The best ebike for plus size women should tick all the right boxes. It should be comfortable, able to support various body shapes and sizes, and – most importantly – fun to ride! The good news? Many electric bikes are suitable for overweight female riders. You just need to know what to look for.

In this article, we cover the 4 best ebikes for women and what to consider when looking for an electric bike as a plus size woman.

Can Overweight Women Ride Ebikes?

The short answer is – yes. Most plus size women can ride on almost any electric bike. As long as the bike can support the rider’s weight, there is no reason why an overweight woman cannot ride an ebike.

The only exception is if the rider’s weight exceeds the weight limit of the electric bike. Every ebike has a maximum weight limit that, if exceeded, could result in serious damage to the frame and other components.

For health and safety purposes, do not attempt to ride an ebike if doing so will result in exceeding the maximum weight limit.

Top 4 Electric Bikes for Plus Size Women

When it comes to choosing the right ebike for plus size women, the first step is to compare your options. Here is a round-up of 4 electric bikes that offer the perfect balance of comfort, support, and flexibility.

Heybike Mars 2.0

Mars 2.0 fattire folding ebike blue color

The Heybike Mars 2.0 is an upgraded version of the previous model, the Heybike Mars. It improves on the original with a more powerful electric motor, a higher top speed, and superior braking force. It also has a maximum weight capacity of 330 lbs, making it ideal for plus size women.

Pros of the Heybike Mars 2.0

  • Upgraded motor: From the previous 750w brushless motor to a more powerful 1000w (100Nm torque) brushless motor.
  • Higher top speed: With a maximum speed of 32 mph, you can use the extra power to climb steep hills and navigate technical terrain more easily.
  • High weight capacity: With a maximum weight capacity of 330 lbs, the Heybike Mars 2.0 is the ideal choice for practically any plus size rider.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes: Enjoy more precise, more effective stopping power with the easy-to-use brake lever and hydraulic disc brake system.
  • Folding ebike: Use the distinct folding mechanism to store the Heybike Mars 2.0 in more compact spaces.

Heybike Horizon

horizon dual suspension fat tire bike

The Heybike Horizon is a fat tire ebike with a lot to love. The step-through frame means there is no horizontal top bar, which makes it easy to get on and off the seat. The 24x4” fat tires provide excellent grip and stability on various terrain, while the dual suspension helps absorb impact on the handlebars and seat.

Pros of the Heybike Horizon

  • Step-through frame: The lack of a horizontal top bar makes it easy to reach the seat.
  • Extra wide tires: With 24x4” tires, you can ride at a lower tire pressure than you would with narrow tires. The extra width helps you absorb impacts more easily – without risking a puncture. Wider tires also better support plus size riders.
  • Full suspension: With a hydraulic front fork and rear suspension, the full suspension system will prevent your arms from getting sore while you rest on the handlebars and help support your backside.
  • High weight capacity: The Heybike Horizon has a maximum weight capacity of 330 lbs, providing excellent support for overweight riders.

Heybike Ranger S

Ranger s low step electric bike

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly small frame, as the Heybike Ranger S has a tough and sturdy frame. In terms of load, the Heybike Ranger S is in a class of its own, with an impressive maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs. That’s 70 lbs higher than the Mars 2.0 and Horizon! Aside from being a great electric bike for a woman, the Ranger S also has a 750w brushless motor with a maximum speed of 28 mph.

Pros of the Heybike Ranger S

  • Impressive weight capacity: With the ability to carry up to 400 lbs, the Heybike Ranger S is one of the most versatile choices for plus size riders.
  • Long-distance battery: The 692Wh battery can take you up to 55 miles on a single charge.
  • Step-through frame: Just like the Horizon, the Ranger S also has a step-through frame, which makes it easy for overweight riders to get on and off the seat. The low profile is also ideal for shorter riders.
  • Fat tires: Thanks to the 20x4” fat tires, this all-terrain beast will comfortably take you around urban and light off-road trails.

