Aventon Pace 350 Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]
After many miles of testing the Aventon Pace 350 it has proven to be a fun and easy going eCruiser with the very impressive price around a thousand dollars.
It has a casual and comfortable ride position with a lively 350 watt assist system featuring pedal assist and a throttle.
The Pace 350 has a lightweight and easy going ride feel that makes cruising around town a lot of fun.
For what you spend, the Aventon Pace 350 is an impressive electric bike with an integrated frame battery, 350 watt motor, and quality components from Samsung, Shimano, Tektro, and Kenda.
In this second part of the full review you will get an idea of the ride characteristics, range test results, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this electric bike.
Make sure you check out part 1 of this review with large pictures and specifications to get a detailed look at this e-bike.
What you can expect from the Aventon Pace 350:
To get acquainted with the Aventon Pace 350, checkout this video:
Riding the Aventon Pace 350:
Overall there are some characteristics of the Aventon Pace 350 that really stand out when riding this eBike. To summarize they are:
- Fun, comfortable, and easy going ride style and fit
- Lightweight feel on and off the bike
- Wide variety of pedal assist amounts + throttle
The Look & Feel of the Aventon Pace 350
Overall the Pace 350 has an easy going look and ride style with its relaxed frame geometry, swept back handlebar, and balloon style tires.
It’s an easy bike to get on and ride because of the upright handlebar with the laid back seat position that makes it possible to put your feet on the ground while still sitting on the seat.
These traits come from the beach cruiser style bikes that are comfortable and fun to ride with a carefree feeling.
Aventon electric bike frames stand out with their 6061 hydroformed aluminum tubing and smoothed welds.
The hydroformed aluminum tubing has been shaped to provide extra material where it is needed at high stress areas; for instance at the head tube connection.
The tubing size is minimized at lower stress areas. A good example of the this is the top tube where it starts with a larger diameter at the head tube and reduces in size at the seat tube connection.
In addition to the structural efficiency, the tubing design adds some style to the bike as well!
And speaking of style, the smoothed welds are a nice touch to blend the tubing together for a very cohesive look.
Another frame highlight is the lithium battery (36V 11.6ah) attached into the downtube which creates a clean look and it is also a good location for the overall balance and handling of the bike.
The complete bike weighs 46.7 pounds which is relatively light for an electric bike and the balanced feel of the Pace 350 gives it a lightweight ride feel.
It’s a lively and playful feel that is also attributed to its stable and comfortable ride style.
The battery integrated into the downtube also provides some protection of the battery.
Additionally, the downtube is the conduit for some internal cable routing that keeps the bikes looks clean and provides some cable protection.
The aluminum fork has aerodynamic style blades with smoothed welds for a clean and cohesive look that blends in well with the frame.
In addition to the Cast Blue color in this review the Aventon Pace 350 is also available in the Chalk White color shown above.
Aventon offers 3 sizes of the Pace 350 that are:
Small for riders in height 5′-1″ to 5′-7″
Medium for riders in height 5′-7″ to 5′-11″
Large for riders in height 5′-11″ to 6′-2″
The bike is this testing & review is the Medium frame size.
There is also the step-thru frame option that comes in 2 different sizes:
Small for riders in height 4′-11″ to 5′-4″
Medium for riders in height 5′-4″ to 5′-10″
The step-thru model comes in Amethyst (shown above) or Chalk White color options.
Now let’s take a look at the drive system of the Aventon Pace 350.
One of the highlights of the Pace 350 is how quiet the geared rear hub motor is. Many geared hubs make a bit of noise but the motor on the Pace 350 is impressively quiet.
The relatively compact size blends in with the looks of the bikes and it provides a nice amount of power for zipping around town in the higher assist levels while offering a more casual ride style in the lower assist levels.
There is a cadence sensor that engages the pedal assist system within half a turn of the cranks.
Pedal assist levels 4 and 5 provide a solid amount of power to get you up to 20mph pretty quick and they are good for climbing steeper hills.
Levels 1 through 3 are good for easy going rides and for navigating busy areas where you may not want much assist.
They are also good levels of assist for balancing your effort with the assist to get more range.
There is also a thumb throttle on the left side of the handlebar that can be used with or without pedaling. It provides assist up to 20 mph and to use it you must pedal at least half a revolution of the cranks.
The throttle can be used as a quick boost of power to the lower pedal assist levels for getting through an intersection quickly or for a little extra help on the hills.
There is also a walk mode that moves the bike at 3.5 mph and helps when walking the bike up hill/stairs.
The Aventon Pace 350 is a Class 2 electric bike per eBike laws that are applicable in many US states.
The drivetrain is a 7 speed Shimano shifter, Shimano Tourney derailleur, and Shimano freewheel. Shifting through the 7 speeds has a light shifting feel with solid engagement when shifting.
The gear range covers riding conditions from steeper hills to cruising along relatively flat ground at 20+ mph.
Now let’s take a closer look at the integrated frame battery.
The 36V 11.6ah 418Wh lithium battery is built with Samsung cells and its location in the downtube of the frame for good for overall balance and bike handling.
The main section of the battery case is aluminum and it has a durable look and feel.
Full charge time of an empty battery is about 4 hours and it can be charged on or off the bike.
The battery removal is easily accomplished by unlocking it from the frame with the supplied key (it comes with 2 keys) and then rotating it to the left side of the bike and off.
The battery weighs 6.0 pounds and removing it brings the weight of the Aventon Pace 350 down to 40.7 pounds which makes it a little easier to load on a car rack.
