Road Bike Size Chart – A Complete Guide

Are you a cycling enthusiast? In fact, this road bike size chart is for you. There are different types of bikes designed by separate bike manufacturers hence a difference in size. Purchasing a perfect bike will definitely give you a great rider experience. 

As a matter of fact, there is a wide range of bikes such as adult bikes and kids bikes. Bikes are also categorized based on the purpose they are intended for. In this ultimate guide, we have created a well-researched road bike size chart to help you find the perfect size bike. 

Men Road Bike Size Chart

A road bike is the most popular in any bike shop. It is fast, aerodynamic, and lightweight. This type of bike is ideal for on-road racing on a smooth surface. The bike can not be used to carry heavy loads and is perfect for touring or commuting. 

The XX-Small frame size measurement is 47 to 48 cm or 18.5039 to18.8976 inches and the XX-Large frame size measurement is 61 to 63 cm or 24.0157 to 24.8031 inches. 

Popular road bikes brands include Bianchi, Merida, Cannondale, and Giant

Rider HeightFrame Size
Feet and InchesCentimetresFrame Size in (Centimetres and Inches)
4’10’’ to 5’0’’ feet148 to 152 cmXX-Small 47 to 48 cm 18.5039 to18.8976 inches
5’0” to 5’3’’ feet152 to 160 cmX-Small 49 to 50 cm 19.2913 to 19.685 inches
5’3’’ to 5’6’’ feet160 to 168 cmSmall 51 to 53 cm 20.0787 to 20.8661 inches
5’6’’ to 5’9’’ feet168 to 175 cmMedium 54 to 55 cm 21.2598 to 21.6535 inches
5’9’’ to 6’0’’ feet175 to 183 cmLarge 56 to 58 cm 22.0472 to 22.8346 inches
6’0’’ to 6’3’’ feet183 to 191 cmX-Large 58 to 60 cm 22.8346 to 23.622 inches
6’3’’ to 6’6’’ feet191 to 198 cmXX-Large 61 to 63 cm 24.0157 to 24.8031 inches

Women’s Road Bike Size Chart

We’ve got a detailed women’s road bike size chart below which is based on the bike frames size and rider’s height. The size of the bike is determined by these two factors. 

The wider range of women road bikes sizes depends on the body type. For instance, a person with short legs requires an increased standover height frame. 

For a smooth ride, you need to consult a skilled bike expert for advice before making a purchase. A bike fitter will understand your personal requirements and use the findings to find a perfect size bike. 

Popular women’s road bike size brands include road bike groupsets Shimano Ultegra, Merida, and Cannondale.

Riders HeightFrame Size
Feet and InchesCentimetresFrame Size in (Centimetres and Inches
4’10’’ to 5’1’’ feet147 to 155 cmXX-Small 44 to 46 cm 17.3228 to 18.1102 inches
5’1’’ to 5’3’’ feet155 to 160 cmX-Small 47 to 49 cm 18.5039 to 19.2913 inches
5’3’’ to 5’5’’ feet160 to 165 cmSmall 50 to 52 cm 19.685 to 20.4724 inches
5’5’’ to 5’8’’ feet165 to 172 cmMedium 53 to 55 cm 20.8661 to 21.6535 inches
5’8’’ to 5’10’’ feet172 to 180 cmLarge 56 to 57 cm 22.0472 to 22.4409 inches

Kids Road Bike Size Chart. 

First and foremost before purchasing an inch kids bike ensure you have the accurate rider’s height to ensure an accurate kids bike size. The size of bike can be determined across the age range. For example, a 2 to 4 years kid requires 12 inches or 30.48 cm wheel while a kid above 13 years 26 to 27.5 inches or 66.04 to 69.85 cm wheel. 

Some popular brands manufacturing kid’s bikes include Woom, Dino Bikes, Bike Box Shop. 

Please find the chart for kids below!

Rider’s HeightSuggested Size
Feet and InchesCentimetresInside Leg (minimum)Age RangeSuggested Wheel in (inches and centimetres)
3 feet90 cm Under 2 years 
3 to 3’5’’ feet90 to 105 cm40 cm 15.748 inches2 to 4 years12 inches (30.48 cm)
3’5’’ to 3’9’’ feet105 to 118 cm46 cm 18.1102 inches4 to 7 years14 to 16 inches (35.56 to 40.64 cm)
3’9’’ to 4’5’’ feet118 to 135 cm53 cm 20.8661 inches7 to 10 years18 to 20 inches (45.72 to 50.8 cm)
4’5’’ to 5’135 to 150 cm62 cm 24.4094 inches10 to 13 years24 inches (60.96 cm)
Above 5’Above 150 cm69 cm 27.1654 inchesAbove 13 years26 to 27.5 inches (66.04 to 69.85 cm)

Men’s Mountain Bike Size Chart

Ideally, mountain bikes are meant for rough off-road terrain. Mountain adult bikes have low gear and upright handlebars helping one to pedal up steep terrain. Mountain bikes come in different sizes based on the adult rider height and frame size. 

