It isn’t always easy to fit a bike properly. This becomes especially difficult when a person is either very big or very small. In this blog, we’re going to focus on finding bikes for petite riders. Luckily, as electric bikes develop more and more, there has been an influx of choices. This means higher quality bikes and better prices due to competition. Couple this with better components, motors, and long battery life and it’s hard to not love every one of these bikes. Basically, it’s a win-win-win for the electric bike consumer. Here are our top 5 electric bikes for petite riders.
One of the nice things about being a petite rider is that you don’t always need as much power as bigger riders. This means you can usually get a bike for a great price and with great battery life. The IZIP E3 Vibe Plus is a great example of this. IZIP keeps your components high quality but low in cost meaning you get a great bike for a better price. It’s ideal for petite riders because of the ultra low step frame and sizes all the way down to 13” frames. It also keeps you upright for maximized comfort.
Bulls is still pretty new to the US market, but keep an eye out for them to start taking big steps in popularity. They’ve added a “wave” frame to their lineup of commuter bikes this year. These are great for petite and short riders. They are similar to the IZIP low step in that they have no crossbar. This means there is nothing to swing your leg over when mounting the bike. Petite commuters could really take this bike far because of the 650 watt hour battery. Bulls estimates that these bikes can go almost 100 miles on a single charge, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true for petite riders. They’ve also hooked you up with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for better stopping power when riding.
If you’re a petite rider who wants to do some off-roading, I haven’t forgotten about you! The Haibike Sduro HardSeven 4.0 is a great mountain bike that comes in frames all the way down to 35cm for smaller riders. The Yamaha PW 500 watt motor offers plenty of power up any hill you want to conquer. You also have the benefit of a Suntour suspension fork that offers remote lockout. This means you can easily switch from trail rider to road biker and a split second. This is ideal for commuters who want to take a few minutes off their ride by taking that bike path through the woods. The frame itself is also set up nicely to act as an upright or a downhill electric bike. This is an incredibly versatile and powerful option for petite riders.
Another solid commuter option for petite riders who want a comfortable, upright ride. The Raleigh Sprite iE Step-Thru is going to offer a similar feel as the Vibe Plus. The geometry is a bit different on the Sprite offering a slightly more open ride. The Currie-Electro Drive motor will offer you plenty of power at 350 watts. I like Raleigh bikes because they still look and ride like their traditional bikes. The designs are simple, but the bikes are very high quality.
The final bike I’d recommend is the Haibike Xduro Trekking 4.0 Low-Step. The Xduro Haibikes come with the high performance Bosch CX 350 watt motors. These are solid motors for any rider, and petite riders should be able to make them last a long time with an upgraded 500 watt hour battery. Air suspension in the Suntour fork give the riders the ability to take these on basically any type of road or trail. Haibike also mounts their battery on the downtube instead of the rear rack which offers a more stable ride with a better center of gravity. The Standwell System carrier offers a heftier rear carrier meaning you can take more gear along for the ride. Trekking bikes are setup for long distance rides, so take advantage!
Hopefully these selections have convinced you that electric bikes can be ridden by anyone! There are really no size limitations on these bikes. If you know how to ride a bike, you’ll be comfortable on an ebike in no time. Whether you’re a bigger or smaller rider, give the Fly Rides site a look for a huge selection of electric bikes. Happy Riding!