Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Andy Pancroft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    511

    Fit really does go a long way!!!

    Being a long-time roadie, I was always most comfy with my legs almost fully extended on the bottom of the pedal stroke - seat WAY up!!! Since coming into the 29er world, I have had my bikes setup this same way. Felt god but, just didn't feel totally comfortable...safe. So, I dropped my seat one inch and wow, what a difference and is making my riding much more enjoyable!!!!!

    Not having the seat pretty much crammed up my crotch made the bike much more flickable!!
    And, now, when going down the steep descents, I can actually hang off the back without worry that I'll get hung up on my seat trying to get back on the bike - the nightmares I've had about getting my junk caught up in the stays makes me ill!!!

    So, just a quick learning experience from a noob!!

    Thanks!!!

  2. #2
    I <3 dirt
    Reputation: Ilikemtb999's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    1,335
    I had a similar revelation when I built up my first ever XC mountain bike this year. Having the "proper" ride height felt very sketchy; dropped about an inch and a half and never looked back.

    I keep my CX bike seat just slightly lower then the road bike.
    WHY ARE YOU YELLING??!1

  3. #3
    Hmmmmm
    Reputation: Ericmopar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    3,743
    It can really depend on the terrain you're riding at the time.
    If it's smooth and fast I like my seat higher. If it's rough and technical I actually go faster farther with the saddle lower.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity.

    Peace and Long Rides...

  4. #4
    I <3 dirt
    Reputation: Ilikemtb999's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    1,335
    Rough, rocky and full of roots is where I like to be.
    WHY ARE YOU YELLING??!1

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    120
    I ride with the seat in the same position it would be in terms of leg extension as my road bike when I'm on flats or smooth trails. I just drop the seat when I need to climb or decend something rougher.

    It's easy to keep it straight, as my normal height is the seat post at the min insertion mark, and I keep a blinky on the back clamped on at the dropped level, so I can drop the seat while riding even.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mattbryant2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    1,119
    So did you lower your road bike saddle?

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: knoob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    590
    Dropper post.High for smooth,little lower for chunky climbs&flowy.Slammed for downs!

Similar Threads

  1. Need help/advice on long long long rides
    By OSOK in forum Passion
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-14-2011, 10:41 AM
  2. Need Long Sleeved Shirts For Riding, But In Long Size
    By CharleyGnarlyP290 in forum Apparel and Protection
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-21-2011, 06:20 PM
  3. Riding Long Distance (No Race) after a long break.
    By hesher in forum Endurance XC Racing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-16-2010, 08:43 PM
  4. Long torso/short legs = too bunched up and upright (long)
    By zampano in forum Bike and Frame discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 09-08-2006, 07:30 PM
  5. HELP (long) - Heart Rate, weight loss and does long slow work?
    By Green Giant in forum XC Racing and Training
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-15-2004, 09:30 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •