Mountain Biking - Getting a more upright riding position
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I've had my new MTB ('04 KHS Comp ST) for about a month and am about to bring it to the LBS for the complimentary one month checkup & tuning. I think my riding position might be a bit low and stretched out. Looking in reflective windows, my back looks to be about a 45 degree angle to the ground when I am seated and holding the handlebars. After riding for 3 hours my neck and shoulders will feel fatigued from holding my head up and forward. Otherwise the bike is great.
Should I ask LBS for a different stem to help with a more upright position? Or maybe I should stick it out if this is a more efficient riding position. Any other ideas or comments? Thanks.
06-27-05, 12:33 PM
Different stem setup.
06-27-05, 01:10 PM
A different stem, maybe a different style of seat post.
Shorter stem. Maybe some more angle to it as well. Possibly a higher riser bar
Get used to it. Looking at my mates ride their mtbs, it looks like they should be riding a comuter with a bell and flag the way the sit up straight with what looks like a stick up their a$$. I like my mtb set up like my roady (helps that it's a very small frame). Makes pedalling feel much more efficient, helps with climbing, doesn't seem to hinder descending (compared to my straight backed mates who still go over the bars), plus I don't get a sore lower back. Once your muscles are built up it's not an issue. But then I'm just a fool roady coming back to the sport... ;)
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