After putting the Pace 500 through its paces on long rides, steep hills, and cruising through town we have concluded that the Pace 500 is truly a great value for the price point it’s listed at. In e bikes below $2000 especially, quality and performance can range drastically from brand to brand.
What you get for the money you pay can vary quite a bit from bike to bike. With the Pace 500 being around $1500, we didn’t know if it was going to perform to the standards set by some of Aventons higher tier models, but we were pleasantly surprised.
The Pace 500 felt more than ready for all city and cruiser riding, and despite no suspension, the Pace 500 rolled respectively smoothly over all the on-road terrain we rode it on. It’s clear to us that Aventon cares about the fine details of their bikes, and it definitely is apparent when riding their bikes around.
From stocking a $1500 bike with hydraulic disc brakes, to giving the consumer two options for the throttle setup it’s clear they care, and because of this we see Aventon maintaining their well-established reputation in the industry for years to come.
The Pace 500 didn’t feel like a pure city or cruiser bike, it fell somewhere between the two. It’s capable of commuter speeds and handling, but still has a more leisure-oriented geometry than a pure commuter would. Because of this, it’s up to you how you use the Pace 500, and as long as you’re not mountain biking you’ll likely be pretty satisfied with the experience this bike offers.
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No bike is perfect, and there were a couple of things we would like to see implemented, or changed for future models. Namely being to have the throttle variations be a programmable setting on the bike as opposed to the bike having one throttle, or the other. We are sure that there are plenty of people who would want to try both throttle designs before deciding, and having the option to swap between the two would help loads with setting up the bike for your needs and preferences.
It would also be good to see a more vivid LCD display with a wider color range in future models, while the current display isn’t bad, it also isn’t screaming “quality” at us like lots of the other components on the Pace 500. Even if it raises the price slightly, we feel a higher-end display would tie together the experience of the bike a lot better. At the end of the day though, these are mostly minor gripes on what is otherwise an outstanding ride.
With Aventon’s history in the fixie scene, owning their own manufacturing facilities, and their reputable customer support, it’s clear to us that Aventon is doing what they can do to get you a quality bike at a good price point. They also back up their bikes with a 5-year warranty on manufacturing defects, and a 1-year warranty on all electrical, and mechanical components.
In all, it was great to see Aventon does not take shortcuts even on their more budget-oriented designs. With that being said, the Pace 500 is a great bike for those who want to cruise casually or navigate about the city on their way to work.