Aventon Pace 500 Review Commuter Electric Bike

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Why Spend your Money on the Aventon Pace 500 Commuter Electric Bike?

Start with your comfort. The Aventon Pace 500 provides an upright riding position, 5-levels of pedal assist, and great tires surface.

All three join their qualities to make your riding experience an absolute bliss.

Then comes this model’s range. Most commuter ebikes you see on the road need their owners to plug-in their batteries after every 25 to 30 miles.

The Pace 500 is different. Its 48V Li-ion battery allows this urban-cruiser to keep going for up to 40 miles.

On top of everything else, it is affordable. With an approx price of $1400, it is extremely affordable compared to branded commuter models such as the Scrambler Ducati ebike.

However, to keep its asking price low, more than a few corners have been cut. What they are and how they impact this bike’s performance?

This is discussed over this Aventon Pace 500 review.


Riding the Aventon Pace 500

The first thing I noticed when holding the Pace 500 was its weight. I can tell it felt like holding a heavy weight but nice and balanced.

I found a bit annoying the fact that the seat post was too low for me (1.81 cm -6’11”), so I had to source an allen key to loose the post and adjust to my height.

When sitting, it felt different. The saddle spring are great; very minimal vibration when riding.

After checking up all the default controller features, I noticed the throttle was not working. This is because it activates after pedalling a couple of times.

I guess, it requires some speed for it to work, which I find ironic.

The torque was interesting. By pedalling, it was not too difficult to reach the top speed, which was around 10 seconds – I was on flat terrain though.

On the throttle side, the motor responded beautifully before hitting the 20 mph, where it stopped pushing.

The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that my thumb was getting tense after a while.

The braking test was not bad. Of course, it had to be done during top speed so it took me approx.  10 meters to get to a full stop.

It would’ve been nice to have some addition suspension but it is not that bad. I guess this is due to the designed of the handle bar, which is closer to your body avoiding leaning forward the tire.

Lastly, the battery. After 30 km of riding on Lv 5 mode, the battery still had around 25% left of juice.


The Frame

Here’s what I think about the frame and design of this commuter electric bike:

 

Material use and overall weight

The fact that this ebike has an aluminum frame, comes across as a double-edged sword.

On the one end, aluminum is corrosion-resistant, boasts a massive strength-to-weight ratio and is lightweight.

On the other, it literally sucks at absorbing road vibrations.

The frame, handlebar, fork and even battery’s cover are made of aluminum.

That is why this model tips the scales at around 50lbs (23 kg), which is heavy for an electric bike using this building material.

However, if you intend to bring further down the overall weight, removing the battery will see it nosedive to 42.8 pounds (19 kg).

 

The Design (Standard Vs Step Through)

Do you know that there are two (2) Aventon Pace 500s? The one I’m reviewing is equipped with the standard frame.

The other Aventon Pace 500 comes with a step through frame.

Both of them don’t have front suspension so you can’t expect to perform well on rough roads.

Aside from the above, it has an internal cable routing to keep the looks of the bike neat and also providing protection to the cables.

These are the main differences I found:

  • Standard Frame

Also known as diamond frame – because of the way its main frame and the rear triangle connect with each other – it boasts a unique combo of lightweight construction and ultra-strong configuration.

I would say this standard frame is ideal for riders looking less air resistance. Also, it was designed for male riders (but women can still use it of course).

In addition to the above, the top tube will let you carry it without issues.

  • Step through Frame

Do you find it challenging to fling your front leg over your bike’s top tube? Have to get on-and-off your bike’s seat multiple times in a ride? Then step-through frames are a must-have for you.

Pace 500 ebike Step Through

This frame alternative are great for shorter riders since the front fork is closer to your body.

The contra-part is the fact that you will 100% struggle trying to lift the bike. There is not point to wrap it.

Between the two (2) I don’t see much preference but for a quick jump in and out, the step through is great.


Commuter Tires and Rims

This commuter ebike comes with tires that won’t let slip easily. In addition, the double-wall rims are sturdy and hold up well to tough riding.

Let’s see a bit further.

 

Kenda Tires

The Aventon Pace 500 is equipped with Kenda Kwick Seven 5-Sport e-bike rated tires.

Measuring 27.5-inches by 2.2 inches, they have a large surface area that helps them retain traction on wet roads.

Their massive footprint also allows the tires to muscle through squishy roads without slipping.

Except for rough roads, the tires would ensure a comfortable ride almost everywhere else.

