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Comparing Ebike Step Through Heights of Rad Power, Lectric, Sondors & sixthreezero Electric Bikes

Updated On: July 17, 2023

Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry, and today, I'm going to be comparing the step-through heights of leading e-bike companies. Stick around.

All right, so today I'm going to be comparing step-through heights of leading e-bike companies, but before I do, hit that subscribe button below. Stay in touch with us here at Sixthreezero, and be the first to know about all the new content we're putting out giveaways, and of course, new product releases. All right, e-bikes are coming out in so many different shapes and sizes these days, wheel sizes, frame sizes, and geometries. You can see I have four leading e-bike companies, leading e-bike brand companies behind me, Rad Power Bikes, SONDORS, Lectric, and Sixthreezero.

And all four of these bikes have different wheels, different frames, and different setups. Now, one thing that I deem to be one of the most important elements of an e-bike is the step-through height. When we talk about step-through height, you're just talking about the height to be able to get onto the bike. You could say step-over height or step-through height. Right here, putting your foot over, and how high do you have to lift your leg to get on and off of a bicycle?

To me, this is particularly important with e-bikes because mounting and dismounting are important safety elements of an e-bike, because they have motors and they're heavier than standard bikes, you want the mounting and dismounting to be easy on your body and not to be super complicated, especially if you have any kind of physical limitation or if you just have tight hips, tight knees. Sometimes getting your leg around a bike to mountain dismount can be challenging. There's this maneuver of mounting where you bring your leg like this, but again, it doesn't even necessarily mean you have physical limitations, you still may be running marathons or doing squats at the gym. You may just not have the ability to honestly get your hip up that high or get your leg up like this.

I think there are lots of people out there that are out still living life physically capable that may struggle to mountain dismount certain e-bikes because of the height of the step-through or the step-over. As you can see we also have different e-bike setups here. We have 20-inch wheels, we have a 27-and-a-half-inch wheel, and we have a 26-inch wheel. And I also want to just dispel the myth that just because you have a 20-inch wheel, it's going to be easier to mount and dismount. That's not true, and just because it has a 20-inch wheel doesn't mean the step-through height is going to be lower. So let's get into comparing all these step-through heights and show you the difference and the reality of which bike has the lowest step-through height.

So let me start with the Rad Power. Great brand, and has a lot of awareness in the US right now. This bike right here, the Rad Runner is one of the most popular e-bikes I've seen, and it has a step-through design. Now, let me just show you right here, you can see the step-over height here is 17 and a half inches. Now, I want to just reference the Sixthreezero because I'm going to show you, this is a, I believe I said it correctly, let me make sure. Okay, so this is a 20-inch tire. So this is a 20-inch tire with a 17-and-a-half step-over.

I'm going to walk myself down to the Sixthreezero, which again, is a 26-inch wheel, and this has a 10-and-a-half-inch step-over height. So that's a seven-inch difference between these two bikes in terms of the step-over and the mounting and dismounting, even though the wheel sizes are six inches smaller. So we have a 26-inch tire, a 20-inch tire, but a six-inch, because of this design on the Sixthreezero that brings the frame below the crank to allow for the lower step-over. If you see, on all these other bikes we have out here, except the Lectric, which has a similar setup, the crank is actually in line with the lowest part of the frame.

The Lectric is a little bit different in that they have their crank here. Now, in the case of this Lectric model, they do have a step-over height, and I will mention that, but I will still show you that the step-over of the Sixthreezero will be lower because of the frame setup. Okay, now let me move on to the SONDORS here. Now, this is a little bit of a beefier bike, not necessarily something that is touted for the step-over, but it is a step-through design, and even the step-through height on this is 21 inches. So I want to say too, I've witnessed a lot of people riding, and sometimes even getting the foot this high off the ground can be challenging, something 21 inches for some riders, that's going to be very difficult to mount and dismount. But again, this is a great e-bike for different types of riding, just mentioning the step-over.

Okay, now let's move on to the Lectric. Now, in all fairness to Lectric, they have two models. They have a step-over. This is the non-step-over, but this is a folding 20-inch e-bike. And the step-over height of this, if you account for this little bar right here, is 25 inches. If you come over here, it's about 25, so it's going to be about 25 inches. Now, they do have a model where this piece right here where the battery is connected down here, but even at the lowest point of that frame, you're going to be looking at about 18, 19 inches of step-over height.

So this is what's truly so amazing about the Sixthreezero, and this is called the Simple Step-Thru, your step-through height on this e-bike is like I said, 10 and a half inches. And you can see the unique design, how the frame comes down below and swoops down for the very simple fact of being able to just step through and mount. So when you see the word step-through or step-over frame, you just have to keep in mind what that means to you, and also be realistic about how much can you lift your leg, and what's safe or comfortable for you.

Again, if lifting your leg this high is okay by you, then this bike could be great for your use, but you just have to keep in mind what will be safe, what will be easy, and what will be best for the type of riding you're going to do. I just wanted to dispel the myth that a 20-inch would be lower or easier, and it ranges, from 26-inch to 20-inch, it depends on the frame design as you can see with the Sixthreezero Simple Step-Thru.

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