Bicycle Mechanics - saddle height
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02-26-04, 04:37 PM
Can anyone explain to me how to measure for the proper saddle height. Also I've heard having the saddle properly set up over the pedals can make a big difference in riding. FYI I mostly ride cross country type trails, forestry roads and some road riding. Thanks in advance
02-27-04, 12:47 AM
I position my seat as to riding conditions- I xc, dh and buzz my knobbies shopping.
I find it's a compromise with mtb incline top tube frames as mine is, not so with road\race frames.
As soon as you do toe clips you realize that you want the power of the full revolution, pull\push, a flat pedal- this applies way less.
A road bike has you as a 7 over the frame- max power to pedals, but not favorable to off road\ bumps etc.
I find it's more dictated with mtb as to terrain as if I'm rock crawling and slow tricking' I have the saddle\center of grav as low as possible.
I run as low\ high as I can off road, and road-as high as I can and still jump of my seat and get a foot down. (high- I like fast)
But I've busted soo many quick-re that I just run a straight bolt through and run in the middle of my zone.
I also find saddles change your position a lot as if you want speed and to get your rear up you will need a road saddle- (I use one for road\off- got narrow hips)
Position over the pedals may have been dictated already the seat tube? A saddle should be mounted mid rail, a bit of a move is o.k but does change a fair bit how it feels and a large move will stress the post\rails..
A feel of the pressure on your hands is important,as you raise the seat it comes, Going overbar cause' your seat is to high downhill is bad too.
Guess I'm saying, it's more terrain and style of riding than a perfect math ratio-cheerio.J
02-27-04, 11:39 AM
You can┤t : there are more theories than fish in the sea . Try reading Bontrager┤s article on www.sheldonbrown.com
as far as I can see there┤s no " right " hight only what works for you - ps better a bit low than too high , it hurts the knees less .
You could try " heel on the pedal at max distance from seat - leg should be slightly bent " but ..............
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