Best E-Bikes for Very Heavy Riders (400 lbs and over)


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Though e-Biking is an activity that should be enjoyed by all, many e-Bikes and traditional bicycles have a weight threshold of 260 lbs (120 kg). Because of this, it, unfortunately, may be more difficult for riders who vastly surpass that weight to find a suitable e-Bike, particularly when a person is over 400 lbs (181 kg). 

Luckily, though it may seem impossible to find one, there are actually many options for heavier riders when it comes to finding an e-Bike that will support your weight! 

This article will outline some options for riders who are 400 lbs or over, and will address some other safety features to look out for when choosing the right e-Bike for you. 

The factors to consider as a person with extra weight 

Though finding an e-Bike that’s suitable for your weight category may be frustrating due to a seeming lack of accessibility, be assured that there are a variety of accessible options for you. 

Introduce more physical activity

Whether you are a heavier person who is looking to lose weight or just introduce more activity into your life, being overweight should not be the deterring factor of gaining access to an e-Bike. 

Ultimately, being sedentary (or inactive) is the worst thing a person can do for their health, and e-Bikes are an excellent way to get your cardio exercise in, which can help to improve your overall fitness levels, heart and lung health, and metabolism. 

Read also: Can I use e-bike to get fit or for weight loss? – in this article. And, Are e-bikes good for cardio exercise? – in this article

Think to balance your e-bike well

The main factors to consider for people who weigh 400 lbs or over is that you want to ensure you can steer and balance on your e-Bike properly, as having extra weight can make it harder to stay balanced while cycling. 

This is also why it’s so important to find an e-Bike that supports your weight rather than risk riding an e-Bike wherein you exceed the maximum weight capacity. This is because exceeding maximum weight capacity can lead to damage to the e-Bike, which can in turn cause injury and damage to yourself while riding.  

Consider an e-Tricycle

If you are concerned about balance, consider purchasing an e-Trike (or, e-Tricycle), which has three wheels instead of the traditional two. The extra wheel provides further balance, which can decrease the risk of injury. 

Read also: How to select the best e-trike? – in this article. And, How much does a good e-trike cost? – in this article.

A step-through frame is a good solution

Another factor of carrying extra weight is that, for some people, mobility can be limited. Whether this is a lack of flexibility or overall decreased mobility in the limbs or joints, this might affect the way you get on and off an e-Bike. 

If mobility is an issue for you, consider an e-Bike with a step-through frame, which is an e-Bike with a low or nonexistent crossbar in order to make mounting and dismounting much easier. Step-through frames also decrease the risk of falling when doing so.  

A custom-built e-bike is not for everyone

Some overweight riders also suggest that building a custom e-Bike is a great way to build a vehicle that suits your needs. However, this is not a viable option for everyone, as some people are not as adept or savvy when it comes to building a custom e-Bike. 

Have no fear – the latter part of this article will outline some great premade e-Bike options for those who don’t have the time or energy to customize their own!  

Frame, seat post, and seating position

It is also important to consider an e-Bike that has a sturdy frame in order to best support your weight and help to ensure that you are not enduring any added stress of placing your weight on your back or joints. 

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Other factors to consider are a larger saddle to keep balanced, having an upright body position to optimize on comfort and effective steering (and so that you are not leaning forward and putting added stress on your wrists) and to invest in a strong and sturdy seat post to better support your weight while riding. 

If you are not sure where to look for reliable seat posts, the brand Bike Thomson has been suggested by riders as having strong seat postsOpens in a new tab. that are able to support riders who weigh 400 lbs or more.  

Here are several good choices from Amazon for seat posts (Amazon link 1, Amazon link 2, Amazon link 3), and saddles (Amazon link 1, Amazon link 2, Amazon link 3). 

Recommended e-Bikes for this weight category 

A company based in Vermont called ZizeOpens in a new tab. is primarily dedicated to making e-Bikes for taller and heavier riders, with some of the maximum weights of their e-Bikes ranging from 450 – 550 lbs. 

Zize’s e-Bikes boast features like sturdier frames, tires, saddles, and more. While the prices of these e-Bikes are in the higher range, it is important to consider all of the benefits of these reinforced features and to consider the value that these e-Bikes are specifically designed for heavier riders. 

Here are a few e-Bike options from Zize for riders who are 400 lbs or over:  

A New Leaf 3.0

This e-Bike provides a double-bolted seat post, wide tires, and an internal gear system, which means that riders do not have to worry about chain maintenance on their e-Bike. This model has an 8-speed gear system and has a 750-watt motor. A New Leaf 3.0 is a comfortable and sturdy e-Bike that is ideal for riders who are on the higher end of weight.  

