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Old 09-06-09, 11:40 AM   #1
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Need Saddle advice on Women's 09 Giant Cypress

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I am new to this forum. About 4 months ago, I bought a Giant Cypress (W) with step-thru frame, and suspension fork. The frame is a size small. (The Medium felt way to large in the shop.) I am about 5'5", 140 lbs. I've tried several seats and all of them feel as if they are too far forward, even when I install the seat as far back as it will go. My feet feel like they're directly under me and my rear end keeps wanting to slide back beyond the seat. I've tried adjusting the handlebars forward, but it doesn't seem to help much. Please help. Did I buy the wrong bike? Or am I just having trouble getting used to a new posture? (My previous ride was a 10-speed road bike.)

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Couple of checks to be made- Is the saddle at the right height for you and with the cranks parralel to the ground, is you knee above the centre line of the pedal- or in front of it.

I know this is only a rough guide but is a good starting point for most. If the knee is in front of the pedal axle- then the saddle does have to rearwards for most people. If you have it as far back as possible- you may be able to get the saddle further back with a Laid back saddle post. It would appear that you have a suspension post and it may be difficult to find such a post that has more lay back but your LBS should be able to help.
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The Cypress W isn't really a crank-forward bike, but it's definitely more forward than the typical roadbike.
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Couple of checks to be made- Is the saddle at the right height for you and with the cranks parralel to the ground, is you knee above the centre line of the pedal- or in front of it.
In addition to checking the fore-aft adjustment, check the saddle tilt. It is possible that the nose is tilted too far up, causing you to slide towards the back. As a starting point, set the saddle perfectly level.
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Just a guess: You bought the small because your feet wouldn't reach the ground while sitting on the saddle of the Medium...

This is not the way most bikes are supposed to work. A bike bought with this as a measurement is not one you are likely to get to fit unless it is one of the few foot forward designs that are built to allow that (not this bike). If you can get the saddle back far enough for your legs, then you'll be too far from the handlebar for comfort.

However, assuming for a moment that this is not the case, since you were riding a road bike... The solution for getting a saddle further back is rarely a question of saddle. It is a seat post question. Get a seatpopst with a large setback. If you go with a set back post... do yourself a favor and get rid of the suspension in the post while you are at it.

You should be going to the bike shop for a solution, but if they keep throwing different saddles at the problem, then there may be an issue with your shop as well.
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