The electric bike market has exploded, especially over the last year, and there seems to be a fitting e-bike for everyone, regardless for their needs, height, weight, riding styles, physical limitations and budget. Entry-level bikes are the most popular category, as many people are only just discovering the benefits of electric biking. A very strong contender in the category is certainly Aventon, with their affordable and versatile e-bike lineup. The most popular of the bunch it the Aventon Pace 500.

2021 Aventon Pace 500 Electric Bike

Aventon Pace 500 is a combination of a relaxed cruiser and a sleek city bike. It has a rather basic setup, but it also boasts very nice, clean line. Before we go into details, here is an overview of the features:

FEATURES

  • 48V, 500W Brushless Geared Motor
  • 48V, 11.6 Ah Li-Ion Battery
  • Range: 30 – 50 mile
  • Top Speed: Up to 20 mph, unassisted; 28 mph with pedal assist
  • 8-speed Shimano Altus Derailleur
  • Weight: 49lbs
  • Multiple frame sizes – classic and step through
  • Cruiser-style handlebar with adjustable stem
aventon pace 500

Frame

The frame is constructed with 6061 aluminum, the most common material for bike frames because of the optimum combination of strength, durability and light weight. The classic frame comes in three sizes, small, medium and large, accommodating riders from 5’1” to 6’4”. There is also a very convenient step-through option in small and medium. The build quality is excellent, just like with all Aventon bikes. It is put together with a great amount of precision and craftsmanship, welds are seamless, and it gives off the look and feel of high-end bikes.

It features typical cruiser style swept-back handlebar design, with very soft and comfortable grips. The adjustable stem adds to the comfort as it allows you to find the most relaxed position for you.

aventon pace 500

Motor Power and Speed

Aventon Pace 500 is fitted with geared brushless hub motor with 500W nominal power, peaking at 750W. If you are riding throttle-only the top speed is limited to 20 mph, but you can get to 28 mph with minimal pedaling effort. There is 5 levels of pedal assist that you can control via handlebar-mounted controls. Some people do not like the fact that there is no start from zero using the throttle, and you have to turn the cranks for throttle to engage, but we honestly didn’t mind this

What we did mind though is the fact that you just cannot go slow on this bike. Even in the lowest level of pedal assist the motor seems to launch you forward at full speed. This can be a nuance if you are on a crowded path, so you’ll end up constantly pressing on brake lever to cut off the motor.

Battery and Range

A 48V 11.6Ah battery is made with Samsung cells, has a range between 25 and 30 miles if you only use the throttle. If you put some effort in you can extend the range to over 50 miles. The battery is not concealed in the frame, but it is nicely integrated and doesn’t disrupt the line of the frame. It is lockable and removable, so it can be charged off the bike, and there is a battery level indicator at the top of the battery in addition to the one on the display.

Drivetrain

The biggest problem with entry-level electric bikes is usually in the gear set. The Aventon Pace 500 is fitted with the Shimano Altus, which is kind of a mid-range setup, definitely not the best there is, but not the worst either. Single rail 42T cassette, with 170mm crank arms, derailleur and cogset provide an easy shifting feel with solid engagement, but leaves you longing for a little more gear range for the speed that the Pace 500 can assist to.

The Pace 500 is a Class 3 e-bike, with the top speed rated at 28 mph. The 8-speed cassette is definitely needed to sustain higher speed for longer period of time, without drawing too much power form the battery. The best part of the entire drivetrain is the Shimano 8-speed trigger-style shifter, one of the smoothest trigger shifters available.

aventon pace 500 altus shifter

Wheels and Brakes

The stopping power of Pace 500 lies in Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors. The hydraulic disc brakes are superior to mechanical ones that most affordable bikes have, like Rad City or Ride1UP 500, and require less maintenance.

Wheels are 27.5” in diameter, fitted with 2.2” Kenda Kwick Seven Sport tires.

Other Components and Accessories

Aventon Pace 500 doesn’t come with a ton of accessories, but it’s got everything that matters. The awesome big LCD display provides a lot of good feedback and allowing you to access tons of settings. The Velo Comfort Seat, 245mm wide, with two springs underneath, is pretty comfortable.

There is no suspension fork, which is not uncommon with economically-priced electric bikes, but this type of bike does not really need the extra suspension, it is not an electric mountain bike. Thicker tires will provide just enough cushioning for the road.

This bike comes with a water bottle holder that attaches to the frame, and that is pretty much it when it comes to accessories. Pace 500 doesn’t come with cargo accessories, but it does have rear rack bosses, so you can attach an aftermarket rear rack to your e-bike

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Powerful motor and big battery
  • Multiple frame sizes and color options
  • 28 mph top speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Comes with 3A quick charger

Cons:

  • Some assembly required
  • No USB charging port
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Aventon Pace 500 vs Ride1Up 500

Ride1Up has some of the best-selling affordable electric bikes, the most popular is definitely their 500 series. Ride1Up 500 is very close to Aventon Pace 500, according to specs. They are both Class 3 e-bikes, both equipped with 48V 500W motor, however, Ride1Up 500 has a bigger battery of 13Ah. Ride1Up also has an advantage when it comes to drivetrain, as it is fitted with Shimano Acera 8-speed cassette, shifter and derailleur, which is a level above the Pace 500’s Altus setup. Unlike Pace 500, Ride1Up 500 has a front suspension fork and an integrated LED headlight. Ride1Up 500 is also cheaper, even with the optional rear rack added.

We loved the large LCD display on Pace 500, better than the tiny unit on the Ride1Up 500 handlebar. Pace 500 also comes with hydraulic disc brakes, while Ride1Up 500 has mechanical ones. Aventon’s bike comes with a 3A fast charger, that cuts down charging time. When it comes to design, Pace 500 stands out for its clean lines and different color option.

Aventon pace 500 vs Ride1Up 500

Between these two, we give a slight advantage to the Ride1Up 500, mainly because it has bigger battery, and overall better set of components for lower price.

Should you buy Aventon Pace 500?

At price under $1500 you get to choose between feature-packed bikes made out of components of questionable quality, or to giving up some features in order to keep the price down while maintaining the overall quality at high level. We are always for the latter. All things considered, the Aventon Pace 500 is a great deal.