In this article we’ll walk you through:
Considering all these factors, it’s clear that measuring saddle height is not a straightforward task. A change in any of these elements can necessitate a reassessment and potential adjustment of saddle height. As such, achieving the perfect saddle height often requires a blend of objective measurements, personal feel, and, ideally, dynamic analysis to ensure the riders’ body ends up in the desired position rather than simply the measurements of the bike.
How it works: Sit on the saddle with the crank arms in line with the seat post. Place your heel on the lower pedal, and adjust the saddle height until your knee is fully straight (locked out). As you pedal backward, your heel should maintain contact with the pedal throughout the cycle, without needing to tilt your pelvis through the bottom of the pedal stroke. When you place the ball of your foot over the pedal’s axis, this should give you a ballpark saddle height.
TIP: We’ve found that lowering your saddle 10-15mm from the above method gets you one step closer to a great height.
How it works: Set your bike up on a stationary trainer and start pedaling until you’re comfortable. Stop when one pedal is at the bottom of the stroke. An assistant should use a goniometer to measure your knee extension angle. Landmarks for this method include the lateral femoral condyle at the knee, lateral malleolus at the ankle, and greater trochanter at the hip. The goal is to achieve a knee angle between 25 to 35 degrees.
TIP: you can also complete a version of this method yourself by setting up a camera, taking a video of you riding, then finding the point in the video you’d like to measure to establish your knee extension angle.
Dynamic bike fitting, both in-person and online, is steering the future of cycling. By placing emphasis on motion analysis, personal assessments, and timely feedback, it ensures every cyclist can access the zenith of comfort and performance.
So you’ve now got a whole bunch of ways to try and find the right saddle height, but how do you know when you’ve got it right? The short answer is that there is no short answer and it comes down to a number of factors. A helpful way to figure out if you’re on the right track is to ask yourself these questions. If you can answer yes, you’re probably doing alright.But WAIT! Before you ask yourself these questions, give yourself a few rides in the new position for your body to adapt. Changing saddle height can feel very weird and even create minor muscle discomfort as a result of changes to how you move. So don’t be too quick to judge.
Justin is a lifelong cyclist that has spent the past 15 years in the bike industry across a variety of roles. His diverse work in sales, procurement, fitting, instructing, and planning cycling infrastructure is all driven by a desire to help more people experience the wonder of cycling. He brings this breadth of experience to building MyVeloFit into a company and service that not only provides bike fits, but one that enables more people to get the most out of cycling.
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