However, if you regularly travel on roads with lots of cracks and bumps, I recommend that you air down the tires.

That’s because they aren’t supported by features – suspension stem or suspension seat post– that, if present, would have saved the rider from effects of rough roads.

 

Aluminium Rims

Here’s one of the features that justify this bike’s reputation as an urban cruiser.

Its double-wall aluminum 36h front and rear rims make the perfect use of their material of construction.

That is to say that, just like the aluminum frame, they are lightweight yet sturdy.

Double-wall rims provide excellent strength to weight ratio.

Bike enthusiasts also wax lyrical about double-wall rims. That means that there are two (2) chambers inside the rims.

They, in turn, allow the rims to boast an above-average ‘strength to weight ratio’ and hold up well to tough riding.


The Hub Motor

This e-bike comes with a descent motor which provides enough torque to make uphill climbing a cinch.

500w geared hub motor with 50Nm torque

Aventon Pace 500 Classification

Most e-bikes you see on the road come with either ‘hub-drive’ or ‘mid-drive’ motors.

The Aventon Electric Pace 500 has been equipped with a 500W geared rear ‘hub-drive’ motor.

But the power is not the main point. What makes it an appealing option is the throttle alternative.

On saying this, the Pace 500 is classified as “class 3” pedal assist. This means that lawmakers around some countries, like the US, consider it too fast for trails and bike paths.

I know there are ways to alter the maximum speed the ebike can go but that is a dealers problem to work on.

 

Speed, Torque and Cadence Sensor

Due to the presence of the above mentioned features, this bike’s hub-drive motor is capable of offering 750watts of peak power and 20 miles of top speed on throttle.

However, if you want to take help from its ‘Pedal Assist’ mode, you can cruise this model at 28 miles per hour.

As for its torque, the 50Nm on offer is very interesting, as it will make moderate climbs a cinch for this e-bike.

Equally exciting is its cadence sensor, which turns the motor on/off when you start/stop pedaling.

It also lets you control the bike’s speed and boost level by adjusting its modes up and down.


Aventon Pace 500 Battery

Want to hear something exciting? This e-bike comes with the latest Li-ion battery.

In terms of design, it is not the most good looking. Just sitting on the down-tube completely exposed to the elements.

I’m sure the battery was made water proof however, it would’ve been good to have a cover on the end where the power button and charging point are located.

Battery indicator and power point

As for the difference between the two (2) frame options, I don’t like the placement of the battery for the Aventon Pace 500 Step Through.

It is inconveniently located in the way of your leg so careful you hit yourself.

 

The Chemistry

What’s the last thing you expect from an e-bike available at a lower price point? That it will come with a Li-ion battery.

But that’s precisely what the Aventon Pace 500 does with its 48V, 11.6Ah (556.8Wh) Samsung Cells battery.

It is not uncommon to have a 48v battery for a motor delivering 750w peak power.

 

Aventon Pace 500 Range

The battery’s range is influenced by which of the five (5) assistance modes is selected.

  • Level 1, which puts the lowest pressure on the motor and subsequently delivers the least amount of torque, allows the battery to keep going for 50 miles.
  • Level 5, meanwhile, drains the battery within 30 miles.

Both the range and charging time are above average for a budget e-bike.

As for its charging time, Aventon puts it at four (4) hours. I have nothing to say about it because it’s fairly average for an e-bike built for urban roads.

I know there are models out there – like the Super 73S1 fat tire electric bike – which take as much as six hours to bring back their battery from dead.


Controlling the ebike

Most commuter electric bikes have a single option to control and power the system – through the control unit.

It is not different for this ebike but what makes it different is the big LCD display.

 

The M5 Display

This e-bike comes with two user-friendly switches. One of them – the control pad – lets you adjust the pedal assist levels (explained below) through up and down arrows.

M5 LCD display for Aventon

On its left side is the thumb throttle, which you can get a boost of up to 20 miles per hour.

Both the controls are connected to the large LCD display screen that is positioned in the middle of the handlebars for easy visibility.

It provides information on various metrics including battery level, speed (current, average, max), pedal assist level, odometer, ride time, among others.

For more info on the M5 display, check this post.

 

The riding modes

For a class 3 ebike, a few riding modes were required.

Based on what the LCD display showed me, there are five (5) alternatives:

  • Level 1: 13 mph
  • Level 2: 18 mph
  • Level 3: 20 mph (max for throttle use).
  • Level 4: 23 mph
  • Level 5: 28 mph

As indicated above, the throttle mode will only get it up to 20 mph (32 km/h).

