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Is Retul 3D Motion Capture worth it for bike fitting?

Old 03-02-18, 12:10 PM
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Is Retul 3D Motion Capture worth it for bike fitting?

First of all, I understand the the fitter's skill and experience are the number factor in getting a good fit. Assuming a highly skilled bike fitter, is it worth an extra $100 to do the fit with the Retul digital motion capture?
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Originally Posted by vinuneuro
First of all, I understand the the fitter's skill and experience are the number factor in getting a good fit. Assuming a highly skilled bike fitter, is it worth an extra $100 to do the fit with the Retul digital motion capture?
I got one of those fits, but it is was because this was actually one of the cheapest options in my region, was only $180, all of the other fit types in my area were $250+. I'm quite satisfied but haven't compared it to any other type of fit.
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I guess I should add that I am looking at one particular fitter. Standard fit is $250 and $350 with Retul Motion Capture.

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What does your fitter say? Does he think its valuable, and if so, how... or does he just offer it because people think it's valuable?
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
What does your fitter say? Does he think its valuable, and if so, how... or does he just offer it because people think it's valuable?
Most fitters use it as a tool, I could have also gotten a fit using Retuhl for $350 at a bike shop across the street. In all honesty, I had bought a new bike, never had a fit, was constantly getting cramps in overused calves and my hands hurt from too much pressure. The fitting process took around 2 hours in a dedicated studio with an individual who only does fitting, afterwards all of those issues went away. My power was slightly lower for about a month (I'm assuming I was adjusting to using different muscles) then it picked up and has been better than ever.

The tool itself seemed to make it so different configurations could be tried and measurements taken very quick. Again, this was the only fitting I've every had, so hard for me to compare, but I thought it was pretty nifty.
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The fitter is what you are buying. The tools they use is up to them. I guess if they are less experienced, the tool matters more. For an expert - use the expert.

Not much unlike a car mechanic. The best mechanics will likely have whatever tools they need to make them the best.

The fitter we use is Retul certified. He didn't use it on my kid as there were other things.
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Does a Retul setup cost the LBS/fitter a license fee each time it's used? Or does the fitter pay for the machinery/service outright?
fyi, Retul is owned by Specialized.
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Originally Posted by vinuneuro
I guess I should add that I am looking at one particular fitter. Standard fit is $250 and $350 with Retul Motion Capture.
A good fit cost around that. I personally like the deals where you try and re-tune maybe a month later. Bodies are different and, as I said you are buying the fitter (person). I would not pay for a set program - one time, that is it. It takes time to tune. Also, fit changes as the body changes due to power, discipline. I guess I'm over-complicating it, but think of a fitter a bit like a MD. Of course HMOs say any doc will do, but a good fitter, will look over you as time passes.

Nothing anti Retul, just that is a tool.
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