Aventon Next-Gen Pace 500 vs Blix Sol Eclipse

Aventon Next-Gen Pace 500 vs Blix Sol Eclipse

July 22, 2022

The Next-Gen Pace 500 is one of our top-selling cruiser ebikes for a reason: it’s versatile, innovative, lightweight, and unbelievably nimble. The whole package if you will, while remaining at an attainable price. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve heard how insightful our previous comparison pieces have been, such as the Aventon Aventure to Juiced RipCurrent or Aventon Soltera to KBO Hurricane, and we have no plans to stop these types of posts if it means doing the research and presenting you with the cold, hard facts. After all, you can’t fight the facts!

We’re stacking up the Next-Gen Pace 500 against another very popular cruiser-style electric bike, Sol Eclipse, from Blix. Matching them up stat-for-stat, we’re going to see how they compare, ultimately, helping you decide which of the ebikes is the better bang for your buck.

Just as before, we’ll dissect each bike with four “lenses.” First, providing a broad overview of the ‘at-a-glance’ stats, just as you might see on a pamphlet at a bike shop. Next, we’ll zoom inside looking into the electrical elements of both ebikes, then the mechanical components. Finally, we’ll zoom out to the bigger picture, looking at the physical factors of both of these cruiser electric bikes.

 

An Overview of stats

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse

Motor

500W

750W

Battery

614 Wh (12.8Ah)

614 Wh

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

5 Levels

Throttle

Yes

Yes

Range

40 Miles Average

45 Miles Average

Size

4

(Regular, Large, S/M and M/L)

1

Step-Through

Model

Yes: in S/M and M/L Sizes

Yes

Weight

52 lb

56 lb

Carry Capacity

300 lb (incl. Rider and cargo)

270 lb (incl. Rider and cargo)

Gears

8

7

Lights

Front headlight with app compatibility

Integrated rear lights with brake light functionality

Integrated LED Front Light

Display

Colored LCD with app integration

LED Display

Top Speed

28 MPH

20 MPH

Price

$1,699

$1,699 - $1,799

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse

Motor

500 W

750W

Battery

614 Wh (12.8Ah)

614 Wh

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

5 Levels

Throttle

Yes

Yes

Range

40 Miles Average

45 Miles Average

Size

4

(Regular, Large, S/M and M/L)

1

Step-Through

Model

Yes: in S/M and M/L Sizes

No

Weight

52 lb

56 lb

Carry Capacity

300 lb (incl. Rider and cargo)

270 lb (incl. Rider and cargo)

Gears

8

7

Lights

Front headlight with app compatibility

Integrated rear lights with brake light functionality

Integrated LED front light only

Display

Colored LCD with app integration

LED Display

Top Speed

28 MPH

20 MPH

Price

$1,699

$1,699 - $1,799

At a glance, one will immediately see that there are few factors that set Next-Gen Pace 500 up higher than Sol Eclipse: a higher top speed for adrenaline junkies or those simply wanting to reach their destination sooner, lighter frame weight for carrying up stairs, loading into your car, and general ease of riding, higher carry capacity so you don’t have to worry whether your kids, picnic gear, and yourself can all fit in one trip, an extra gear shift, and not to mention more options in size and advancements in display technology.

Next-Gen Pace 500 simply gives its riders more for a similar price point. Although Sol Eclipse has a bigger motor, don’t be fooled by whether this is a good thing in this context. We’ll get to this shortly! The price-conscious will also notice that Sol Eclipse can cost an extra $100; We will also cover this momentarily.

 

Electrical

Electric bikes wouldn’t be electric bikes without their e-components. Let’s see how these two cruisers compare when we zoom in and strictly look at their electrical elements.

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse Comments

Battery

614 Wh (12.8Ah)

614 Wh

Both of these cruiser-style electric bikes have the same battery, meaning, they store juice equally to get you out and about on your ventures!

Motor

500W

Brushless Rear Hub Motor

750W

Geared Rear Hub Motor

A 750W motor doesn’t necessarily translate into “more power.” In this context, with Sol Eclipse reaching a top speed of 20 mph, it simply means you’ll be using more output to reach a lower speed than Next-Gen Pace 500, which can reach speeds up to 28 mph with less output required. If battery life and range are of importance, less might just be more in this context!

