Maximum Weight

Kaldeem

Active Member
Hey EBR community, I have a question. If the maximum weight on a E bike is 250 lbs, and I exceed that by 30 lbs, am I still able to ride it? or does that mean I shouldn't even touch it?

I know I'ma big guy, but I've already lost 30 lbs (I was 310 lbs) and I'm working on losing even more, but I'm worried that I won't be able to get an E bike now.
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Brambor

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On my bike if I exceeded the weight limit by a lot...50lbs...it would not stay in turbo. It went to eco automatically.
 

DashRiprock

Active Member
I am over 250 and have been loading my Dash down with a rear rack, two bags, everything I could possibly need on the road for repairs, water and this 10 lb. lock to replicate even more extra weight in the bags:
http://www.kryptonitelock.com

I'm not suggesting that anybody try the same...yet I took all of this out on an 8 mile ride yesterday and was pretty impressed using Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires.
 

MarcD

Active Member
I am over the limit on the Turbo. The limit is like 295, but that includes the weight of the bike, so it is closer to 240. I'm 260. That said, I have ridden it with water, extra battery, probably a 15 or 20 lb load + me and not seen any performance degradation. I just know that it is a risk I am taking. If something fails, they could assert I exceeded spec, but that would be awfully awkward for a customer service person to do. What are they going to do weigh me? Though on reflection I guess they could see these posts....;)
 

Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
I'm not sure Allroad comes with a pedal assist system.
PAS is crucial if you want to lose weight.
Ebikes are heavy and using eco assist, you can travel farther and get an excellent workout.
 
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Kaldeem

Active Member
I totally agree with you Ravi, at first I didn't want an E bike that had a throttle but after watching tons of videos with Court saying how nice it is to have that feature with his bum knee sometimes, I started to think that it might come in handy one day, but I plan on only using the PAS for 95% of my riding.

The Allroad has 5 levels of PAS and you can throttle in any of the assist levels.
 

Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
Great to know that about allroad Pioneer.

I'll let you do your own research but few points worth mentioning:

Make sure it's double wall alloy rim.

The spoke gauge at the weight (with all due respect) should be 12g or 2.3mm otherwise, if you hit a pothole at 25mph with 300lbs on that bike, you could easily snap the spokes.

Also, for a 280lb rider, hydraulic disc brakes are a must. That's a lot of momentum to curtail at above 20mph.

However great that motorized bottom bracket by optibike is, I'm let down by the other components on that bike. Super cheap derailleurs/ shifters, entry level suntour suspension and just 1 year warranty.

I haven't had a chance to ride it and I'm hoping test ride it soon at the interbike.

Happy researching...
 

Brambor

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I am over the limit on the Turbo. The limit is like 295, but that includes the weight of the bike, so it is closer to 240. I'm 260. That said, I have ridden it with water, extra battery, probably a 15 or 20 lb load + me and not seen any performance degradation. I just know that it is a risk I am taking. If something fails, they could assert I exceeded spec, but that would be awfully awkward for a customer service person to do. What are they going to do weigh me? Though on reflection I guess they could see these posts....;)
That includes the weight of the bike ? Then I am also over the limit. I was 260 in the spring. Today I'm probably 230-240
 

Bike_On

Well-Known Member
Ravi,

I don't know of many OEM ebikes that are build for a 250lb+ rider at ebike speeds and long term ware. The weight and speed just hammers everything. You have to be able to repair/replace sometimes.

Two factors I think of, a solid frame and good disk brakes. 180mm or up preferred if a bigger person.

The mid drive is best for the heavier person because the needed torque can be shifter into the right gear. If your live in flatland, less of an issue and a power thirsty hub will get you going just fine.

The Opti Pioneer did skimp on shocks and I suppose the derailer. For $2700, who/ what Oem is NOT supplying Suntour and entry derailers? The Haibike does have upgrades stuff for 4k+, but less power.

When I had my Opti 850, I had to service my Fox float R23 shock. Things wear out whether on an Opti or Haibike or other.

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Ralph

Active Member
I am over 250 and have been loading my Dash down with a rear rack, two bags, everything I could possibly need on the road for repairs, water and this 10 lb. lock to replicate even more extra weight in the bags:
http://www.kryptonitelock.com

I'm not suggesting that anybody try the same...yet I took all of this out on an 8 mile ride yesterday and was pretty impressed using Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires.
How do you like the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires on your Dash. What size did you put on it?
 

Kaldeem

Active Member
Wow, great stuff here guys, I really appreciate all the advise. I figured as much on the cheapo parts from Opti, because I'm paying more for the name here in CO than I am for the bike. However, I was watching a YouTube clip yesterday that explained how somethings just need to be replaced on a bike from the get'go.

I don't know about quality derailleurs or shifters (yet) but eventually I will, and the stock parts should be able to hold up for a while, my total commute is around 6 miles back and forth.
 

BenS

New Member
Kaldeem, fwiw, the Pedego Trail Tracker has a larger frame and a 600w motor versus the more common 500w. It also has a 48 volt battery.
Additional info here: https://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com
The specs don't list a max weight.
Might be a bummer for you that it's only single speed.
 

Tom P

New Member
I've had 3 ebikes so far. A tadpole trike I built, a cargo bike, and the present bike a neo-xtreme. I weigh 250 and wanted a little help. So far I learned;
1. Only buy from a bike shop where you can get service-not online.
2. Torque sensing is far and away the optimum drive choice.
3. Hydraulic disc brakes are the cats pajamas.
I want to use my bike as my main transportation and this bike is rated for 361 pounds. loving the front shock but only have 30 miles on the bike as it is 2 days old. BTW, lost 5 lbs in the last month riding 250 miles.
 

JoePah

Well-Known Member
Hey EBR community, I have a question. If the maximum weight on a E bike is 250 lbs, and I exceed that by 30 lbs, am I still able to ride it? or does that mean I shouldn't even touch it?

I know I'ma big guy, but I've already lost 30 lbs (I was 310 lbs) and I'm working on losing even more, but I'm worried that I won't be able to get an E bike now.
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There is margin built in for carrying dead weight.. So if you're 30 lbs over you should be fine except don't carry anything heavy..

I would also not run over rough trails or curbs at antying but crawl speed.

If you are really concerned buy a nice mountain bike and a DIY EBike kit.. Those bikes are desisgned for bad landings and can take 250-300 lbs no problem.. Like Giant or Trek.
 

salientknight

New Member
I know I am late to the party, but I'm close to 300lbs and I have a Veegoo. It has a 500w brushless motor. And I don't think the part are much different than most of the bikes I looked it. I'll add that this has 4" tires so more drag than many bikes on the market.

I work in Burlington,VT and it's all hills all the time. The bike has no problem getting me up-hill (8 to 12 miles an hour) and travels pretty fast the rest of the time. The only downside to my weight is that I have to keep the battery charged to 50% or more. This is a limitation with LI batteries not so much the bike. So my contribution to this thread is that you'll do fine pushing the weight limits, just pay close attention to your battery charge.