When choosing an electric bike, several criteria come into play. Among these are:
NB: the measurements given in this article are in centimetres!
The answer may be evident to some, but not all, so let's start with the definition of a bicycle frame!
You can think of a bicycle frame like its skeleton. It ensures the connection between the different components and generally consists of two triangles :
As a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words, here is an explanatory diagram :
Note that the frame size listed for each bicycle is measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat post tube (the edge C of the diagram above).
Choosing a bike frame according to its size and your overall height can sometimes lack precision; however, it still allows you to have a starting point. This method can be practical when you are in a hurry and want, for example, to rent a bike for a few hours, but when investing in an ebike, we suggest considering some other elements.
To measure your inseam size:
Struggling? Don't hesitate to get help! This method accounts for the length of your legs, which is more reliable than using your overall height!
Now that you have your inside leg measurement let's continue to dig deeper.
Here are some formulas that will allow you to calculate the ideal size of your bicycle frame according to the length of your inside leg and the type of e-bike chosen.
INSEAM LENGTH X 0.66 = recommended frame size.
INSEAM LENGTH X 0.59 = recommended frame size.
To make it easier to understand, the charts below should guide you on which frame size to choose based on your inseam length and bike type.
The information above will help you choose the correct frame size. However, to be even more precise, other data are sometimes taken into account:
Our advice: speak to one of our dealers. They will help you take the measurements and give you all the information you need to choose your ideal frame size!
If you are new to riding an ebike, or getting back into cycling after many years, choose the smaller size.
If you are a confident rider and want a more efficient ride, choose the larger size instead.