Updated on August 18, 2022
Lisa Sylvesterin Guides to Electric Bikes and Equipment Riding an e-bike may be a pleasurable and thrilling experience, as long as you avoid feeling weird or uneasy while doing so.
As a result, it’s critical to buy an e-bike that fits properly, especially if you’re a petite lady.
The best electric bikes for petite women feature lightweight frames, narrower handlebars, a shorter range, an upright riding position, an adjustable lower seat, and a low, step-through chassis.
There are a few reasonably priced choices (around $1500) that include the attributes necessary for a petite woman with shorter-than-average legs and arms to ride safely.
As a petite 5’2″ woman, I understand how critical it is to find the appropriate bike. Contrary to what you may have been told, they are NOT one-size-fits-all.
To locate the ideal bike for my petite size, I conducted research and prepared a list of the five greatest options for my height and female demands.
Additionally, I’ve included only high-quality, reasonably priced options (between $100 and $1500). You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on a bicycle simply because you are small or have short legs.
There are plenty viable possibilities, however I did have to conduct some research.
Now that I’ve done the research 777and had my own riding experiences, I’m going to share additional information about the five finest e-bikes for tiny women.
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Best E Bike for Short Female
This stunning, award-winning (as determined by Bicycling 2020) step-through e-bike satisfies all of the requirements for being ideal for a petite woman.
It’s inexpensive, simple to mount and dismount, reasonably light for an e-bike (less than 50 lbs), and really comes in two sizes (Small or Medium in size).
That is correct! Put an end to “one-size-fits-all” thinking! The Small is said to suit women as short as 4’11” and as tall as 5’8′′. Therefore, if you’re around 5 feet tall, you should have no issue riding this bike.
Due to the fact that it is a step-through style, you will not need to throw your leg over a high bar to get on or off. Indeed, you can easily slip off the seat if you need to exit swiftly at a stop sign or stop sign!
As you can see, the standover height and reach are greatly reduced, which makes this model more comfortable for individuals with smaller frames. However, I believe that the addition of a comfy wide saddle, an upright riding position, and wide tyres makes it ideal for any petite lady to ride.
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I can attest to The Rad Mini Step-Thru being an excellent e-bike for a petite lady… because that is the one I purchased (as previously said, I am approximately 5’2′′ and that is definitely stretching it)
What I appreciate most about this e-bike is how comfy it is for my petite frame. I’m able to step upon it and reach the handlebars with ease.
And, because the handlebars adjust, I fiddled with them until I discovered the optimal position for the closest reach.
I never have the feeling that I will be unable to exit swiftly if necessary. I was on my husband’s Rad Mini 4 and, to be honest, I felt a little uneasy going on and off.
As the size chart below demonstrates, even the Rad Mini 4 does not fit shorter legs as well as the step-thru model.
Additionally, I adore the Rad Mini Step-Thru:
750 Watt Motor (that’s a lot of power, and sure, it’s quick!)
It travels up to 45 miles on a single charge.
3′′ Fat Tires with an easy twist throttle therefore allowing me to ride easily off-road in sand, dirt, or mud (yet still being able to ride on any street or paved route)!
It’s foldable… which means I can ride it everywhere without compromising interior car space or requiring a specific bike rack and locks!
Thus, I ultimately chose this e-bike since I am short and, when all other factors were equal, I needed the Rad Power big tyres and the ability to fold it!
Unfortunately, finding a fat tyre bike that folds and comfortably fits a little lady without being heavier than the other lightweight e-bikes discussed in this article is impossible.
Therefore, you must consider whether it is worthwhile to purchase a 68lb e-bike in order to have these characteristics and a bike that fits you.
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The Trek Townie Go is ideal if you’re looking for a comfortable, easy-to-ride, colourful, lightweight bike.
It features 2.35-inch wide tyres, an ergonomic shock-absorbing seat, and pedals that allow for correct leg extension, allowing you to place your feet flat on the ground at any time.
Additionally, with a 250W motor, you’ll get where you’re going without having to worry about setting off too quickly.
While riding short inclines should be fine, if you intend to ride large hills, 250 Watts of power may not be sufficient.
With a reach of slightly under 13 inches, tiny women with shorter arms should have no problem reaching the handlebars.
How Do You Know If an Electric Bike Is Not the Correct Size for Your Small Frame?
There are a few tell-tale signals that a bike is not a good fit for your height. Take a look at some of the most critical ones so you know when to go and try something else:
Because your feet do not reach the ground, you are unable to sit securely in the saddle with both feet on the ground.
While standing, you perch or stretch excessively on the tips of your toes, or worse, your toes barely make contact with the pedals.
You cannot reach the controls on the handlebars, which means you must lean forward to operate the brakes, gears, pedal assist, and motor on/off switches.
Because your e-bike does not allow you to sit comfortably, you can imagine that stopping at a traffic signal or stop sign would need you to hop down and then climb back up to go forward.
Hey, all I am Joe Marino I love to ride bikes and teach others how to ride them. Most of my articles are about which bike is best for others. I am passionate about cycling and it shows, whether I am writing about a $25 bicycle from any random website or a $5000 Santa Cruz.
I have always been the guy who gets calls from friends while at work asking which bike they should buy. I have written about the best city bike for commuting, the best folding bike for use on public transit, and even what to keep in mind when shopping for kids’ bikes.
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