Now let’s take a look at the controls and display.
One of the most noticeable items on the handlebars is the center mounted large LCD Smart Display.
The display provides the following information:
- Battery level
- Current speed
- Average speed
- Max speed
- Pedal assist level
- Trip distance
- Battery voltage
- Ride time
There is a backlight that is very bright for easy visibility in low light conditions.
On the left side of the handlebars is the thumb throttle and control pad.
The pedal assist levels are adjusted with the up and down arrows on the control pad and the lower on/off button cycles through information on the display like odometer, trip distance, etc.
The thumb throttle is easy to reach and it has a wide range of assist from just a little bit of boost up to full throttle!
Now let’s take a closer look at the ride position of the Aventon Pace 350.
The casual and relaxed cruiser ride style gives the Pace 350 an easy going ride style that is a lot of fun for everyday riding.
The swept back handlebars with ergonomic grips give the Pace 350 a stable and comfortable ride feel and the stem is fairly upright for comfort as well as being able to see everything around you well.
Adding to the comfortable ride feel is the relaxed seat tube angle that makes it easier to place your feet on the ground while still in the saddle.
The Velo Comfort saddle has a wider profile with some elastomers springs to smooth the road out a bit. It is a comfortable seat!
27.5″x2.2″ Kenda Kwik Seven 5 Sport tires are a good match for this cruiser style eBike.
They have a stable ride feel with a smooth efficient tread pattern. These are eBike rated tires.
They have a ballon style profile with enough air volume to absorb a lot of bumps and cracks in the road when run at the lower tire pressures.
If you regularly ride on rougher roads it may be worth adding a suspension seat post.
Slowing the Pace 350 down is handled by the Tektro MD-M280 mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors.
They provide a good amount of stopping power and they are easy to control the amount of braking power being applied.
Each brake lever has a sensor that will stop the assist as soon as either brake lever is engaged.
The brake levers don’t have a reach adjustment which would be nice for riders with smaller hands.
The accessory spec includes a water bottle cage and adjustable height kickstand.
There is an adjustable mount for the water bottle cage so that it can be mounted on the frame or handlebar.
Okay, let’s see how the Aventon Pace 350 did out on the open road!
Aventon Pace 350 Range Test Results:
Here is the real world information on how the Aventon Pace 350 electric bike performed on a riding circuit that includes hills, flats, traffic, wind (when available) etc.
While testing these bikes I like to put them through the toughest conditions to see where their bottom line is in regards to range and speed. I tested the Aventon Pace 350 in the highest pedal assist level (Level 5) with average pedaling on paved roads.
Range: As you can see from the GPS info that I recorded, the Aventon Pace 350 traveled 27.8 miles and did a total elevation gain of around 2,200 ft. Considering that I weigh 190 lbs and I pedaled at an average pace this is pretty good range for a 36 Volt 11.6 ah battery pack (418 Watt Hours) with a 350 watt motor assisting up to 20 mph.
Watt hours are the total energy in a battery pack and it is based on the volts x amp hours of a pack. This is a way to compare the size of the “gas tank” of electric bikes.
Please keep in mind that if you pedal more, weigh less than me, ride slower and/or you use the bike in terrain that is not as hilly you will get more range. These results are from tough testing.
Speed: The Aventon Pace 350 will assist up to 20 mph with pedal assist and thumb throttle.
Weight: The Medium frame Aventon Pace 350 tips the scales at 46.7 lbs which is pretty good for an electric bike like this. Removing the battery brings it down to around 40.7 pounds which makes it a little easier to load onto a car rack.
The weight distribution of the Aventon Pace 350 is pretty good with the low and centered battery and a rear hub motor.
Fun & Comfortable: The Pace 350 is a fun and comfortable cruiser style electric bike that is easy to ride. The upright and sweptback handlebar is comfortable and helps with seeing everything around you. The laid back seat position and comfortable seat add to the easy going beach cruiser style.
Lightweight: At 46.7 pounds this is a light electric bike for its class and price point. The Pace 350 is pretty easy to pick up and it also has a lightweight ride feel that is lively and fun.
Price: Aventon a very impressive price point for an electric bike like this considering all of the features and quality components from Samsung, Shimano, Tektro, Kenda, etc.
Brake Lever Reach: It would be nice to have the ability to adjust the brake lever reach to fit riders with smaller hands.
Overall the Aventon Pace 350 is a fun and comfortable eCruiser for a very impressive price!
It’s easy going ride style is fun for zipping around town or just cruising the neighborhood.
The quiet 350 watt motor combined with the lightweight feel of the bike adds to the fun and carefree feeling of the Pace 350.
The Aventon Pace 350 is an impressive electric bike with an integrated frame battery, 350 watt motor, and quality components from Samsung, Shimano, Tektro, and Kenda.
Please keep in mind that this is a relatively short term test. This testing can’t really give you the long term review of durability and reliability. My thoughts on the quality of this bike are from previous experiences with similar bikes. If you own this bike and have some input on the long term durability, please share your comments with the Electric Bike Report community below.
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I was wondering how this bike handles the steepest of hills with the limited gearing and 350 w motor? Do you have to work really hard to get it up the hills?
…as a follow-up to my last comment, I am looking at getting this bike as a commuter, I have to climb 575 feed in my 2 1/2 mile fide from work to home, do you feel that the Pace 350 is capable of this?
Hi Irving, the Pace 350 will handle this well. It climbs steeper hills well in pedal assist level 5.