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What is Bike Fitting?

Everything You Need to Know About Bike Fit and Why It’s Very Important For Your Performance

Bike fitting

Just got a new bike or planning to get one soon? Congratulations—nothing beats the excitement of new bike day! One crucial step in this journey is ensuring your bike fit is properly set up and fine-tuned. 

 

Although a comprehensive bike fitting with a professional fitter may be more expensive (we’re not talking about a shop employee just estimating your saddle height), it’s worth every penny to have everything tailored to your unique physiology. A proper bike fit ensures you ride comfortably, feel better, and maximize your enjoyment of the new bike. This investment can be the difference between eagerly riding regularly or letting your new bike gather dust in the garage.

Bike Fit Is Important for All Riders—Here’s Why

The ideal riding position varies for each individual, influenced by factors such as age, riding style, and physical attributes like flexibility. You can tailor your bike fit to meet your specific needs. Here’s how our Retul Fit service can help you achieve the perfect fit.

 
 

WHAT IS A RETÜL BIKE FIT?

 

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Retül Fit is more than just a bike fit—it’s a way to learn about your body, the root cause of your aches and pains, and how a proper fit will help you achieve your cycling goals.

Using 3D motion capture technology, the Retül system accurately measures every degree of movement and millimeter of distance, providing you and the fitter with data to support the choices made during the fit for your cycling equipment and personal riding experience.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

STEP 1:

Starting with a pre-fit physical assessment, your fitter will take into account your body’s limitations, previous injuries and pains, and what your goals are on the bike.

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Retul fit - Bike fitting - the cycle hub

STEP 2:

From there, the fitter will have you get on the bike (either your existing bike or fit bike) to place LED markers on 8 anatomical points of your body which will be tracked by the Retül Vantage Motion Capture system. The Retül Vantage system is used to collect real-time, three-dimensional data from each pedal stroke creating a dynamic fit experience.

STEP 3:

The real-time dynamic data is compiled into the Retül bike fit software so that the fitter can look at the numbers, which show degrees of movement that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and make adjustments to your bike based on the fit data, pre-fit physical assessment findings and your goals on the bike. This also may include any equipment changes, such as shoes, footbeds, saddle, handlebars, etc.

STEP 4:

Once you and your fitter have dialed in your final bike position, the fitter will create a digital map of your final bike set up using the Retül Zin tool. The bike data and Zin tool measurements are generated into a complete report that you can reference at any time after your bike fit appointment.

READY TO FINALLY BE ONE WITH YOUR BIKE?

BOOK A FIT AT THE CYCLE HUB AND GET YOUR BIKE POSITION DIALED TODAY.