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The Best Electric Bike if You Have Arthritis or Had Hip/Knee Surgery | Great E Bike Knee & Back Pain

Hey guys, I'm Dustin. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry, and today I'm going to show you the best e-bike if you have arthritis, or have had any kind of surgery like hip or knee surgery so stick around.

All right, so today I'm going to show you the best electric bike if you've had any kind of surgery like hip or knee surgery, or if you are dealing with arthritis and it's affected your joint movement, I'm going to show you the e-bike for you. But before I do, hit subscribe below. Stay in touch with us here at Sixthreezero. Be the first to know about all the new content we're putting out, new products, and of course the giveaways we do for bikes, e-bikes, and accessories.

All right, at Sixthreezero, we've been in business now for 18 years, and we've done a lot of test rides. We've got a lot of videos on our YouTube channel. I've done different riders of all ages, all body types, and all physical capabilities, and I've learned a lot about mobility and issues, and the kind of products people need if you're dealing with arthritis, or had hip surgery, knee surgery, things like that.

So if you're looking for an e-bike and you maybe have some limited mobility in your ankle or your knee or your hip, and you have restrictions with not being able to get your leg up, this is an issue I see very frequently. And we've done a lot of rides with riders over the age of 60. And I will say once you get to be over 60 years old, I think there's just an innate decreased level of mobility that starts to happen with the natural occurrence of arthritis in most people as we age.

Starting at the age of 35 and up, our joints just don't move like they used to. And it becomes important that when you have an e-bike, especially because you want to be safe on the e-bike, you can mount and dismount very simply. So this is our simple step-through electric e-bike, and I believe the best electric bike out there. If you've got some sort of arthritis issue, whether that be in your hip, your knees, or your ankles, or you've had surgery in your knee, hip, or somewhere where you have that restricted mobility, especially in your lower half, but also in your upper body as well and I'm going to show you why.

Now, you're going to see a lot of e-bikes on the market, in particular different wheel sizes, 16-inch, and 20-inch. But what I've noticed is they don't all have extremely low step-over heights. The benefit of the simple step-through, I can just put my tape measure here. This is a 10-and-a-half-inch step-over height. In addition to that, I have the seat down, and the seat in its lowest position is 32 inches.

So the benefit of this is the simple mounting and dismounting and getting your leg through. If you can just put your leg over this much and slide your foot through, all of a sudden you can mount. And then from that position, you can just slide back onto the seat, and you're ready to go. And getting off, plant your feet, slide forward, and you can bring your foot forward.

What I've noticed is even by raising this another two inches, it starts to affect a large percentage of riders. The difference between 10 and a half inches and 12 and a half inches is a really big deal. And a lot of people like to do the leg swing over. And again, now you're talking about getting your leg up a good 30 inches or somewhere around there, 20, yeah, about 30 inches or so. So you don't want to have to deal with that.

So this makes it very, very easy even if you have that restricted movement in your hip or something like that. There's another strategy here. Because of the low seat, you can also hold the brakes like this and sit, and then from there your leg is going to naturally elevate. Because you're getting on the seat, and from there you can just twist on. And so if you didn't have this space here to do that little twist, you couldn't do the maneuver I just showed you. Let me show you again.

As an example, you can get you, well, in this case, you could just pull your leg through. So let me go ahead and tighten the seat here a little bit. I lowered the seat, but I didn't tighten the quick release so I'm moving around a little bit, no big deal. Okay. Okay. Okay, so let me show you that again. You just sit here and now you've kind of got your leg naturally propped up. You can just bring it right through and you're forward.

And again, it's one of those things, I've done a lot of test rides. I've seen a lot of mounting and dismounting, which is why I wanted to develop this sort of step-through for those that may have that restriction in knees, hips, or other things. What I'm going to show you here, too, is on a traditional bike or e-bike, this crank will usually be the lowest point. What we've done here is we've dipped the frame below that point, and so you've created a lower step-through than the crank by about four and a half inches. You're not going to see that on any other e-bike out there or bike for that matter.

This is a unique design and there's going to be some level or limit to how low you can take the frame. And we believe that this is about as low as it can go. Now, you could do scooters and things like that can be on the ground, of course. But even in 20-inch e-bikes that I've looked like 16-inch e-bikes, this is the lowest step-through that I could personally find.

The other thing, too, is you don't want the seat to be too low because now you're going to deal with the idea of getting on and off that seat. It's like a couch, you don't want to sink into a couch. So you might find a seat possibly. I mean, I can't imagine it would be too much lower than this, because now you're starting to get down to have to squat down to the seat. In this case, it's going to be right there. And then you can slide over as I said. So this is also going to be good for shorter riders as well. If you're 5'O", 5'1", or 5'2", it's going to make mounting and dismounting very easy.

Okay, now, if you've had any kind of shoulder, wrist, or arthritis up there, I'm going to show you why this is so good as well because it's going to put you in an ergonomic riding position. So you're going to have your back upright, your arms relaxed. So you're not going to have any tension in the low back. You're also not going to have any tension in the arms. They're going to be extended nicely, your elbows will be relaxed, and you're not going to feel that extreme soreness where if you were leaning forward, and having to grip real tight, and put any kind of tension on your muscles while you ride.

Now, again, if you want that, you can always opt for that, but in this situation, we're trying to create something that'll be easy on your arthritis. If you have something in your wrists, you can see it's a relaxed wrist position. Just a design, overall ergonomic design so you can ride further and be more comfortable.

Now, the other thing I'll mention is also just the electronics. This is a 500-watt e-bike. It's going to be more than enough power to get you up hills. If you're about up to 250 pounds, you've got the five levels of pedal assist, so you're going to be able to hit top speeds of 28 miles an hour, and in pedal assist and 20 miles an hour using full throttle. And you've got a 10.4 amp hour battery, that's going to be good for about up to 50 miles.

Now, when we talk about range, there are a lot of variables like the rider weight, and the terrain. Also, are you using a lot of pedal assist or are you using a lot of throttles? All of those factors are going to play into the type of range that you're getting, so keep that in mind. But I would say anywhere from 30 to 50 miles.

So electronically, this is going to be a great performing bike. If you're dealing with arthritis or had surgery, it's going to get you where you need to go. And if you're not, also, I've seen before if arthritis affects your ability to turn the pedals, the beauty also is you have a throttle here. So you can use that throttle to help you get going like if you're stopped and you can't pedal, get the momentum to get yourself moving, the beauty is to use the throttle, get the bike rolling, then start to move the pedals. I've seen that also countless times as well where that throttle can be such a big help.

Like I said, you're at a stop sign or you're just getting going, and once you get moving, you're fine. But breaking through that first initial thrust can be a little bit difficult. Use the throttle, get the pedals moving, and boom, you're off and running. Then you could slide into a nice pedal assist level, like two or three, hit the straightaways and now you're working your hips, you're working your knees, you're getting the movement that you need in your body, and you're not letting arthritis or the surgeries restrict you in any way.

So this is a simple step-through electric bike, what I believe to be the best e-bike out there for anyone dealing with arthritis or surgery recovery, or anything of that nature. If you have any other questions about this or anything else, please comment below or email the team at or call us at 310-982-2877. And if you're in the market for an e-bike, you can check out this one on our website,

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In addition to that, after you own your bike, a great place to join or be a part of those groups, make friends, post photos of your bikes, and just have a lot of fun. So thank you for sticking around. And don't forget, it's your journey, your experience, enjoy the ride.


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