Is a 20" wheel bike too small for 6"2'?

Delosfive

New Member
So I'm buying an entry level electric bicycle after wasting money on an electric scooter, which became useless after only 6 months.

I commute daily with an uphill journey over 2km and obviously a downhill return.

Problem is I'm 6'2", so I'm wondering whether this type of bike is more flat-ground/shorter people suited?

Here's the candidate...


The page says "The geometry of this bicycle offers optimal comfort for cyclists measuring between 1.45m and 1.85m", so it seems I'm oversized.

Should I go by this caution? Is it critical? What are experienced taller users' experience with picking the right sized bike and without costing too much? (I really want to keep under 1000dollars/euros)

Any advice appreciated! 👌🏼
 

indianajo

Well-Known Member
I see you live in Spain.
If the pavement in Spain is as perfect as the pavement I saw in Germany, there should not be a problem with wheel size.
Here in the USA, 20" wheels are quite jarring when we hit pot holes. One tries to avoid them but following a car in traffic or in the rain where puddles cover them, this is often not possible. My legs are quite short but I bought 26" wheels.
The Plegable Tilt seat post and stem rise are obviously set up for large adults. If the stem to seatpost distance is at least 51 cm, then the frame is suitable for the large.
Note some cheap bikes have spokes made of imitation steel. These can require replacement in as few as 200 miles. Check a European website for any data about this particular brand. Buying from a local shop should provide you with a warrenty that covers this issue, but leaving a bike weekly at a shop would be annoying.
In addition, DD hub motors are quite inexpensive, and quite inefficient on heavy grades. My DD motor took about a third more electricity than a geared hub motor on the frequent grades I ride some of which are as steep as 15%. DD motors also use more electricity than geared when subject to frequent stops. Measure your grade and count number of stops to determine if a DD motor will give you sufficient range. Range estimates are made on flat ground with no stops, IMHO. One advantage of DD hub motors is they will not wear out the gears.
 
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harryS

Well-Known Member
Try riding a regular unpowered folder first if you cannot get a test ride on the Bicletta, My wife and I are 4-6" shorter than you, and we like our powered folders.

Weight is also important. There's more stress on the extended seatpost, and more weight on the handlebars, which are compromised by the length, and also the fact that there is a hinge at the bottom. Some folders are quite flexible. Not good.

We own two folders that I added motors. They're light, very maneuverable, and easy to pack in a vehicle.
 

rich c

Well-Known Member
Replacing a cheap scooter with an "entry level" eBike may not give you a better result. I've never ridden a folder, but that long steerer tube and narrow handlebars has never appealed to me. If you watch a couple of videos on here, you'll see the tester almost always talks about stability. Something that rarely comes up on a full size.
 

Browneye

Active Member
Be sure to test ride some various models - then you'll know.
There's usually a good reason people choose a small-wheeled bike, and ride-ability isn't one of them. ;)
 

harryS

Well-Known Member
Most folders cannot be ridden no-handed, if that's what you want to do.

While the first one was just a whim, now we're pretty much hooked on them. I added a mini-vello in early 2018. Doesn't fold. A very light and stiff frame. Accelerates quick on pedal only. I ride that or my folder when riding with my wife, so our wheels match. In contrast the 20" fat tire folder I have is like a big boat. These are all ebike conversions except the fat tire.
 

pualine

New Member
For such folding e-bike you better test ride first. As something comfortable for someone can't be comfortable for you. I am very comfortable on my road bicycle but my husband can't stand that riding position more than 5 minutes.

If you want up-rite riding position I feel it will be little bit too short for you