Last edited by ddac; 09-20-09 at 12:12 PM.
The saddle should be at the height of the stem. You should ride trails with your arms extended but your weight towards the back.
Your stem height dilema is funny to me because I come from a BMX background, and I like big, wide (27") riser bars.
I primarily road ride, though, and have shallow drops and my stem height is up there.
Last edited by Dion Rides; 08-12-09 at 02:23 PM.
Is everything going to be "the official_____" with you?
New stem looks perfect. Don't be too hasty to make any decisions about making it any different.
You may be putting a little too much thought into mountain biking. You don't "read a manual" and go ride...just throw a leg over the bike and start pedaling on some trail.
There are some decent basic tips to clearing sketchy sections...but there are plenty of "nooblet threads" already circulating...just search. There's a sticky or two at the top of this forum as well. Good info in there.
I think you're on the right track. When you actually get out there and ride some non-beginner trails...you will appreciate the bar position when negotiating technical terrain. Don't just sit there like a roadie, stand up and float over the gnar. One thing I've noticed about the "official roadie-to-MTB'er" convert...they usuall have the saddle pretty high like they're on the road bike still. Give yourself some room to move around up there. When you drop in a steep / rooty chute, you will want to get back behind that saddle quickly. Your knees will be slightly more bent than they would on your road bike, but you will spend alot more time standing up in the woods.
Lookin' good...I miss radial lacing.
BTW...wha'da'crap is KOPS?
"Knee over pedal spindal"BTW...wha'da'crap is KOPS?
I didn't think anything could be "official" until a mod/admin declared it official..
I removed both front and rear reflectors, how many Gnar points did my Dawg gain? lol
2007 Kona Dawg
2009 Trek 3900
master chief wants his cockpit dialed in before the trails guys! flop the stem down aero=WIN
Are you thinking about getting a new seat? I use a Specialized Phenom saddle which is the mountain equivalent of the Toupe. It's a great saddle.
Edit - Still a great looking bike! Very nice.
2009 Specialized StumpJumper Comp
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When you are going downhill you need your saddle lower so that you can shift your weight back and not get your yeehaws caught. Plus you need your saddle a tad lower when you aren't going downhill so you can use your legs to move the bike around if need be.
stop resurrecting old threads to ask a question. you have 2 brand new threads to do that in.