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Old 08-23-14, 01:12 PM   #1
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How do you prefer your seat height?






Hrm. I'm having a hard time bunny hopping because I can't spring off with my rear so close to the seat. How do you guys like your ride height?

I'm thinking about lowering mine to give myself more control over the bumpy rocks and roots in the ground. Currently I have a very traditional road bike fit.
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I ride with my seat in a similar position to yours since I prefer a slightly "large" frame to get less drop from seat to bars so I have my seatpost on the low side. I do have my seat nose tilted down about 1 degree, since I've always done that and it makes it easier to mount. I've never noticed an issue with popping off to bunny hop, or remounting after a barrier. I think a lower seat is going to hurt your pedaling more than it will help your handling, although a different shape seat might be worth a try.
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JRA its about 35" including the crank to the pedal spindle top (yardstick)
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I lower my seat when I'm about to go into dirt/gravel/whatever-non-pavement. I don't care about top speed when I'm riding there, and the lower seat makes me feel safer if I need to put my foot down. I don't end up flat-footed on the ground, but not perilously tiptoeing, either. I like to tiptoe perilously on pavement only.

(And yes, the lower seat definitely helps when hopping.)
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I have been obsessing with seat height for years until I finally measured myself using a free app (Coach My video: CoachMyVideo - Anytime, Anywhere Video Analysis?). When I set myself up on a trainer and filmed and measured my leg angle using this app - I realized that my seat was way too low. I shoot for a knee angle somewhere between 33 and 35 degrees for Cross. Anything more than 35 and you will lose significant power - anything lower than 33 and it might be too high - especially for bunny hopping. The thing is - I didn't realize that my seat was too low until I used this app. FWIW - I'm 6'0 with a 36 inch inseam and I run my saddle exactly 38.5 inches from the top of the pedal spindle to the top of the saddle - measured along the seat tube. This keeps me at a knee angle of about 33-34 degrees.
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I have been obsessing with seat height for years until I finally measured myself using a free app (Coach My video: CoachMyVideo - Anytime, Anywhere Video Analysis?). When I set myself up on a trainer and filmed and measured my leg angle using this app - I realized that my seat was way too low. I shoot for a knee angle somewhere between 33 and 35 degrees for Cross. Anything more than 35 and you will lose significant power - anything lower than 33 and it might be too high - especially for bunny hopping. The thing is - I didn't realize that my seat was too low until I used this app. FWIW - I'm 6'0 with a 36 inch inseam and I run my saddle exactly 38.5 inches from the top of the pedal spindle to the top of the saddle - measured along the seat tube. This keeps me at a knee angle of about 33-34 degrees.
Hey this is an awesome app! Thanks a whole bunch : )!!
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