Choosing the right electric bike model for your body type

The electric bicycle has become a very popular means of transportation in France, and this, at all levels of the population. Amateurs and sportsmen alike are taking advantage of its many benefits, whether it is to travel long distances without getting tired, to climb hills or to contribute to reducing carbon emissions. However, choosing an electric bike according to your profile can be a real challenge in a market overpopulated with all kinds of models. One of the first criteria to take into account is the morphology of the future user. Size, proportions and other specific needs make all the difference in terms of comfort and driving pleasure.

In order to help you, we offer you some advices to understand how to choose an electric bike adapted to your morphology. We will also look at the different types of EABs that exist and the various tips that can optimize your experience.

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Understanding the different body types

When we talk about body types, it's important to understand that there are different kinds. Between size and proportions, let's take a look at where you stand.

The different types of sizes

To choose the ideal electric bike, the size of the rider is a key element. It's where the choice of frame and saddle begins.

Smaller people, such as women or children, require EABs with smaller frames, as well as wheels. The goal is obviously to guarantee better handling and optimal comfort.

Medium-sized people, i.e. the majority of individuals, do not have any particular constraints, since the majority of electric bikes on the market are adapted.

As for tall people, you will have understood, they need larger frames, as well as wheels. Here, the choice of an adapted model is essential to avoid comfort problems and potential long-term damage (back problems, hip problems, etc.).

Body proportions

In addition to height, other aspects of body shape must also be taken into account when choosing an EAB. This is precisely the case for proportions, which include, for example, the length of the legs, the length of the torso or the width of the shoulders. All these points can also influence the choice of frame, saddle or handlebars.

First of all, a measurement of the inseam will help you to better evaluate the size of the frame to choose. Some manufacturers offer a size guide to help you find your way.

As for the length of the torso, this influences the distance between the saddle and the handlebars, as well as the height of the latter. Thus, cyclists with a longer torso should choose a bike with a longer top tube as well. Only then can they adopt a comfortable riding position.

Finally, the width of the shoulders affects the width of the handlebars. A handlebar that is too narrow or too wide can potentially cause pain and alter the quality of the experience.

In other words, understanding these factors is the first step to making an informed choice.

The different types of electric bikes

There are almost as many types of electric bikes on the market as there are body types. Therefore, it is best to know the characteristics of each one to make the right choice. Let's take a look at the most common models and their advantages for your body type.

Electric city bikes

Electric city bikes are designed for daily use in urban areas. They are characterized by a frame optimized for this use and an autonomy amply sufficient for most trips. In addition, their range includes bikes for women, men and even children. So they can be suitable for everyone.

All-terrain electric bikes or VTTAE

The all-terrain electric bike, also known as an electric mountain bike or VTTAE, is designed for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Made with a sturdy frame, it is equipped with powerful brakes and wheels adapted to difficult and rough terrain. Also, the motor and battery are generally more powerful to ensure optimal assistance in sometimes extreme conditions. Electric mountain bikes also come in a variety of models and sizes to fit all body types.

It is important to note, however, that the weight and size of this type of EAB can be easier to manage for tall people.

Folding electric bikes

The folding electric bike is particularly practical for users who have storage constraints or who use different modes of transportation. With its compact frame and motor, it is very easy to transport and can even be stored in the trunk of a car. Note that these models of electric bikes are often offered with small wheels (around 20 inches) and a reduced autonomy, but sufficient for trips in town.

Generally speaking, folding electric bikes are recommended for small people. However, their practical advantages lend themselves to everyone, as long as you choose a model that fits.

Electric cargo bikes

The electric cargo bike is ideal for use in the city, but it is mainly intended for transporting loads. With its reinforced frame, high-capacity battery and powerful motor, it's the ideal choice for people who want to transport children, groceries or equipment. Keep in mind, however, that these electric bikes are generally heavier and more expensive than conventional EABs.

Again, like electric mountain bikes, this type of EAB can be more difficult to handle for smaller people or seniors. It all depends on the possibilities of each person.

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Adapting the choice of the electric bike to your morphology

Now that you have a better understanding of the different morphologies and types of electric bicycles available on the market, all you have to do is list the different tips discussed to apply them to your profile.

You can start with :

  • measure your inseam to determine the frame size you need;
  • measure your height;
  • Measure your shoulder width;
  • measuring your torso length.

On the electric bike side, use the manufacturers' size guides to choose the right frame for your inseam and overall proportions. Next, make sure the seat is adjustable enough in height to ensure a comfortable riding position. Don't forget about the width of the handlebars either, knowing that an adjustable handlebar can be an asset.

For the rest, make sure that all the controls of the bike are easily accessible, as well as comfortable to use. Traditionally, high-end models offer the possibility of adjustments to suit your preferences. Also, make sure that the pedals fit your foot size and the type of shoes you use.

Finally, don't skimp on ergonomic accessories, such as handlebar grips or specific saddles, which can help to further adapt the EAB to your body type.

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