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Hello,

i recently bought an 08 Iron Horse warrior 4.0 from rs cycle for $559.00 and am getting it for christmas. It has a 15" frame and stock everything else. I am going to get a computer for it and a lighter spring for the fox coil suspension and maybe a lighter spring for the fork (dont know what to do yet to the fork) but I do not want to feel like I am riding a huge bike so i already know to lower the seat and all I am not quiet sure how to lower the handle bars and maybe even bring them in closer to the seat if that even is possible. height:5' weight:90 lbs. If that helps. I currently like the fit of this bike with the seat stem sticking out about 2-3 inches because I fell if I am lower on the bike I have more control when doing jumps and such because of the lower center of gravity. But it gives a weird feeling in my knees to pedal sitting down so I have that setup for jumps and rougher terrain. But when I am cruising on the road I like a taller seat so my legs can fully extend getting rid of the weird tension in my knee. here is the bike that i feel fits me very well with everything stock but the seat: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...005&spid=21431 What do i need to do to make the iron horse I just got have a slightely larger size feeling when riding than this?

Also, the fork on the red hotrock bottoms out even on like a 2 foot drop (dont even know if that bike is made for a 2 foot drop LOL)

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Congratulations on your new bike. If you go to the Iron Horse forum I think you'll find everyone likes the Warrior who owns them. They seem to be solid bikes for rough trails and medium sized jumping.

A method to determine your best seat height for pedaling and climbing is to pedal around and raise the seat as high as you can when your heels are on the pedals, but not too high, so your hips are not rocking at all. You should end up with a slightly bent leg when pedaling normally with the ball of you feet. When you are lower than that you have less than optimum reach and power for climbing, to high and you'll get back pain from your hips rocking from reaching too far with each pedal stroke. That's a standard optimum seat height. Some riders like to ride a little lower than optimum for a lower weight center while seated and better handing on rougher trails. For long smoother climbs the full standard height will conserve energy best. A seat that is too high is just bad in every way.

Get a quick-release clamp for your seat post so you can stop and lower the seat for downhills and jump sessions where you aren't pedaling a long way. Etch with a nail or use a Sharpie to put marks on the side of the seat post at the top of the clamp for post heights where you like it to fit when raised or lowered, so you don't have to guess the best height each time when raising and lowering. When clamping the post tight after lowering or raising, eye-ball the alignment straight down the middle of the seat to the center of the steer tube top cap to center you seat perfectly.

You could get a shorter stem to bring the handlebars more rearward and maybe lower the bars by moving stem spacers from below the stem to above the stem. Or turn the stem upside down to have a reverse rise, if the stem isn't zero rise (90 degrees to the steer tube).
 

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Ok update!: Just got the bike and I moved the reflector up on the seat post so i can lower the seat even more. the spring on rear shock is all the way loose but not so loose it is not held in place. i like the feeling of the shocks for now and I will keep them as they are. The suspension is not as firm as i thought it would be. I want to bring the handle bars in about 2-3 inches (telling me how to do that would be nice...) and lower them 1inch all the spacers exept for one are on the top of the stem.

All help appreciated.
 

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drain bamage said:
I want to bring the handle bars in about 2-3 inches (telling me how to do that would be nice...) and lower them 1inch all the spacers exept for one are on the top of the stem.

All help appreciated.
You'll need to buy a shorter stem, to move the bars closer to you. And moving that last spacer above the stem might be enough to lower an inch in combination with the shorter stem, or you might also need a lower rise or flat handlebar.

Take the bike to a mountain bike shop. They would help you determine the shorter stem size you'd need to buy and to help you get your fit adjusted well.
 

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I think this calls for a new forum, along wtih the clydesdale forum, how bout a quarterhorse forum? lol
 
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