Pedal Assist

28 MPH Top Speed

5 Levels of PAS

20 MPH Top Speed

5 Levels of PAS

Both electric bikes give riders a healthy range of PAS choices to give them the best riding experience, however, Sol Eclipse will only reach a top speed of 20 MPH, categorizing it as Class II ebike whereas Next-Gen Pace 500 can be modified into a Class III ebike reaching a top speed of 28 MPH.

Charger

48V 3 Amp

48V 2 Amp

When comparing chargers, both the battery capacity and amp-hours are important to consider. Next-Gen Pace 500 charges at a rate of 3 amp. With both bikes having the same voltage battery (48V), Next-Gen Pace 500 would fully charge faster, getting you back to riding quicker!

Display

Colored LCD with mobile app integration

LED Display

The fully colored LCD display on the Next-Gen Pace 500 shows riders multiple metrics mid-ride and can connect to the Aventon mobile app where they can view additional riding insights as well as share tips with friends and family. In comparison, Sol Eclipse’s LED Display details ride data in a simple, black and white, fashion.

Lights

Front headlight with app compatibility

Integrated rear lights with brake light functionality

 

Integrated Front LED Light Only

Lights are one of the most important features for anyone who anticipates sharing the road with cars or biking once it's darker out. While a front light helps you see where you’re going, only the Next-Gen Pace 500 offers a fully integrated rear, brake light to alert others that you’re out on the road and slowing down. Did we mention that Next-Gen Pace 500’s headlight can also be controlled via the Aventon mobile app?

USB Charger

Yes

Yes

For whenever you might need an extra bit of battery, whether it’s to capture a beautiful sunset or check in on a friend, both electric bikes allow you to plug your smartphone in and charge up.

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse Comments

Battery

614 Wh

(12.8Ah)

614 Wh

Both of these cruiser-style electric bikes have the same battery, meaning, they store juice equally to get you out and about on your ventures!

Motor

500W

Brushless, Rear Hub Motor

750W

Geared Rear Hub Motor

A 750W motor doesn’t necessarily translate into “more power.” In this context, with Sol Eclipse reaching a top speed of 20 mph, it simply means you’ll be using more output to reach a lower speed than Next-Gen Pace 500, which can reach speeds up to 28 mph with less output required. If battery life and range are of importance, less might just be more in this context!

Pedal Assist

28 MPH Top Speed

5 Levels of PAS

20 MPH Top Speed

5 Levels of PAS

Both electric bikes give riders a healthy range of PAS choices to give them the best riding experience, however, Sol Eclipse will only reach a top speed of 20 MPH, categorizing it as Class II ebike whereas Next-Gen Pace 500 can be modified into a Class III ebike reaching a top speed of 28 MPH.

Charger

48V 3 Amp

48V 2 Amp

When comparing chargers, both the battery capacity and amp-hours are important to consider. Next-Gen Pace 500 charges at a rate of 3 amp. With both bikes having the same voltage battery (48V), Next-Gen Pace 500 would fully charge faster, getting you back to riding quicker!

Display

Colored LCD with mobile app integration

LED Display

The fully colored LCD display on the Next-Gen Pace 500 shows riders multiple metrics mid-ride and can connect to the Aventon mobile app where they can view additional riding insights as well as share tips with friends and family. In comparison, Sol Eclipse’s LED Display details ride data in a simple, black and white, fashion.

Lights

Front headlight with app compatibility

Integrated rear lights with brake light functionality

Integrated Front LED Light Only

Lights are one of the most important features for anyone who anticipates sharing the road with cars or biking once it's darker out. While a front light helps you see where you’re going, only the Next-Gen Pace 500 offers a fully integrated rear, brake light to alert others that you’re out on the road and slowing down. Did we mention that Next-Gen Pace 500’s headlight can also be controlled via the Aventon mobile app?

USB Charger

Yes

Yes

For whenever you might need an extra bit of battery, whether it’s to capture a beautiful sunset or check in on a friend, both electric bikes allow you to plug your smartphone in and charge up.

