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Old 03-03-09, 10:18 AM   #1
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saddle setting ***help***

hi, is there a rule how the saddle should be slided towards the stem or backwards?? or just personal preferences?
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Old 03-03-09, 10:35 AM   #2
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A good starting point is when you are on the bike and the pedals are at 9 & 3 o'clock, your knee being over the pedal shaft of your forward pedal. You can adjust for preference from there.
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+1 to the above. I find that saddle positioning takes a month of so for me to dial in. It is a very frustrating process. That is why once I get a bike fit dialed in, I am loathe to change anything about the fit.
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A good starting point is when you are on the bike and the pedals are at 9 & 3 o'clock, your knee being over the pedal shaft of your forward pedal. You can adjust for preference from there.
explained a little different: with the cranks horizontal to the ground, feel the kneecap of the forward leg and drop a plumb line from its base, where the kneecap meets the top of the shin bone. The line should cross the center of the pedal shaft.

My own knees are a bit of trouble, and I use a saddle position a little forward of that. Also, on a mountain bike keep in mind that your riding position will change depending on the spring of the fork - mine settles about an inch during normal riding, so I would do the measurement in the settled position.
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