Setting the mountain bike saddle height is something very essential for your comfort. But is it is also very important to ensure that you reach optimum efficiency as well as staying injury free. I am going to present you with two methods for performing this task. These are going to help you on how to adjust your bike seat height & placement easily, and all of this from the comfort of your home.
The first thing you need to know is how to measure the saddle height. Such measurement is typically taken as the distance from the bottom bracket’s center to the middle of the saddle. A saddle too low, or even too high can lead to wastage of some of your energy. Though this is alright if you are no competing, it can lead to an injury.
The optimum height for a saddle has caused a lot of debate between the manufacturer’s experts and bikers. If you are looking for the absolute performance, you may probably wish to seek a professional bike fitter. What the fitter is going to determine is the perfect height for your saddle using your strength, flexibility, as well as unique dimensions your body. He’ll take all of these parameters into consideration.
But if you are only looking to do this yourselves and avoid any injury with optimal pedal comfort, we have the below two methods. Both are very popular and widely used across bike lovers. These are going to have you in the correct ball-park. Please visualize the below video and further down are more information:
This inseam method of measurement is one you can very easily do from the comfort of your home. There are some variations to this method such as the ‘LeMond method’ (1, 2). The method has your inseam length multiplied by 0.883.
However, the version we like is the one KernowPhysio’s Scott Tomkinson uses. This is a person that is responsible for offering advice to WorldTour teams on bike fit elements. Here is the method:
The KernowPhysio’s method is going to have you get into the right ball-park figure for the height of your saddle. Now, you may want to fine-tune the height of your saddle for best performance. This is again another point of discussion between cyclists. But Tomkinson highlights: ‘Similar to any other method, and with many variables, there are going to cause the height of your saddle to require a little bit of tweaking’.
‘These could be including leg length discrepancy, a rider’s flexibility, or posture – which could include various things such as medial foot arch collapse, scoliosis, or pelvic instability.’ So, use the KernowPhysio’s Scott Tomkinson method to get close to your best ballpark. Then tweak this a little bit to optimize your performance. You’re done.
This is an alternative method that you can also use. It is very simple and has been able to survive the test of time. It is as follows;
Every seat post is loosened and adjustment made at the junction of the seat post and the frame of the bike. You can pry a lever that is quick-release at the seat post’s base and adjusts it using the hand. In case a small bracket having a screw in it is present, the seat post has been bolted.
Slide gently up or down the seat post for it to reach the measurement ideal for you. At the perfect height, nicking the post can be helpful in the event the seat slips requiring you to have it adjusted again.
Either through pressing the quick-release level down back to its position when locked, or re-tightening of the bolts using an adjustable wrench or Allen key to a point where there is no more movement. It is not a requirement for you to have it very tight that undoing it becomes a problem later.
For a little slow test drive, go out and onto the driveway. Ensure you can reach the pedals easily and get on top of the bike with your knees not being locked. Try to stand up as you pedal to ensure you can get from the saddle comfortably. Ensure that the seat is in a position facing right ahead. Failure to do this will result in your riding position becoming uncomfortable and awkward.
To examine the position that is perfect for the saddle fore aft position:
At the back position of the seat, a small bolt is present at the position that is pointing downwards at the rear wheel. The small bolt is responsible for controlling the placement of the seat.
It makes a connection to a bracket. The bracket then clamps onto little metal tubes have the seat held in position. To reduce the pressure that is applied on the clamps keeping the seat in place, loosen the bolt through turning it in an anti-clockwise direction.
If you are experiencing any of the following problems, the seat should be slide back or forward as the bolt is loose;
If you get an uncomfortable experience particularly in your crotch, a little adjustment to the seat can be made. However, this should be not greater than 3 degrees in one direction or the other.
Most often than not, the bolt is located on the right side of the seat. It makes it possible for you to change the seat’s angle with ease and then have it again tightened in place. Some seats that are a bit older possess two little bolts below the seat. One is located at the front part of the seat post while the other is behind. These are essential in changing the seat’s angle.
One side must be tightened to have the side pushed up while the other side is loosened up, almost as in a seesaw.
Finally, If you went through this big article I hope you find your desired information about how to adjust bike seat height & placement easily for smooth riding experience. If you think this comprehensive bike saddle fitting guide will help you to learn a little bit about bike saddle position then my effort will be a success.
Hi, I'm Tim I proud to be a bike adviser and bike rider at BikesGuider. I'm most helpful for new bike riders who want to join the bike community. I take it personally when someone wants to buy a new bike with my consult and experience. That's why I'm here to help new rider widely. I have researched, tested and summarized my finding in many articles on this site and I hope you'll learn and enjoy it. I will continue to add articles about bikes, accessories and parts for you. Come back as often as you can. Speak soon and enjoy the reading and ride.
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