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serotta fit system(12 posts)

serotta fit systembianchi boy
May 3, 2001 6:40 AM
Anyone here tried the Serotta fit system? Was it worth the $75, or could you find out just as much using a fit formula such as the one on coloradocyclist website? Is it worthwhile if I'm not even considering a Serotta (can't afford) but some other make of bike?

I have had continuing problems with numbness in my hands, and I'm considering the Serotta system to see if they can't pinpoint the problem. I am pretty sure I've got the correct size frame my height and inseam, but much less certain about stem length, bar height, top tube, etc. I would appreciate any feedback from folks who have gone through the Serotta fit or some other system. Thanks in advance.
re: serotta fit systemTom Mather
May 3, 2001 6:50 AM
Why don't you ask a local shop that does fit-kits and size-cycles fittings and ask them? Call Alex or Matt at The Spin Cycle, tell them your problem, and see what they suggest.
re: serotta fit systembianchi boy
May 3, 2001 7:03 AM
Spin Cycle does the Serotta fittings in this area. They charge $75 for a fit. I'm just trying to see if it's worth it, based on other peoples' experience.
re: serotta fit systemcapnjim01
May 3, 2001 7:12 AM
I agree. I had a Serotta fit done and was very pleased with the service. Matt Sharpe did a through job and gave me four detailed pages of measurements. He also gave me suggestions to improve my current bike fit and the owner of the LBS offered to take 50 percent off the cost of fitting if I by a bike from him. Take your shorts and shoes and be prepared to stay several hours. Matt was a perfectionist and would not let me leave unless I was 100 percent satisfied.
re: serotta fit systemBill B
May 3, 2001 7:14 AM
I have used the Serotta Sizecycle to fit people to bikes. It is the best yet because you actually ride the dimemsions the formula prescribes. The Colorado Cyclist and The FitKit will give you ballpark settings, the Sizecycle allows you experience and fine tune them.

If you think your bike fit is good but need to work on your position try the Salsa Size o Matic stem fitting tool. Once you have set your seat hight/setback you then work the Size o Matic around to find what stem angle/reach works for you or you can find the perfect custom
dimensions and have a stem made to measure. Call around the LBS's in your area to see if any of them have it in thier tool arsenal.

Good Luck
re: serotta fit systemHoward
May 3, 2001 7:50 AM
Last year, I had the Serotta size cycle fitting here in Maryland. I would highly recommend it.
re: serotta fit systemDan BB
May 3, 2001 8:39 AM
With first bike (C'Dale R1000 Saeco) my LBS took my measurements and ordered the bike. After riding the bike, I thought this was how a bike was supposed to fit...terribly!!! That specific LBS offered no help at all. After a year of tinkering with the C'DALE and some good fortune, I decided to purchase a Serotta Legend Ti. The LBS (excellent at Beacons, Southern NJ) used the Size-Cycle together with a pretty intensive measurement and interview session. I felt as though I was morphed into a bicycle!!The experience was very satisfying. After delivery of the bike, it felt exactly as it did on the Size Cycle!! As a courtesy,Beacon's offered to perform any modifications necessary to "re-adjust" my C'Dale to a more ergonomic fit. Bottom line, the $75.00 is a bargain!! Go for it..
Totallygrz mnky
May 3, 2001 10:31 AM
I think it's the best way to sort it all out. $75 sounds a bit steep, since they charge $50 out here and Santa Cruz isn't exactly a low cost area, but they may spend even more time. In any event it's chump change when one considers the alternative of getting the fit wrong and maybe spending thousands on a bike and then some more cash on a replacement frame. maybe you repeat the cycle a few times - mean while you spend the precious commodity that is your spare time wondering about/hating your current fit. Just makie sure that the guy who is going to fit you is actually certified at

No matter what bike you buy you need to get the fit right. You may be able to work with something off the rack or you may have to go custom. In any event you're next frame will be dialed in exactly and you know which stem to get - the first time. This alone is probably worth the cost of the fitting.
another suggestiondejohn
May 3, 2001 8:49 PM
Look Ergostem
You guys convinced mebianchi boy
May 3, 2001 8:59 PM
I made an appointment with the Spin Cycle for Monday, and they're only gonna charge me $30. I guess I should have done this 6 months ago, but I kept thinking "If I just change this one more thing I'll get it right." Trouble was, I never did.

By the way, I rode my old steel Bianchi this afternoon for the first time since I got the aluminum frame Alloro in the fall. The old bike felt like a big old Cadillac with cushy springs. I might just ride it in the metric century in Greensboro on Sunday. Cycle de Oro is having a classic bike rally in conjunction with the ride, so I should fit right in.
not rocket science....dave
May 3, 2001 9:05 PM
It won't do you a lot of good, unless you're buying a custom frame. Otherwise, get the KOP set first (saddle fore-aft position), get enough stem length to avoid knee to elbow interferance (additional length optional). Bar height, as low as you can tolerate (6-10cm below saddle is common).

Numb hands could be the result of too much weight on the hands due to weak abs and back. You should be able to ride with only a few pounds of weight on your hands. If you can't ride with a single finger on each brake hood, you're not holding yourself up.
Exercises are in order.
use same saddle, seatpost, pedals....dave
May 4, 2001 4:51 AM
If you don't use the same seat post, or at least one with the rail clamp in the about the same location, the brand of saddle you intend to use (and stick with),your brand of pedals and maybe even bars, the measurements won't be as accurate as they should be.