Saddle height

by lazyusername   June 12, 2012  

I've got a saddle height Question, sorry!

When measuring to determine saddle height using either the 109% or LeMond measurements ( do you measure vertically up from the BB or crank and meet the horizontal projection from the saddle. Or do you measure up the seat tube?

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Up the seat tube works for me!

posted by SideBurn [896 posts]
12th June 2012 - 11:44


Steve Hogg is well worth a read on this subject.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [333 posts]
12th June 2012 - 15:07

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Double recommend Steve Hogg. Any formula will be wrong, it's just a start line. Used the Hogg 'hill climb' method. Seat went down about 15mm and the back pain tailed right off. Cleats went back 8mm and the ankle pain stopped. There's a lot in Hogg that looks extreme but what he is actually saying is be comfortable and efficient and keep asking questions about your position and your life. In the very least Hogg will make you stop thinking there is a 'formula' and will stop you listening to the utter BS that people just like me used to spout about position!

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posted by alotronic [315 posts]
13th June 2012 - 8:07


Sorry, to answer your actual question - the 109% method and the best way to measure absolute seat height across all your bikes - align the crank arm with your seat post so they form a continuous line and measure from the axle centre to the top of the seat. In reality it's impossible to measure the centre of the pedal axle, so measure 10mm above it then compensate at the top. Saddle flex will be an issue too, so keep an eye on that.

Lemonds is 89% from centre of bottom bracket to top of seat (but this assumes everyone is using the same length cranks!)

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posted by alotronic [315 posts]
13th June 2012 - 8:13


Thanks for the replies. Saddles on both bikes have come down by over 20mm and my back has stopped making a clunk when stretching to loosen it up which I think was going to become a slipped disc if left as it was

posted by lazyusername [140 posts]
22nd July 2012 - 8:56