Pedego City Commuter 26" or 28" wheels

dsteele1

New Member
Hi Everyone,

I am 5' 11" 186 lbs. age 61. I would like your opinions on the correct size Pedego Step Thru City Commuter to buy for my size. What are the advantages and disadvantages for each size?

Thanks!
 

Berry78

Active Member
I recently rode the city commuter with 28" wheels. I am only 5'7, and found the size to my liking. The smaller wheels would be more agile for fast turns, etc.. but I assume you aren't planning on hardcore mountain biking. Go with the bigger wheels.
 

J.R.

Well-Known Member
The frame size is far more important than wheel size. I have 700c, 26 inch and 29 inch wheel size bikes. The frames are all different as well, because the frames are designed for different things.

Generally speaking larger wheels will give a longer wheelbase and more ground clearence. Neither wheel size fits a taller, longer inseam person better than a shorter person. I've known shorter riders to ride 29'ers, but with 16 inch frames.

Frame size determines whether a bike fits or not. It's possible to make an educated guess, but with ebikes, that could be an expensive mistake. If you don't know the best size bike, it's best to get a professional fitting and do test rides. Your local ebike shop may be able to do it, if not Google bike fitters near you. Everyone has access to a good bike fitter these days. I've seen fitters charge $60 and up. They generally have reviews online.
 

Berry78

Active Member
How right J.R. is!

I actually just came back from trying some bikes at my lbs. For years I rode a med sized hybrid bike. Very hard on my hands. Just thought it was normal.

Dude put me on a men's large frame, and it was a revelation! Hands finally weren't supporting my entire weight! Granted, the bar was a bit snug, so I'm happy I'm a girl.

I am only 5'7, so don't really understand why I would need that frame, but just goes to show there is nothing like trying it on....
 

Over50

Well-Known Member
Hi Everyone,

I am 5' 11" 186 lbs. age 61. I would like your opinions on the correct size Pedego Step Thru City Commuter to buy for my size. What are the advantages and disadvantages for each size?

Thanks!
Concur with the others that frame size is the important thing for bike fit and wheel size is for intended application (either wheel size will work for you as long as the frame is a good fit). In my regular bikes, I have a trekking version of the Tern folders with 24" wheels. It is agile, corners well and quick to get going from a stop. Then I have my Spot with 28" wheels. It puts you higher up and is fast and smooth over long open distances. So I think the wheel size is more about what type of riding you will do and is really independent of frame size (smaller wheels also make it easier to pick up and carry or throw in the back of a vehicle).
 

IslandHopper

New Member
Larger wheels will get you over bumps a little bit easier.

Larger wheels take more energy to accelerate. Probably not an issue with an e-bike, though.
 

dsteele1

New Member
Wow, what a difference trying out the different size bikes makes... Wife and I (she's 5' 4") are both going with the 28" inch City Commuter Step-Thru Bikes 14V 15ah... 26" was slower and felt like a toy compared to the 28" which was zippy and felt more like an old 10 speed from the old days. Thanks for all your feedback!