Aventon Pace 350 - In-Depth Review
The Aventon brand was founded in 2013 as Justin Christopher’s vision to introduce decent, entry-level, fixed gear bikes to the e-bike market. In the past eight years, the company has grown immeasurably and now employs one hundred people bent on making excellent e-bikes at affordable prices.
A couple of years ago, the company debuted a line of e-bikes, and the first model was the Pace 500 - an electric bicycle featuring a simple design and a 500-wat rear hub motor. Shortly after, they introduced the Pace 350. This bike features a 350 rear-hub motor and is available in two frame styles, sizes, and colors - all that at an incredibly affordable price!
If you’re a fan of casual biking adventures or are just looking for a decent class II e-bike, keep on reading because I have a good feeling you’re going to love the Pace 350.
Aventon Pace 350 comes in two frame-styles: regular and step-through. Both frame styles feature an easy-going look and an easy-going ride style due to the relaxed frame geometry, swept-back handlebars, and thick tires.
You can hop on and off the Pace 350 effortlessly thanks to the upright handlebars and the laid-back seat position. Even if you have short legs, you won’t have any trouble placing both feet on the ground while sitting on this bike.
Pace 350 frames stand out from the competition due to their 6061 hydroformed tubing and smooth welds. In fact, the welds on this e-bike are some of the best I’ve seen. The hydroformed tubing is shaped to provide extra support to high-stress areas like the head tube connection.
Another thing I like about the Pace 350 frame is the lithium battery. The battery is actually semi-integrated into the downtube which provides some protection from the elements and contributes to the e-bike’s clean lines.
The Pace 350 is available in two sizes, small and medium which is a thing you don’t often see.
When it comes to extra features, the Pace 350 is quite a bare bone. It doesn’t come with fenders or even a light. Thankfully, you can easily add aftermarket fenders if you want to.
The same goes for suspension - the Pace 350 doesn’t have any, but you can upgrade it if you want to.
The only extra feature this e-bike comes with is a digital display that gives you all the important information about your ride such as the speed, battery health, and the pedal-assist level you’re currently using. The LCD display is backlit so you won’t have any problems reading essential information during the night.
Although it’s not an extra feature, I have to commend how little wiring dangles from this e-bike. Most of the wiring runs through the frame giving it a clean look and ensuring you won’t accidentally cut an essential cable because it got tangled in the spokes.
The Pace 350 features a 350-watt Shenyi brushless rear-hub motor with a planetary gear set. The motor is so small, most people will easily miss it when looking at this e-bike.
The Shenyi motor will get you up to speeds of 20-MPH via pedaling or via the throttle. This bike uses cadence sensors for pedal assist, which means you can ghost pedal the Pace 350 to keep it going.
What’s interesting is that you can’t engage the throttle while at full stop. You need to make a full revolution of pedals before you can use the throttle. While this is an interesting safety feature, it can be a problem for those with disabilities and when you need to take off quickly.
Like I mentioned above, you can control the level of pedal-assist by using the buttons on the permanently mounted LCD display on the handlebar. There are five levels of pedal-assist - each allowing you to go faster. I personally like using the first two levels because they give just enough assistance for me to feel like I’m driving a bike.
The Aventon Pace 350 comes with a lithium-ion 36v battery rated at 417.6 Wh. The battery uses Samsung cells, which means they’re more than durable. On top of that, all Aventon bikes come with a fast charger. It won’t take more than 4 hours for the battery to fully charge.
Since this battery is semi-integrated, you won’t have to worry about the elements so much like with other e-bikes. The downtube will provide more than enough protection from water, dust and mud.
Speed And Breaks
Aventon Pace 350 is a class II e-bike, which means it can get you up to speeds of 20 MPH. While not as fast as a class III bike, the Pace 350 gives you more than enough speed to zoom all over the town or country roads.
The bike features a Shimano 7 speed drivetrain. You won’t have any trouble climbing up steep hills and zooming on flat roads. The shifting is effortless and quite smooth. While I think the bike would benefit from more gears, when you factor in the price - you get more than what you pay for.
The Pace 350 is one of few entry-level e-bikes that features high-quality mechanical disc brakes. Tektro MD-M280 disc breaks with 180mm rotors provide you with more than enough control over your riding.
This e-bike comes with fairly thick tires. 27.5” x 2.2” Kenda Kwick Seven Sport tires will absorb a lot of the shock coming from the road. The tires are quite grippy and provide you with enough traction to safely drive even on dirt roads.
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Post Test Summary Aventon Pace 350: Pros & Cons
As you can see, the Aveton Pace 350 is quite a decent entry-level class II e-bike. It doesn’t come with many bells and whistles, but the things you do get are incredibly well built. The lightweight frame has some of the best welds I’ve ever seen on the bike and does a great job at hiding all the wiring.
When it comes to the ride quality it’s incredibly smooth and quiet. Even with the motor turned off, the ride is almost effortless. And once you turn on the motor, you will feel the assistance kicking in making the ride even more smooth.
The only thing that bugs me about this e-bike is the throttle. I don’t like the idea of me having to make a full revolution of the pedals to be able to turn it on. While this is an interesting approach to a safety feature so you don’t drive this bike into a wall, but I think they could’ve added a button that will allow the user to use the throttle as they fit.
What I Like About Aveton Pace 350
What I Don’t Like About Aveton Pace 350
The Aveton Pace 350 is an excellent class 2 leisure e-bike. Although it doesn’t come with many extra features, what you get for the price is more than decent.
Our Rating - 91/100
Aveton Pace 350 features a quite 350 brushless motor that’ll get you up to speeds of 20 MPH. If you’re looking for a decently priced class II e-bike that offers an incredibly smooth ride, look no further