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    Why have a seat?

    Why do professional DH have seats? It's such a short run and the courses are really sketchy. It would seem the seat would be a waste of space.

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    What hurts more? Seat or top tube?

    I'm sure there's also a little bit of "feel" you get with the seat between your legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgia_Rider View Post
    Why do professional DH have seats? It's such a short run and the courses are really sketchy. It would seem the seat would be a waste of space.

    Castration by blunt trauma is a less than pleasant alternative.


    Big enough hits often do have you coming down hard on the saddle.

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    Ok seems legit to me

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    You need the seat to keep the seatpost from going missing

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    for control. this is dumb.

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    besides Gwin, why do DH's need brakes?(or a chain)


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    have you ever ridden a bike?

    totally serious, a question like that makes it sound like you have not.

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    For a 3rd point of contact. Should always have at least 3 points of contact if you are to control the bike. Ask which you'd rather do, roll out of a situation or bail? Remember, these things are designed to go 15x faster than an observed trials bike.
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    Trials bike- ok, seat optional. DH bike- there is one oriface downstairs that is designed to take the trash out, not to get poled by Mr. Thomson, etc.

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    As others have said, it's mainly for control of the bike. If you don't use your seat for balance while in a standing position.... you're doing it wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8zen View Post
    For a 3rd point of contact. Should always have at least 3 points of contact if you are to control the bike. Ask which you'd rather do, roll out of a situation or bail? Remember, these things are designed to go 15x faster than an observed trials bike.
    Left hand
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    +1 for redundancy in case one fails.

    Seriously though, considering how high most of the top tier racers have their seats, I suspect they must be leaning on the side of it from time to time.

    I don't, but then I don't ride technical trails much, and never at their speeds, so who am I to judge?

    I seem to recall reading something years ago about the UCI having a mandatory minimum seat length, too.

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    I've pondered this before. Imagine how far you could tip the bike over without a seat in the way. Anyone want to take a hacksaw to a Demo and find out?
    For big impacts your legs might have an extra foot of 'travel' which could save things.

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    If you are seriously pondering this question you need to do yourself a favor and start watching videos on "Mountain Biking Technique"

    The saddle plays a vital role in your control of the bike, this is a very, very well known factor in mountain bike technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRage43 View Post
    If you are seriously pondering this question you need to do yourself a favor and start watching videos on "Mountain Biking Technique"

    The saddle plays a vital role in your control of the bike, this is a very, very well known factor in mountain bike technique.
    The saddle gets in the way. You should see my inner thighs after the last couple of Super D races I've done, bruised to hell. However this is the compromise for being able to sit on something and pedal for the climbs. The last few technique videos I watched stressed the importance of laying the bike over without your body going with it. Essentially trying to get the tire on the side knobs underneath you.
    Therefore, with no seat, IE in a DH race, you could exaggerate this effect until I guess your calves hit the frame.
    Lean your bike, not your body

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    Quote Originally Posted by literally View Post
    for control. this is dumb.
    yep try riding without a seat...it is hard
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    yep try riding without a seat...it is hard
    Yep, my calves burn after a decent descent. But professional athletes doing multiple runs may get away with a trials style seat. At Fort William there was a bit of saddle use whilst tucking. But I'd love to know whether there was a benefit to cornering speed.

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    Many people use the saddle against the legs for support in turns etc, hence the bruises. I remember an interview with Loic Bruni where he said he runs his a little high for this purpose.

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    Can't imagine myself riding without seat!

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