We have tried out other Aventon e-bikes, though, and have also been taking careful notes of the Pace 500 components shared with other electric bikes. After discussing it with our review team, we assembled our spec review of the latest version of the Aventon Pace 500. We hope that our spec review will give you some general impressions of whether the Aventon Pace 500 city commuter is the right eBike for your needs!
The Aventon Pace 500 is a much better entry-level eBike than expected, given the very low price. The 6061 aluminum frame is available in three generous sizes. A 49-pound average assembly weight makes it one of the lighter city commuter eBikes we’ve reviewed.
You can travel between 40 to 60 miles on a single charge with the robust rear gear hub drive motor with a 50 Nm torque output for easy hill climbing and rapid acceleration. The 8-Speed drivetrain is mostly consistent, while the 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes provide stellar stopping power.
The comfort components are great for the Pace 500, though we admit that the lack of lighting and safety features is somewhat disappointing. Even so, this is an overall stellar entry-level commuter, so read our spec review to learn why you should consider buying the Aventon Pace 500!
Bike-Category: Class III electric bike. Throttle activated motor assistance up to 20 MPH, pedal activated motor assistance up to 28 MPH.
Who It’s For: Cyclists who want a very affordable entry-level commuter eBike. Great for those who need a more potent motor or a bike with a fantastic braking system for challenging downhill rides.
- FRAME: 6061 Double-Butted Aluminum Alloy
- UI/REMOTE: Smart LCD Easy Read Display with Backlight
- BATTERY: Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, 556.8 Wh
- CHARGER: 3 Amp Fast Charger
- MOTOR: Shengyi Rear Gear Hub Motor, 750 W / 50 Nm
- CHAIN: KMC Z Series
- SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano Altus Shifter
- CASSETTE: Shimano Altus 11-32 T Cassette
- CHAINRINGS: 42T Chainring
- DERAILLEUR: Shimano Altus 8-Speed Derailleur
- RIMS: Double Wall Aluminum Alloy 36 Hole
- TIRES: Kenda Kwick Seven Sport 27.5’’ x 2.2’’ Tires
- SADDLE: Aventon Velo Comfort Saddle
- STEM: Threadless, Adjustable 31.8
- HANDLEBARS: Aluminum Swept-Back Handlebars
- GRIPS: Ergonomic Grips
- BRAKES: Tektro HD-T285 Hydraulic Disc Brakes, 180 mm Rotors
- PEDALS: Aluminum Alloy Pedals
- KICKSTAND: Center Mount Adjustable Length Kickstand
- BELL: N/A
- HEADLIGHT: N/A
- TAIL LIGHT: N/A
- FENDERS: Optional Add-On
- Great entry-level city commuter eBike for those looking for an affordable, easy to ride electric bike. Available in three sizes, suitable for short and tall cyclists alike.
- 6061 aluminum frame. Full assembly weight averages out to be about 49 lbs across the three models. Lighter than what we expect in a beginner city commuter.
- Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, with a 556.8 Wh capacity. Able to travel over 40 miles on a single charge. Mounted on the center downtube for easy access and charging.
- 3 amp charger. Provides very rapid recharging, as it can recharge from 0% to 100% in just 3 to 4 hours. Premium level charger you don’t often find at this price!
- Shengyi rear gear hub motor, 750 W / 50 Nm torque output. The capable motor can keep up with traffic or help you climb any hill. Fantastic pedal and throttle system!
- Shimano Altus 11-32 T cassette with a 42T chainring drivetrain. 8-Speed drivetrain, which is also above average compared to what you usually get for the eBike price.
- Smart LCD easy-to-read, backlight display so that you can ride during the day or at night. Five pedal-assist levels to choose from, so you can prioritize speed or range.
- Kenda Kwick Seven Sport 27.5’’ x 2.2’’ tires. Designed for high-speed riding, ensuring you don’t suffer a blowout even when riding at over 30+ MPH.
- Tektro HD-T285 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors. Impressive stopping power, even when riding downhill at high speeds. Highly responsive and easy to maintain as well!
