How To Set Your Saddle Height – MTB Pro Tips

How To Set Your Saddle Height – MTB Pro Tips

The right saddle height will help you to ride your mountain bike in comfort as well as allowing you to go much faster. In this video, Neil explains how to set your saddle height and allow maximum control of your MTB.

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Having the right saddle height will help you to ride much faster whenever you’re pedalling in the saddle. Having dropper posts actually makes setting the right maximum saddle height more important as you don’t need to worry about finding a happy medium between descending and climbing/flat riding. The perfect saddle height improves your bike handling, control, comfort and body position.

This video has our tips for getting your saddle height, layback and angle *just* right. Try them and let us know down in the comments if it changes your riding.

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  1. Navneet Wadhwa on July 20, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Hi, I need this shoes, from where I can get this?

  2. Vinci Gabriel on July 20, 2019 at 1:19 am

    What saddle brand was used in this video just want to know.? Anyone?

  3. LookeStuff on July 20, 2019 at 1:19 am

    "I would say flat suits most people" …..Why am I watching these videos.

  4. Benjamin Tan on July 20, 2019 at 1:21 am

    hi , can i know what your height and bike size?

  5. Ahmed Rana on July 20, 2019 at 1:22 am

    What mountain bike is that

  6. Kruthi raj on July 20, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Hello I am 5.4 feet tall. I do have a 19 inch 29 er Mtb. The Mtb is tall and I cannot reach my leg. Please can u help me in reducing the bike height

  7. Floriz Plays on July 20, 2019 at 1:24 am

    how high should i set my saddle for wheelies and should i do it more to the front or back?

  8. Philosophy Of Horror on July 20, 2019 at 1:24 am

    May I ask which saddle is the one you have. (orange)

  9. Chief_ Trukalot on July 20, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Ok I have a quick release seat post with a dropper post(Santa Cruz r build 2019). Can I adjust my seatpost myself or would I need to take it into shop?

  10. humanISvegan on July 20, 2019 at 1:27 am

    "fore and aft is down to personal preference" ???!! LOL these guys are complete ignorants.

  11. chanith peduruarachchi on July 20, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Excellent review

  12. Daniel Lee on July 20, 2019 at 1:33 am

    thanks for the help

  13. illbeyou on July 20, 2019 at 1:36 am

    My reverb is too high when it is at its highest point, yet it is bottomed out in the tube. Is there an adjustment to lower it so that when it comes all the way up, it’s about half an inch lower?

  14. William M on July 20, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I am new to your group and maybe on the old side as mountain bikers go, I just turned 70. I bought a 29er (Stump Jumper) a few years ago and I have noticed when I ride over an hour, my hands or wrists seem to go numb and this is the reason I watched this video, thinking my seat height may have something to do with this problem. However, after watching this video, I think my seat height is correct. I have thought of buying a handlebar riser (stem riser) to raise my handlebars higher, thinking this may help. Do you have any recommendations or thoughts on how to decrease this numbness, other than just giving up mountain biking because of my age?

  15. Average Man Show on July 20, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Thanks mate …it was really helpful man!

  16. Keavin on July 20, 2019 at 1:39 am

    HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR MTB DECALS ON THE RIMSS ???? any answers ? please ?

  17. Tom Sharpe on July 20, 2019 at 1:40 am

    i’m a pretty short person and find it much nicer to ride with my saddle lower but all my friends ride with higher saddles. As a very short person (at 5 foot 4) what would be better a high saddle or a low one?

  18. DingbatToast on July 20, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Normally I love your videos but this one was pretty unscientific and apart from the heel on the pedal initial setup, the rest was bollocks to be frank.
    also, when you say ‘mark you seatpost’ please tell people not to scratch that mark in as this will weaken the post at the exact point where it meets the frame and can cause it to fracture along the scratch.

  19. Brad g on July 20, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I have a giant connect post and need the seat further back? not sure what post to buy

  20. Steve james Steve james gonzales on July 20, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Hi just want to know if it is possible to use 27size fork on my MB. I had 26 size.

  21. Tony Brown on July 20, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Saddle fore/aft position: shouldn’t the "knee over pedal spindle plumb bob exercise" be done…..or doesn’t this apply to MTB. This is really important to a correct fit, isn’t it? Could GMBN please advise. Thank you.

  22. Frederik Van Eeckhout on July 20, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Hey. What helmet are you wearing? Love it

  23. Backyard Racing on July 20, 2019 at 1:48 am

    thanks for the video. I have an xc race tomorow so this will help out a lot.

  24. Byron Pratt on July 20, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Somebody I was riding with one time told me to drop my saddle at least 5 cm, for a small roots and flow trail I did it and could not pedal sitting down.

