Proper fit is an integral part of the process of purchasing a bicycle. It is also a service we offer to riders wishing to improve the fit of their current bicycles. While new fitting technologies debut all the time, a proper fit always relies on the experience of the fitter. We have conducted thousands of fits and we ground our process on sound judgment backed by many, many years of practice. How well your bicycle fits you determines a lot. It can mean the difference between comfort and pain, fast and slow, safe and unsafe.
Proper fitting starts with selecting the right size bike frame. Our bikes are not one-size-fits-all, but rather, come in different frame measurements to help you obtain the best overall fit. Frame size is usually measured along the length of the seat tube (the tube which supports a bike’s seat and seatpost). While measurement standards vary a bit between different manufacturers, we can help you determine the ideal range of sizes that would offer you your best match to your body type and riding style.
Each of us has a different body style. And this has to be taken into account when fitting for a bike.
How does your riding style relate to proper fit? Let’s say you want to be competitive in Triathlons so, your needs would be positioning for optimum aerodynamics and speed. Where as a xc-rider would be positioned for power and comfort.
Beyond frame size, other components of a bike also contribute greatly to a good fit. Take seats, for instance. What's the best height for your bike seat? How far forward or back of center is your correct seat position? The tilt of the seat is also adjustable. Other factors to know more about include: stem length and height; crankarm length; and, what width and shape of handlebars work best for you.