How To Set Up your E-MTB

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Electric mountain bikes, or e-MTBs, have revolutionized the world of mountain biking. They offer a boost of power that allows riders to tackle even the toughest climbs and enjoy longer rides. However, setting up an e-MTB can be a bit tricky, especially if you're new to the sport. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of selecting and setting up your e-MTB, including adjusting your saddle and handlebar height.

Choose the Right Size Bike

The first step in setting up your e-MTB is to choose the right size. If you're buying a new bike, most manufacturers provide sizing charts that can help you determine the best size for your body type. You should also consider the type of riding you'll be doing. For example, if you plan to do more technical, aggressive riding, you may want a smaller frame for better maneuverability. On the other hand, if you're planning on doing longer, more endurance-focused rides, you may want a larger frame for increased comfort. Getting fitted by a professional is optimal. For additional Mountain Bike Right Size guidance read our blog: How to Choose the Right Size Mountain Bike in 2023

Adjust the Saddle Height

Once you have your e-MTB, CONGRATULATIONS!  The next step is to adjust the saddle height. The right saddle height will help you maintain proper pedaling form and prevent injury. To determine the right saddle height for you, we recommend 2 options or methods. 

The Heel-to-Pedal Method.   

Stand next to your bike and adjust the saddle so that it's level with your hip bone. Then, sit on the bike and put your foot on the pedal in the six o'clock position. Your leg should be fully extended, but your foot should not be reaching for the pedal. If your leg is bent at the knee, raise the saddle a bit. If your leg is fully extended with your heel on the pedal, lower the saddle a bit.

109% Method

Originally created for road bikes - This method relies on a formula based on extensive studies that claims the ideal saddle height for most people is equal to 109 percent of the inseam. The inseam is measured by the distance from your crotch to the ground. To calculate this, stand against a wall with a thick book between your legs. Mark the top of the book on the wall and calculate the distance to the ground. 109 percent of this distance is your saddle height, measured from the pedal axle, to the top of the saddle. Consider it a starting point or an approximation. You can fine tune your own saddle height for maximum comfort.

Distance Between the Saddle point and the Handlebars

Another important factor to consider when setting up your e-MTB is the distance between the saddle point and the handlebars. This distance is determined by the length of the stem, which connects the handlebars to the steerer tube of the fork.

The length of the stem can affect your riding position and control on the bike. A longer stem will result in a more stretched-out riding position, which can be beneficial for riders who prefer a more aerodynamic position or for those with longer torsos. However, a longer stem may also make the bike feel more twitchy and less stable at slower speeds.

On the other hand, a shorter stem will result in a more upright riding position, which can be beneficial for riders who prefer a more relaxed position or for those with shorter torsos. A shorter stem may also make the bike feel more stable and easier to control at slower speeds. However, a shorter stem may also make the bike feel less responsive and less aerodynamic.

To determine the right stem length for you, consider your body type and riding style. If you're unsure, start with a medium-length stem (around 60-80mm) and experiment with longer or shorter stems until you find the right fit.

Adjust the Handlebar Height

The next step is to adjust the handlebar height. The right handlebar height will help you maintain proper body position and control on the bike. To determine the right handlebar height for you, sit on the bike and reach for the handlebars. Your arms should be slightly bent, with your elbows relaxed and your shoulders down. If your arms are fully extended or your shoulders are hunched up, the handlebars are too low. If your arms are cramped or your shoulders are lifted, the handlebars are too high. Adjust the height of the handlebars by loosening the stem bolts and raising or lowering the stem until you find the right height. Another options is to stand on the floor next to the front wheel. The handlebars should be right around hip level. Again, the exact height really depends on your riding style and comfort, so you’ll want to make incremental adjustments to find what works best for you. Dropper seatposts are also a factor, offering the ability to adjust saddle height while you are riding, depending on the terrain.

Adjust Other Components

Finally, you may need to adjust other components on your e-MTB to achieve the perfect fit. For example, you may need to adjust the angle of the saddle or the position of the brake levers. Experiment with different adjustments until you find the perfect fit for your body type and riding style. If you want advice on the best fit, contact one of our expert bike specialists

In conclusion, setting up your e-MTB involves choosing the right size, adjusting the saddle height, adjusting the handlebar height, and possibly adjusting other components. By taking the time to set up your bike properly, you'll be able to ride more comfortably and with better control, allowing you to fully enjoy the benefits of your e-MTB and have FUN! 

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