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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 07-16-14, 07:38 AM   #1
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Saddle - Giant Flow 1 vs Contact

Hi there,

I'm new to the forum and would like an opinion.

I own a 2013 Giant Talon 29er 0 in Medium Frame. I chose this frame with the stock seat on it and probably should have paid more attention to the geometry. Needless to say I am using the stock Giant Performance MTB seat but have had alot of pressure on my prostate or male anatomy after long rides. I find myself sitting on one cheek at ease the numbness. I am 5 10" and very thin and boney. I was seeking a seat that would apply less pressure but still provide a forward ride. I purchased a Classic MS Recreational (I beleive). It pushes me way to far forward and I've maxed out its ability. It feels like two hard pieces hiting my tail bone. Its far to wide at the rear or I simple cannot push it far enough back to feel comfortable.

So I am looking at the Giant Flow 1 or Giant Contact. I would like to lean forward and still have the tip of the seat to control motion while standing and feel the length and not the width of the rear of the seat. The goal was to relieve pressure on my prostate.

The dealer is kind enough to let me upgrade. So please an opinion?

Thank you.
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Old 07-16-14, 09:48 AM   #2
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You do not straddle a saddle, you perch on it. Its width is less relevant than you realize. On a 29'er you are sitting fairly erect, or should be. Your saddle at the proper height will have your thighs needing less clearance than one that is too high. You will need to be closer to the bars, not further from them. Bring the seat forward. Slam it. Forward. I am the same height as you. Same sit bone measure too (but its irrelevant) I usually have 29.5" from the center of the BB to the top of the saddle with the ruler following the line of the frame and seattube. What do you have? I like a saddle that is cut out in the middle, not just a groove, a real cut-out. Are any of your choices made that way? That's how you relieve pressure on prostates. I'd ditch the OEM seat and get something from Specialized or Terry if it were my bike. Put it on another bike. You do have other bikes right? Just kidding... sort of. What about tilt? Are you nose up, down or level? It matters, and what you think is your saddle "pushing' you forward might simply be you sliding forward on a saddle that doesn''t have enough 'nose up' to keep you in place. FWIW.

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Old 08-15-14, 03:58 PM   #3
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I have it all the way back and pitched forward. I ride this bike now with the Contact Upright seat. Its still lacking in the ability for my thy to grip it when i'm on one pedal and gripping the bar. There is little definition so my leg doesn't press against it when in a corner. I ride this bike pretty hard and fast on a mix of asphalt and loose gravel. So my geometry may not be correct but its still not fitting the way i want to ride which is almost a mix of bmx and xc. I now need a replacement set of tires for the rapid robs.

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