Dialing in your fit is one of the most important steps in making your bike yours. While the science and specifics of bike fitting can be pretty intense, adjusting saddle height is one of the very first things everyone will do before they hit the road, so let’s make sure you’re prepared!
This has previously been covered as part of the assembly instructions and a few bigger projects on here, but since it’s a fairly common call when people first get their bikes – let’s keep it simple and solo this time!
Loosen Seatpost Collar
First up, grab your trusty allen key (99% of seatpost collars will take a 4mm, 5mm, or 6mm allen wrench – so if you’ve got a 4-5-6 like this, you’re ready for anything)!
Give the bolt on the collar a few counter-clockwise turns to loosen it up. You only need to go until you can slide the seatpost up and down in the frame, and a little “tightness” is good because it’ll help you hold the saddle in place while you get everything straightened and tightened back up.
Now, just adjust the saddle to your ideal height!
A good rule of thumb is that you want your legs almost all the way extended at the furthest part of the pedal stroke. So, set it and then hop on to make sure your leg’s not too bent or over-extended, just a little break in the knee is perfect. Just make sure you don’t raise the seatpost beyond the minimum insertion line printed on there.
Tighten Seatpost Collar
And once you’ve got it where you want it, all you have to do is tighten everything back up!
Again, use your allen key on the seatpost collar, but this time go clockwise to tighten it back up. Once it’s tight and the seatpost no longer moves with pressure, you’re done!
Hit the road and try it out! It might take some fine-tuning before you’re 100% satisfied, but once you find that sweet spot you can just adjust your other bikes to match.
Your efficiency will improve, your knees will thank you, and you’ll stop thinking twice about tacking on a few more miles.
We’ll see you out there!