Electric Bikes for Heavy Riders

Electric Bikes for Heavy Riders

A topic which has come up in the shop a lot is electric bikes for heavy riders. In this video I unpack some important factors to consider when looking for a ebike when you’re heavy. There are many things to consider from the wheels, to the frame and the motor.

See more of the bikes at https://propelbikes.com

Riese and Muller Supercharger2: https://propelbikes.com/product/riese-muller-supercharger2/
Riese and Muller Nevo: https://propelbikes.com/product/riese-muller-nevo/
Riese and Muller Nevo3: https://propelbikes.com/product/riese-muller-nevo3/
Riese and Muller Charger3: https://propelbikes.com/product/riese-muller-charger3/
Bulls Copperhead Evo HD: https://propelbikes.com/product/bulls-copperhead-evo-hd/
Benno Boost: https://propelbikes.com/product/benno-boost-e-10d-parent/
Tern GSD: https://propelbikes.com/product/tern-gsd/

Cirrus Kinekt 2.1 Aluminum XL2 Seatpost: https://propelbikes.com/product/cirrus-kinekt-2-1-aluminum-xl2-seatpost/

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Hi . I would love to know as to how much power would be sufficient for city riding with occasional inclines. Specifically speaking , will a 250 w motor be sufficient if the bike and the rider are equally light weight. Thanks

  2. what if you’re tall, but not "heavy" what are the options there? I’m 6’8 ~250lbs. I like the cargo idea. It would be nice to carry couple of 3 year olds.

  3. Very nicely done video, super informative. I am 115 kg but I ride with my dog who is another 10 kg. We manage on my Kona Jake the Snake cyclocross on roads and bumpy terrain but I’m seriously lusting after some of the bikes you feature. The cargo bikes look very practical.

  4. MidoTV Adventure April 1, 2021 @ 11:12 pm

    Which ebike do you guys suggest for a heavy duty daily delivery job??? Long miles + Speed

  5. Thank you for your breakdown video I found it very helpful . I am Looking to buy my 1st electrical bike I live in New York City pothole central and 5′ tall and weigh 250 is there a Pacific bike you can recommend. I will appreciate it so much thank you in advance I will also share this video with my coworkers who are tired of public transportation with this Pandemic going on. Be safe.

  6. As a big lad (20st +) i found the most important thing was to get a strong set of wheels made . I think i paid around £280 but the wheels are indestructible as well as my weight the also carry full panniers when do some touring .

  7. Your videos are so good that even a 180lbs guy enjoys this video 🙂

  8. Anthony O farrell April 1, 2021 @ 11:15 pm

    GSD folding bike?

  9. Love this topic. I am watching for a friend.

  10. Thank you for insightful information. As a heavyset person and interested in getting an e-bike, I’m concerned about the weight capasity issue. Thank you for giving information without judgement in a straight forward way .
    Much appreciated.

  11. Hey Chris, great video as usual! I myself have lost about 20 to 23 pounds give or take since I started riding an ebike in 2017 so this video wasn’t as applicable to me but still filled with good info and I enjoyed watching. Question for you, off topic, if I may. I’ve been eyeing the Specialized Turbo Vado SL for a few weeks now and it’s really tempting as a replacement for the Rad Rover I’ve been riding but the price scares me. I come to you with this because I know you at Propel deal in higher end bikes. Any thoughts on the Vad SL?

  12. Mr PlasticFantastic April 1, 2021 @ 11:20 pm

    Nicolai G1 eboxx aluminium frame is aproved up to 150KG.
    This pieces of art come with a heavy price and ranges form 7300€ and up to 9300€

  13. You are a big source of inspiration for many people who are looking for an ebike. Even over sea. Keep up the good work!
    BUTT it could be even better if you put a conversion, on screen, of you miles, pounds,…. to km and kg 😉

  14. As a "heavy rider" I can’t tell you how much I appreciate a respectful and well thought out bike video that is applicable for me! I’m on my way down to being a lighter rider, but this makes me feel like I can get on a bike before I hit the 200lb mark.

  15. In a few plus years my e bike now hauls 220 pound operator instead of the 290 pound rider I started out as. That said I still need all my stuff, drone tools and other stuff. The road always lead to the off road that then begins the next phase of the journey.

  16. Any company want to help with cost on an “HD Bike” for a rider sitting around 475? Really trying to get ahold of my health. Mainly for my family and any added help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for this informative video.

  17. Great videos and topic. You just claimed another subscriber!

  18. Erwin Landlubber April 1, 2021 @ 11:29 pm

    Being a larger bodied person, I really had to look at specs before I got my bike. I ended up with a scrambler style bike and it’s got dual motors, so it has the power to keep me going right along with traffic and cruising up steep hills. Hydraulic brakes are a must for anyone over 200lbs. I think my next bike will be either a Tern or a R&M. I really want a belt drive bike!!

  19. Victor Vazquez April 1, 2021 @ 11:30 pm

    Where was this video a few weeks ago? I made up my mine with the bike I’m going with and it the Sondors fold SX. It’s has a capacity of 300 LBS and I like that it can fold so when I take it to work I can put it in a corner out of the way. It’s on the high side at $1699 which is more than I wanted to pay for an E-bike but with Covid-19 going on in NYC and me not wanting to get on the subway with a whole lot of people at this time. Damn all the bikes you listed is way out of my price line. For those prices I’ll get and eletric Moped.

