They were assembling a Pace 500 in the store when I picked up my Level 2 (they were putting the stem on it at the time). I'll check it out and compare it to mine. Since I bought from a store, I can always have them install an adjustable stem if needed. How tall are you?My Pace 500 came with an adjustable stem from factory. It was a game changer. Gave me upright posture and I have no flex whatsoever. Feels very solid. Can't imagine riding with what most bikes come with stock. It's great to have options.