Best Electric Mountain Bikes for Shorter Riders
Are you a shorter person who’s looking to hit the trails on an electric mountain bike? Not to worry! There are plenty of killer full-suspension and hardtail eMTBs made specifically for people with a lower standover height that offer excellent components and a first-class riding experience. There are even off-road electric bikes with a lower or no top tube. At Fly Rides, we understand how important it is to find an eMTB that will be incredibly fun to ride, and fits YOU perfectly. Keep in mind e-bike fit varies between all riders and it depends a lot on your body’s geometry, standover height, reach, etc. (To read more about what size bike to get, check out this video post on how to choose the right size ebike). Read on for the Fly Rides team’s suggestions for the best eMTBs for riders 5'5" (165 cm) and below!
In order of low to high price:
2021 Cube Reaction Hybrid Performance 500 - For entry-level riding and more casual mountain biking, this hardtail eMTB comes in the smallest sizing we've seen. 15" trapezes and 13.5" high bar models allow even our smallest riders to fit safely and still romp some dirt.
Bulls Copperhead EVO HD Wave - Finally, a true eMTB without a top tube! No more swinging your leg over the bar to get on and off. For riders with bad knees or hips, being uncomfortable when stopping is a thing of the past. Featuring a dropper seatpost so you can descend with confidence, wide tires for awesome grip, and a true eMTB feel. Comes in a 41 cm frame: if you're 4'10”-5'3" this is the size for you. The first wave of these sold out in about a week so put a deposit down for the February release! Check out our in-depth video review:
2021 Specialized Turbo Levo - Or upgrade to the 2021 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp if your budget allows. Specialized Levos are notorious for their low top tubes and making smaller riders more comfortable. The Small and Mediums feature a standover height of 760 mm. Depending on your inseam, you should feel comfortable all the way down to 5'3".
Any of the 15" or 16" frames from the Cube eMTB lineup are an awesome fit for folks with shorter legs! We personally love the 2021 Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 Race in the Race colorway.
Looking for something a bit more aggressive but with smaller wheels, look no further than the 2021 Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 SL in the jaw-dropping Pacific n' Red colorway. We find that 5'5" is the height limit on the 16" frame and a bit smaller on the (very limited) 15". Plus, it has a carbon fiber frame to help riders manage the weight of the big battery better!
Coming in mid/late 2021 is one of the most popular e-bikes for smaller riders, the 2021 and 2022 Mondraker Dusk series. The size small frames from this company will come standard at 38 cm allowing a slightly shorter rider than most brands. One of the most notable aspects is you won’t sacrifice on quality components for being small! This short-statured beast features a big battery, high-end components, and a small frame--it’s why the 2021/2022 Mondraker series will be the best electric mountain bike available for small riders!
A very notable mention is this electric mountain bike made specifically for women! The 2021 Bulls Aminga is a women’s specific full-suspension eMTB, projected to arrive late January and if so, it will be a fantastic e-bike for petite female riders. A 41 cm frame with a sweeping and low top tube offers small riders a comfortable standover height and a women’s-specific geometry.
No matter what eMTB you choose, give us a call if you ever want clarification on the fit. Try and have your inseam measurement and be ready to describe the style of riding you wish to do. Thanks for reading and enjoy the ride!
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