Bike Weight Limit by Brand – Why is it Important?

Rider doing a nose manual with a fat bike

The weight limit for a regular bike is usually between 275 and 350 lbs. However, this capacity is not standardized and varies for each bike manufacturer.

Seeing that it was sometimes difficult to get this information, for you I spent several hours looking in the owner’s manuals of the major brands for the capacities of the different models in their catalogs. 
You will find below a table listing the brands in alphabetical order, as well as the sources that allowed me to build it if you are looking for additional information.

Feel free to send us an email if you want to add something to the list.

Bike Weight Limit – By Brand

Bike BrandBike TypeMax Load Capacity (lbs)Source
CannondaleHIGH-PERFORMANCE ROAD BICYCLES285Cannondale – Owner’s Manual
CannondaleCyclocross330Cannondale – Owner’s Manual
Cannondale ALL MOUNTAIN, OVERMOUNTAIN305Cannondale – Owner’s Manual
CanyonRoad bikes≃ 265Canyon – Owner’s Manual
CanyonMountain bikes≃ 265Canyon – Owner’s Manual
Cube BikesChild Bicycle≃ 66 – 220Cube – Owner’s Manual
Cube BikesRoad racing, Triathlon, Time
trial /Cyclocross (incl. Hybrid), MTB
≃ 254Cube – Owner’s Manual
Cube BikesMTB Hybrid≃ 275Cube – Owner’s Manual
Cube BikesTrekking, Crossbike, Fitnessbike, Urbanbike (incl. Hybrid)≃ 308Cube – Owner’s Manual
Diamondback BicyclesHigh-Performance Road Bicycles285Diamondback – Owner’s Manual
Diamondback BicyclesCyclocross330Diamondback – Owner’s Manual
Diamondback BicyclesCROSS-COUNTRY, MARATHON, HARDTAILS, TOURING/TREKKING355Diamondback – Owner’s Manual
Diamondback Bicycles ALL MOUNTAIN, OVERMOUNTAIN305Diamondback – Owner’s Manual
ElectraChild Bicycle80Electra – Owner’s Manual
ElectraSTANDARD E-BIKE, HYBRID BIKES300Electra – Owner’s Manual
FujiSingle-Speed, Casual Road, Racing, Triathlon, Track275Fuji – Owner’s Manual
FujiCity bike, Touring, Crossbikes, Trekking, Hybrid, Cyclo-cross, Mountain300Fuji – Owner’s Manual
Ghost Not communicatedGhost – Owner’s Manual
GiantHIGH-PERFORMANCE ROAD285Giant – Owner’s Manual
GiantCyclocross330Giant – Owner’s Manual
GiantALL MOUNTAIN, OVERMOUNTAIN305Giant – Owner’s Manual
GlobeOwned by SpecializedSee Specialized documentationSpecialized – Owner’s Manual
GT BicyclesHigh-Performance Road285GT – Owner’s Manual
GT BicyclesCyclocross330GT – Owner’s Manual
GT BicyclesAll Mountain, Enduro, Gravity, Downhill, Freeride, MTBMX, Dual Slalom, 4X 305GT – Owner’s Manual
GT BicyclesBMX, Dirt Jump300GT – Owner’s Manual
Raleigh Not communicatedRaleigh – Owner’s Manual
Salsa CyclesHigh-Performance Road285Salsa Cycles – Owner’s Manual
Salsa CyclesCyclo-cross330Salsa Cycles – Owner’s Manual
Salsa CyclesALL MOUNTAIN, OVERMOUNTAIN, Gravity, Freeride, Downhill305Salsa Cycles – Owner’s Manual
Schwinn Bikes Not communicatedSchwinn’s FAQ
Scott BikesRoad Bikes≃ 265Scott – Owner’s Manual
Scott BikesMountain Bikes≃ 280Scott – Owner’s Manual
SpecializedHIGH-PERFORMANCE ROAD275 (If no carbon)Specialized – Owner’s Manual
SpecializedCyclocross, CROSS-COUNTRY, MARATHON, HARDTAILS, ALL MOUNTAIN, OVERMOUNTAIN300 (If no carbon)Specialized – Owner’s Manual
Surly BikesHigh-Performance Road285Surly – Owner’s Manual
Surly BikesCyclo-cross330Surly – Owner’s Manual
Surly BikesALL MOUNTAIN, OVERMOUNTAIN, Gravity, Freeride, Downhill305Surly – Owner’s Manual
Trek Bicycle CorpChild Bicycle80Trek – Owner’s Manual

For tandem bikes, the information does not appear in the table but can be found in the owner manual (see sources).

Bike Weight Limit – Why Should We Care?

The first rule to enjoy this wonderful sport is to be safe.

The reason why manufacturers share information about bike weight limits is to inform users about the capacities of their products and their limits of use. Beyond these limits, the rider puts himself in danger because riding an overloaded bike can cause premature deterioration of the machine, even its breakage.

Obviously, we agree that we would like to avoid the risk of injury by falling after a break while cycling. Therefore, it is important to be informed about the capacity of your bike in order to enjoy it fully, without any risk to your health.

The financial argument is also added to the list, buying parts regularly to repair and replace the ones that keep breaking is a good way to lose a lot of money.

Why Do Some Bikes Have Heavier Limits?

Let’s remember one thing: there are many different types of bikes. Each of these types meets a particular need, use, or performance. So each type of bike will have a different shape and structure to meet the right criteria. The geometric and structural changes in our frames will change the overall strength, solidity, or maximum load.

