Getting the Right Fit on Your Mountain Bike
Bike fitment is possibly one of the most important things to get right the first time. What does a properly fitted bike do for you?
- Generates the greatest amount of power to the wheels.
- Keeps you comfortable on the bike for short and long rides.
- Helps you with technique and riding ability.
- And a lot more that really goes unmeasured…
When you purchase a bike, you really need to make sure that you get the right size. Any competent local bike shop should be able to size out the correct bike. However, what most shops do not have is a fitting service. If you are new to biking or have been riding for a long time, but the fit or efficiency never really felt right…then it is time for a professional fitting. Most of us are completely unaware of what a correct fitting is or what it will do for our riding. Most of the time we figure that we are close enough and continue riding. Professional fitters do much more than adjust stem length and post height.
From 55nine Performance:
There is no such thing as a position on the bike. Cycling is not a static movement, it’s dynamic. So why would you obtain a bike fit that measures you while you are holding still? With a 55nine Performance Laser-Precision Bike Fit, you will be “speed-balanced” on your bike. This means that all the calculations that are done behind the scenes take into account skeletal movement, forces, and angles while you are in motion…
…will include a full session of video analysis using Dartfish, the leader in video analysis software. We will review aerodynamic principles, pedaling technique, and tips that will make you a more efficient rider…
We will reserve a 2 1/2 hour block for each bike fit. Please bring your bike(s), shoes (with cleats) and a pair of cycling shorts. You will be asked to remove your shirt or expose your shoulders in order for us to take skeletal measurements, so please dress accordingly. Please make sure you bike is clean and in working order. In order to achieve the “blueprint” fit, please be aware that it is sometimes necessary to replace parts on your bike.
As you can see, it is very involved. By the end of the appointment, you will have a bike that is perfectly tailored to your needs. From the feedback I have received from other riders, your bike comes alive after a professional fitting…especially when climbing. Even areas that normal riders take for granted like cleat placement greatly affect how we ride our bikes. If you are unsure or new to riding, I would highly recommend one of these fittings to get you started on the right track.