What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

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What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby Carl170 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:47 pm

Hi all.

My seat post is roughly the same height as my Handlbars on my current bike. However, when I had a Marin with a smaller frame, to get the seat at the correct height meant the seat was quite a bit higher then the handlbars. When going on anything steep, or even a small drop off, you could feel like you were about to be flung over the bars.

How much higher is your seatpost than the handlebars?

I was wondering how riding technique might differ due to this distance? I am guessing it may be better for climbing.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby cooldad » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:51 pm

Depends which bike, and what specific bit of trail I'm riding.
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby njee20 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 13:01 pm

About a 2" drop from saddle to bars I'd say.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby danlightbulb » Fri Nov 23, 2012 13:11 pm

3 to 4 inches difference for me. I've just fitted some bars with a 40mm rise to try and combat this, haven't had a test ride yet so can't say whether it will help or not.

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Postby scottfitz » Fri Nov 23, 2012 13:26 pm

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Nov 23, 2012 13:29 pm

Without knowing which is higher that leaves you either as a mega out and out racer or a dutchman.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby cooldad » Fri Nov 23, 2012 13:31 pm

The Beginner wrote:Without knowing which is higher that leaves you either as a mega out and out racer or a dutchman.

Bit of a bugger if you're a Dutch mega out and out racer, I suppose. Probably why they smoke it up a bit, or their heads would explode.
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Nov 23, 2012 20:32 pm

My saddle is about 3"-4" higher than my bars. I like a low bar to keep my bike handling nicely and it seems to help with climbing. My frame is too small though.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby nicklouse » Fri Nov 23, 2012 20:43 pm

higher! does not compute.

it is at the correct hight for the use. the bars are where I want them for the use of the bike.
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby Keveo » Tue Dec 18, 2012 21:15 pm

nicklouse wrote:higher! does not compute.

it is at the correct hight for the use. the bars are where I want them for the use of the bike.


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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby Northwind » Tue Dec 18, 2012 21:48 pm

Depends how far I've got the saddle dropped.
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby ilovedirt » Tue Dec 18, 2012 22:11 pm

Don't know, don't care.
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby The Northern Monkey » Tue Dec 18, 2012 22:50 pm

Just so.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby .blitz » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:31 am

As low as it will go...
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...and again...
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...a bit higher...
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...about the same...
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...quite a lot higher...
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby Angry Bird » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:40 am

One of them a couple of inches higher and one of them slammed right down normally. Tends to vary a bit though depending on what's occuring.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby lostboysaint » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:48 am

The Northern Monkey wrote:Just so.


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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby querhoch » Wed Dec 19, 2012 14:45 pm

Hybrid = saddle 1" above stem

Dirt/Trail bike = Saddle 3 inches below stem

DH bike = saddle as low as the trail demands.

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby shigllgetcha » Wed Dec 19, 2012 18:42 pm

why do some bikes have the saddles way above the handlebars, should everyones position be the same if they have the right sized bike?

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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby cooldad » Wed Dec 19, 2012 18:47 pm

No.
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Re: What is your vertical distance from Seat to Handlebars?

Postby chez_m356 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 19:29 pm

shigllgetcha wrote:why do some bikes have the saddles way above the handlebars, should everyones position be the same if they have the right sized bike?

because people aren't built to set measurements, even between two people of the same height, arm, leg and torso length can vary quite a lot
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