 

Mechanical

Though they are electric bikes, they still have the mechanical anatomy of a traditional bicycle. With that in mind, the following mechanical elements are equally as important to consider as their electrical counterparts.

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse Comment

Brakes

Hydraulic Disc

Mechanical or Hydraulic Disc

Hydraulic disc brakes are known for delivering more stopping power in a smoother fashion. Although mechanical disc brakes are equally as safe, especially when riding an electric bike that reaches a higher top speed, hydraulic is the safer choice. Sol Eclipse actually gives its riders a choice:

  • Purchase mechanical disc brakes for $1,699.
  • Or, purchase hydraulic disc brakes for $1,799.

The difference is we don’t charge extra for that extra bit of braking power with hydraulic disc brakes!

Gearing

8

7

While most won’t think twice about an 8 versus 7 gear set, that extra gear actually gives riders greater flexibility over their ride. Whether that means more options when climbing a hill or zipping around the neighborhood. Additionally, gear triggers, like those featured on Aventon, make it much easier to shift between gears versus Blix’s twist gear.

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse Comment

Brakes

Hydraulic Disc

Mechanical or Hydraulic Disc

Hydraulic disc brakes are known for delivering more stopping power in a smoother fashion. Although mechanical disc brakes are equally as safe, especially when riding an electric bike that reaches a higher top speed, hydraulic is the safer choice. Sol Eclipse actually gives its riders a choice:

Purchase mechanical disc brakes for $1,699.

Purchase hydraulic disc brakes for $1,799.

The difference is we don't charge extra for that extra bit of braking power with hydraulic disc brakes!

Gearing

8

7

While most won’t think twice about an 8 versus 7 gear set, that extra gear actually gives riders greater flexibility over their ride. Whether that means more options when climbing a hill or zipping around the neighborhood. Additionally, gear triggers, like those featured on Aventon, make it much easier to shift between gears versus Blix’s twist gear.

 

Physical

Now, let’s zoom out and take a look at the physical features of both cruiser electric bikes, seeing how they compare when placed side-by-side. The features discussed below have the potential to not only impact one’s riding experience but also influence how they look and feel while riding, contributing to the overall level(s) of confidence felt when out on the road!

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse Comments

Frame

Standard and Step-Through

Step-Through

Offering both a standard and step-through frame opens the doors for more people to find their right fit. Step over or step-thru, we’ve got something for you!

Sizes

4

Standard Frame: Regular, Large

Step- Through Frame: S/M and M/L

1

 

At Aventon, we recognize and celebrate diversity. This is why all of our ebikes come in different frame styles with multiple sizes, because at the end of the day, one ebike size definitely does not fit all.

Colors

4

4

If you don’t love how your ebike looks, odds are you won’t be riding it much, right? Both cruiser ebikes offer 4 colors to choose from, so riders can select the shade that best matches their personality.

Weight

52 lbs

56 lbs

It might not seem like much, but four pounds is still four pounds; Especially if you anticipate traveling with your ebike, lifting it onto a hitch rack for transport, or relying solely on your pedal power at times.

Carrying Capacity

300lb (incl. rider + cargo)

270lb (incl. rider + cargo)

An extra 11% of carrying capacity means that riders can carry more weight on Next-Gen Pace 500, anything from children on trailers and work equipment, to groceries.

Integrated Battery

Yes

No

Integrated batteries just look better, period. With sleek and innovative designs to conceal the battery without affecting the geometry of the ebike, Next-Gen Pace 500 was intentionally designed to look like a regular bike and perform like anything but!

Tires

27.5 x 2.2"

27.5 x 2.4" "Fat Tires"

Blix advertises their cruiser ebike to be equipped with “fat tires” but don’t be fooled, these are not to be confused with legitimate all-terrain fat tires! Both electric bikes are designed to cruise effortlessly on harder terrains, such as pavement and compact trails.

Fenders

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

 

Not just a stylish accessory, fenders are also a highly integral ebike component as they protect riders from dirt, debris, and other elements that may otherwise fly onto them, staining clothes, when their tires spin. Both cruiser ebikes offer a fender set to complete the look and feel of the ebike, sold separately.

