While the concept of electric motor driven bicycles have been around since the late 1800’s, the new modern concept is a considerably fresh approach. Electric bikes for heavy people are an instrumental part to regaining fitness as an overweight person. On this page you can find electric bikes with high weight capacities up to 400 pounds.
As a youngster I was a bike fanatic, but over the years my waste line has grown out of proportion. As a result the bike became a permanent part of the ‘too hard basket’. Not only is it difficult to ride long distances, but when you’re twice the size of the average person, lifting your leg over the center bar is practically impossible.
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Introducing The Electric Bike For Obese People
When hope was all but gone to ever ride a bike again the introduction of the modern electric bike has come to save the day for many obese people wanting to improve their fitness. The advantages of using an electric bike over a regular bike for heavy people sure warrants the extra upfront expense.
E-bikes come in a variety of styles from mountain bikes to cruisers to tricycles. So depending on what style you go after, you can eliminate the high center bar that makes getting on the bike very difficult.
The main advantage is of course having the electronic motor to power you around town. But after all, you’re not looking for a mobility scooter, so these electric motors are there as a back up to the foot power. On most e-bikes you can use both electronic power and pedal power at the same time.
So should you meet up with a daunting steep hill or you have zapped your last ounce of energy, the electronic motor comes in to save the day. As a larger man myself, I know how challenging any form of exercise is. So having a back up plan for instances like this make the electronic bikes the best for heavy people.
The Best E-Bikes For Heavy People
Below you can find 3 sub categories of electric bikes suitable for heavy people. As most stock standard bikes have a weight capacity of just 250 lbs, it can be quite annoying sorting through all the irrelevant bikes. But to make life easier for you, all the electric bikes below have higher weight capacities up to 400 pounds.
Heavy Duty Electric Tricycles
When you think of tricycles you probably think of the ones you used as a toddler. This is certainly not the case with theses tricycles below. They are heavy duty monsters built to handle heavy weights.
You may think that a tricycle sounds a little childish, but depending on how long you have been out of the bicycle game and how big you are, these may be just the best e-bike you could buy.
A tricycle offers you greater balance and support. What more could a big man ask for?. Having 3 wheels rather than 2 means your body weight is more evenly distributed which minimizes the risk of crashing and or injuring yourself.
A couple of the tricycles below have big chunky tires which are perfect for heavier people. Thinner racing tires simply wont handle excessive weight over 250 pounds. Which is why us bigger riders need to look for fat tires which can withstand higher pressure. These 4 electric bikes below have weight capacities greater than 250 lbs up to 400 lbs.
*Note: I would probably change the seats for an oversized bike seat for any stock standard bike for obvious reasons. Rarely will you find a bike with a larger seat for us with bigger backsides. Also abide by the weight capacities as its grounds to void the warranty should anything bad happen.
Best Electric Cruiser Bike 350 Lbs Capacity
If 3 wheels are not your thing, electric cruiser bikes are the next best option for a overweight person if you ask me. With these types of bike you can sit up tall and hold onto the handlebars without hunching over.
Not only is this better for your back but also great for people with larger bellies (Guilty!). The belly while great for using as a table for drinks while sitting is more of a nuisance when it comes to riding a bike. But not with an electric cruiser bike like this one by X-treme Scooters.
This is the ‘Elite’ Malibu cruiser bike by X-treme Scooters. This e-cruiser has a maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds and is a step through model. The regular (Not Elite) Malibu is not step through, which is more popular but also more of an inconvenience for bigger people.
In case you’re unsure what a step through bike is, it just means there is no bar running horizontally from the handlebars to the seat stem. Instead it runs down lower on the shaft so you can easily put your foot over the other side of the bike. Especially important for a very larger person.
What powers the Elite Malibu?. 7 speed Shimano gears and when times are getting tough you can kick back with the 7 lithium battery powered motor which put out 300 watts. While 300 watts is not a huge number, it’s enough for you average ride around town. But best of all it can hold up to 350 pounds of weight and is easy to mount and dismount.
