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The 3 Best E-Bikes For Heavier Riders

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E-bikes can help you tackle rides that may have previously seemed impossible. Check out the top e-bikes designed to support heavier riders on their cycling fitness journey.
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Written by Rob Latham
Contributing Author
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Edited by Taylor Moon
Managing Editor

Electric bicycles offer riders a wide range of health benefits, helping them become more active, improve their fitness, and boost their mental health and well-being. However, one of the biggest challenges for many e-bike wannabes is being able to get started on the vehicles in the first place.

Heavier individuals can be put off the idea of cycling by the fear of strenuous physical exercise and concerns about finding a bike that will hold their weight. For example, many e-bikes on the market advise their vehicles are only designed for people weighing 250lbs or less. However, an e-bike can be a great option to help people feel comfortable getting into the saddle, avoid some of the hard effort required by traditional bicycles, and begin getting fitter and losing weight.

 

Best E-Bikes For Heavier Riders

With that in mind, here are our top three electric bikes designed for heavier riders:

Aventon E-Bikes logo

Aventon Aventure

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45 mi

RANGE

28 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

73 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

45 mi

RANGE

28 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

73 lbs

WEIGHT

Best For: Adults, Men, Women
Approx. Price:
$1,499
Model Year:
2021
Ideal For
• Urban Biking
• Commuting
• Moderate Off-Road Biking
• Beach Cruising
• Multi-Terrain

Aventon developed the Aventure as its “most powerful and versatile” e-bike. The class III e-bike is powered by a 750W motor with a top speed of 28mph and a high-capacity battery that offers a maximum 53-mile range on a single charge. Other key features include 4” fat tires, an aluminum frame, a front suspension fork, and excellent handling to deliver comfortable rides on any terrain.

The Aventure is perfectly suited to heavier riders given its wider, sturdy body, which also neatly hides away the battery and cables within its aluminum frame. The e-bike is also available with a step-over or step-through frame design and in multiple sizes, which makes it versatile and adaptable to the needs of heavier riders.

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Himiway Cobra

himiway-cobra

63 mi

RANGE

25 mph

TOP SPEED

7 hrs

CHARGE TIME

88 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

63 mi

RANGE

25 mph

TOP SPEED

7 hrs

CHARGE TIME

88 lbs

WEIGHT

Best For: Adults, Men, Women
Approx. Price:
$2,399
Model Year:
2022
Ideal For
• Hunting off grid
• Wilderness camping
• RVing, if you have the storage
• Overlanding in deep woods
• Off-road touring

The Himiway Cobra is a monster of an electric mountain bike that’s ideal for thrill-seeking heavier riders. The bike is powered by a 750W ultra-drive geared hub motor that offers speeds of up to 25mph, huge torque to tackle steep hills and deliver great acceleration, and longer life expectancy. While its 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG battery offers a large capacity, enabling an impressive range of up to 80 miles per charge.

The Cobra offers an extra bite with massive 26×4.8” super fat tires that provide significant traction on any surface. That’s combined with a four-bar linkage suspension that easily absorbs all force and vibrations on even the most rugged terrains.

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RadWagon 4

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45 mi

RANGE

25 mph

TOP SPEED

6 hrs

CHARGE TIME

76 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

45 mi

RANGE

25 mph

TOP SPEED

6 hrs

CHARGE TIME

76 lbs

WEIGHT

Best For: Adults, Men, Women
Approx. Price:
$1,999
Model Year:
2022
Ideal For
• Parcel delivery
• Restaurant delivery
• Carrying the family’s weekly groceries
• Getting the kids to school or to their activities
• Taking your significant other out on a date

At the other end of the scale is the more sensible but highly practical RadWagon 4. The e-bike features a sturdy design that maximizes stability and is ideal for loading up for trips to the grocery store or the daily commute to work or school.

The RadWagon 4 is powered by a 750W Rad-engineered motor designed to climb steep hills and pack a punch over short distances, but it comes in slower than other bikes on this list, with a top speed of 20 mph. It also has 22×3” tires that are ideal for uneven surfaces and deliver a low center of gravity and mechanical brakes that help you stop quickly at high speed and in any conditions.

More E-Bikes For Heavier Riders

Beyond these top three suggested e-bikes for heavier riders are several other bikes to assist you in your search for your ideal electric bike:

Rad Power Bikes logo

RadRover 6 Plus

Rad Power RadRover Hi-step

45 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

4 hrs

CHARGE TIME

73.4 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

45 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

4 hrs

CHARGE TIME

73.4 lbs

WEIGHT

Best For: Adults, Men, Women
Approx. Price:
$2,099
Model Year:
2021
Ideal For
• Light gravel trail riding
• All-weather commuting around the city
• Short adventure biking on groomed trails
• Around-town grocery shopping

The RadRover is a beast of an adventure bike and boasts an impressive 275 lbs payload. The 750 W rear-hub motor delivers just under that to keep with regulatory compliance, but provides enough umph to get you to where you need to go. As a heavy rider, you will right at home on this powerful rig. 

The affordable price of the Rover helps as well. We recommend grabbing a rack or two from Rad Power while you’re purchasing the Rover. All the racks and accessories are built to fit on the Rover with zero hassles, taking away the stress of outfitting your e-bike to fit your needs. 

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Trek Verve+ 3 Lowstep

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40 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

54 lbs

WEIGHT

Mid-drive

MOTOR TYPE

40 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

54 lbs

WEIGHT

Best For: Adults, Men, Seniors, Women
Approx. Price:
$3,299
Model Year:
2022
Ideal For
• Commuting
• Cafe hopping
• Family rides
• Longer rides in the countryside
• Seniors returning to cycling

The Verve+3 Lowstep has a maximum load of 300 lbs, which is a little lower than the three bikes we recommend above. However, this is a very durable e-bike that’s ideal for people who are new to cycling or struggle to lift their legs over high crossbars. It offers a top speed of 20mph and will take you up to 40 miles on a single charge, and only weighs 54.6 lbs.

Select The Best E-Bike For Heavier Riders

Heavier riders should look for a few critical components in a potential e-bike, including being sturdy yet powerful, which likely means a chunky frame or use of high-quality, solid materials. It should also have full-suspension frames, strong tire rims, thick spokes, wide tires, durable gears, drivetrain, and be packed with a powerful motor and battery. Also, look for a sturdy, comfortable seat for long rides and high-performance brakes. And always remember to check the bike manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight limit and load capacity before purchasing.

An electric bike’s motor and battery can help heavier riders tackle terrains, hills, and distances that may previously have seemed daunting or even impossible. So buying an e-bike can encourage heavier riders to feel more comfortable getting out on two wheels, enabling them to become more active and healthy and help them to lose weight.

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Written by Rob Latham
Contributing Author
Rob is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience reviewing consumer tech and electric vehicles.
Taylor Moon
Edited by Taylor Moon
Managing Editor
Taylor Moon is a seasoned editor and content marketer with a diverse background spanning journalism, entertainment, travel, B2B SaaS, technology, and digital and creative marketing. Outside of her professional realm, she cherishes moments with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, drawing inspiration from both her work and family life.

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