When buying an electric bike it’s important that you get one that’s the right size for you. It’s common for people to look at an electric bike and become intimidated by how large they can be, so they go on and buy an electric bike that’s too short for them. Hopefully, in this post, I will be able to help you to choose an electric bike that is the right size for you.
Occasionally, people incorrectly think that the taller you are the larger the electric motor you will need on your electric bike. This isn’t necessarily the case. The electric motor size will simply impact how fast and how far your electric bike will be able to go it doesn’t really have much to do with electric bike sizing for your height.
So what size electric bike should you buy? In general, the most appropriate way to determine the correct seat height is to simply sit on the electric bike. Both of your feet should touch the ground, but only with the balls of your feet and their toes with your heels in the air. That would be a properly sized electric bike.
For nearly everyone that is new to cycling, this feels uncomfortably tall. Many people get a new electric bike where they can put both of their feet on the ground but this is a big mistake because it will put you into a cramped position on the electric bike and could cause you to injure your feet.
Matching Your Seat Height to Your Height
Based solely on your height, it can be difficult to say exactly what seat height you should have. The issue is that some people have longer legs and some people have taller upper bodies. Thankfully, the chart below should hopefully give you a rough estimate of what size of seat height you should get on an electric bike. Remember that these are just estimates that are designed to give you a rough idea of what size electric bike you should use. The only way you will be able to tell for sure is to get on an electric bike and to try it out.
What’s the right electric mountain bike size for me?
- Height: 6’4”-6’6” (193cm-198cm), Frame Size: 23”-24” (58cm-61cm), XX-Large
- Height: 6’1”-6’4” (185cm-193cm), Frame Size: 21”-22” (53cm-57cm), X-Large
- Height: 5’10”-6’1” (178cm-185cm), Frame Size: 19”-20” (48cm-52cm), Large
- Height: 5’6”-5’10” (168cm-178cm), Frame Size: 17”-18” (43cm-47cm), Medium
- Height: 5’2”-6’6” (158cm-168cm), Frame Size: 15”-16” (38cm-42cm), Small
- Height: 4’10”-5’2” (148cm-158cm), Frame Size: 13”-14” (33cm-37cm), X-Small
What’s the right electric road bike size for me?
- Height: 6’3”-6’6” (191cm-198cm), Frame Size: 61cm-63cm, XX-Large
- Height: 6’0”-6’3” (183cm-191cm), Frame Size: 59cm-60cm, X-Large
- Height: 5’9”-6’0” (175cm-183cm), Frame Size: 56cm-58cm, Large
- Height: 5’6”-5’9” (168cm-175cm), Frame Size: 54cm-55cm, Medium
- Height: 5’3”-5’6” (160cm-168cm), Frame Size: 51cm-53cm, Small
- Height: 5’0”-5’3” (152cm-160cm), Frame Size: 49cm-50cm, X-Small
- Height: 4’10”-5’0” (148cm-152cm), Frame Size: 47cm-48cm, X-Small
Don’t obsess about the chart above. Remember that you can always adjust the height by raising or lowering your seat.
It’s also important to remember that individual electric bike manufacturers will measure their bikes differently so it would be wise to get in touch with them before buying the e-bike so that you know you are getting the right size for you.
How to adjust your seat height
Most electric bike seats will use a quick-release mechanism that you can simply pull on to loosen the bike seat so that you can raise or lower it. If it doesn’t use a quick release mechanism then you should be easily able to adjust the seat height by using an Allen key.
Sizing an Electric Bike For Kids
Getting the right size of electric bike for kids can be tricky since you have an additional two factors that you need to consider. (1) Getting an electric bike where the kid feels comfortable and not overly intimidated, and (2) Getting an e-bike that allows the kid to grow a little without the need to replace the e-bike every year as the kid gets taller.
You can alleviate both of these problems by making sure to get an electric bike where only the balls of the feet touch the floor on both sides of the e-bike. By doing this they can grow a bit and will just get to the point of being flat-footed. However, if they start flat footed then next year the ride height is going to be a problem.
What would be helpful to prevent the kids from getting intimidated by a taller electric bike would be to teach them the proper seat height at home before going to the store to look at electric bikes. That way, when they arrive at the store, they will be able to instantly know if the e-bike is a good fit or not. If you were to wait until getting to the store to do so then they will likely choose an e-bike that it too small for them.
Upper Body Position
The appropriate upper body position will differ greatly depending on the type of e-bike. If it’s a “Cruiser” type e-bike, which is designed to be cycled in a leisurely manner then you will want to be using a more upright cycling style that doesn’t have much bend in the back. Whereas, if you’re using a mountain e-bike or a road e-bike which are both meant to be used with more aggressive riding styles then the ideal riding style will involve leaning forward more with some bend in the back.
What Size Wheels Should I Get?
Electric bikes can come with a number of different wheel sizes that will vary greatly depending on the type of electric bike that you want to get.
When deciding on what size wheels to get you should consider what you will be primarily using the electric bike for.
If you are planning on using the bike to get to work then you will probably want to get a “Commuter” e-bike that uses wheels similar to ordinary road bikes which are slightly on the thinner side.
If you know that you will be using the electric bike on rough terrain often then you will probably want to get a mountain e-bike with regular sized wheels that are designed to have more grip.
If you plan on using the bike in bad weather or in sand, snow or mud then you will want to use an e-bike that has “Fat tires” since they will be better able to deal with the difficult terrain.
If you’re planning on using the e-bike in a leisurely manner then you’ll be best served with a “Cruiser” e-bike which makes use of tires like that of an ordinary bike but are slightly wider than normal.
There are also mini forms of e-bikes available which have smaller wheels but the bikes are able to be folded making them ideal for taking with you on trips.
What type e-bike should I get? The type of e-bike that is right for you will depend greatly on what you plan to use it for. If you know that you will be cycling longer distances on it regularly, perhaps to get to work, then you should get a commuter e-bike or a road e-bike. If you know that you will be using the bike in a variety of conditions then you should consider getting a mountain e-bike. If you
What size battery should I get? The size battery that will be right for you will depend on the distances that you plan on using the e-bike for. If you plan on using the e-bike for longer distances or you live in a hilly area or you weigh more then you will need to get a battery that has an extended range. Typically, a 10 amp hour battery is said to last for 20-40 miles depending on the terrain so if you know that you will be using it for longer distances try to get something bigger than that.