I did a search on seat height but most threads mix distance, muni, and trials heights. When my AX-29 comes in, I’ll have to make a decision on how much to cut off the seat post and can be fairly sure noone around will be able to help me much. I plan of course to have the bike shop cut only a little at a time, but I would like some idea of what it should feel and look like.
The noname I am riding is too low. But I can’t use it to gauge how high it should be because the post is too short to be raised much higher. I recall that the Swinn I road in the late 70’s was high enough for my younger brother to reach the pedals while barely bending his knee. The same uni (we had only one between us) on me was of course a little smaller in comparison.
For distance riders…please post your inseam and seat height. Let’s measure between the cranks and seat.
OK, on my 29KH, I have the center of the seat 33 1/2" up from the top of the pedal when in the 6 o’clock position. My inseam (wearing my riding boots) measures 34 1/2" from the floor.
Keep in mind you will need the post lower for longer cranks, and higher for shorter cranks, if you ever plan to change out the cranks. So if you have 165 cranks, make sure to leave enough in the tube to raise the seat if you ever move up to 125 cranks (almost 2" difference).
With each unicycle I’ve had I’ve found that I’ve started off at a relatively low position but as my confidence has increased I have naturally found the need to raise the seat. So get them to cut off as little as you can get away with but have the seat where you feel comfortable. I think distance riders have their seats higher than for other types of riding.
Sorry, this is probably too vague to be of any use.
as high as you can while still being able to pedal, or just slightly lower. the reason for this can be explained better in an analogy. it is harder to walk with bent legs than it is to walk with straighter legs.
I think do a fair bit of ‘long-distance’ road/muni-cycling, whatever that means.
The way I set up my unicycle for road unicycling is exactly as I would for my road bike. Knees very slightly bent at it’s lowest position on the pedal stroke. You lose a lot of power if the seat is too low, but if it’s too high it’s harder to stand up and can be painful from overextending.
On a Muni I set it up with slightly more bend in the knees so I have more maneuvaribility.
NOTE: That’s a good pipe cutter. All the ones I ever had were cheapies, and only cut spirals. Those are probably okay for (occasionally) cutting copper plumbing pipes, but seat posts are a little heavier, so don’t buy the cheapest pipe cutter you see! Someday I’ll get a proper one for myself. Until then it’s the hacksaw, but a pipe cutter makes a much nicer, easier cut.
Yup. If unicycling has a Lance Armstrong, Ken is the closest thing to it. Plus, if you know the rules for bicycle seat height, that’s a great rule of thumb. If anything, unicycle seat height is more critical because we pedal more, and because we don’t get to stop pedaling. I agree with Ken on the high seat, which you may lower if the ride is rough. I lower mine quite a bit for serious MUni, but when I take the Coker on the trails I’m not aiming for super-technical so my seat height stays put.
on a 29er with 115mm cranks I started with an height of 83cm from the lower position of pedals and ended on slightly less than 85cm.
since my ancestors evolved from wild beasts later than other people I really have short legs … (so the values have no meaning unless you share the same physical features)
same advice: for muni it is still 83 cm.
conclusion: try and try again until you feel comfort
edit: do not be shy on 114 on a 29er I am an awful rider and I can manage it!
When I had a knee problem (after riding a Coker) I was advised to
raise the saddle (to about the point where the leg is fully extended,
or very nearly, at six o’clock). It seemed to work. But the same
unicyclist warned that with your saddle too high (which may be just
right for the knees), your ankles start to hurt.
Later, my physiotherapist said that these both made perfect sense. (I
remember that the knee issue is because the vastus medialis muscle
only works when the leg is nearly straight, and it needs to be
exercised too. Not sure what brings the ankle problem on.)
You’ll never go back. I’d at least shorten them to 125s. Then when you revisit 152s you’ll think they’re unbelievably long and clunky. At least make sure you leave your seatpost long enough to allow for short cranks.