Today we’re looking at the new Aventon Pace 500, a new electric bike from Aventon that’s got a simple design and sleek look and is available in either step-through or step-over frame– making it perfect for riders of all heights. At $1,700, it’s packed with features like a pedal assist, throttle, a colour LCD screen, and integrated headlight and tail lights built into the frame. Aventon also sells the Pace 350, which has the same frame and build but has a smaller battery and less powerful motor, starting at $1,400. Aventon sent us one of their Pace 500 eBike so we could put it to the test and see how it stacks up.
Specs & Features
- Battery: LG Cells Removable Internal Lithium-ion 48V, 12.8Ah(614Wh)
- Expected Range: 30-48 Miles Average
- Charger: 48V 3 Amp Fast Charger, 4-5 Hour Charging
- Motor: 500W continuous-rated rear geared hub motor
- Pedal Assist: Levels 1-5
- Pedal assist range: Up to 76 km
- Top speed: 45 km/h (28 mph)
- Display: LCD Smart Easy Read Display with Backlight, Colorful screen with app
- Headlight: Added
- Taillight: Added
- Frame: 6061 alloy
- Fork: 6061 aluminum
- Kickstand: Added
- Handlebars: Aluminum 15 Degree Sweptback
- Grips: Ergonomic comfort
- Drivetrain: 7-speed Shimano Altus
- Brakes: Two-piston Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
- Pedals: 9/16″ Alloy Platform
- Saddle: Aventon by SelleRoyal
- Tires: 27.5×2.2″ Ebike Rated
- Weight: 23.5 kg
- Max load: 136 kg
- Price: $1,699
Motor and Pedal Assist
Looking at the specs, the Pace 500 is powered by a 500-watt motor in the rear wheel. That gives it plenty of power, so you can conquer even the steepest hills and get going quickly with a top speed of up to 28mph with pedal assist. You can limit the power with five different pedal assist modes. You can toggle using the buttons on the left-hand side control. And you even have a thumb throttle, so you can accelerate without having to pedal at all. The Pace has an 8-speed derailleur, so you can also change the manual gears of the bike using the shifter on the right side of the handlebar.
Controls & Display
The controls are very intuitive, and the colour display is one of the best we’ve seen on an eBike. It’s bright and easy to read, showing your battery with percentage, top speed, pedal assist mode you’re in, trip distance, and odometer readings. When toggling through the stats, you can even see how much Co2 you’ve reduced and how many trees you’re saving by riding electric.
Speed, Braking, Battery & Range
There’s even an advanced menu you can easily get to by holding the ‘i’ button, where you can clear the trip data, change the display brightness, and even change the bike’s top speed. The default top speed is 20mph, but you can increase it up to 28mph, making it a Class 3 ebike. For braking, the Pace features front and rear hydraulic disc brakes that will bring you to a quick stop. The battery is a 48v 15amp hour battery that fits neatly into the frame of the bike.
It can easily be removed using the key lock, so you can bring it inside to charge separately. For range, Aventon advertises a range between 25-48 miles. The range will vary on rider weight and also how you ride the bike. Their website includes a real-world testing range guide that estimates how much you can expect depending on speed and how much throttle or pedal assistance you to use.
Bluetooth & App Connectivity
Another added feature is the ability to connect to the bike using your phone. The Aventon App allows you to see more details on the bike status like battery life, change different settings, track your rides, and even has a social media section to connect with the Aventon community and share photos.
Looking at the design and style of the Pace, you can choose between the step-through or the step-over frame and between the Small/Medium frame or Medium to Large. You can also pick between White or a turquoise blue, and we got ours in White with the Medium to Large frame. The new Pace features an upright frame with a low seat post, so it can get quite low for even the shortest riders.
The female rider you see here is 5’2 and with the seat almost all the way down, riding the larger Medium to Large frame. The handlebars are a cruiser style, which means they are closer to your body, helping you sit more upright. And the front stem is adjustable – you can easily fine-tune the angle to raise or lower for the perfect angle.
Looking at lights, the Pace 500 has front and rear LED lights that you can turn on using a dedicated button on the controls or through the app. The front headlight is at the handlebar’s top, while the rear lights are integrated into both sides of the frame. They are surprisingly bright- and also function as a brake light.
Shipping and Assembly
It ships in a large box, and inside, you’ll find the bike nearly packaged, along with the owner’s manual, bike grease, spare parts, a hex tool, the pedals and a wrench. A little bit of assembly is required, like installing the handlebars and front wheel. But Aventon made a great assembly video that’s easy to follow.
One aspect of the Pace to keep in mind is that it doesn’t have any suspension, so you’ll want to stick to mainly paved roads- since it might get a little bumpy if you take it off-road. It also doesn’t come included with any fenders, but you can add them as an optional accessory. Another accessory you can add is a rear rack, so you can carry extra cargo. If you would like to compare the Aventon Pace 500 with the Aventon Sinch, you can do so here.