Aventon Pace 500 vs. Level?

Vicjam52

New Member
I’m going to be buying my first e-bike and comfort is a big factor. I’ve had a spinal cord injury and an infection in the lumbar spine in the past, and currently have spinal scoliosis which can be painful. I’ve modified my existing regular bike to be quite upright, added a seat suspension put some shocks on and and that works pretty well. I’m interested in both the Aventon Pace 500 and the Level and would appreciate some advice. The Level seems a lot heavier from the shocks, rack and fenders, but the rest seems pretty similar. It’s hard to tell which one is more upright and would give me the most comfortable ride. Advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

Black47

Member
I've only ridden the Pace 500 step thru, and it was very upright. It weighs about 49 pounds compared to the Level which I believe weighs about 10 pounds more. I could have tried the Level but the extra weight put me off. My knees seem to take turns being less stable which makes a heavier step over a problem sometimes and since I'm not getting younger I decided against a step over. Generally step overs put you in a more forward position which the Level does, than a step thru. I have a non electric bike that is a step over but I'm only holding up a 28 pound bike. Using a forward position bike makes better use of all your leg muscles, but if you are having back problems you might not be comfortable. I found the Pace 500 step thru quite comfortable and if you read the review it says that it is upright/upright relaxed. Aventon seems to be getting new dealers all the time I would check to see what is close and try them out for yourself. From you comments I would think the Pace 500 would work better for you.
 

Vicjam52

New Member
I've only ridden the Pace 500 step thru, and it was very upright. It weighs about 49 pounds compared to the Level which I believe weighs about 10 pounds more. I could have tried the Level but the extra weight put me off. My knees seem to take turns being less stable which makes a heavier step over a problem sometimes and since I'm not getting younger I decided against a step over. Generally step overs put you in a more forward position which the Level does, than a step thru. I have a non electric bike that is a step over but I'm only holding up a 28 pound bike. Using a forward position bike makes better use of all your leg muscles, but if you are having back problems you might not be comfortable. I found the Pace 500 step thru quite comfortable and if you read the review it says that it is upright/upright relaxed. Aventon seems to be getting new dealers all the time I would check to see what is close and try them out for yourself. From you comments I would think the Pace 500 would work better for you.
Thanks for sharing your experience. There’s a dealer in my community and I’ll check them out. I also want to get some user’s experiences.
 

Black47

Member
The Aventon Pace 500 was my runner up and I liked even with no assist. I ended up getting a Giant LaFree E+2 which is $1,999. It is also a step thru and very comfortable but doesn't have a throttle and with back problems you might want to have one on occasion. I thought I did too until I tried the LaFree. It still took me awhile to finally decide, the LaFree seems more like a bike, the rear hub motors seem more like a motorcycle to me.
 

WendyB

New Member
My local bike shop told me that with the Pace 500, you are more upright, than on the Level, also that the handle bars can be adjusted on the Pace, but not on the Level. The Level weighed 10 to 12 pounds more than the Pace.
 

TxAventon

New Member
I have the Pace 500 and I think it has a very comfortable riding position for my back. I bought a suspension seat post and I raised the handlebars slightly higher than the way my LBS had them adjusted. After more than 350 miles, it has been a wonderful riding bike and I am glad I bought it.
 

Bigal1463

Active Member
I have the Pace 500 and I have lower back problems. The Pace rides in an upright position and is very comfortable. I do have a suspension post which help with bumps in the road. You could add a bike seat with back support though I don’t have one, I’m sure it would lend you more support.