- Great accessory compatibility. Add fenders, bags, and other accessories you need for a better riding experience without having to pay for the gear you don’t want.
- Limited suspension support. It can get somewhat shaky if you ride over cobblestone, gravel, or other loose terrains.
- Limited light support. No headlight or tail light, while the tires and pedals don’t offer much reflection. Definitely make some upgrades for added rider safety.
- Limited drivetrain protection. Mud can clog up the drivetrain reasonably quickly, and the chain does tend to slip off when shifting at very high speeds.
- Free shipping to many parts of the world but arrives mostly unassembled. Be prepared to spend an hour or two putting it together depending on your familiarity with bikes.
- 6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame
Standard 6061 aluminum alloy bike frame. It weighs 49 lbs fully assembled, so it is one of the lighter eBikes we’ve had the chance to review. Available in three sizes, ensuring that tall and short cyclists alike can enjoy this eBike!
- Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, 556.8 Wh
Lightweight battery mounted on the center downtube of the Aventon Pace 500. Able to travel over 40 miles on a single charge, which is about what we expect when buying an entry-level eBike.
- 3 Amp Charger
High-quality, premium 3 amp charger that you don’t usually expect with such an inexpensive eBike. Able to fully recharge the battery from 0% to 100% in about 3 to 4 hours.
- Shengyi Rear Gear Hub Motor, 750 W / 50 Nm
Excellent, reliable eBike motor with some above-average torque you usually don’t find in an entry-level eBike. More than enough to keep up with traffic and help you climb the typical hill you come across as well.
- Smart LCD Easy Read Display with Backlight
Central mounted LCD display that is very easy to read given its large screen size. Backlit, so you can still see the screen during the day or when it is dark out. Five pedal-assist modes to choose from for more precise motor control.
- Shimano Altus 11-32 T Cassette with a 42T Chainring Drivetrain
8-Speed eBike, with above-average gear options, you have more opportunities for your pedal cadence control. Reliable Shimano drivetrain for easy and quick shifting, but be careful shifting gears at high speeds.
- Kenda Kwick Seven Sport 27.5’’ x 2.2’’ Tires
Tall but balanced tires provide great acceleration while still providing good traction and stability for easier turning around corners. They are designed for high-speed riding, with a 30 PSI to 50 PSI inflation range for more dynamic riding.
- Swept-Back Handlebars with Rigid Aluminum Alloy Fork
Swept-back handlebars provide a comfortable riding position while you’re racing around the city. Rigid aluminum alloy fork provides some natural suspension for a steadier riding experience.
- Tektro HD-T285 Hydraulic Disc Brakes, 180 mm Rotors
Great hydraulic disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power while also being very easy to maintain. 180 mm sized rotors are fantastic for giving a smooth and steady stop, even when riding downhill.
- Aluminum Alloy Pedals
Solid, sturdy pedals that are sturdier than your average plastic pedal platform. Aluminum alloy pedals also provide better traction support, making it easier to maintain your foot grip on the pedal while you ride.
The Aventon Pace 500 is built with a 6061 aluminum frame. 6061 aluminum alloy is a widespread material used in frame construction since it is lightweight, durable, and easy to work with by manufacturers. Many car, boat, and even aircraft components are made out of 6061 aluminum. Besides having generous structural and weight support, the Aventon Pace 500 weighs just 49 pounds fully assembled, which is lighter than your standard city commuter that we review. With three different frame sizes to choose from, short and tall cyclists alike can enjoy riding on the Aventon Pace 500 electric bike.
Motor & Battery
The Aventon Pace 500 is a class III eBike, with pedal activated motor assistance up to 28 MPH and throttle activated motor assistance up to 20 MPH.
The Pace 500 has a rear gear hub drive, with a 750 W and 50 torque output that makes it a bit better than your average entry-level eBike. You will have sufficient motor power to climb up almost any hill you come across and keep up with traffic more efficiently, thanks to the 28 MPH motor speed cap.
We would be careful about pushing your motor at max power for long stretches of your ride, but otherwise, it’s a good enough motor to help you explore the city and keep up with the flow of cars.
