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Getting an extra inch of comfort with a seatpost?

Old 10-11-21, 07:38 PM
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Getting an extra inch of comfort with a seatpost?

In the market for a fatbike and I have no budget but one thing I noticed is that any bikes that shows any height suggestion seem to max out at 66. Im 67/68 and worry that despite being very close to 66 that this max is really going to be obvious. Is there anyway I can buy a special seat and/or extended seatpost to make sure the bike works for me?
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Old 10-11-21, 08:18 PM
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A framebuilder could make you a longer seatpost. I know TiCycles in Portland, OR can and does. (They've built me two; not for length but for additional setback.) It wouldn't be cheap but it is quite doable and easy; just with a wait depending on how busy they are.

If going this route, consider surveying the market to see if there is a best diameter so if you decide to change/replace/upgrade your bike, you can simply keep this post for the next bike. (I'd have it made extra long so if my next bike was smaller I could still use it. Also, you want lots of insertion at your height, post . (And I'm projecting here, your weight. I had a 6'8 friend. Only 200 pounds but what he could do to stuff was way beyond 33% more than my 150 pounds.)

I ride the road so I just have my posts made 27.2 mm diameter. If I go to a bigger diameter bike, I'll just shim it. I don't know the fatbikes game. The proprietor of TiCycles probably does. He also has an engineering background. He might take this on as a challenge. PM me if you want to know more. (You need I believe 10 posts to post message so wander this Bike Forums and make yourself at home!)

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Old 10-13-21, 08:01 AM
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Your inseam is more important than your overall height. If it falls within the average than most XL bikes should work for you without having to worry about the seat post. I'd be more concerned about the reach dimension on the geometry which can be adjusted by seat placement and stem length.

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Old 10-13-21, 08:13 AM
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I am a hair under 6'5" and my XL Norco fatbike is barely big enough. The 400mm post (which is already pretty long) is almost maxed out when the seat is at the right height.

The fit of the bike is of utmost importance. When you start having to add nonstandard parts like extra long seatposts and whatnot, that is a sign that your bike is the wrong size, and it will be difficult or impossible to ever get properly comfortable on it.

Keep looking for a bike that fits without modification, probably smothign that a manufacturer call XXL, or save your pennies and look into custom... here's a link to get you inspired...

https://zinncycles.com/product/fat-cat-custom-fat-bike/

I don't know what the price is on these bikes. You could possibly just get a frame then buy a cheaper bike made for freakishly short people (under 6'4") and swap the components and fork over, and sell the small frame
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Old 10-21-21, 06:08 AM
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longer cranks will create a correspondingly shorter seatpost extension. For example, running 180mm cranks will allow you to lower your seat 5mm compared to 175mm cranks and obtain the same leg extension. 400mm is about as long a post as you are going to find so you may want to look for frames that feature an extended seat tube.
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Old 10-21-21, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by 5teve View Post
longer cranks will create a correspondingly shorter seatpost extension. For example, running 180mm cranks will allow you to lower your seat 5mm compared to 175mm cranks and obtain the same leg extension. 400mm is about as long a post as you are going to find so you may want to look for frames that feature an extended seat tube.
This is not necessarily true. Generally speaking, you may or may not have to adjust your saddle height with different length cranks.
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Old 10-21-21, 06:25 AM
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I believe that it is. If you measure your leg extension as the distance from the top of the saddle to the pedal at it's lowest point a longer crank will naturally extend that distance. Whether it is an optimal choice is up to the individual.
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