Some folks just jump on a bike and ride away for a test ride. But the ones who do it right spend 10 critical minutes to set the bike up properly. This time spend can mean the difference between enjoying a bike instantly or struggling to adjust to the bike.
Below are some critical areas to focus on to maximize your ride.
1. Get the correct bike for your needs
Get the ideal tire size and suspension travel for your style and preferences.
Set your proper suspension and tire pressures.
Get the proper width and height for your body style, trail type and personal style. Adjust the rotation of the bar so it has the sweep and rise you like.
Get the angle of the brake correct. Ideally, they should match the angle of your forearms when your body is in the descending braking position.
Get the proper 1x gearing for you. If you need a lighter gear, go 2x.
Use the ideal pedals and shoes for your riding style. If clipless, make sure the tension and release point is adjusted.
Select the right saddle that fits you and the dropper post length best for you. Adjust the fore aft of your saddle and get the tilt of the saddle as flat as possible.