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Fitting Giant Defy 2 - Seat and handlebars

Old 07-06-19, 06:45 AM
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Fitting Giant Defy 2 - Seat and handlebars

Morning

I was able to find a used 2014 Giant Defy 2 Men's Large at a great buy on Craigslist. Frame seems to fit fine (I'm 5'11"). Been playing with different settings.

I have raised the seat little by little to get a nice leg extension (no knee lock) to try to maximize efficiency.

But doing this I have now two new problems.

Before when the seat was lower, I was comfortable in the saddle. Now it feels like I am sliding forwarding all the time and I have to re-seat myself as I ride.

The other issue is pressure on my hands/palm where I grab the handlebars - much more of a feeling that I am pushing into the handlebars from before.

Do I need to now raise the handlebar?

I am a little confused on how to do this. All of the spacers are below the stem. Do I purchase new spacers? What is the limit of how many spacers to use with out sacrifcing handlebar integrity and safety?

Many thanks from a returning to biking newbie.
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Old 07-07-19, 04:14 PM
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Is the saddle level, tilted with nose down, or tilted with nose up? It sounds like it's nose down. If it is, make the saddle level.
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Old 07-07-19, 06:08 PM
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Saddle's probably too high and your hips are rocking. There are many ways to determine saddle height, try them all: https://www.mantel.com/blog/en/how-t...saddle-height/

Weight on hands is probably saddle too far forward or not level. Bar height has nothing to do with it.
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K. I calculated inseam of 34" so will try to set saddle height to 37".
Next take a look at the seat again, make sure saddle is level with top tube.
Finally, look at the saddle setback - whether seat needs to be moved fwd or aft.

Thank you - very helpful
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Old 07-07-19, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by kannon8833 View Post
K. I calculated inseam of 34" so will try to set saddle height to 37".
Next take a look at the seat again, make sure saddle is level with top tube.
Finally, look at the saddle setback - whether seat needs to be moved fwd or aft.

Thank you - very helpful
Do you mean "calculated" or measured as in that link I posted? One can't calculate an inseam.
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Old 07-07-19, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Do you mean "calculated" or measured as in that link I posted? One can't calculate an inseam.
You are correct. Measured inseam, calculated seat height.
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Old 07-09-19, 12:29 PM
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Cool not so flexible ?

How's the old fashioned ' heel of the foot, on pedal, leg straight', saddle height thing work for you?

yes saddle level .. maybe the stem is too long , and bars too low ..
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