What should my bike seat height be?

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Setting Proper Pedaling Bike Seat Height

Setting proper bike seat height for your size is an important part of every bike setup. Proper seat height adjustment helps ensure joint health, pedaling efficiency, and comfort while riding your bike.
It helps to know where your body likes to be while pedaling and to use this position when you pedal for any significant period of time on any bike.

To find the right seat height position you need to sit on your bike with your feet on the pedals. Position one pedal at the very bottom of it’s stroke. Your seat height should be adjusted so that in this position your knee is bent at around a 25 to 30 degree angle. It’s that simple.

It is important to note that this applies to pedaling situations only. There are a lot of situations on a mountain bike that you should have a lower seat position for safety as well as improved agility.

I always use a seat post quick release so I can adjust my seat height according to the riding conditions. It is helpful to mark the seat post where it enters the frame at the positions you like to use for quicker adjustment.

Take a moment before each ride to think about the trail and where you might want to set your seat height, and don’t be afraid to adjust it while you ride. On a technical downhill, it might pay you to lower your saddle a tiny bit to ensure maximum control and pleasure while riding.