These new city e-bikes are fast, cheap and great fun to ride
American company Aventon has upgraded two of its most popular city e-bikes with improved batteries and new features – without a huge price hike.
Not too long ago you’d be hard-pressed to find a good quality e-bike for less than $1,500 / £1,000 / AU$2,000, but that’s changing fast as component prices drop and that manufacturing processes are streamlined. If you’re looking for an e-bike and don’t have several thousand dollars in your pocket, you now have plenty of options to choose from, including the new Aventon Pace 350 and Pace 500.
As Electrek reports, both new bikes have redesigned frames, with an integrated battery that locks into the downtube, but can be removed for easy charging. There are also new front and rear lights (the latter integrated directly into the frame of the bike) and a new LCD trip computer on the handlebars. This can be connected to Aventon’s smartphone app, allowing you to customize your bike settings, plot routes and track your rides.
They are class two e-bikes, meaning they can be ridden without pedaling and have a fast top speed of 20mph with the motor engaged. Aventon quotes a typical range of 24 miles for the Pace 350 if you ride using the motor alone, and 30 miles for the Pace 500.
The biggest downside to these two new bikes is weight, as is often the case with road e-bikes; the new Pace 350 weighs 49 lbs (22.1 kg), while the Pace 500 weighs 52 lbs (23.6 kg). It’s slightly lighter than our current top-rated e-bike, the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0, but definitely too heavy for many riders to easily shoulder it and climb stairs.
More Cheap Electric Bikes to Consider
The 2022 Aventon Pace 350 is on sale now for $1,399 (about £1,000 / AU$1,900), while the updated Pace 500 is $1,699 (about £1,300 / AU$2,300) – both being very reasonable for e-bikes with these specs. These aren’t the only options in this price bracket, and there are plenty of other choices if these powerful but chunky road bikes don’t quite fit the bill.
For example, if you want something easier to transport and store, the Mycle Compact is a great Class 1 folding e-bike that packs up small and can be yours for a remarkably affordable £799 (about £1,000). $ / AU$1,500).
Looking for a city electric bike, but need something lighter and sleeker than the Aventons? The Halfords Carrera Impel starts at £1,099 (about $1,500 / AU$2,000), but only in the UK. Riders elsewhere in the world should check out the Rad Power Bikes RadMission 1, which retails for $1,199 (about £910 / AU$1,600).