It is advisable that the type of bike you select have shock absorbers. Most mountain bikes also have wider tires to help improve rider experience when rough riding.  Hardtails are bikes with front shock absorbers only while Duallies have rear and front shock absorbers. However, a rigid bike has no shock absorbers. Also, ensure you pick the correct size to ensure an upright position when riding.  We have a full mountain bike size chart here

Please find the men’s mountain bike size chart below!

Rider’s HeightFrame SizeFrame Size
CentimetresFeet and InchesFrame Size (Centimetres)Frame Size (Inches)
148 to 158 cm4’10’’ to 5’2’’ feet33 to 37 cm13 to 14 inches
158 to 168 cm5’2’’ to 5’6’’ feet38 to 42 cm15 to 16 inches
168 to 178 cm5’6’’ to 5’10’’ feet43 to 47 cm17 to 18 inches
178 to 185 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feet48 to 52 cm19 to 20 inches
185 to 193 cm6’1’’ to 6’4’’ feet53 to 57 cm21 to 22 inches
193 to 198 cm6’4’’ to 6’6’’ feet58 to 61 cm23 to 24 inches

Women’s Mountain Bike Size Chart. 

Just like men mountain bikes, this type of bike is used in rough terrains. However, women’s mountain bike size is slightly smaller compared to men’s mountain bikes. Mountain women bikes have low gear and upright handlebars helping one to pedal up steep terrain. Mountain bikes come in different sizes based on the women rider’s height and frame size. We have a full mountain bike size chart here

Please find the women’s mountain bike size chart below!

Rider’s HeightWomen’s Mountain Bike Frame Size
CentimetresFeet and InchesCentimetresInches
148 to 158 cm4’10’’ to 5’2’’ feet33 to 37 cm13 to 14 inches
158 to 168 cm5’2’’ to 5’6’’ feet38 to 42 cm15 to 16 inches
168 to 178 cm5’7’’ to 5’9’’ feet43 to 47 cm17 to 18 inches
178 to 185 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feetAbove 48 cmAbove 19 inches

Men’s Hybrid Bike Size Chart.

The men’s hybrid bikes have both the features of mountain bikes and road bikes. It is large, has upright flat handlebars like most mountain bikes, and has padded seats. Ideally, they offer great comfort and upright position to the rider. It can be used for commuting over short distances. It is worth noting they are not lightweight compared to road bikes. They can be used in unpaved or paved bike trails however they are not perfect for off-road riding like mountain bikes. To be precise, hybrid bikes offer a great rider experience for an adult rider. 

They also have medium-sized tires with fairly smooth tread to help increase the grip. Some hybrid bikes have front shock absorbers but some are rigid bikes. 

Find the men’s hybrid bike chart below!

Rider’s HeightFrame Size
CentimetresFeet and InchesFrame Size in (Centimetres)Frame Size in (Inches
148 to 158 cm4’10’’ to 5’2’’ feet33 to 37 cm13 to 14 inches
158 to 168 cm5’2’’ to 5’6’’ feet38 to 42 cm15 to 16 inches
168 to 178 cm5’6’’ to 5’10’’ feet43 to 47 cm17 to 18 inches
178 to 185 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feet48 to 52 cm19 to 20 inches
185 to 193 cm6’1’’ to 6’4’’ feet53 to 57 cm21 to 22 inches
193 to 198 cm6’4’’ to 6’6’’ feet58 to 61 cm23 to 24 inches

Women’s Hybrid Bike Size Guide

Just like men’s hybrid bikes, women’s hybrid bikes have flat handlebars, are large, and have padded seats. There is a wide range of women’s hybrid bikes with attributes similar to those of both mountain bikes and road bikes. With flat handlebars, it is easy for the rider to ride in an upright position. The bike has some extra gear depending on the model. Women’s hybrid bike is versatile and has mounts that help carry some luggage. 

In fact, before purchasing the bike at a retail price ensure you have asked a professional bike fitter about the recommended sizing depending on your body type. Please find the women’s hybrid bike size chart below!

