FINALLY DECIDED!! Things I considered: For those looking for Step Through, Lower cost, & Best Value.

UphillBothWays

New Member
I thought I would post this, as it has taken me much time to learn and consider all the options. Just like buying a house, if you have a budget on the lower side for Ebikes, you have to decide what is most important to YOU. I just spent a month learning, testing, and deciding. I am female, 64, 5'4", and pretty average weight/ability. I have been biking a few times a month on a regular hybrid Schwinn, but had to get off half the time to walk the bike up the hills near where I live. So, time for a little assistance: After much testing, I decided on the Aventon Pace 500. My budget was under $2000, but preferred to be closer to $1500.

Here are all the things I considered:

I WANTED a mid-motor, as I think it has a very smooth and easy system. I could not find one in stock that also had a STEP THROUGH AND THROTTLE, and in my price range. REALLY wanted the FLX Step Thru, which HAS IT ALL, and then some. Price is $2049, and includes all the add ons too. This, IMO was the BEST of all, BUT, their delivery isn't until mid August. So, that was a bummer. Add that to the assembly charge from Velofix and you are up to $2250.

My 'must have's' included LOW step through, Hydraulic brakes, throttle, good components, and enough power to get me around and back home. YOU HAVE to think about how you are going to get it assembled, and knowing myself, I would have ended up having to have someone else do it, or at least check it...There are companies who assemble them for you, like Velofix, but that costs about $150-$200. If you buy from a bike store, you have it fitted to YOU, with no additional cost to assemble. Da! AND the ability to take it into that bike store or ANY store that sells that brand for tune up or repair was also a factor to consider. Most bike stores will NOT work on a Rad, or Flx, other online brand. So, if you don't know a lot about bike repair, THAT is a big factor to consider.

THROTTLE: for me, that was something I wanted. If I am exhausted, or have knee or foot pain, I want to be able to motor it home without my having to pedal. If I am somewhere where I am doing most of the work, and Assist is very low, or even off, and I encounter something I have to quickly get around, that throttle scoots me quickly without any hesitation. There is a feature I like about Aventon's throttle: YOU HAVE to be pedaling to work the throttle. That's good, because I don't want to accidentally press it, and have the bike get away from me if I am not ready.

WEIGHT: Some bikes weigh a LOT! Some up to 67 lbs! Aventon: 49 lbs, and less when you take off the battery. For me, I like to ride unassisted or on a low assist and do a lot of the work. But, if the bike is heavy, it get's very difficult the minute you have any incline. If I want to put it on a rack, I can lift the Pace. I could not lift the others. WAY too much bike for me. I also liked the way the battery is positioned. When the battery is in the middle, it feels more centered. And their's is more integrated. The Rad seems like it's in the way, and some others have it on the back rack, which when adding some cargo would make it too off balance for me.

PROS: It's priced at $1399. Add the fenders if you need them (I'm in sunny Ca, so I don't), rack and lights, and you still haven't spent more than $1600. A seat suspension will add another $34. Handlebars are adjustable. Wider tire. Not too wide, but just right. Size and weight are great. Good enough components, motor, Hydraulic brakes. Great power, and FAST.

CONS: It doesn't come with fenders, rack, suspension, or lights. Fenders and rack are cheap enough to add on. I do wish it had integrated lights, but those are also pretty easy to add on, and I am not going to be riding at night anyway. I have added a cushier seat and suspension seat post, also pretty inexpensive. Those things are all cheap enough.

FINAL Thoughts: I would have liked to get the FLX Step Thru. But, it would have been considerably more money once I paid for assembly. Wasn't available for months, so was out of the question. MANY of the reasonably priced ones are sold out right now. Also check out the ARIEL RIDER. Seems to give you a lot for your money too, although also sold out. The Blixtrix is super nice, but heavier, not as low a step through, and much more costly. Benno Joy is nice, but twice the price. I liked how the Gazelle rode, but it didn't have a throttle, so I passed. So, back to Aventon Pace 500- I'm still WAY under budget, and have the ability to go to a bike store for repair. I think it's a better bike than the RadCity. I will update later after I have had time to access.
 

