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    XC Racing Bike Fit Resources?

    So I want to learn more about bike fitting for XC racing but I don't feel like shelling out a couple hundred bucks to my LBS just yet for the service. I searched the forums and only found a relevant post or two on bike fitting for XC racing. Do you know of any good resources online that can help me fit my bike properly? The eHow.com stuff just isn't cutting it.
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    Honestly, trial and error works best for me. Most people's fit changes year to year as you get stronger or weaker. Just get a metric tape measure and start keeping track of your measurement and noting changes and how they affect you.

    You won't find much on the web about fitting, at least from my experience.

    Here's the some common % you can use to start with though:
    c-c seattube (inseam x .65)
    c-t seattube (inseam x .67)
    center bottom bracket to top of seat (inseam x .883)
    get your inseam by putting a book between your legs similar to the pressure you would exert on your seat, and standing next to a wall, make a mark and measure to the ground.

    also reach is important when setting up your bars, you should be able to find info on the web about reach but it's more a personal preference for me.

    These are for road bike btw, but my mtb bike measurements are based off my road bike settings to some extent.

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    Should be 100 bucks and I highly recomend. I brought 4 bikes with me and got them all set. Save your knees, back, hip, neck, and do it right. I have been riding for a long time and I found out I was off a fair amount on seat height and rake. Also I typically just put my cleat at 0 or dead center and that was off... i feel 100% better on the road bike, and confident on the XC racer. I highly recomend and I do not work for a bike shop...

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    Check out www.stevehoggbikefitting.com, he's mostly into the road thing but I found some really helpful info in his blog section.

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    Sheldon brown had a good section on it.

    Are you trying to solve any issues or just get a close enough fit? A competent fitter is the way to go to solve problems. If you want to get something close, start with something like sheldon brown.
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    Cool feedback everyone. I'll check everything out and report back.
    Thanks!
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