We no longer refer to bikes by gender, like girls bikes or boys bikes. But traditionally, bicycles with a step-through frame were known as Ladies, Women's, or Girls bikes.
A step-through frame (also known as open frame or low-step frame) is a type of bicycle frame with a low or absent top tube or cross-bar. These were popular in the early 20th century, mainly for their advantage to riders wearing skirts or dresses.
As a result of changing clothing styles and attitudes towards gender, we like to describe bikes by their frame style, rather than the presumed gender of the rider.
Still, there are certain types of electric bikes that appeal to women more than men.
Women like ebikes that are not too heavy, especially if they need to lift the bike onto a rack or into a vehicle.
Many women are also looking for a comfortable ride, one that will allow them to get to work and back without breaking a sweat.
Electric hybrid bikes for women are gaining in popularity. We find that our women customers also like an ebike that is both stylish and reliable, and a good value for the money.
In the guide, we review a few of the best electric bikes for women. Let’s dive in.
We’re going to start our review of electric bikes for women with a modern classic - the Model M Electric Beach Cruiser from Electric Bike Company. This stylish electric bike features a 24” step-thru frame, making it comfortable for riders down to 4’-6” in height.
The Model M electric beach cruiser has a stand-over height of 16”, which allows you to get on and off the bike without raising your leg above that height. This takes the stress that some feel when getting on and off a bike. The Model M also has a minimum seat height of 30.5”, so measure your inseam or the ground-to-hip height, to see where the saddle will be located relative to your own body.
One of the things that electric bikes for women have is style. With an all-white beach cruiser style frame, and a battery hidden in the front basket, the Model M is an understated head turner. It comes in two distinct colorways: white with silver and black trim, or white with silver and tan trim. Since the Model M is custom-built to order in Southern California, you can also select unique colorways using the Electric Bike Company color picker.
The Model M features a powerful 500W rear hub motor, which can be operated using the 5-level pedal assist system to give you a boost while pedaling, or rely on the thumb throttle, which allows you to ride without pedaling. This ebike is perfect for working women who want to ditch the car or public transit. Sporting hydraulic disc brakes with automatic motor cutoffs, and option for a single-speed or 7-speed drivetrain, and you can see why the Model M is ideal for the modern woman.
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Next up in our collection of ebikes for women is the Nakto Classic Step-Thru model. The Classic is another Dutch cruiser design, with a low-step frame geometry and beautiful cream white color. The Classic may not have the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic of the Model M, but it makes up for this in other ways.
First, the Nakto Classic sports a 250W rear hub motor, paired with an easy-access, removable 48V/12Ah lithium-ion battery. This power duo will help propel you up steep grades and against forceful headwinds. The electronics are controlled by a single-level pedal assist system (PAS) and an intuitive right-side thumb throttle. You can also enjoy riding the Classic like a conventional bike, using the 6-speed geared drivetrain.
When it comes to comfort and ease of use, the Classic Step-Thru is a winner. It has an upright riding posture, which allows you to relax your shoulders and back. And with the adjustable stem, curved cruiser-style handlebars, and stitched ergonomic grips, you are sure to find the perfect alignment and fit for your body.
The Nakto Classic has been on the market for several years, and is one of our bestsellers. We get a lot of feedback from lady riders who just love this ebike. So if you’re in the market for a comfortable, powerful, reliable and affordable electric cruiser, the Classic is a great choice.
The Bakcou Mule Step-Thru (ST) is a fat tire electric mountain that comes in 26" and 24" fat tire designs, and is purpose-built for bow hunters. This is a top-of-the-line hunting ebike, with premium components throughout.
If you need the power and precision to climb steep single-track trails, haul heavy loads, and get through rough or mushy surface conditions, you will value the 1000W Bafang Ultra mid-drive featured on the Mule. This powerhouse puts out up to 160 Newton Meters of torque, and can deliver pedal assisted speeds of up to 35 mph.
The Mule ST downtube-integrated battery is rated 48V/14.5Ah, which should give the average rider a range of about 35 miles per charge. If you need to go further, there are 17.4Ah and 21Ah options available.
We have just looked at a few of the most popular ebikes for women. If you want to see other models, check out our complete step-thru collection. This includes the very cool Green Bike City Premium, a lovely step-through folding ebike, and the E-Fat-Step from Eunorau, a fat-tire folding step-thru model.
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