Electric Assist Bike: The Ultimate Guide

Electric Assist Bike: The Ultimate Guide

August 2, 2019

What is an electric assist bike?

There is without a doubt a shift in the bicycle industry where many people are moving towards owning an electric assist bike rather than your classic bike. Not all electric assist bikes are the same so we are here to help you understand the difference between the electric assist bikes. There are different ways one can activate the electric assist on a bike. For starters some electric assist bikes have either pedal assist or throttle. Aventon Pace line of ebikes happens to have both.


A throttle is the most convenient and fun and easy way to operate an electric assist bike. The throttle usually comes in forms of a twist lever, push button or how are comes is a lever you hold down. Some electric assist bikes will activate the electric assist on throttle as soon as you push down, twist lever, or hold down the lever however, our Pace line of ebikes activates throttle after you pedal once this is due to the fact that we take extra safety measures to ensure the torque isn't strong when you first take off and so that you get used to it. The throttle allows you to just sit back and enjoy the ride without having to do much work at all!

Pedal Assist

Pedal assist is a mode that allows you to move up in power only when you're pedaling. Aventon Pace line of ebikes has pedal assist and throttle. The way pedal assist is that you get to put it up to the level that you desire. As you move it the level of speed also goes up. For example level 5 on our Pace 500 will have you reach the speed limit of 28mph as your pedaling. With pedal assist it allows you to focus on your pedaling instead of having to hold down a throttle. Most ebikes have up to 5 levels of pedal assistance. Low level of pedal assist will provide little electric assist but it’ll be just enough to get you started. Medium pedal assist will give you that good balance between pedal power and motor power. High pedal assist will quite literally make you feel like you’re flying by!

Cadence Sensor

A cadence sensor is essentially the same as a throttle however on your feet. The way this works is very simple. The cadence sensor will give you just the amount of power you are asking for from the bike.

Torque Sensor

The torque sensor will help measure how much power you put into the pedals therefore being able to trigger the increase or decrease the electric assist on your bike.

Combination of Throttle + Pedal Assist

Some ebikes but not most come with both throttle and pedal assist. Aventon Pace line of ebikes comes with both. You get to choose with what you feel most comfortable riding in or what you are in the mood for that day.

How To Pick Between Both

It all depends on what you feel suits you best. There are any differences and perks for both. f you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to reach out to us! If you would like to test rides the Aventon Pace line make sure to visit one of our elite dealers so you can get a feel of the throttle vs pedal assist on the bikes.

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