The battery and charger are, for the most part, above average as well. A Samsung Lithium-Ion tube battery comes with the Aventon Pace, with a manufacturer-recommended range of about 40 miles per single charge. Some cyclists have found that your true max range will be 55+ miles depending on your riding settings and conditions from reading and discussing the bike with other reviewers.
40 to 60 miles is suitable for an entry-level eBike, but what is really great is the 3 amp charger included with the Aventon Pace 500. You’ll be able to fully recharge your battery from 0% to 100% in just 3 to 4 hours, a recharge time you don’t ordinarily find on an electric bike. With the Aventon Pace 500, you’ll be getting on the road much faster compared to your standard entry-level eBike setup.
Found in the middle of your eBike handlebars, the backlit smart LCD is very simple to read given its large size. With the help of the display backlighting, you can also ride any time–day or night–and still see the screen, though it will be harder to use the display in the dark.
There are five pedal assist levels to choose from, helping you decide whether you want your bike to focus on maximum travel range or improved power and acceleration. Overall, it’s a great display that we’re glad to see on such an affordable eBike, with great readouts you can use to track your riding performance. The full list of readouts included with the Aveton Pace 500 LCD display is as follows:
Aventon Pace 500 LCD Display Readouts, Metrics, and Settings:
- Current Speed
- Battery Level (Ten Levels)
- Pedal Assist Level (Five Levels + Walk Mode)
- Trip A Distance
- Trip B Distance
- On Streets- The Aventon Pace 500 provides excellent handling on city streets. You’ll accelerate fast with the tall 27.5’’ tires and still maintain good traction and stability with the 2.2’’ tire width. Breaking is steady thanks to the 180 mm sized hydraulic disc brakes, and shifting is nearly as good with the 8-Speed Shimano drivetrain. If you ride on clear or dry weather days, you’ll have a great time on the Pace 500, though try to stay off the road when it is wet and muddy out due to the unprotected nature of the drivetrain.
- Turn Radius- The Aventon Pace 500 has a reasonably tight turn radius, and in some ways, is even easier to turn than eBikes with thinner tires. The reason why is that while the 2.2’’ width isn’t as skinny as dedicated city commuter tires, the extra width provides a more stable riding platform with better road traction. As a result, trying to cut a corner with the Aventon Pace 500 is in some ways more manageable than it would be with bikes that have tighter turn radius. So, whether you need to navigate a close alleyway or just want to double back quickly after missing a turn, you’ll be able to do so on the Aventon Pace 500.
- Low-Speed Handling- Weighing around 49 lbs fully assembled, the Aventon Pace 500 isn’t the worst eBike to handle at low speeds. Just make sure you use the motor, and you’ll have an even easier time when you want to control the Pace 500 at low speeds. The motor helps to set the pedal assist level to a low setting for a small boost that allows you to concentrate less on pedaling and more on handling. Alternatively, there is also a walk mode you can turn on, which pushes the bike forward without relying on any pedaling at all. Just don’t use the throttle because it will provide max power and may even cause the eBike to shoot out from your grasp!
The Aventon Pace 500 features a Shimano Altus 11-32 T cassette with a 42T chainring drivetrain, all of which is connected by a custom, high-quality KMC Z Series eBike chain. As an 8-Speed eBike, you have more substantial gearing options than what you would typically find on an entry-level eBike.
The more gear options you have, the more precise your pedaling cadence can be for a comfortable yet efficient riding experience. The drivetrain is mostly great then, but it does suffer from the lack of a chain guard or guide. Be careful when riding on wet or muddy days since drivetrains can get clogged up fairly quickly if you aren’t careful.
Also, try to avoid shifting at 30+ MPH because the lack of a chain guide means your chain will likely fall off when attempting to shift at such high speeds.
Nearly everything about the Aventon Pace 500 is above average quality. That includes the premium Tektro HD-T285 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm sized rotors. Hydraulic disc brakes are considered more premium brakes than mechanical brakes because they last longer, provide better feedback response, and perform better in almost every way.
With 180 mm sized rotors, you have sufficiently large brakes to come to a quick and steady stop even when riding downhill at high speeds. 180 mm sized rotors are more common on mountain bikes, so it’s great to see them included with a city commuter like the Aventon Pace 500 eBike!
