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Old 09-17-08, 05:01 AM
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leg angle/body position question

I did a search but didn't really see anything related to this.
I expanded my bicycling horizons by getting a mtn bike back in May. On my road bike I worked on the position quite a bit to get it just right, especially seat height to get the leg angle right when I'm at the 6 o'clock position.
My question is, is the position on a mtn bike the same as a road? I ask because for a little while, I had some knee pain, so I raised the seat up to get the angle more like my road bike angle and it seems to have solved it, but is there anything else I should be mindful of later on with regard to position?
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Old 09-17-08, 05:09 AM
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You pretty much got it. If it's comfortable for you, then that's what works.

FWIW: I like to run my mtb seat height about 1/2" less than on my road and cross bikes. YMMV.
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IMO most suggestions on fitting are to be considered as starting points not as absolute best position. Adjust from there to find non-painful, comfortable riding position for your specific body.
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You mention leg position but not the rest of the body. Be sure what's "comfortable" overall may differ with the terrain. In general, a "roadie" stance may not be suited for mtb trails - e.g. technical descents mean seat clearance is smiled upon so shifting your weight backwards and even behind your seat is easy. There are of course other factors that will depend on the terrain and type of riding.

If you find your comfortable leg position causes you to be prone to OTB'ing on descents, then your bike may be too small. Try to find a bike you can borrow to ride off-road for a bit and see. That will help you look out for your preferred terrain and the *right* body position for riding that terrain.
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