DirtySixer, a bike company that specializes in rides for taller cyclists, has released its first e-bike, allowing vertically gifted riders to enjoy the sensation of cruising at 20mph with minimal effort.
Even the best electric bikes typically come in a fairly limited range of frame sizes, but as science and technology website New Atlas reports, the eDirtySixer fills a void for riders who are significantly taller than average.
At 6’6″, David Folch, the company’s founder, understands the difficulties of finding a bike when you’re much taller than the average cyclist, and while the eDirtySixer is his first e-bike, he hasn’t skimped on the components. The bicycle To keep weight down, it has 36in wheels with Nextie carbon fiber rims and an aluminum alloy frame.
A Gates carbon belt drive reduces maintenance, cables are internally routed to prevent damage and corrosion, and you can choose between an inverted suspension fork and a rigid fork to suit your preferred riding routes.
A 250-watt Shimano STEPS e8000 bottom bracket motor and a battery pack integrated into the downtube power the bike. It has a stated top speed of 20mph with pedal assistance (which is legal in most of the United States, but riders in other countries should check their local laws) and a very respectable maximum range of 60 miles (the same as the versatile Ribble Hybrid AL e).
The eDirtySixer is currently a prototype, but Folch intends to put it into production as soon as possible, with pre-orders opening in the coming weeks on DirtySixer’s website and delivery expected next year. We don’t have exact pricing yet, but the model with suspension is expected to cost slightly more than $8,000 (approximately £6,000 / AU$10,000), while the version without is expected to cost slightly less.
That’s definitely on the high end of the e-bike price range, but it’s understandable given the specialized engineering involved, the quality of the components, and the likely small production run.
Opinion: it’s about time
Many bike builders now offer at least a couple of frame sizes, and more companies are starting to offer a choice of step-over or step-through frames, but the world of e-bikes is still not particularly inclusive when it comes to height.
Many excellent e-bikes, such as the Cowboy 4, are designed for riders 5’5″ to 6’3″. That’s fine for someone my height, but it’d be completely inappropriate for my brother, who stands 6’6″ in his sock feet, or most of my female friends (the average height for a woman in the United States is 5’4″, according to the Cleveland Clinic).
E-bikes are fantastic for increasing accessibility by opening up cycleways and roads and removing people from automobiles. However, we require a much broader range of frame sizes. It’s possible to fit an e-bike conversion kit to a regular push-bike, but it’s great to see companies like DirtySixer creating purpose-built electric bikes for those who aren’t in the standard height range. Hopefully, both shorter and taller riders will have a lot more options soon.