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I climb a fair amount and have always left my seat at full height even on the descents and technical sections. Yesterday at Downieville, I dropped my seat an inch and was amazed at how much better my center of gravity was on the rocky stuff. Climbing was a little bit harder, but not bad.Holding out on the gravity dropper for a while. Anyone ride with their seat an inch of so less than fully extended?




bike - Turner 5 spot with riser bars
 

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Many do. This is an oft discussed subject here, at least lately. Lots of riders adjust seat height during the ride to accommodate upcoming climbs or descents. Some tend to settle on a happy medium for the day's ride - not too high, not too low - just right.
 

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Not for climbing. Anything more or less than perfect and it kills my knees. And I don't have knee problems. Don't have the funds yet but when I do, I'm getting an adjustable seat post to be able to decend the steeper, more gnarly stuff.
 

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My 2 SS's (ti rigid & steel hardtail) are set at full optimal height for climbing & regular riding. For steep descents I'm off the back of the saddle anyway.

My geared fully has the seatpost about 1 inch lower than optimal, but that's 'cause I have a LOCT saddle installed for my (almost) 3YO daughter.
 

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the way to go would to be able to afford a light enough bike to offset the added weight of an auto adjust seatpost, I leave mine at full extension for climbing as I feel the penalty is ineffiecient technique and discomfort..unless its a very long downhill, and loss of time dicking around with the post is goofy.
 

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Uncle Rico said:
I climb a fair amount and have always left my seat at full height even on the descents and technical sections. Yesterday at Downieville, I dropped my seat an inch and was amazed at how much better my center of gravity was on the rocky stuff. Climbing was a little bit harder, but not bad.Holding out on the gravity dropper for a while. Anyone ride with their seat an inch of so less than fully extended?

bike - Turner 5 spot with riser bars
I drop the saddle slightly for sustained rougher/dh sections. More for long steep/techy. Mostly leave it be and it is 1cm or so lower than I use on the road.

And I do use Hite-Rites on most of my bikes.
 

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Bird said:
Can't imagine lowering the saddle for anything but steep nasty DH.
Most rides mine goes untouched.
What is "steep" and "nasty" varies with the rider.
 
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