Rider’s Height in (Centimetres and Inches)Frame Size in (inches and Centimetres)
CentimetresInchesInches
148 to 158 cm4’10’’ to 5’2’’ feet13 to 14 inches 33.02 to 35.56 cm
158 to 168 cm5’2’’ to 5’6’’ feet15 to 16 inches 38.1 to 40.64 cm
168 to 178 cm5’6’’ to 5’10’’ feet17 to 18 inches 43.18 to 45.72 cm
178 to 185 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feetAbove 19 inches 48.26 cm

Men’s Electric Hybrid Bike Size Chart

Ideally, the first type of electric bike to get into the market was the hybrid bike. In the beginning, the retail price was high but has dropped over the years. It has electronic systems which make it easier to ride even for beginners. Using the term”recreational bike” cannot be offensive for men’s electric hybrid bikes. They come with comfort to the rider improving the adult rider experience. The bike also offers an aggressive riding position when making trips around the city and during shopping days. 

If you have enough parking space, this bike is for you. However, if you have little to no space please try the folding electric bikes. The first generation of electric hybrid bikes was crazily heavy and could piss you off as a rider. However, the electric bike has evolved and they have become lightweight like never before. Who saw this evolution coming? 

Please find the men’s hybrid electric bike size chart below!

Rider’s Height in (Centimetres and Inches)Electric Hybrid Frame Size
CentimetresFeet and InchesFrame Size in (InchesFrame Size in (Centimetres)
148 to 158 cm4’10’’ to 5’2’’ feet13 to 14 inches33 to 37 cm
158 to 168 cm5’2’’ to 5’6’’ feet15 to 16 inches38 to 42 cm
168 to 178 cm5’6’’ to 5’10’’ feet17 to 18 inches43 to 47 cm
178 to 185 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feet19 to 20 inches48 to 52 cm
185 to 193 cm6’1’’ to 6’4’’ feet21 to 22 inches53 to 57 cm
193 to 198 cm6’4’’ to 6’6’’ feet23 to 24 inches58 to 61 cm

Women’s Electric Hybrid Bike Size Guide

The women’s electric hybrid bike is not that different from the men’s models. They have the same characteristics and are versatile, offer smooth riding for beginners, and also can carry luggage above the official weights recommended, but this isn’t advisable as the bike can wear and tear very fast. 


Please find the women’s electric hybrid bike size chart below! 

Rider’s Height in (Centimetres, Feet, and Inches)Frame Size in (Inches and Centimetres)
CentimetresFeet and InchesInches and Centimetres
148 to 158 cm4’10’’ to 5’2’’ feet13 to 14 inches 33.02 to 35.56 cm
158 to 168 cm5’2’’ to 5’6’’ feet15 to 16 inches 38.1 to 40.64 cm
168 to 178 cm5’6’’ to 5’10’’ feet17 to 18 inches 43.18 to 45.72 cm
178 to 185 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feetAbove 19 inches 48.26 cm

Time Trial/Triathlon Bike Size Chart

This bike is used for racing and it comes with special aerodynamic features and design. The handlebars have specialized aerodynamics attributes that allow the adult rider to bend forward hence reducing the wind resistance and increasing the riding speed. They are used for time trial races where racers start on their own. However, the triathlon is banned for mass-start races. 


Please find the triathlon bike size chart below!

Rider’s HeightFrame Size in (Inches and Centimetres)
CentimetresFeet and InchesFrame Size in (Centimetres and Inches)
148 to 152 cm4’10’’ to 5’0’’ feet47 to 48 cm 18.5039 to 18.8976 inches
152 to 160 cm5’0’’ to 5’3’’ feet49 to 50 cm 19.29 to 19.685 inches
160 to 168 cm5’3’’ to 5’6’’ feet51 to 53 cm 20.0787 to20.8661 inches
168 to 175 cm5’6’’ to 5’9’’ feet54 to 55 cm 21.2598 to 21.6535 inches
175 to 183 cm5’9’’ to 6’0’’ feet56 to 58 cm 22.0472 to 22.8346 inches
183 to 191 cm6’0’’ to 6’3’’ feet58 to 60 cm 22.8346 to 23.622 inches
191 to 198 cm6’3’’ to 6’6’’ feet61 to 63 cm 24.0157 to 24.8031 inches

City Bike Size Chart

The city bike is used for commuting around the city. It is also referred to as an “urban” or “commuter” bike. The city bikes have the attributes of both cruiser bikes and hybrid bikes. City bikes offer an upright position when riding like cruiser bikes and have a wider wheel just like the hybrid bike. When riding the city bike you don’t need to wear chain guards, fenders, and skirt guards as you can use your day-to-day attire to ride the bike around the city with comfort. 