  20. Spencer Poling April 1, 2021 @ 11:33 pm

    First off, let me say, Impressive video! Loved the content.

    Sadly, I guess I’m on the bigger side of heavy coming at 390 at 6’3” ft tall. I’m a big guy and most bikes just can’t support me, for obvious reasons. I am aware there isn’t much in the market, if at all, that I can find. Is there anything out there for us guys that want to get into shape? Looking for something a bit tough for off road terrain, most trails in my area are great but turn to dirt or nothing eventually.

    Let me know 🤙🏻

  21. The Gee-tah Guy April 1, 2021 @ 11:34 pm

    Any decent fat ebike will not only handle 300+ lbs, but the better ones also have some suspension which a heavier person may appreciate

  22. Thank you for this video! Thanks for mentioning cargo bikes. As a heavier rider, that is the way I went. Really want a Tern GSD, but ended up getting a Blix Packa (which I love) because it was more in my budget.

  23. HI from the UK,Just found this video by accident and what a great video it is. So glad someone has touched on the heavier rider. I class myself as a heavy rider 184lbs and inbetween 5ft 10…… 5ft.11. I have just gotten the cube touring hybrid step through. After 42yrs of not riding a bike its been a challenge getting back into riding. Great video look forward to more.

  24. What bike is that at 9:11 min? Please.

  25. Markus Dieterle April 1, 2021 @ 11:39 pm

    Great information – thank you Chris. I am currently planning to get back into bike riding after years without proper excercise, which resulted in a good amount of weight gain.
    Apart from Riese and Müller, a lot of bike manufacturers seem to omit the specs for the maximum combined weight for their bikes (weight of the bike plus rider, clothes and additional load), which makes the selection more difficult for heavier riders like me.
    I would add the R+M Multicharger als another good option here. As a "light cargo" bike it is already heavy duty, and you can get high speed and even GX (off-road) options with all drive train combinations.

  26. thanks I am a heavy person and want to get back riding

  27. I weigh 600 lbs what kind of bike do you recommend?

  28. Benjamin Fraeyman April 1, 2021 @ 11:42 pm

    Why no kg values mentioned?

  29. Douglas Sterry April 1, 2021 @ 11:43 pm

    Thank chriss from a fellow vet I am 240lb 63′

  30. First video for heavy riders I’ve ever seen, thanks! I’m 270 lbs and I carry groceries that can be as much as 60lbs. Are these weight ratings also including if you carry a load? You’d think they would. Also I hope to go on long worldly journeys with my bike but maybe side bags are not an option at my weight, right? I’d have to have a trailer… but maybe not, just wondering.

  31. As a fluffy guy who weighs in at nearly 260 pounds empty, this list is wonderful! GG! 😀

  32. This has been so helpful. I really appreciate all the detail, especially the accessibility points. I had an accident that screwed with my left leg mobility a bit. Getting on and off bikes actually hurts my hip. So all this info has just been amazing. I took notes lol 💜

  33. Curtis Mostlypeaceful Womack April 1, 2021 @ 11:46 pm

    Two things I always see with other people riding is, flat or low tires and peddling way to fast. What in the world do they think those other gears are for? And riding is much easier and more enjoyable when tires are full.

  34. I’m 280 and looking for an upgrade to my bike. Looks like Chris from Propel is the spot to go to.

  35. Franzo Marruffo April 1, 2021 @ 11:50 pm

    A Moustache Samedi Game 6 for a 125 kg rider? what do you think? is the longer travel going to help? great chanel!!!!

  36. As an aside, I’ve also learned more in this 20-minute video than I have by looking at multiple websites of manufacturers. Again, well done.

  37. I had the rails of my Brooks saddle broken, when I crossed a rather big bump on an off road track. I am 197 cm and 125 kg (6feet 5 inch and 275 lbs.) Great video and thanks for the tips as I am about to buy another ebike this week.

  38. Great I have been looking for this to be addressed!

  39. Robert Harrison April 1, 2021 @ 11:52 pm

    Cargo Bikes are what’s up

  40. im about 6 ft 340 with about 800$ budget maybe 900, anyone got suggestions. also thinking about buying a conversion kit and get a regular mountain bike

  41. Harry Alvarado April 1, 2021 @ 11:55 pm

    Hey bud great video! I’m about 350lbs and want to attach a hitch and tow my kids around what do you recommend for a bike that can pull this off possibility?

  42. Really useful information and a great relaxed presentation. I’m a v heavy (340lb) back to cycling after a big break and the comments regarding tires, wheels, etc. plus Torque vs Watt very interesting.
    understand main features of brands you will be involved with but overall really useful – THANK YOU!

  43. 7000 for the first bike 🤪

  44. yes great information wish his shop was in uk

  45. Is my is my mother goose club out.

  46. Miles Campbell April 1, 2021 @ 11:58 pm

    Maybe consider a forklift 😆

  47. Is there such a thing as a folding ebike for heavier riders? I’d like to have the option to throw it in the back of my car. Thanks

  48. Hello Chris,
    May I ask what is your opinion for the "electric folding bikes for heavier people" topic; hence I am 108kg -cca 236 pound- with a 193cm -6ft 3in- frame and i getting tired to pay for my commuting.
    Please help me out with your opinion!

  49. Wow nice one.

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