Adjusting of Sitting Position Mountainbike

Picture 1: When your leg is slightly stretched, you have found the correct saddle height

Picture 1: When your leg is slightly stretched, you have found the correct saddle height

Picture 2: Marks on the seatpost

Picture 2: Marks on the seatpost

Picture 3: The seatpost must be assembled within marks

Picture 3: The seatpost must be assembled within marks

Picture 4: Undo the screws underneath the saddle to adjust saddle position

Picture 4: Undo the screws underneath the saddle to adjust saddle position

Picture 5: The saddle must be assembled within marks

Picture 5: The saddle must be assembled within marks

Picture 6: The clamps should sit right under the balls of the feet.

Picture 6: The clamps should sit right under the balls of the feet.

Your position on the bike is crucial to achieve good pedaling efficiency and comfort. The following tips will help you make the adjustments so you can find your optimum position.

Heights of saddle

The saddle height can be easily altered by adjusting the clamp which holds the seat post in the seat tube. The correct saddle height is achieved when your leg is slightly outstretched with your heel touching the pedal, with cycling shoes on. In order to adjust the saddle height you can either sit on the bike while leaning against a wall or get a helper to hold the bike for you. Picture 1

Warning: Every seat post has a maximum extension limit which must not be exceeded. This is marked on the seat post either with an arrow or the word “MAX”. Picture 2 Picture 3

When you go downhill a lower sitting position gives you additional security because the center of your body is closer to the ground. You also can move backwards easier f the trail gets very steep.

You can change the height of the saddle by pulling the seat post in or out. The height depends on your personal taste. You can lower the saddle almost completely on nearly all canyon Mountainbikes.

Saddle position and angle of saddle

Saddle position and angle

The saddle can be pushed forwards and backwards horizontally and can also be tilted, backwards or forwards, using the clamp on the seat post. The adjustment on most seat posts is made via bolts on the saddle clamp. Picture 4
The basic position is achieved when the saddle padding is perfectly horizontal. To position the saddle perfectly level you can use a spirit level on the top of the saddle.
Depending on individual preferences you may adjust the saddle tilt by tilting the forwards. This is to be sometimes recommended to riders who do a lot of climbing, for example up mountain passes.

Warning: Adjust the saddle only within the marks indicated on the saddle rails. Picture 5

By adjusting the horizontal position of the saddle you alter the distance between the saddle and the handlebar. When the saddle is positioned further forward, this creates a more comfortable position on the bike for the rider. If you push the saddle further back then your position will be more outstretched, but more aerodynamic and competitive.

A further considerattion for the correct horizontal position of the saddle is the angle of bend in your knees. If the cranks are exactly horizontal, then there should be a plumb line from your knee cap down through the pedal cleats. In order to test this you’ll need a helper to hold the plumb line for you while you’re sitting on the bike.

Hint: The fore-aft position of your cleats also influences your position on the bike; especially the bend angle at your knee. Adjust the cleats in such a way that they are exactly under the ball of your foot. Picture 6 Before fully tightening the cleat bolts locate the ball of your foot with your hand and mark the position using a piece of sticky tape.