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    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 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!!


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    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.

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    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.
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    Rough, rocky and full of roots is where I like to be.

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    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.

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    So did you lower your road bike saddle?

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    Dropper post.High for smooth,little lower for chunky climbs&flowy.Slammed for downs!

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