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    Newbie rider, seat post adjustment range.

    Alright, so I *finally* picked up my Trek Mamba 29'er from the LBS on Saturday. Unfortunately, it has been non-stop rain since then so it is sitting idle waiting for the weather to clear and the work-week to end.

    I did some preliminary adjustments to the saddle height. The Mamba comes with a 400mm seat-post. When adjusted for proper leg extension (heel just touching pedal at the 6 o'clock position) the seat post is only about 1-1.5" from bottoming out in the bracket (I'm fairly short.. 5'9")

    Should I consider getting a 350mm seat post to allow a wider range of adjustment (ie: dropping the saddle when on a long descent) ?

    I *think* 350mm would still be plenty long enough to allow for my proper ride height and allow more room to drop the saddle/shift back behind it.

    I'm still adapting to not being able to touch the ground when sitting on the saddle..so this is probably a bit of a premature question, but I figured it was worth asking.

    It'll be nice to actually be able to ride the thing.. The wait is killing me!

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    You could just shorten the 400mm.

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    Very good chance you can ride comfortably with a lower seat heat. You will want it at a height allowing you to be confident on the downhills you ride. You can have it higher if you just ride two track. 350mm used from LBS to test.

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    shorten your seat post by cutting.

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    Cut the current post or get a "dropper" post with a remote.
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