What's the difference between Saddle height and handlebars?

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  1. Doncantador

    Doncantador New Member

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    I try to figure out what will be the better position between the height of the saddle vs the handlebars. I tried all kinds of combinations but I didn't get a solid understanding of what will be the best one. In most of them I felt pretty the same in terms of comfort. Anyone there would know to tell what the common range of different between the two?
     
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  2. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    It's entirely dependent on the rider and the bike. There is no reliable standard.
     
  3. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    YOUR flexibility & aesthetic sensibilities (mostly, the former) dictate how much differential there is between the top of the saddle & the height of the handlebars ...

    AND, to some extent, the type of riding you will be doing ...

    • for example, most commuters prefer a slightly more upright position ...
    • "racers" prefer lower handlebars ...
    • et cetera

    The SHAPE of the handlebar's Drop may dictate how high-or-low your handlebars are set ...

    • some people NEVER put their hands in the Drops ...
    • I generally base my handlebar height on a combination of BOTH the Drops AND reach to the Brake Hoods the latter is adjusted by the stem length
     
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