Setting Perfect Saddle Height

Getting your saddle at the right height pays dividends in performance, fit, and injury prevention. Follow the steps in this short video to make sure you're set up correctly.

  1. Wear your riding clothes for best results.
  2. Loosen the seatpost clamp and adjust your seat so the top is 1-2" below the top of your hip.
  3. Make sure your seat is parallel to the ground.
  4. Tighten the clamp and begin to dial in your saddle height. Have a friend steady you, or use a wall for balance.
  5. Test your fit and make small changes according to these simple guidelines: with your heels over the pedal spindles, you should stay in contact with the pedals throughout an entire backpedal stroke. If you lose contact with the pedals, or have to rock your hips to maintain contact, your saddle is too high. To check if your seat is too low, use the same heel-over-spindle position, this time at 6 o'clock. If you can use your straight leg to lift out of the saddle, it's too high. Repeat these steps until your saddle is at the perfect height. That's it!