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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 03-10-15, 09:13 PM   #1
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What to adjust when dropping stem height?

I've been riding for 1 year now and I have a Specialized Secteur with the more relaxed geometry, however as I advanced I want to remove one of the spacers and drop the stem height by about 1/4 inch or more. When I do this what else would I hypothetically need to adjust in order to maximize my bike fit?
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Lots of factors will go into this. What are your goals? Why do you want to be in a more aggressive position? Do you have the fitness required to adopt the new position? Do you have the flexibility requisite to make the change? You will only become faster in a more aggressive position if you can hold the position in a relaxed manner. I have seen lots of riders adopt an aggressive position just to look aggressive, but lack the physical fitness necessary to hold the position and end up sitting up a lot because they are sore, or they have a lot of pressure on their hands because their core strength is not on target, and all other sorts of energy wasters. I suspect that many are slower with the more aggressive position because they are less comfortable. In the majority of cases...Comfort = speed.

In the event you do go forward with your adjustments...do not touch your saddle. Your saddle's height or fore/aft should NOT ever move in relation to an adjusted stem.

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