Do you regret buying (or not buying) Step-thru vs. Step-over frame?

RonFromOregon

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I'm close to pulling the trigger to buy two torque-sensor ebikes (either Aventon Level.2 or Ride1Up LMT'D, but that doesn't really matter for this question). I'm hesitant to buy step-thru frames because they don't look like "normal" bikes to me, and there are fewer options for transporting on a hitch-receiver bike rack.

Does anybody out there regret NOT buying a step-thru frame? Thanks!
 

Roamers

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USA
Does anybody out there regret NOT buying a step-thru frame? Thanks!
I still ride my analog diamond frame.

The first time I tested a diamond frame ebike, the weight tipping it to the side really caught me by surprise. I'm not a frail old guy, but bought the step through model. Especially appreciated after a longer ride and feeling a bit worn out.
 

tomjasz

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USA
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Minnesnowta
My scratch build and 2 of seven kitted bikes ate strp yhrough cramk forward frames. Perfect for me and dozens of our kit customers. YMMV See @PedalUma and his torque only incredibly stealth builds. Sustainable and repairable with lots of open source options.
 

AHicks

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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
I'm close to pulling the trigger to buy two torque-sensor ebikes (either Aventon Level.2 or Ride1Up LMT'D, but that doesn't really matter for this question). I'm hesitant to buy step-thru frames because they don't look like "normal" bikes to me, and there are fewer options for transporting on a hitch-receiver bike rack.

Does anybody out there regret NOT buying a step-thru frame? Thanks!
I'm 71 and still good to go on the diamond types. Wife bought her last one because she wanted to try a step over - and she loves it....
 

fooferdoggie

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the only place I want a step through is my tandem. getting your let up and over the bar is a pain. you cant swing it over.
 

Taylor57

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I'm close to pulling the trigger to buy two torque-sensor ebikes (either Aventon Level.2 or Ride1Up LMT'D, but that doesn't really matter for this question). I'm hesitant to buy step-thru frames because they don't look like "normal" bikes to me, and there are fewer options for transporting on a hitch-receiver bike rack.

Does anybody out there regret NOT buying a step-thru frame? Thanks!
I bought 2 Espin Sports and I regret not getting at least 1 Flow (Step thru) Step thrus are nice for us vertically challenged. If you are over 5'10" I would say no need for ST...
 
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Gazzy

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USA
I (male) bought my first step-through analog bike about 3 years ago, and I love it! I would've gladly gotten the step-through version of my ebike, but they didn't have anything that would fit me.
 

Tom@WashDC

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USA
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Loudoun County, VA.
I'm close to pulling the trigger to buy two torque-sensor ebikes (either Aventon Level.2 or Ride1Up LMT'D, but that doesn't really matter for this question). I'm hesitant to buy step-thru frames because they don't look like "normal" bikes to me, and there are fewer options for transporting on a hitch-receiver bike rack.

Does anybody out there regret NOT buying a step-thru frame? Thanks!
I have two Aventon Level Step-Thrus. I really like them. I also have two non-step-thru bikes. I prefer the step thru configuration, it is definitely safer on the emergency dismount, and is easier to ride for my occasional guest.
 

kevinmccune

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USA
Step thru for Me, the worst part on the 'high bar" bikes is when I try to dismount, my next two builds will be step thru another thing I found out was that rear suspension is not a bad thing on my No.1 bike, No.2 is a fattie and its solid it jars the daylights out of Me, there are going to be some suspension mods on my next builds
 

JedidiahStolzfus

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USA
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Lancaster, PA
I spent all my life riding standard bikes, I still ride my Trek 820 that's 30+ years old before that it was a variety of bikes growing up. I got my RR2 which is a step through and I don't find it any different riding than any other bike. It balances well, I don't kill my back bending over and even though it's heavy, I find it very easy to maneuver.

I wanted the step through because I knew I would be putting a large basket on the back and I also knew I'd never be able to swing my leg over it. Don't be scared of a step through because it doesn't look traditional, they ride just the same, IMO.
 

Viking1

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USA
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RV Living FullTime. Home is where we park it.
We have one of each. I prefer the high bar for myself but enjoy the ease of the step through. We are full time RV and I usually use her step through to have a basket attached so I use hers to take our trash to the dumpster, or to give the puppies a ride. On the high bar model (mine) I am not able to ride the puppies as I tend to kick them in the head when mounting my bike. The puppies said they prefer a ride on the step through.
 

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sc00ter

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USA
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Norfolk, VA
I prefer a step-thru but I can do either one. My analog bike is a mens diamond style frame and I ride it on a regular basis. I bought a E-Lux highstep instead of a step-thru and hated it though. I couldn't toss my leg over the back because I had a trunk on the back. It's the same reason I pick flat floor motor scooters as my main transportation. I'm not as flexible as I used to be.
 

keithj69

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USA
Back in 2020, I ordered the himiway step through. When it seemed like I could get the full frame faster after waiting 2 month's I asked to switch. I do not regret the bike I got (full frame), but I did order a Surface604 Werk that is a low step. Different bikes, but I prefer the low step over the full frame.
 

Taylor57

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We have one of each. I prefer the high bar for myself but enjoy the ease of the step through. We are full time RV and I usually use her step through to have a basket attached so I use hers to take our trash to the dumpster, or to give the puppies a ride. On the high bar model (mine) I am not able to ride the puppies as I tend to kick them in the head when mounting my bike. The puppies said they prefer a ride on the step through.
How far you goin with that box strapped to your rack?
 

Jeremy McCreary

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USA
Looks are important, but so is ease of use. And I think the latter would eventually win you over. I have no regrets whatsoever regarding my true step-through.

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Don't miss swinging a leg over one bit. The frame feels plenty rigid enough for road and light off-road use. And it works well with my Thule EasyFold XT hitch rack.
 

procreator

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USA
I do not regret buying a step-thru. I am 62 and felt that at some time in the future I may not be able to swing my leg over the seat. Also, I plan on getting a cargo "thing" of some sort which may further inhibit swinging of the leg over the seat. One thing to check is the step-thru or stand-over height. I tried one that was 23". It was actually easier in my case to swing my leg over the seat than to lift my leg high enough to step through. A quick check is this: The average kitchen chair seat is about 18" - 20". Put a broom handle across two chairs and try stepping over it. If it is too difficult to do, then you will not want a step-thru height in that range.

Regarding a rack: E-bikes are heavy and need to be supported underneath. I have this rack: https://hyperax.co/products/volt2. I will need to get crossbars like these to put between the seat post and handlebar stem. https://hyperax.co/products/ebadp. You will find many less expensive versions on eBay or Amazon.

I haven't tried the rack and crossbars yet, but when I do, I will drive around in my bumpy backyard a couple of times to make sure the bikes stay firmly secured in the rack.
 

tomjasz

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USA
City
Minnesnowta
I prefer a step thru
Nice ride! I find myself liking Bosch systems more and more. As I close down my shop and settle into riding my last builds we're looking for an eBike for Ms. The LBS here sells and services Trek/Bosch systems. I want her to have a shop to rely on. She can afford the expense and my crippled hands and back get relief from the demands of working on another bike. These days I have the LBS do ALL of the non-eBike-related repairs and replacements.

My only disappointment is that Trek/Bosch is the only game in town. No Gazelle or other Bosch users.

Are the brakes hydraulic rim brakes?