Choosing the right bike amongst the endless options today is harder than it ever has been before. It is not uncommon to find a cyclist who is in the market for a new bicycle and makes a decision on a bike based on several secondary factors. Things like getting a fantastic deal, the good “looks” of the bike or simply because a friend believes that one particular bike is the “be all, end all.” What is often overlooked however is that that the most crucial attribute is fit!
At the end of the day, the bike fit can never be replaced or outweighed by any other factor in your decision-making process. If that is not in place, the novelty of everything else will eventually wear off, and you could find yourself in a frustrating, uncomfortable and possibly costly predicament, both for your health as well as your wallet.
Bike Fit dictates so much. It represents the positioning of contact points on the bike, and this will affect comfort level, range of motion, and ultimately performance on the bike.
How do you work your way through the clutter to ultimately determine the best bike for you?
With the use of Retul technology, riders can be assisted with the optimal position on the bike. The Retül system is the original 3D motion capture and most advanced bike fit system. The Retül system records the rider’s movements while they are in motion on the bike, and accounts for all three planes of movement i.e. it is a dynamic fit in 3D. This type of data cannot accurately be captured by 2D video, static bike fit or “eyeballing” it. The Retül system is a non “cookie cutter” approach that eliminates the guesswork and assumptive nature of traditional bike fitting methods. It is unique to each cyclist, as we are all biomechanically unique in our own ways. The result is that the rider will have a true fit to his or her bike, maximizing efficiency and performance while avoiding discomfort or injury.
For those who want to determine what is the best fitting bike, there are a few steps that need to be taken in order to bring that to fruition. Bikes are all made differently, even in an equivalent size. It is not uncommon to see two bikes the same size, but two different geometries.