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The Aventon Pace 500 is one of the sleekest, most comfortable class III e-bikes on the market. On top of that, it’s incredibly affordable, making it perfect for both season e-bikers and newcomers too!
Aveton Pace 500 - In-Depth Review
Although Aventon is a relatively young e-bike company, they’ve taken the world by storm thanks to their excellent prices and transparency.
A couple of years ago, they launched their Pace e-bike line with two models: Pace 350 and Pace 500. Although these bikes seem similar on the surface, they have a few things they differ in.
The Pace 500 is an incredible class III e-bike that offers a smooth ride, sleek style, and incredible durability. In this article, I’m going to go in-depth about this electric bicycle to find out why it is one of the best e-bikes you can buy for the money.
But before we get into the review, let’s take a look at the key specs.
6061 Double-Butted Aluminum Alloy
27.5" x 2.2"
500W, 36V Brushless Rear Hub Motor
Lithium-ion 48V, 11.6Ah (556.8Wh) with Samsung Cells
Hydraulic disc brakes with safety cut off sensor
As you can see, the specs on this e-bike are nothing to scoff at. Not only is it lightweight for an e-bike, but it also comes with a powerful motor and high-quality hydraulic brakes.
Aventon Pace 500 features a 6061 double-butted hydroformed aluminum frame. Just like with the Pace 350, the 500 features a laid-back saddle and swept-back handlebars for additional riding comfort.
The Pace 500 is available in two frame styles: regular and step-through. So if you’re having trouble getting onto the bike, you can go for the step-though frame option. On top of that, the frame is available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The small frame is big enough for kids, while the large frame is big enough to accommodate even those that are higher than six feet.
The frame itself is incredibly sleek. This is thanks to the hydroformed aluminum - the frame is thick on the places where it experiences the most stress and less thick on non-essential parts.
Just like with all Aventon e-bikes, the downtube houses the battery. This not only provides additional protection for it but contributes to the frame’s clean lines. On top of that, all the wiring is done through the frame, so there is zero chance of you accidentally cutting the power cables.
When it comes to extra features, the Pace 500 is quite bare-bones (just like the Pace 350).
This bike doesn’t come with lights or a bell. On top of that, it also doesn’t come with fenders or a cargo rack. Thankfully, Aveton offers customization options in the form of a rack, fender, and even bags - but you will have to pay extra for those.
The e-bike comes with a large backlit LCD display that shows you all the essential ride information. With this screen, you can monitor your speed, pedal assist level, battery health, and distance. The LCD screen is fixed and can only be slightly shifted up and down.
The 500-watt geared brushless rear hub motor on the Aventon bike will get you up to a speed of 28 MPH in no time. The motor provides quite a lot of torque, which can be felt once you turn on the pedal assist.
The Pace 500 utilizes the cadence sensor to determine when it has to provide you with the assist. While cadence sensors are quite good, I wish they also used torque sensors since they’re better at battery life preservation and provide slightly better acceleration.
One feature I particularly like about this bike is the throttle. If you feel tired, you can engage it and cruise along at a speed of 20 MPH. Just keep in mind that you will have quite a limited range if you drive using only the throttle.
And when it comes to noise, the motor is very quiet. You will be able to hear it when at max speed, but the noise is almost negligible.
The Aveton Pace 500 features a lithium-ion 48v battery rated at 556.8 Wh. The battery features Samsung cells which means they’re high-quality and won’t explode accidentally.
Since Aventon is the only e-bike company that provides real-life data, we can easily find out how far you can go on one charge. On level 1 of pedal assist (13 MPH), you will be able to cover almost 57 miles, which is quite impressive for the price of the e-bike.
When it comes to charging, thanks to Aventon’s fast charging technology, you’ll be able to top off the battery in about 4 hours.
Speed And Brakes
Aventon Pace 500 is a class III e-bike which means it can get you up to speeds of 28 MPH when using the highest level of the pedal assist. That’s pretty fast for a leisure bike and will get you quickly around town or on country roads.
The Shimano 8 speed drivetrain allows for an incredibly smooth ride. You won’t have any troubles when transitioning from climbs to flat and downhill paths.
Thanks to hydraulic disk brakes you won’t have any problems coming to a full stop. Just keep in mind that if you’re using the throttle, just one squeeze of the breaks will disengage it.
Pace 500 uses 27.5” x 2.2” Kenda Kwick Seven Sport tires. The tires are quite big and are able to absorb a lot of the hits and bumps on the road. This is a good thing since this e-bike doesn’t come with any suspension.
The thread is quite aggressive for a leisure bike, and you won’t have any trouble driving over both asphalt and dirt.
The wheels feature reflective details on the side that help to enhance your safety on the road, especially during night rides.
Post Test Summary: Aveton Pace 500 Pros & Cons
The Aventon Pace 500 is an incredibly capable class III e-bike.
Thanks to the hydroformed aluminum frame, it weighs less than 50 pounds with the battery attached. The 500-watt motor and a powerful battery ensure you can enjoy riding all day long on all kinds of terrains without having to worry about the bike’s performance.
Thick tires absorb a lot of the bumps and provide more than enough traction over most types of terrain.
However, there are a couple of things that need improvement. For starters, the bike doesn’t come with any accessories. It wouldn’t hurt if it came with at least the fenders or a cargo rack.
Another issue is the throttle control. Just like with the Pace 350, you have to make a full revolution with the pedals to engage it. While this is a nifty safety feature, it can be an issue for those with disabilities or when you need to take off quickly.
What I Like About Aveton Pace 500
What I Don’t Like About Aveton Pace 500
If you can go over the lack of accessories and the finicky throttle system, the Aventon Pace 500 e-bike is one of the best class III e-bikes on the market. If you’re looking for an e-bike that offers the best bang for the buck, this is it!