TMH

Well-Known Member
Congrats on your new e-bike purchase!

While I have not personally tried one, I've heard a lot of good things about the Aventon Pace 500 and it seems like a really nice bike for a great price.

Now come the even more fun parts of riding and personalizing it. Enjoy!
 

MAPC

Active Member
I like the logic and approach that you used. I looked hard at bikes like Aventon but dealers that support eBikes are very hard to find near me unless they sell them---which mostly left me with Specialized, Trek, Giant and Pedego. I had set a budget similar to yours ($2000) but ended up 'upping the ante' when Specialized had their screamin' rebate deal on Turbo Vado and Como. My Turbo Vado arrives this weekend. :)
Spent $500 more than budget but got a killer bike, awesome components, great local service and every feature that I wanted.

If I had didn't have the local support issue, I would have looked at Aventon, RAD and Juiced...and the Aventon Level looked pretty appealing at that price point, I will say!
 

UphillBothWays

New Member
LOCAL SUPPORT IS A MUST, unless you really know how to fix these. Yes, they have to sell them , and luckily I found a few that sold the Aventon, the Gazelle, Specialized and the others you mentioned. As this is my first Ebike, I was shocked at even the entry level price! Good luck!
 

MAPC

Active Member
LOCAL SUPPORT IS A MUST, unless you really know how to fix these. Yes, they have to sell them , and luckily I found a few that sold the Aventon, the Gazelle, Specialized and the others you mentioned. As this is my first Ebike, I was shocked at even the entry level price! Good luck!
The nearest Aventon dealer to me was 2 states away....the Specialized is 3 miles from my house. :)
 

Browneye

Well-Known Member
Good deductive reasoning. I think you'll like the bike. 👍
The pace is very similar to our Roll conversion, and we nearly bought one to supplant it. Them and Ride1Up are industry leaders for budget bikes IMHO. RadPower does a pretty good job too - you would likely enjoy the City. They rent them out in Newport Beach.
The world is your oyster!
 

Edge

New Member
Uphill, thanks for your deductive thoughts on your Aventon 500 purchase, I'm in the same boat. I will check out all the other bikes you sifted through. I am also looking at the Rize City step-thru, did you get a chance review that one?
 

Bgsnmky

New Member
HI there Uphill, I was just curious if you have some feedback since you posted/and got your bike. I am in the same boat and don't have any bike shops nearby with the list I have or that you listed. So probably will be online no matter what.

EDGE - I was curious what you have decided as well. :)
 

UphillBothWays

New Member
Hello. Well, I am on the Aventon FB page, and have learned a lot from them as well. I LOVE my bike. It has gotten me out riding almost daily now. Usually 9-12 miles each time. Great exercise, if you keep the gears in a higher range (6-8). That makes it harder to pedal, but the PAS is always in 1 or 2, making it easier to go a bit faster especially uphill.
That being said I have noticed on the FB page many people have spoke issues. I have not. However, the production was cranked up during COVID, as hundreds of people ordered, and the company was overwhelmed with trying to manufacture and fill the orders. I think some of their quality control may have slipped a bit. But, now, it's gotten better, and they are GREAT at CS.
CONS: You cannot engage the throttle or PAS from a dead stop.Got to be on the bike with half a rotation to have either kick in. Also, when in PAS 1, it goes FAST. PAS, IMO should be at 9MPH, not 11. So, for instance, if you are making a u-turn, the PAS kicks in as soon as you petal so you could be going too fast to control it in a steep turn.
PROS: My bike is lighter than most others. I like that, as there are times I am going from the street to the sidewalk, and need to lift the bike up, and I can get it into my convertible, without having to take off the battery to make it lighter.
I like that the stem was adjustable too. I don't feel I need shocks, but I may be changing the seat, as my tush hurts after about 11 miles. Brakes are great. I like the centered battery. If I had cargo on my back rack, I wouldn't want the battery back there as well. That would make it back heavy.
I don't know enough about maintaining my bike, and will always have it serviced at a bike shop. I would suggest you find a mobile bike shop you can rely upon. People are getting into trouble setting the tension of the spokes, tires, and brakes incorrectly. Let me know what else you would like to know,
 