In Europe, city bikes are commonly referred to as “Dutch Bikes” due to the fact that Amsterdam is a cycling city. The name has spread all over European cycling cities. The bike has an in-built generator that helps light when riding at night. 

Find the city bike size chart below!

Rider’s Height in (Centimetres and Inches)Leg Inseam in (Centimetres and Inches)Frame Size in (Inches and Centimetres)
CentimetresFeet/InchesCentimetresInchesInches and CentimetresSize
147 to 155 cm4’10’’ to 5’1’’ feet61 to 73 cm24 to 20 inches14 inches 35.56 cmExtra Small
155 to 165 cm5’1’’ to 5’5’’ feet63 to 76 cm25 to 30 inches15 inches 38.1 cmSmall
165 to 175 cm5’5’’ to 5’9’’ feet66 to 78 cm26 to 31 inches16 inches 40.64 cmMedium
175 to 183 cm5’9’’ to 6’0’’ feet68 to 81 cm27 to 32 inches17 inches 43.18 cmLarge
183 to 191 cm6’0’’ to 6’3’’ feet71 to 83 cm28 to 33 inches18 inches 45.72 cmExtra Large
191 to 198 cm6’3’’ to 6’6’’ feet73 to 86 cm29 to 34 inches19 inches 45.72 cmXXLarge

Gravel Bike Size Chart

Gravel bikes frame is made of a wide range of materials such as carbon, titanium, or aluminium. This shouldn’t baffle you as the retail price of the gravel bike can be way lower compared to the road bike. The frame is usually tough. If for example a gravel bike is made of carbon, it will require almost the cheapest carbon material to make the bike frame making it pocket-friendly. 

Ideally, the gravel bike can be used for rough terrain. Luxury gravel bikes models are not used for off-road riding as owners don’t like them getting dirty. 

Please find the gravel bike size chart below!

Maximum Rider’s Height in (Inches, Feet, and Centimetres)Minimum Rider’s Height in (Inches, Feet, and Centimetres)Frame Size in (Centimetres and Inches)Frame Size 
5’3’’ feet 160.02 cm5’0’’ feet 152.4 cm48 cm 18.8976 inchesExtra Small
5’6’’ feet 167.64 cm5’3’’ feet 160.02 cm50 cm 19.685 inchesSmall
5’8’’ feet 172.72 cm5’6’’ feet 167.64 cm52 cm 20.4724 inchesSmall/Medium
5’11’’ feet 180.34 cm5’8’’ feet 172.72 cm54 cm 21.2598 inchesMedium
6’1’’ feet 185.42 cm5’11’’ feet 180.34 cm56 cm 22.0472 inchesLarge
6’3’’ feet 190.5 cm6’1’’ feet 185.42 cm58 cm 22.8346 inchesLarge/Extra Large
6’5’’ 195.58 cm6’3’’ feet 190.5 cm60 cm 23.622 inchesExtra Large

Cyclocross Bike Size Chart

The cyclocross bikes are specifically designed for adult riders to enjoy the rider experience in any terrain such as grass, unpaved trails, or paved trails. It can actually be used in different surface courses. It has a drop handlebar roll just similar to road bikes. They have wider tires compared to road bikes for off-road adhesion. They are also called CX or Cross Bikes. The unique braking system prevents mud from building up on the frame especially when riding on a rainy day on a rough road. 

Inside Leg Measurement in (Inches and Centimetres)Rider’s Height in (Inches, Feet, and Centimetres)Seat Tube Bike in (Inches and Centimetres)Size
28 inches 71.12 cm5’ to 5’3’’ feet 152.4 to 160.02 cm13 to 14 inches 33.02 to 35.56 cmExtra Small
29.5 inches 74.93 cm5’3’’ to 5’7’’ feet 160.02 to 170.18 cm14 to 16 inches 35.56 to 40.64 cmSmall
31.5 inches 80.01 cm5’7’’ to 5’ 10’’ feet 170.18 to 177.8 cm16 to 18 inches 40.64 to 45.72 cmMedium
33 to 35 inches 83.82 to 88.9 cm5’10’’ to 6’1’’ feet 177.8 to 185.42 cm18 to 20 inches 45.72 to 50.8 cmLarge
Above 36 inches 91.4 cmAbove 6’1’’ feet 185.42 cm20 to 22 inches 50.8 to 55.88 cmExtra Large

Conclusion on road bike sizing

Any adult rider requires a great riding experience and that is why we have crafted this well-researched road bike size chart and guide to help you when purchasing a new bike. We have all the types of bikes and the rider’s measurements outlined in the size charts. Don’t ever again be perplexed about buying a new bike our ultimate guide has taken care of everything you need to know. 

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