Aventon Pace 500 Electric Bike Review: Good for Beginners, Great for Advanced Riders
Many electric bikes on the market cater to price, power, or comfort, but the Aventon Pace 500 aims to check all three boxes. The Pace 500 is powerful with its 500W continuous motor, it’s comfortable with its plush seat, and affordable with its $1,699 price tag. I had the opportunity to test out the Aventon Pace 500 and was impressed with everything it offered.
The Aventon Pace 500 is good for beginners
If you’re just getting started in the world of e-bikes and don’t care about disc brakes or an 8-speed shifter, then I recommend checking out the Aventon Solterra. It comes in a single-speed configuration and is far easier to get on and go. However, if you would rather have an electric bike that has everything you need as you become more familiar with it, then the Aventon Pace 500 has it.
I say that because, admittedly, I’m a complete newbie when it comes to bikes, in general. I drive cars, so having 8 speeds means something a little different to me. Although, I did find the Pace 500 easy to manage despite my ignorance. I figured out that leaving it in third or fourth gear would suffice for most of the roads that I put it on and that shifting should only be done when you’re not pedaling.
After getting used to the e-bike, I put the Pace 500 through its paces on the street, in a park, and even on a little off-road trail. Some shoppers may be turned off by the Pace 500’s lack of suspension. However, I will say that I found it to be comfortable on every surface I put it on. I commend the 27.5-inch by 2.2-inch-wide tires for that, in addition to the Selle Royal saddle that provided a lot of cushioning. Even after around 5 miles of riding, I didn’t feel saddle sore.
On top of that, I noticed that the ergonomics of the bike make it easy to ride. The high handlebar, which is adjustable, made me sit straighter, further attributing to the bike’s overall comfort.
The Pace 500 is great for advanced riders
If you’re more well-versed in e-bikes than I am, then you’re sure to like the Aventon Pace 500’s other components. Its 27.5-inch wheels are wrapped in Kenda tires that have plenty of grip. There are also two-piston Tektro hydraulic disc brakes for stopping power. I will say that they work well and bite hard, although I did feel there was a little too much travel in the hand brake.
As for the 500W motor, it picks up quickly, and with a quiet whirr, it scoots the bike along to different speeds depending on which level you put it on. The Pace 500 is a Class 3 e-bike, so it can get up to a top speed of 28 mph on Level 5. It also has a 47-mile maximum range depending on how much power you draw from the motor. And when you get tired of pedaling, there’s a throttle that will power the bike up to 20 mph.
I will say that it’s quite the treat when you’re going up hills or need that extra boost to get around other bikes or people on the road. Additionally, the little LCD screen is easy-to-use and toggle through. You can even download an app that tracks your biking distance and other stats.
The Aventon Pace 500 not only rides well but it’s built well too
Riding aside, one thing I have to commend Aventon for is its meticulousness when building its e-bikes. I like that the Pace 500 has its 48-volt battery and tail lights integrated into the frame.
Even the brake and battery power lines are tucked into the frame for a cleaner, more protective design. The design of the e-bike itself is sleek and modern-looking; you would never guess that it weighs over 50 pounds.
Aventon also had me try out the Aventon Fanttik portable air pump, which comes with three different adapters for different types of equipment. Fortunately, the Pace 500 uses Shrader valves, so pumping up the tires was easy. The interface on the pump was also easy to use; just set the desired PSI, push the button, and let the pump do the work.
Side note: The pump is pretty loud when in use, so warn your neighbors before doing so.
The Pace 500 provides everything you need in a commuter e-bike
While there are plenty of e-bikes on the market to choose from, I will say that the Aventon Pace 500 has everything you could need in a commuter bike. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true. It has 8 gears to get you through any terrain, a powerful motor to get you up hills, and comfortable ergonomics to keep you happy the whole way.
As for pricing, I think the $1,699 retail price is fair in comparison to other e-bikes on the market. Also, if you don’t like swinging your leg high over the bike’s seat, then Aventon also makes a step-through version of the Pace 500.
But no matter which style you choose, I think that the Aventon Pace 500 should definitely be high on your shortlist if you’re shopping for an e-bike. After all, it checks all of the boxes.
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