300Lbs Capacity Electric Bike – Beach Cruiser
A slightly more powerful cruise electric bike is this 500 Watt 36V Onway e-bike. While it offers 200 watts more power and more voltage, it loses 50 pounds in weight capacity compared to the above Elite Malibu.
Similar to the Malibu, the Onway is also 7 speed Shimano gears that power the foot pedals. But it steps it up a gear when it comes to the electronic elements. Being a 36v you get more miles per recharge of the battery.
Depending how you use the battery and foot pedal ratio, you can expect to get about 45 miles from the recharge with pedal assist on. You can even take the battery out to recharge it separate from the bike should you please. One never knows when they may need to randomly recharge the batteries away from home, so this is a good feature to have.
The electronic components are also rear wheel which is good for a heavy person. Having the motor etc on the front can make it too front heavy.
But all in all it’s quite a heavy duty electric bike. You get the feeling this bike was 100% designed to be made into a e-bike from the ground up. Not just a conversion kit added to an existing bike model. With the exception of the seat, it’s quite a decent bike.
Speed Test Up Hill On The 500w OnWay Electric Bike
Best Electric Mountain Bikes For Heavy People
There are a number of electric mountain bikes suitable for people around the 300-330 pound mark. The one I like the best is the 26″ Aceshin MTB. This is quite a sturdy bike with a cool frame that makes it a tad bit easier to get on and off the bike.
As you may know mountain bikes can be difficult to get off regardless of your size. But with the design of this frame you get a little extra leg room. The top bar comes down from the seat stem to form a off sided ‘V’ or tick shape.
The front fork is very strong as well which is essential for a big man on a mountain bike. It’s a full steel carbon fork with premium shock absorbers to bear the extra force. The total weight capacity on the Aceshin is 330 lbs (150kg).
In terms of speed the Aceshin can go to 18mph but with some extra foot power you can go faster. When it comes to steep hills, you’re going to thank yourself after effortlessly gliding up and over hills. Without this type of e-power, it would have been time to turn around.
For those wanting more of a challenge, you can adjust the tension levels on the 21 speed bike to really get a good work out. But this is certainly not for me as I’d prefer to go at a steady rate and use the battery when needed.
Overall this 36v 250 watt electric mountain bike by Aceshin is quite a good buy. In terms of price it’s far more affordable then what you may expect. Perhaps this is due to it being sold online, but nonetheless if you go down to a dealer I would expect to pay a lot more.
Other High Weight Capacity E-Bikes
For more traditional mountain bikes powered by an electric motor suitable for heavier people, check out the 4 options below. Out of the many electric mountain bikes available, these ones are the heavy duty versions with weight capacities up to 330pounds.
Bit More About Electric Powered Bikes
So weight capacity is certainly one aspect to consider when buying a e-bike. But what are some of the things to look out for?. Below you can find a few of the common mistakes people face after buying an ebike for the first time.
- Don’t 100% rely on the mileage or distance rate manufactures specify in their product descriptions. There’s no way they can be 100% accurate as every location faces various inclines and terrains, user weight and of course how fast you go.
- Don’t buy a hub drive system if you anticipate taking on hilly conditions on a regular basis. Hub drive is fine for flats, but struggle on hills.
- Mid drive systems are the all round go to design. They are optimal for flat and steep inclines as they operate on a gear design compared to a fixed speed design of the hub drive.
- Top Speed: Don’t buy a bike just because it has a higher top speed as an e-bike won’t be able to maintain the top speed anyway, its better as a gauge on short burst top speeds.
- You get what you pay for. Why is it that some ebikes are $500 while others are $3000?. Well simply put e-bikes have components which can be higher in quality. For example you can get a front suspension fork that costs $80 while at the other end you can pay $2000 for a high end model. Cheaper is not always better.