Bgsnmky

New Member
Thanks so much as this helpful.
All the bikes are sooo. Lose in this range. So hard to pick. I am sure I will like any but just trying to do the research. Your post is very helpful.

I know when you first looked at the bike you liked that you had to pedal at least some for the bike throttle to work. Now maybe not right ?
And how do you even know things like the 9 vs 11 on the pas like you described in the u turn. :)

I alao like a lighter bike !
 

Browneye

Well-Known Member
Hello. Well, I am on the Aventon FB page, and have learned a lot from them as well. I LOVE my bike. It has gotten me out riding almost daily now. Usually 9-12 miles each time. Great exercise, if you keep the gears in a higher range (6-8). That makes it harder to pedal, but the PAS is always in 1 or 2, making it easier to go a bit faster especially uphill.
That being said I have noticed on the FB page many people have spoke issues. I have not. However, the production was cranked up during COVID, as hundreds of people ordered, and the company was overwhelmed with trying to manufacture and fill the orders. I think some of their quality control may have slipped a bit. But, now, it's gotten better, and they are GREAT at CS.
CONS: You cannot engage the throttle or PAS from a dead stop.Got to be on the bike with half a rotation to have either kick in. Also, when in PAS 1, it goes FAST. PAS, IMO should be at 9MPH, not 11. So, for instance, if you are making a u-turn, the PAS kicks in as soon as you petal so you could be going too fast to control it in a steep turn.
PROS: My bike is lighter than most others. I like that, as there are times I am going from the street to the sidewalk, and need to lift the bike up, and I can get it into my convertible, without having to take off the battery to make it lighter.
I like that the stem was adjustable too. I don't feel I need shocks, but I may be changing the seat, as my tush hurts after about 11 miles. Brakes are great. I like the centered battery. If I had cargo on my back rack, I wouldn't want the battery back there as well. That would make it back heavy.
I don't know enough about maintaining my bike, and will always have it serviced at a bike shop. I would suggest you find a mobile bike shop you can rely upon. People are getting into trouble setting the tension of the spokes, tires, and brakes incorrectly. Let me know what else you would like to know,

Very common complaint on the throttle. Just happens to be the way it is on a Pace. They decided the pas needed to engage before the throttle would work so you wouldn't inadvertently activate the throttle while not on the bike.
I tested both the 350 and 500, liked for former because it didn't come on as strong. Even with a lower throttle threshold you still get that jerkiness feeling that is especially disconcerting when slow maneuvering. Wife prefers her mid-drive now for that reason.

It is common for spokes to seat-in a bit on those hub-drives. A combination of loose tolerances and powdercoat finish in the spoke holes - and especially with some weight - they are known to get loose, even break. So at least do the sounding method on your spokes after before/every ride 'till they settle in. Sometimes the spoke nipples are odd sized, so having a proper fitting spoke wrench on hand is key.
 

smorgasbord

Well-Known Member
CONS: You cannot engage the throttle or PAS from a dead stop.Got to be on the bike with half a rotation to have either kick in.

That sounds like the plastic bags that have holes in them so kids don't suffocate themselves. Sounds likes a nice safety feature until you realize that it defeats almost the whole purpose of the item in the first place.
If PAS doesn't engage until a half rotation, how do you get going from a standstill on an uphill, especially if you also can't use the throttle.
That would be a deal killer for me.