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  • Weight limit: 550 lbs / 250 kg 
  • Price: $6650 USD 
  • See more details and purchasing options about this model on ZizeOpens in a new tab.  

29er Max 2.0 E-Bike 

The 29er Max 2.0 e-Bike is a lightweight, easy-to-ride cruiser that has extra-large tires that are 1 ½ inch bigger than traditional wheels, and is specifically built for taller riders.

Due to the extra-wide tires, however, there is a lower weight capacity on this e-Bike than A New Leaf 3.0. This model is equipped with a 750-watt motor and boasts a high thread count and comfortable saddle for ultimate riding comfort. It also has an 8-speed internal gear system. 

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  • Weight limit: 450 lbs / 204 kg
  • Price: $6650 USD 
  • See more details and purchasing options about this model on ZizeOpens in a new tab. 

Time of Your Life 3.0 

This durable e-Bike model has an upright seating position, which means riders are able to ride in a more relaxed position. Because of the positioning, riders are also able to touch the ground with their feet when they are not pedaling, which is optimal for safer stopping and going while riding the e-Bike. 

This is also ideal for riders who are concerned about balance or dealing with decreased mobility. The saddle is equipped with multi-stage gel padding for added comfort, and also comes with weather-proof front and rear fenders. The Time of Your Life 3.0 comes with a 750-watt motor. 

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  • Weight limit: 550 lbs / 250 kg
  • Price: $6650 USD 
  • See more details and purchasing options about this model on ZizeOpens in a new tab. 

Supersized Personal Activity Tricycle E-Bike 

This electric tricycle, which comes with three wheels instead of two, is ideal for riders who are looking for added balance as well as the ability to carry cargo (such as groceries, bags, etc). 

This extra sturdy e-Trike comes in a semi-recumbent positioning, which means that riders are in a very relaxed position that reduces stress on the back or hands and wrists while riding. This e-Trike has 3 speeds and an easily adjustable sliding rack. 

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  • Weight limit: 550 lbs / 250 kg
  • Price: $5100 USD 
  • See more details and purchasing options about this model on ZizeOpens in a new tab. 

Yonder e-Bike 

This extremely durable model includes larger front and rear hubs (which means a stronger response to the rider’s power input). This e-Bike also has wider tires which make for more optimal balance, traction, and comfort. This model is also optimal for riders who have a wider stance due to their weight, as its wide frame provides further stability. 

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  • Weight limit: 550 lbs / 250 kg
  • Price: $6800 USD 
  • See more details and purchasing options about this model on ZizeOpens in a new tab. 

The next few e-Bikes are not from the Zize company but are on the lower scale of the price range if you are looking for a more affordable option. 

Pedego Stretch  

This cargo e-Bike option from Pedego has a 500-watt motor, adjustable racks that are frame-mounted, and added comfort in its seating. It also has adjustable handlebars, which is ideal for riders who want to change their hand positioning on their rides and avoid strain on hands and wrists. 

Since it is a cargo e-Bike and its weight limit is capped at 400 lbs, however, this option is more ideal for riders who are 400 lbs or slightly under so as to take advantage of the cargo option (groceries, bags, etc).  

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  • Weight limit: 400 lbs / 181 kg 
  • Price: $3995 – $4295 USD 
  • See more details and purchasing options about this model on PedegoOpens in a new tab. 

Read also: How to select the best cargo e-bike? – in this article. And, How much does a good cargo e-bike cost? – in this article.

Juiced u500 v3 

This utility e-Bike is also a cargo model and has an upright relaxed seating positioning. It has a 500-watt motor and an internal gear system. This model also has a strong step-through frame, which is ideal for riders who have decreased mobility and are worried about balance when mounting and dismounting their e-Bike. 

However, bear in mind that just like the Pedego Stretch cargo e-Bike, due to the lower weight capacity of 400 lbs, this e-Bike is not suitable for riders who weigh over 400 lbs. 

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  • Weight limit: 400 lbs / 181 kg
  • Price: $1955 – $3199 USD 
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A few words in conclusion

If you are a person who carries extra weight, rest assured that finding a suitable e-Bike for you does not have to be a frustrating process and that there are many options out there. 

Whether you are looking for a vehicle that will help carry cargo while you run errands or simply looking for a way to get around while still getting your exercise in, it’s important you find an e-Bike that is optimized for comfort, safety, balance, and stability. 

Once you find an e-Bike or e-Trike that is optimal for your weight range, whether you are closer to 400 lbs or on the higher spectrum of 550, you are good to go! 

Read also: How to select an e-bike for an overweight rider? – in this article. And, E-bike models for heavy riders – in this article.

Here is a quick video that talks about the fact that no heavy weight is too heavy to cycle, especially on a well-selected e-bike:

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