements. The display is grayscale and features a backlight for nighttime riding. To start the bike, press power on the battery, hold the M button to turn on display. The large display offers a wealth of information starting at the battery levels. The battery infographic is shown in 10 separate 10% intervals which does a better job of leaving guess work out compared to other bikes with 33% or even 20% steps. You can scroll through several modes of pedal assist (1-5) and can use the throttle on any as long as you get that pedal rotation in. Other display options include odometer, trip A, trip B, battery voltage, and a timer. Also, if you hold down the down arrow, you can engage a walk mode. There is a deep dive menu if you want to play with other various settings. Hold up and down arrows for a couple of seconds to initiate this menu of settings. Once inside, you will have access to backlight settings, unit readout, wheel size configuration, and top speed. The top speed is really since since out of the box it is a Class 3 bike. If you want to lower it to a Class 1 or 2, you could change some of the settings and even extract the easy to remove throttle to comply with certain jurisdictions. To exit this menu, hold M to leave.
Its hard to knock a bike with both hydraulic brakes and a 28mph pedal assist that only cost $1,399. So much attention to detail is given but you can’t make a bike to please everybody so there are some tradeoffs to take into consideration. Little things here and there would be issues with the derailleur and some of the wires in the rear being a little exposed. This could be problematic if the bike is damaged in shipping or even dropped. There is no slap guard in the rear, so the chain could knick the paint a bit, something that could annoy you especially if you got a color like Celeste to stand out. I recommend covering it with some box tape or getting an aftermarket neoprene slap guard on Amazon. Its nice to have fender and rack bosses, but unfortunately no bottle cage bosses this time. Also, for a high speed bike with a powerful battery, I gotta say its a little disappointing they didn’t add battery integrated lights for either the front or back. The biggest tradeoff however, would have to be the assembly. The bike is made to order through dealers or online, but if you have it delivered to your home, do be prepared. It can take about an hour to assemble, so make sure you have some tools handy (although they do include some) and some free time. To help remedy this, Aventon does have a YouTube video that details assembly instructions for those looking for some extra help. Of course, you can also have your local dealer do it, or pay a local mobile bike service as well. To be honest however, when you look at the big wins like the 28mph motor, high capacity battery, hydraulic brakes, and comfortable ride, and then look at all the finishing touches like the 1 year warranty, thicker reflective tires, locking grips, and upgraded (from entry level) components, its amazing that this bike comes in at such a great price. Tradeoffs considered, this bike would probably pleasantly surprise anyone looking at the more affordable options. A big thank you to Aventon for inviting me out and letting me see their bikes and their factory.
As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the Aventon Ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)
- An affordable ($1,399) yet powerful and versatile ebike which aims to give more bang for your buck versus other value priced offerings
- Comes in both a step-through and a high-step, each with their own sizes and colors, the step-through comes in White and “Celeste” (a seafoam green) white the high-step comes in Black and “SoCal Sand” (a kind of brownish color), similarly, you can find the step-through in Small and Medium sizes, while the high-step is available in a Medium and Large frame. (s
- A comfortable and upright bike with a relaxed position for leisure riding or commuting, seat tube is further back, bike has an adjustable angle stem, swept back handlebars, and locking ergonomic grips, also has Velo comfort saddle with rubber bumpers underneath and some nice fairly thick high volume tires (27.5”x2.2”) which make for wider attack angle
- The Pace 500 is a handsome bike with wrapped wires, some internally routed cables, and extra gussets adding a lot of attention to detail
- A lot of bonuses like rear rack bosses, fender bosses, kickstand, reflective sidewall stripped tires, plastic chain guide, and a semi-intergraded downtube battery
- Big win with the 28mph top speed cadence based pedal assist, also a throttle rated for 20mph for leisure riding
- Another big win with the 180mm Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes, matching the high speed with great stopping power
- 48v 11.6ah battery with a 3amp charger, a little faster than the standard 2amp charger you usually see with value priced ebieks
- Large and easy to read display offers a lot of information as well as a deeper settings menu to really do some tweaks and adjustments
- A lot of value priced bikes have the basic level components however, many of the Pace 500 components are actually Simano Altus, a step up from the entry level adding some nice upgrades versus a normally basic setup most competitors use
- Because of the deeper menu and removable throttle, you can configure this from a Class 3 to a Class 1 or 2 ebike to adhere to certain jurisdictions and riding trails
- The bike is sold online or through a dealer network and offers a 1 year warranty
- No suspension in either the front fork or the seat, however they can be swapped out for cushier options if you want to compliment the relaxed riding geometry
- This battery is powerful and is very capable of charging peripherals via USB, however, there is no such option, it would be nice to see some device charging in the future
- Additionally, batteries such as this are known for powering integrated lights, another missed opportunity on this bike as it does not come with any in either the front or the rear
- Display is not removable so be careful when parking in the elements or in high crime areas
- Bottle cage bosses and slap guards are becoming common place in a lot of value priced bikes and this bike is without them, but I suppose you could add a aftermarket neoprene guard from Amazon and even get a handlebar mounted bottle holder if needed
- A minor gripe, but some of the derailleur and wires in the rear are a little exposed, this could be problematic if the bike is damaged in shipping or even dropped, make sure to take good care of it
- A decent amount of assembly is required, Aventon was nice enough to let me in their warehouse to take a look at the products being shipped out so make sure to check out the video if you want to get a good look at what is required, it does come with some tools and they have an instructional video on YouTube, or you could have a bike shop or mobile repair service assemble it if you are not comfortable
- Official Site: https://www.aventon.com/