Sizing Mountain Bikes

What size mountain bike should I buy? It’s a question that can have many different answers and everyone has their own opinion. Bike store employees can assist you get fitted for the correct size bike, in addition to providing you with a better variety and experienced guidance. To help you in your decision, we’ve compiled some of the most popular methods for sizing bikes, as well as our personal experience with each method. 

Follow the guidelines below to get the best fit for your mountain bike.


Height of seat

The seat height is the best place to start when determining what size bike will work best for you. When you straddle your bike with both feet on the ground, there should be about 1″ between your crotch and top tube. If there is more than an inch or two of space between these points, then it may not be a good fit for you. 


Height of standover

The inseam clearance or standover height should be the first item you examine while inspecting the fitting. When you come to a halt, you want lots of space between yourself and the top tube. Between the top of your inseam and the top of the top tube, there should be around four to six inches of space.


Position of the legs and feet

The leg position for riding a mountain bike may be calculated using a simple formula. When riding a mountain bike, the terrain varies frequently, lifting you off the seat, sometimes little, sometimes fully.

As a result, you’ll need to sit somewhat lower in your saddle than you would on any other sort of bike. When calculating the frame size, remember to account for the somewhat lower seat height position.


Compartment for riding

The arrangement of the rider compartment is the next item to look at (the distance between the saddle and the handlebars). Once you’ve calculated the correct leg extension, make sure the handlebar is one to two inches below the saddle’s height. Unless you have an issue with your upper body, you should never have the handlebars higher than the seat.


Bikes with dual suspension

With suspension on both ends, you’ll want to put more weight in the middle of the bike so that your weight is equally distributed between the front and rear suspension systems, allowing them to operate as a unit.

This is readily accomplished by raising the hand height with either a longer or shorter stem, which will lift the upper body and shift the weight to the back. The climb should be no more than two inches, and the drop in reach should also be no more than two inches.


Take a test drive

Go out and test drive the bike once you’ve completed all of these procedures. Even if you’re only going to be testing for a short time, be sure you wear a helmet. Ensure that the tyres are properly inflated and that the bike has been correctly adjusted for you by the shop.

While riding, have a shop personnel watch your body position and ride height to see if any more modifications are required. To get acclimated to the bike’s handling and new equipment, ride it about for a while. Begin gently and give the bike time to develop its own personality.

After a few minutes, you may realise that something isn’t operating properly or that something doesn’t feel quite right. If this occurs, return to the store and get the problem fixed before dismissing the bike.

The more you ride bikes, the easier it will be to distinguish between the various sorts of rides. Keep in mind that learning to appreciate the way a bike handles might take months or even years. Interact with riders and inquire if they ride the bikes they offer. You’ll discover more about the mountain bikes you adore this way!