Heybike HERO

Heybike HERO carbon fiber ebike

The latest electric bike to join the Heybike range, the HERO is our first carbon fiber ebike. Made from T800 carbon fiber, the frame alone weighs just 2.85 kg. But that does not mean it compromises load capacity. With a maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs, the Heybike HERO will comfortably support almost any plus size rider.

Pros of the Heybike HERO

  • Lightweight frame: The T800 carbon fiber frame weighs just 2.85 kg and is much lighter than aluminum alloy.
  • Two frame designs: The HERO is available in two frame styles: the step-through, and the trapeze. Both frame styles have the same maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs.
  • Powerful performance: Choose between a 750w mid-drive motor or a 1000w rear hub motor. Both electric motors have a maximum speed of 35 mph and can be equipped with the step-through or trapeze frame.
  • Shimano 9-speed gear system: Use the full range of 9 gears to climb steep hills and navigate tricky terrain with greater control and precision.

How Important is the Maximum Weight Load on an Ebike?

Very important. The maximum weight capacity on an ebike confirms that it has been tested to perform as expected within a specific weight range. Any attempt to exceed the recommended maximum weight capacity could, in theory, result in serious damage to the ebike and injury to the rider.

For instance, excess weight could wear down and damage the braking system, limiting the ebike’s ability to stop in time to avoid a collision. Over time, excess weight can bend the frame, rims on the tire, and it can sag the handlebars.
Riding beyond the recommended weight limit could also compromise the performance of the electric motor, resulting in slower acceleration and a lower maximum speed.

What Affects the Maximum Weight Load?

The main factors that affect the maximum weight load are the frame material, electric motor and battery, tires, and number of accessories.

Frame Material

Most electric bikes are made from either aluminum alloy or carbon fiber, with very few available in steel. Aluminum alloy is a sturdy and reliable material that can support a range of weight limits, while carbon fiber is a more lightweight option.

Electric Motor and Battery

Typically, the more powerful the motor, the heavier the ebike will be. To compensate for this, ebikes with more powerful motors tend to have sturdier frames and, as a result, have a higher maximum weight capacity. The size of the battery also has a similar effect on general weight capacity.


Similar to the electric motor, the larger and wider the tires, the higher the maximum weight capacity of the ebike. They provide more cushioning and support than narrower tires, making them ideal for plus size female riders.


Most electric bikes come with standard accessories like a front headlight, integrated taillight (with brake), and rear rack. Typically, electric bikes with rear racks are specifically designed to have a higher maximum weight capacity, so they can hold personal items in a basket.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Electric Bike for a Plus Size Woman

To finish up, here are a few pointers to consider when searching for an electric bike for a plus size woman.

Frame Style and Size

Consider an ebike with a step-through or trapeze frame, so you can easily access the bike seat. That said, if height is not an issue, then a step-over will also suffice. In terms of frame size, follow the suggested rider height guidelines on the manufacturer’s website.

Weight Capacity

Always refer to the maximum weight capacity of any ebike. Take note of the ebike’s total weight (not just the frame’s weight) and your current weight. Then perform the following calculation to see if the ebike can support your weight:

Maximum weight capacity – your current weight = leftover weight.

If the ebike has any leftover weight, then it should be able to support your weight. As always, talk to an expert for confirmation.

Comfort and Design

For maximum comfort, ensure you can adjust the seat height. This will enable you to reach the handlebars comfortably without straining your arms. Your feet should also be able to touch the ground.

Additionally, ensure the handlebar width is either the same or slightly wider than your shoulder width. Wider handlebars will make it easier to steer and prevent twitching while you ride. For additional comfort, you may need to purchase a custom saddle if the one that comes with your bike is not comfortable enough.

Power and Performance

Choose an electric bike that offers the power you need to ride with confidence. As a plus size rider, you may need a more powerful electric motor than a slimmer rider to account for the weight difference. A good starting point is a 750w brushless motor, with a maximum speed of 28 mph; of course, you can always go up to 1000w for extra oomph.

Choosing the Perfect Plus Size Electric Bike

Finding the right ebike for a plus size woman is easy when you know what to look for. While there is a lot to think about, the wealth of options means you are guaranteed to find a model that suits your needs.

Need help with finding the perfect electric bike for a woman? Contact us today.

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