  25. Kimberly Bain on July 20, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Hey Guys. Love your videos! But now I’ve got a bit of a dilemma after watching this video…. I agree totally with everything you said here about setting your seat height. It’s what I do for my road bike. But after watching your "How to bunny hop" and "How to manual" videos, I’m seeing that your seat is REALLY low in those videos!
    I’m about to go out to practice my hops and wheelies, but now don’t know where to set the seat and I don’t have a seat dropper. I also don’t want to pause my riding to adjust the seat constantly. What do you recommend?
    Thanks in advance for any feedback!

  26. Marty Dee on July 20, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Hey guys! I have a normal quick release, but I want to chop off at least an inch if not less just to get a little more clearance for the cheeks. Would cutting the seat post ruin anything?

  27. Clemen -time on July 20, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Good video! I’ve always wondered about how heigh my saddle needs to be lol!😂👍

  28. Canada sucks on July 20, 2019 at 1:51 am

    can i just use allen key to adjust drooper post without re- tension the cable like you? just release and drop and tight it again??? please answer!! thx!!!

  29. Chris B on July 20, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I see you use clipless but the pedal has a platform, which pedals are you using here? I use spd but could sometimes use a flat on tech stuff, cheers. Loving all the info.

  30. avery walker on July 20, 2019 at 1:54 am

    can you please let tell me what saddle you use? Thank you!

  31. Daisy Powell on July 20, 2019 at 1:55 am

    neil’s face at 2:32

  32. Graeme Bauer on July 20, 2019 at 1:56 am

    That’s not a saddle… That’s a fu**ing G-string.

  33. Twinkletooth3 on July 20, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Great video, but just one question..
    I set the saddle to low and I can’t get it back up again, I don’t know how to get it to come back up, I’ve tried everything I could think of, and I can’t even get it to move. Any idea what I could do?
    Thanks to anyone in advanced

  34. Akmal Vlog on July 20, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Hey what do i have to do when i only have 1 pinch bolt

  35. Brandon R on July 20, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Do you have a pair of decent shorts and liners you recommend? Seat height is set, now I just want to stop the pain on my bum! Haha

  36. RK35 on July 20, 2019 at 2:02 am


  37. Ben Miller on July 20, 2019 at 2:03 am

    if you are not riding and enduro style bike you put your bike saddle at the lowest point

  38. Jared Brown on July 20, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Does one not want to take compression of the suspension in consideration when setting their desired saddle angle…?

  39. Blue Patch1413 on July 20, 2019 at 2:07 am


  40. rararroro on July 20, 2019 at 2:08 am

    This video is so great. a lot of mathematical "methods" such as lemond method or 1.09% method etc. they don’t work because human body is not mathematics. in fact, they put most riders on a position that’s too high, mass producing funny looking hip rockers and toe dippers. the most simple "heel to pedal" method shown on this video is the second most accurate and scientifically sound method for saddle height before a professional fitting. so well done GMBN. by not introducing the garbage mathematical "methods".

  41. Bruce MacFarlane on July 20, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Get a bike fit, you cheapskates ;-). Seriously though, very informative.

  42. Buddy Flankwood on July 20, 2019 at 2:10 am

    what would you call that small piece on the saddle stem? looks like it keeps the saddle from sliding down

  43. Kelly Robinette on July 20, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I know this is an older video, but I hope you guys will see this. I just bought a new bike after almost 6 years. The bike shop cut about an inch off the seat post when I bought it so it is bottomed out at my ride height. I want to be able to drop the seat height a bit for downhill and practicing bunny hops and other things, can’t because seat post literally won’t go down any further. I don’t think I’m explaining this correctly. My seat is not all the way down to the tube, the post is just really long. How much more should I have cut off the post? Thanks in advance.

  44. Jayson Magno on July 20, 2019 at 2:11 am

    may i know the frame size and wheelsize you have on this video???

  45. ThatbitchIrene.atemycannoli.goddamn g on July 20, 2019 at 2:14 am

    crazy accent dude…

  46. Stephen Wells on July 20, 2019 at 2:14 am

    What kind of saddle is that?

  47. Mark Andrew Zurbano on July 20, 2019 at 2:15 am

    nice man

  48. Kimberly Bain on July 20, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Hi again, guys. I pretty much answered my own question yesterday when I went out. 1. Lower the seat before the big descent. 2. Buy a seat dropper post. 😉

  49. Cam 76 on July 20, 2019 at 2:15 am

    How many BMX do you see like that?

  50. gtichris70 on July 20, 2019 at 2:16 am

    all the way down…..the only way to fly….dropper posts are for losers