Even if you are riding at top speed (28 mph – 45 km/h), the motor will get you down to 20 mph when activating the throttle.

This is actually great since many countries, specially where the Aventon Pace 500 trades, will have strict regulation about top speed.

Lastly, the walking mode. This can be engaged by going through the modes the LCD display offers.


Brakes and drivetrain system

Here’s a glance on this E-bike’s brakes and drivetrain system:

 

Tektro Hydraulic Brakes

Here’s one feature of this e-bike that impressed me the most. I was surprised to note that its Tektro hydraulic brakes (considered the best after disc brakes) are supplemented with a safety cut-off sensor.

Located in the brake lever, it will cut-off the assistance the moment you engage the brake lever.

Yet another excellent feature the brakes possess is an adjustable lever.

One which allows you to customize its position by tightening/loosening the screw on its backside with an Allen key, thereby saving your hand from over-extension.

 

8-Speed Drivetrain

At the cost of sounding technical, this model’s drivetrain is an 8-speed Shimano Altus shifter, derailleur, and cogset.

Those of you who regularly wade through roads with little to no traffic can take advantage of the 7th or 8th gear to let this bike make the most of its highest assist levels.

However, if your daily ride is through a bumpy county road with full of potholes – or you have a knack of climbing uphill – riding this e-bicycle in 1st or 2nd gear will do the trick for you.

All in all, you won’t find yourself in a situation where the drivetrain won’t be able to come to your aid.


Aventon Pace 500 Accessories

Aside from the already mentioned parts, the Aventon Pace 500 accessories could possibly make up your mind when buying this ride.

Aventon rear rack for 500 model

Although, it doesn’t come with anything else fitted, you can include a front and rear rack, fenders and of course any pannier for convenience.

See that the rear rack has to be specific for the Pace 500. There are other options but better to go safe with the supplier.


Is it worth buying the Aventon Pace 500?

I’ve juxtaposed this model’s benefits and shortcomings to help you answer this question:

Why to buy it?

  • Lithium-ion battery: What is the one thing that keeps most people from trying electric bikes? Anxiety about their range. The Aventon Pace 500 has rectified this issue with its newest battery that keeps going for up to 50 miles.
  • Five support modes: While the lower levels (1 to 3) conserve power in favor of better range, the last two (2) modes make the most of this model’s 500W motor to make upward climbing for it a cinch.
  • Large LCD display: Its convenient placement between the two handlebars makes viewing readings on the go easy, thereby making sure that you can quickly turn your attention back to the road.
  • Big, comfortable and upright seat: You are also given the option to adjust the height of the seat by the bike’s stem, thereby getting you into an efficient pedaling position and giving you an excellent vision of road conditions and traffic.

 

Why not to?

  • No suspension: One of the major problems this bike’s users will face is a bumpy ride on tough surfaces. The lack of suspension means that there will be nothing to absorb off-road vibrations.
  • Can’t activate throttle from a complete stop: Its manufacturer state that this feature is there to keep accidental throttle engagements at bay.
  • Regulations: as a class 3, it will be regulated. Check your local law and see if the standard specification are not in line with the local rules.

Aventon Pace 500 Review Wrap Up

The Pace 500 ebike is a commuter ride that will give more than most other competitors.

The two (2) riding configurations (pedal and throttle) give enough freedom when more speed is required or just cruising along the road.

It has a very simple designed with not impressive features – aside from the internal cable distribution along the down tube.

For an commuter ebike that reaches 45 km/h (28 mph), I’m not confident how the tires will perform over wet conditions, so keep that in mind.

For a price point, I reckon the Aventon Pace 500 electric bike is not that bad as is, however matching what other competitors like the Batavus Razer Turbo offer, will let you thinking.

Images courtesy of Aventon


 

Aventon Pace 500

4.45

Frame & Components Quality

4.5/5

Braking Performance

4.5/5

Speed & Torque (motor)

4.8/5

Controller & Assistance

4.5/5

Battery Range

4.5/5

Overall Weight

4.3/5

Portability & Maneuverability

4.3/5

What we like

  • ✅ Throttle and pedal assist modes available.
  • ✅ Large LCD display with a lot of features.
  • ✅ It is a comfortable ride due to its handle bar positioning and cushion saddle.

What we do not like

  • There is no front suspension.
  • Does not include any racks or fenders that usually top class commuter ebikes have.
  • Tires are a but thin considering the top speed it can reach.