Racks

Rear

Front and Rear

Racks are highly sought-after ebike components for their ability to transport whatever the rider may need. Both ebikes offer a rear rack, sold separately, while Sol Eclipse also offers a front rack option that is sold separately.

Next-Gen Pace 500 Sol Eclipse Comments

Frame

Standard and Step-Through

Step-Through

Offering both a standard and step-through frame opens the doors for more people to find their right fit. Step over or step-thru, we’ve got something for you!

Sizes

4

Standard Frame: Regular, Large

Step- Through Frame: S/M and M/L

1

At Aventon, we recognize and celebrate diversity. This is why all of our ebikes come in different frame styles with multiple sizes, because at the end of the day, one ebike size definitely does not fit all.

Colors

4

4

If you don’t love how your ebike looks, odds are you won’t be riding it much, right? Both cruiser ebikes offer 4 colors to choose from, so riders can select the shade that best matches their personality.

Weight

52 lbs

56 lbs

It might not seem like much, but four pounds is still four pounds; Especially if you anticipate traveling with your ebike, lifting it onto a hitch rack for transport, or relying solely on your pedal power at times.

Weight Capacity

300lbs (incl. rider + cargo)

270lbs (incl. rider + cargo)

An extra 11% of carrying capacity means that riders can carry more weight on Next-Gen Pace 500, anything from children on trailers and work equipment, to groceries.

Integrated Battery

Yes

No

Integrated batteries just look better, period. With sleek and innovative designs to conceal the battery without affecting the geometry of the ebike, Next-Gen Pace 500 was intentionally designed to look like a regular bike and perform like anything but!

Tires

27.5 x 2.2"

27.5 x 2.4" "Fat Tires"

Blix advertises their cruiser ebike to be equipped with “fat tires” but don’t be fooled, these are not to be confused with legitimate all-terrain fat tires! Both electric bikes are designed to cruise effortlessly on harder terrains, such as pavement and compact trails.

Fenders

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Not just a stylish accessory, fenders are also a highly integral ebike component as they protect riders from dirt, debris, and other elements that may otherwise fly onto them, staining clothes, when their tires spin. Both cruiser ebikes offer a fender set to complete the look and feel of the ebike, sold separately.

Racks

Rear

Front and Rear

Racks are highly sought-after ebike components for their ability to transport whatever the rider may need. Both ebikes offer a rear rack, sold separately, while Sol Eclipse also offers a front rack option that is sold separately.

 

The Bottom line

Next-Gen Pace 500 and Sol Eclipse each have distinct differences that set one apart from the other, while also sharing several key factors. Even after careful review, riders who are focused on “power and performance” without considering the real-world factors of range, battery life, and speed, will likely marvel at one cruiser over the other. Whereas other riders will see past technical specifications and make a decision based on which is most suitable for their lifestyle and which cruiser ebike gives them the most given their similar price points.

Both cruiser ebikes are built with power in mind, but it’s apparent that Sol Eclipse’s specifications show a somewhat imbalance in power; With a 750W motor, 20 MPH top speed, the same size battery as Aventon, and a slower charger, Sol Eclipse really isn’t all that fast nor the efficient choice. Next-Gen Pace 500’s motor balances out the battery size to create a dual-performance powerhouse of speed, endurance, and range, all while its fast charger will get riders back to pedaling in little to no time. Of course, there’s also the added advantage of technology, like beautifully integrated lights, battery, and an intuitive color display with app syncing compatibilities, as well as versatility in frame sizes and styles to match every type of rider.

What makes Next-Gen Pace 500 stand out against Blix is truly how much you can get, in addition to being our founding and fan-favorite electric cruiser bike. At Aventon, we strive to provide more than just a bicycle that can sustain power from a battery. It’s the details that matter most to us, like making sure comfort is considered, riding needs and styles are met, and sheer ingenuity shines in all that we do. Now that you’ve got the facts in front of you, you tell us: which of these two cruiser-style electric bikes is best for your needs? Let’s have a discussion!

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