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E-bikes for women: how to choose the custom-made electric bike
In recent years, the world of e-bikes has seen a noticeable growth in the number of specific models designed for women cyclists. But what are the key differences of women's e-bikes versus unisex or men's e-bikes? Let's go over features, geometries, and equipment to understand how to choose a custom e-bike.
Why women's e-bikes exist
The main reason why e-bikes specially designed for female audiences are made is the obvious difference in physical conformation between male and female bodies.
Waist, pelvis, limb length and height naturally have different proportions between men and women. Therefore, a bike that fits a cyclist perfectly may not fit a female cyclist well.
Women's e-bikes have geometries and dimensions designed to specifically fit the female conformation and thus ensure maximum comfort, handling and control in the saddle.
Low frame and easy to handle
One of the key aspects of women's e-bikes is the low frame height, which makes it easy to get your feet off the ground when you stop. Usually the height is around 45-50 cm from the ground.
The low weight, around 20-25 kg, also makes the bike easy to maneuver when stationary, such as in stop-and-go in city traffic. Ease of use is key.
Horizontal tube lowered
The frame top tube is positioned lower to accommodate the low height of women's pelvis. This allows for easy and safe ascent and descent from the saddle.
It also avoids annoying contact between the tube and groin area that can occur with an ill-fitting men's frame. Proper clearance from the top tube is essential.
Small diameter wheels
To make it easier to put your feet on the ground, women's e-bikes often mount wheels that are smaller in diameter than the canonical 28 inches. Sizes such as 26″ or 27.5″ are common.
Smaller wheels further lower the ground clearance when riding, providing safety and stability. They also make it easier to handle when stationary.
Modulating and powerful brakes
Brake modulability and power is another aspect taken care of on women's e-bikes, to ensure controlled and safe braking even with the extra weight given by the electric motor.
Hence, hydraulic disc brakes are common, with ergonomic levers that are modulated to be easily operated even by smaller hands. Adequate braking power is essential.
To avoid jolts and jerks in the transmission of motive power, women's e-bikes typically have "rounder" multipliers and smoothly and lightly handled gears.
The electric motor is also often tuned to deliver boost in a progressive manner. All this results in smooth standing starts and lively driveability at low revs.
The electronic control systems of women's e-bikes are designed to be very intuitive and user-friendly even for those who are not very familiar with technology.
Simple and clear central displays, accessible controls, self-explanatory menus, and touch interfaces are common features to facilitate everyday use in a straightforward manner.
Attractive colors and design
Aesthetics play an important role in women's e-bikes, with bright colors and color combinations designed for the female audience. The frame design also focuses on harmonious and compact shapes.
Everything contributes to an ensemble that is beautiful to look at as well as practical and functional. Attention to detail is evident.
E-bike models designed for women cyclists include:
Prices start from 800 euros for city bikes, up to 4,000 and more for top-of-the-line MTBs and Trekking bikes.
Differences with unisex e-bikes
The main differences of women's e-bikes from unisex or men's models lie in:
Less extreme and more comfortable geometries
Low and easily manageable frame
More modulable brakes and gears
More feminine colors and designs
Smaller diameter wheels
In short, everything is designed around the physical size and needs of female cyclists.
When to choose a unisex model
In some cases, however, a unisex or men's e-bike may be suitable, particularly if:
Extreme performance is sought
An essential design is preferred
One is particularly tall in stature
29″ wheels or fat bikes are preferred
What matters most is the low price
Sharing with the male partner
But be careful to make sure the size and geometry are right.
Women's e-bikes are a booming category, thanks to their ability to perfectly meet the needs of female cyclists with tailored solutions.
Size, ergonomics, design, and equipment are designed around women's needs for maximum control, stability, and practicality. This makes them an ideal way to approach the world of electric bikes.