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Old 06-21-20, 02:28 PM
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Any e-bike recommendation for heavy riders? (120+ kg / 260+ pounds). Are there special designs and models for heavy riders?
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Old 06-21-20, 07:07 PM
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I would think most MTB-style e-bikes would be adequate. 260 isn't that big. My Haibike, a Yahama-powered hardtail, seems like it would accommodate you easily.
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I've weighted as much as 260, currently at 235. Like said above, not that heavy. I do like 36 spoke wheels but other than that I don't have issues overpowering bikes.

I just put a Bafang BBSHD on an 80's vintage MTB. Loving life. Sucker can sustain me at 30+ mph.

Only other suggestion is that mid drives put the gearing between the motor and the wheels. This helps the rider keep the motor operating at a more efficient RPM, even when powering up hills at a reduced speed
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2old thank you! eMTBs are good as they are built for the beating, so should be able to do the job.
the question is also about comfort. For somebody, who is heavy, getting on an eMTB and riding one, could be painful
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"Bafang BBSHD" this seems to be a great choice Pop N Wood ! I am hearing about this one more than once. thank you!
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BTW, MTB's can offer more upright seating and you can custom fit the stem and bars (with road bikes too), so you should be comfortable (after the ass-breaking-in period). BBSHD is a great choice unless you're more interested in pedaling, then BBS02 is fantastic (my wife and I ride them, but we're more pedal-happy).

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"Bafang BBSHD" this seems to be a great choice Pop N Wood ! I am hearing about this one more than once. thank you!
Strongly recommend Luna Cycle. good company. Also know that if the kit you order ships from China delivery could take months due to covid shipping delays. Actually ordered from another vendor and it it took over 2 months for the battery to arrive. Huge mess. The parts I ordered from Luna showed up within 2 weeks.

BBSHD is overbuilt, which I preferred for longevity. Also a bit more heavy and more expensive than the BBS02. Just know that either motor is programmable and it is up to you how much pedal assist you dial in.

Excellent web site with all things BBS related

https://www.******.com/r/ebikes/wiki/bbs_faq
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These Sondors bikes look good! https://electrek.co/2020/06/23/sondo...electric-bike/
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Cannondale Hybrid conversion

I am close to your size...250 lb and 6’5”.

Last August I had a local bike shop convert my “jumbo” sized Cannondale Adventure 400 hybrid. The frame is built for us big guys and it has a front shock fork and seat post. I used a 750 watt Bafang mid-drive, new brakes, new Schwalbe Ebike tires, shift sensor, Brooks B17 Imperial seat, clipless pedals, and a decent sized battery (48/17) for range.

Original cost of this bike in 2003 was around $550, cost of conversion was around $700. I am very pleased with how well it rides and the performance of the motor. Wen I use my assist, it’s usually in “2” and in the middle gears of my rear sprocket.

So if you can find a regular bike that supports and fits you well, a mid-drive conversion and some other adjustments can give you a very good result.

Good luck!
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Any e-bike recommendation for heavy riders? (120+ kg / 260+ pounds). Are there special designs and models for heavy riders?
Check out HimiWay - it has a 350 lb weight limit and a RadBikes Cruiser - 275 lb limit. I am trying to decide which one I want. They are similar.
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I want a Himi !
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More motor watts?
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The Himiway seems like a solid bargain. AFAIK, these type of bikes are made generically in China, and you can choose to have your "logo" on them, then bring container(s) in and resell.They made a good choice if the specs are correct.
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