As you may have realized, sizing an ebike can be tricky! Everyone’s body is different and making sure you’re getting the right bike for your unique body proportions can seem like one of the most difficult things to do when ordering any bike online. Whether your legs are short and stubby, long and lanky, or somewhere in the middle, the good news is that we are here to help!
We here at Rad Power Bikes get tons of emails and calls from folks needing help picking the right bike for their size, which we appreciate because we want you to get the right bike on the first try. While we focus on our ebikes in this post, the measurement information we provide can apply to pretty much any bike, electric or not! We hope this guide can help you decide which ebike from Rad Power Bikes will be a fit in a way that is more predictable than, but just as satisfying as, Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things. We also have videos showing how different riders fit on each of our 2018 models - check them out HERE.
Sizing an ebike can be intimidating, but you can figure out which bike is best for your body with some basic measurements. Take the time to make sure the bike you want will fit by:
Take Your Measurements
A good place to start is with yourself, by measuring two of the most important things when sizing an ebike from Rad Power Bikes: your height and your leg length. The video and steps below will walk you through the process.
Measure your leg length and standover height by following these steps:
Compare Your Leg Length to the Minimum and Maximum Seat Heights
Knowing your leg length can not only help you calculate your standover height, but it can also help you determine if you can safely extend your legs to reach the pedals. As like most bike brands, we measure the minimum and maximum seat height from the top of the seat to the top of the pedal in the bottom of the pedal stroke. As long as your legs can reach the pedals, which you’ll know if your leg length falls somewhere between the minimum and maximum seat height, you should be able to find a comfortable riding position. Have long legs? Since our bikes are electric, you don’t need the optimum leg extension to propel the bike forward and it is possible for you to be comfortable while pedaling without getting a full extension.
Use Your Measurements to Size Your New Ebike
Once you know your leg length and your standover height, you can compare that to the standover height and seat height range of all of our ebike models. The standover height and max/min seat heights are located on each bike’s product page. You can also check the Rad Power Bikes Bike Size Comparison Chart here:
2019 Rad Power Bikes Bike Size Comparison Chart
|RadRover||RadMini||RadMini Step-Thru||RadWagon||RadCity 16"||RadCity
Recommended Height Range
|5’4" - 6’2”||5’2” - 6’2”||4'10" - 5'10"||5’2” - 6’2”||5’4” - 5’11”||6” - 6’6”||4’10” - 6”|
|Stand Over Height||30.5”||28”||16"||26”||29”||31”||20”|
|Min-Max Seat Height||28” - 36.5”||26.5” - 33”||24" - 31"||27” - 36.5”||26” - 34.5”||29” - 38”||24.5” - 33”|
2018 Rad Power Bikes Bike Size Comparison Chart
Recommended Height Range
|5’4" - 6’2”||5’2” - 6’2”||5’2” - 6’2”||5’4” - 5’11”||5’11” - 6’6”||4’10” - 6’2”|
|Stand Over Height||30.5”||28”||26”||29”||31”||20”|
|Min-Max Seat Height||28” - 37”||27” - 36”||27.5” - 36”||26” - 35”||28.75” - 38”||25.5” - 33.5”|
As an example, since I have a 31.5” inside leg length, I have a 30.5” standover height, and I can safely stand over every Rad Power Bikes ebike frame except the RadCity 19”. I can also fully extend my legs while seated on every Rad Power Bikes ebike since the max seat height for all the bikes is longer than 31.5”.
Take a Test Ride
Seeing a bike in person and getting on it will always be the best method for determining whether or not a bike will be comfortable for you. While we do not have dealers or retailers (which is a large part of the reason we can sell such high-quality ebikes at nearly half the cost of comparable models), we do have an expanding network of rental fleet and test ride locations around the country, which you can check out on the page linked HERE. Since there may not be a test ride location near where you are or where you’re planning or willing to travel, you can use the following tips to make sure you’re getting the right bike for your size.
Other Rules of Thumb
Measure yourself twice or three times to make sure they are accurate.
If you fall between sizes, go with the smaller size - it will likely have a lower center of gravity and be easier to control.
Get help from any reputable bike mechanic to adjust the seat height and angle as well as the angle of the handlebars to best fit your body.
When in doubt, give us a call - we are happy to chat with you about the best options for your body size and how you plan to ride!
Still have questions? Visit our website to learn more about each model, and give us a call Monday-Friday between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time to chat with a Customer Experience Specialist who can assist you in choosing the best bike for you!