City commuters are hit and miss when it comes to bike suspension, and with the Aventon Pace 500, it is a little bit of both. Suspension systems weigh bike frames down, which you don’t want in a city commuter, but they help you have a more stable ride when riding over bumpy terrain.
The Aventon Pace 500 is going to feel noticeably unsteady as you hit cobblestone, loose gravel, and the occasional rough road section, especially if you’re riding at high speeds. Slow down, take your time, or consider adding a suspension seat post to the Aventon Pace 500.
Another premium component, the Aventon Pace 500, features aluminum platform pedals that you typically only find on eBikes at a mid-level or premium price point. Aluminum pedals are more stable and have better traction for shoes than plastic platform pedals, besides being more durable and less likely to break if you get in a crash.
The reflector panels are easy to spot, though they are limited since the rest of the eBike lacks the standard safety lighting components we like to see. Even so, you’ll have a great time if you stick with the stock pedals that come with the Aventon Pace 500 electric bike.
Grips and Saddle
Next up, we want to go over the comfort options that make the Aventon Pace 500 such an enjoyable frame to go out on. The ergonomic rubber grips are cushy to hold, with a design meant to help you ride far beyond your motor range without tiring out your hands.
Similarly, the swept-back handlebars have also been designed for comfort, helping you maintain good riding posture, so your arms and lower back don’t get worn out either. The saddle is on the larger size, so you can be a taller and heavier rider and still enjoy the Pace 500 just as much as a shorter, smaller rider. Mounted on steel rails, you’ll have a good time riding on the Aventon Velo Comfort saddle and Pace 500 electric bike,
Wheels and Tires
Wheels are the last major performance component that we review. We think you’ll like the Kenda Kwick Seven Sport 27.5’’ by 2.2’’ tires, mounted on double-wall aluminum alloy 36 hole wheels. 13 gauge stainless steel spokes are used to hold the front and back wheels together, with a recommended 30 to 50 PSI inflation range for the tires. The tires feature some high-quality puncture protection, so while we would avoid riding over sharp rocks, you can ride at high speeds without worrying about suffering a blowout. There is some minor sidewall taping, and while the wheels’ black design does look great, they can be hard to spot and are a safety concern when riding the Aventon Pace 500.
The overall performance of the Aventon Pace 500 is impressive, and we appreciate the low purchase price for this eBike. However, we have one major weakness with this bike because we wish it had better lighting and safety features.
There isn’t a headlight or taillight that comes with the Pace 500, and while the pedals and tires have some reflective lighting, it isn’t enough to keep you genuinely safe while riding. As a result of failing to spot a cyclist, collisions are among the most common accidents to befall those who ride electric bikes.
Before anything else, we highly recommend adding more lighting to the Pace 500 electric bike! After that, here are a few other accessories that you may want to consider for an even better riding experience:
- Aventon Lezyne Femto Drive Headlight and Tail Light
- Aventon eBike Fender Set
- Aventon Rear Rack
- Aventon Axiom Pannier Bags
- Aventon Banjo Pannier Bags
- Aventon Axiom Universal Handlebar Mirror
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The Aventon Pace 500 is a great city commuter bike for those who are brand new to electric bikes. The 6061 aluminum frame is lighter than your average city commuter eBike, with three size options to accommodate short and tall cyclists alike.
The Shengyi rear-mounted gear hub motor is good enough to get you where you want to go in the city, and depending on your settings, you’ll be able to travel between 40 to 60 miles before stopping to recharge.
While we would like a chain guard or guide of some kind, the Shimano 8-Speed drivetrain does provide extensive gear options not standard for most entry-level eBikes. The 180 mm rotor hydraulic disc brakes, aluminum pedals, and several other components are rare to find on such an affordable eBike as well.
You will probably have to spend some money making upgrades, though, especially if you are concerned about rider safety like we are. Otherwise, the overall performance and feature set are far and above what we expected. The Aventon Pace 500 is hands down one of the best and top recommended entry-level commuters we’ve had the chance to review!
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