Bike Sizing Guide
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BIKE SIZE
When getting an electric bike, it is important to choose a size that gives you the most comfortable ride. If the bike is too big, your feet will not touch the ground and you may fall over when stationary. If the bike is too small, you will be hunched over in an uncomfortable ride position. Finding the perfect bike size will benefit you greatly in the long run – you will enjoy your rides, ride longer, manoeuvre better and reduce your chances of injury.
Your bike frame size is the most important factor. Think of it like the “skeleton” of your bike. Choose the right “skeleton” and every other component on your bike can be easily changed or replaced over time.
Getting the right frame size is really important and is the first thing you should consider. There are a couple of ways to determine the right frame size. But for simplicity, we will share with you what we find is the most reliable method.
Inseam - Saddle Distance To The Ground
This is the distance between your bike saddle and the ground. You basically want to make sure you are able to stand, without tip-toeing, when the bike is straddled between your legs. This enables your feet to easily touch the ground when you and your bike are stationary.
To measure the saddle distance to the ground, get a book and stand with your back facing the wall. Make sure to have some shoes on, as this will give a more realistic measurement. Now with the book between your legs and at the base of your crotch, use a pencil to mark on the wall where the top of the book is. The height from this marking to the floor is the saddle distance to the ground.
In bicycling terms - this is called THE INSEAM. Refer to the chart below matching your inseam to the most suitable bicycle frame size:
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WHEEL SIZE
Smaller wheels (16' to 20' inches) will reduce the overall size and weight of your bike. You will most often see smaller wheels on folding electric bikes where portability is premium. Smaller wheels are suited for short distances and lower speeds. They are suited for smooth roads with few bumps and obstacles.
Larger wheels (26' inches) require less power to maintain speed on flat roads. This will result in higher speeds, longer ranges and longer battery life. Larger wheels are excellent for potholes, curbs and off-road riding. But they will increase the weight and size of your bike.
Fat tires (4'+ inches) improve traction and ride comfort. However, this comes with reduced range and battery life. Tire thickness of between 2 to 3.5 inches gives plenty of grip and maintains good range and battery life.