Seat angle vs seatpost

I’ve noticed that the seat post has slots in the mount point. As a result the seat can be tilted slightly to the front or the rear.
I’ve been trying various positions to determine what the effect is on riding my uni.

So far I came up with difference in climbing vs descending and It can be easier or harder to keep the pelvis alligned.

Is this how it is intended or is it simply meant for better allignment with the drilled holes of various saddle brands and is it an unintended side effect?

I tried asking my good friend Google, but he couldn’t give me an explanation either…

Try your new friend “search function” this forum, asking “saddle tilt”

There is a big difference, how is the feeling with the saddle for a beginner and skilled rider.
If you push up the rear part the higher pressure on the pelvis help beginners to feel balance and direction, but trained rider will hate to slip in front, they rise the front to seat on the rear pare without slip.
Different problems and answers if you ride Freestyle or Flatlad/Street in this case you have to evaluate how is the best position to move out the saddle in front and back.
Other problem is to manage fast unispin, most of flatland riders like to have the front down to do this.
I think you should enforce the first rule of unicycling and you will find alone a lot of answers … practise practise practise practise practise practise practise practise practise practise practise practise …

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Haha, I did ask that friend as well, but apparently with different keywords :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Uhm, I think I should enforce the first rule of a forum, and that’s to ask questions and share knowledge.
Practice is something I definitely do (as you can see from my start post, I did already find some differences myself), but awareness is also critical for making progression. If you do not know that something exists, how would you be able to incorporate it in your training? :wink:

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People who sit a lot (road riders, muni) often tilt the saddle nose up as high as possible. That way you sit on the flat, wide, back part of the saddle instead of slipping to the middle and squishing your private parts.

I can’t get enough tilt range out of the standard 4-bolt mount to get the nose high enough for my liking. The KH adjustable seatposts, and the pivotal saddle/posts, have a bigger range.

People who ride mostly standing up (street, trials) will more likely tilt the seat so that the handle is where they want it, which might be tilted down. That’s what I do, but I don’t really ride that style, so others would know a lot better.

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I typically have more of a saddle angle on a MUni than a road unicycle, especially if the road uni has a long or low handlebar. Leaning forward also changes your saddle angle.

On a four bolt seatpost I used to add a couple washers to the front to add more adjustment.


Thanks, good to know!

So also front higher? Thanks!

+1 on that method. I’ve experimented with the whole range of saddle angles, from nose up to nose down (both with extra washers). In retrospect, my experimentation was not about finding the optimal setup, but rather to find what worked for me at that point in my progress. The two stages, referred to above by MAD4ONE, both applied to me. Once I started riding with two hands on the bar ends, however, I entered a third stage where I was able to put the saddle in a neutral or downward facing position whilst maintaining my sitting position on the raised back of the saddle.

I suggested to another forum user, a few years ago, that they use the search function. Didn’t go well…It was a new user. Prolific new thread starter. Wanted everyone’s feedback but wouldn’t acknowledge other members’ replies. A beginner who wanted to brag about his plans to break distance records. He dropped off the forum pretty fast, leaving behind dozens of tiny, orphaned threads.

I’m sure we’re all stoked to have you on the forum, Mark! While you do start new threads, they have clear titles so they will be searchable in the future, and you reply to others’ replies. You are considerate.

Off topic, but I recently resurrected a thread that was more than five years old. I got a are you sure you want to do that? warning from the forum software. WTF? Remember five years ago? Prehistoric times, for sure! People on the forum thought the wheel stood still and the rest of the world revolved around it!

Yup front higher. It’s a cheap easy way to add more adjustment.

I used to also cut down the foam at the front of the seat to relieve some pressure there with the old banana shaped seats. Saddles are much flatter than they used to be. My advice like always is don’t be afraid to experiment.

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Agree, and being able to think about it helps me in choosing the best setup for me.
Just put it back to centered again since I really had to fight to get it forward with the front up (Probably partially due to the very heavy downhill tire which is on my muni causing a tremendous rolling resistance).

A T-bar is on its way as well, so I’m expecting that to make a difference as well :wink:

Although I do agree that as a regular user of a forum it is annoying to see the same questions being asked over and over again, at the same time it is also what a forum needs to keep it alive.
If you would only allow new threads of new subjects, then the forum would cease to exist soon, since regular users will stop visiting if nothing new is posted…

In this particular case I apparently couldn’t come up with the correct search phrase ('tilt" instead of “angle”) and that’s probably due to the fact that I’m not a native english speaker. Although I do know the word ‘tilt’, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind in relation to the seat.
I would actually think of an arcade game with the steel balls and flippers where you push the device too hard and it results in a 'tilt" :grinning:

But it’s good to know now how people adjust the tilting of the seat to the specific usage and preference. Even using washers for further tilting as well. :wink: