The Correct Saddle Height and Why is So Important

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Samuel Roder from Southfield, MI is having problems with bouncing around on the saddle and thinks the saddle needs to be risen. We run through what needs to be done and some suggestions on how to know the correct position to put the saddle.



The Correct Saddle Height and Why is So Important

Question:
I have a problem where I am bouncing around on my saddle and it becomes uncomfortable. What can I do to correct this? Should I raise my saddle height?

Hi Samuel,

This doesn’t sound very comfortable, as you suggested it could be that your saddle is too low. You don’t say if you are riding a road bike or Off-road? If you have full suspension then you do tend to bounce about a bit, or if you are riding a fixed wheel bike then when the gear is too small on a descent you will bob up and down a little.

There are a few different ways to check if you are sitting properly and that your saddle is at the correct height:

  • First sit on the saddle with you’re cycling shoes on and put your heel on the pedal and turn the pedal backwards you should be able to do this with your legs fully extended at the knee.
  • You can also click your feet into the pedals and with your foot at the bottom of the pedal stroke, you should have a little flex in the knee and your knee should be over the pedal when your pedal is forward and the cranks are horizontal.
  • If you saddle is too high this could cause damage to the knees, hips and back and strain the muscles and tendons. If you need to raise the saddle, do it by small amounts (2mm) at a time until you have it at the correct height.

Setting the right saddle height is essential for comfort, efficiency and avoiding injury. Over at cyclingweekly magazine they explain why it’s important and how you can set your seat for the maximum combination of comfort and speed.

Setting the right saddle height video

Here is the link to the original article…


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5 Comments

  1. Stephen

    My saddle is not flat. When I put a level across the top of my saddle, it touches the nose and rear of the saddle but there is a very noticeable dip in the middle of the saddle. Should I measure saddle height to the lowest part of the dip or to the underside of the level? Alternatively, should I tip the saddle forward so that the nose and centre are at the same height but the rear is raised? Or, should I get a new saddle?

  2. Julian Winn

    Hi.A basic method for getting the rioght saddle height is:1. Put your cycling shoes on2. Measure you inside len measurement from the floor to the crotch3. Multiple the measurement by 0.834. The result is tne height your saddle should be from the middle of the bottom bracket to the top of the seatI have been using this method when setting up bikes for a while and it works well – and relieved problems I was having with knee and back pain; I’ve not suffered since.

  3. enrique

    as it was suggested on the diagram, sit on your saddle, and be sure that your knee is slightly bent at an angle while you have your leg fully extended, that is, the crank arm is perpendicular to the ground. if not you might have to raise or lower your saddle. also, your right leg, have the crank arm parallel to the ground, look at your knee, Is your knee align with your pedal? if you are too far ahead or too far back adjust your seat.Hopefully this 2 steps will help you with your saddle, this works for a road bike. mountain bike may vary dependign on what you ride.

  4. Jimmy

    Your seat position could be to high.Try lowering your seat just a little.Try having your seat top even just about with the height of your handle bars. I hope this help’s.

  5. Rick

    Giovanni does not mention what kind of bike he has so this is a little difficult to answer. Usually bouncing is due to spinning too fast (usually >120 rpm for most recreational riders), or “stabbing” at the pedals. Without seeing how you ride, this is difficult to answer. Also, I see more people bouncing with saddle heights that are too high.

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