This difference will therefore be partly responsible for the existence of several bike weight limits. 

It is also necessary to take into account the limits imposed by the materials used to manufacture the bike, steel, aluminum, carbon fiber or even titanium have very different properties.

Furthermore, to test the resistance of a bike, there are no standardized tests that each bicycle manufacturer must perform. It is the responsibility of each brand to carry out its own tests in its own laboratories in order to determine and calculate the maximum admissible load on its products. We can therefore consider that the conditions under which these tests are carried out can influence the final result.

Components Affecting Bicycles Weight Limit

Some elements of your bicycle are the main factors in the determination of a weight limit.

I have listed the 6 most important ones here :

The Wheels

The wheels of a bicycle are under constant stress and are therefore a limiting factor. If I simplify, the larger the wheel diameter, the less weight the wheel will be able to support. For example, 26” or 27.5” wheels are generally more resistant than 29” wheels.

So it’s important to think about wheel size before you buy your new baby.

The number of spokes can also be important in the strength of your wheels, count 32 or 36 spokes per wheel to ensure maximum resistance. 

Moreover, when you are overweight, you must avoid jumps and sudden shocks on the wheels, which could bend and put you in danger.

The Tires

When choosing a bike, tire size is key. Keep in mind that wide tires are more suitable for an overweight person. The contact surface with the ground is larger and the mass distribution is then applied on a wider and more uniform surface, which is not the case with thicker tires like those of a road bike for example.

It will also be more comfortable to ride with wider tires, as stability is also more important.

The Frame

When it comes to the frame, the material is crucial. Three choices are generally possible:

Types of bike frame materials
  • The steel frame
  • The aluminum frame
  • The carbon fiber frame

Steel is clearly the most suitable material for overweight people followed closely by aluminum, both of which have higher mechanical strength properties than carbon.

A carbon frame is very light and is intended for people who want to reduce the weight of their bike for performance purposes, I don’t think that this concerns overweight people. 

Compared to steel, the advantage of aluminum is its lightness and resistance to rust.


The bike suspensions can be only on the fork or on the front and rear of the bike (full-suspension bike).

Very practical to make your ride smoother, the suspensions will absorb the roughness of the road and the obstacles that you will meet.

The problem with suspensions is that they are rarely designed for an overweight person. In this situation, the suspensions will be strongly affected at each obstacle and the violent pumping can unbalance, make the ride unpleasant, and even put you in danger if it causes a fall. 

In my opinion, it would be best to avoid a full suspension, a stiffer bike will be more suitable. 7

It is also possible to choose a bike with a fork suspension that can be locked. This way, in the future, you can use a bicycle suspension.


The heavier the rider, the harder the brakes will have to work to provide proper braking and safety. 

I strongly recommend disc brakes, which will be much more efficient than rim brakes in all weather conditions (hydraulic or mechanical disc brakes are both good).

Handlebars and Seat

The handlebar is also an element to take into account for your comfort, between a drop handlebar and a flat handlebar, the heavier riders will have a more comfortable position with a flat handlebar, this one allows a higher body position and thus less load taken by the back. The drop handlebars will force you to bend more (especially when using the low position) and in the long run can cause more pain. 

Zoom on a bike saddle
Bike saddle

Depending on the type of bike, the size of the saddle may vary, but it is often thin (see picture above). Some city bikes are equipped with a wider and more comfortable saddle for heavier riders. In any case, it is possible to change the seat by buying the part separately. 

Above all, for your rides, don’t forget to invest in a bike short, it is essential for a comfortable sitting position, it will make all the difference.

Please, buy one, really.

Finding Bike’s Weight Limit

To find the maximum weight capacity of a bicycle, several solutions exist:

The first is to look in the user manuals of the various brands that publish the characteristics of their products and thus the maximum allowable load. 

However, not all brands publish this characteristic. In this case, I advise you to contact the brand you are interested in and ask them directly, some will answer, others not!

Thirdly, I advise you to go to the professionals in the field, go to your bike shop, and discuss with the salesmen on the spot. These people are (generally) qualified to answer your questions and advise you, to direct you towards what is the most adapted for you, your needs, your desires, and your morphology.

Picking a Bike for Overweight Riders

There are specialized brands for larger riders that offer an average bike weight limit that can exceed 500 pounds of maximum load!

Zize Bikes

Zize Bikes is a recognized brand for Plus-Sized Riders. Their bikes are produced to meet the needs of overweight people. Stronger frame and materials, larger wheels, and larger tires, all of which increase the maximum load capacities. 

Check out their website to see all available bike sizes!

Some models of bikes can also be more adapted, offered by several brands, fat bikes can correspond to the needs of many of you. Fat tire bikes are initially intended for rough terrain and difficult conditions such as snow but can be practical for heavy riders as their knobby tires offer great stability.

Tips for Heavy Riders

  • Find your bike size (Check out our bike size chart)
  • Find a bike that suits your body weight
  • Before cycling, inflate your tires to the maximum pressure indicated by the manufacturer
  • Before riding, Make sure your front and rear brakes are working properly (hydraulic or mechanical disc brakes)
  • Don’t forget to give yourself time to get used to your mount
  • Enjoy riding 🙂

What to do next?

Now that you have the information to find the load capacity of your future bike, make sure it’s the right size with our detailed guide.

Enjoy your ride and feel good while cycling!

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