How to setup the Joyseat saddle

How to setup the Joyseat saddle

For the correct position of the saddle, it is necessary to set 3 different parameters saddle heightfore-aft position and saddle tiltThese are simple tasks but require careful attention. A quality saddle and well-adjusted position affect your performance, comfort and health, so don't underestimate this part. An improper saddle and riding position can result in discomfort, poor bike handling and can lead to health complications.

Video guide


Finding the right riding position is a complex discipline that involves the length of the pedal cranks, the cleat position, the length of the stem and so much more. This guide is only for correct saddle positioning. We recommend visiting your nearest bike fitter to get your riding position and saddle position perfectly adjusted.

With this guide, you will set your reference saddle position. It is likely that the reference values will require further fine-tuning. Pay attention to your body when riding and, if possible, ask your friends to take a picture or record a video of you to assess your position.

Secure saddle attachment

Ensure the clamp on your bike's seat post can safely secure the 9x7 mm oval rails. Contact the seat post manufacturer for the correct fit if you need to change the seat clamp.

! Never mount the saddle outside the maximum positions marked on the rails.

! Observe the correct tightening torque of the saddle lock as specified by your seatpost manufacturer for carbon rails. We recommend starting with 5-6 Nm.

! Before adjusting the fore-aft position of the saddle, fix the saddle approximately at the centre of the rails.

What will you need?

  • tape measure
  • spirit level
  • pencil or pen
  • plumb line
  • multi-tool
  • cycling shorts and shoes you usually ride in

Saddle height

Saddle height is the distance between the bottom bracket and the center of the saddle (see photo). The saddle's center is at the midpoint of the maximum points of the saddle length (see photo). To measure the initial saddle height, use the LeMond method and measure your inseam.

  • Take the measurements standing up and without shoes.
  • Place the spirit level (or a stick, ruler, rod, etc.) between your legs and slide it up to the level where you feel a slight pressure in your crotch. 
  • Level off to a horizontal position. 
  • Measure the height from the floor to the top of the level.
  • Multiply the measured inseam by the constant 0.883. The resulting number is the default value for your saddle height. (Example: measured inseam 82 cm: 82 cm*0.883 = 68.3 cm.)
  • Tighten the seatpost clamp and make sure the saddle is fixed and cannot be moved.

With your saddle height adjusted, sit on your bike. You can lean against a table or a chair to support yourself. Turn the pedals backwards a few times If your pelvis moves from side to side as you pedal, your legs are fully stretched and you're extending your toes to the pedal, your saddle is too high. Drop the saddle lower. If your legs are too bent when pedalling, your saddle is too low and you increase the risk of overstretching your knee joints.

Fore-aft position

The fore-aft position is the distance of the Joyseat saddle tip in relation to the pedal axis. You adjust this position by sliding the saddle rails in the seat clamp.

  • Fix the saddle approximately in the middle of the scale on the rails
  • Sit on the bike in the riding position in your shoes on the pedal as usual (clip in if you have cleats).  
  • Bring the pedals to a horizontal position.
  • Run a plumb line across the middle of the kneecap of the front foot.
  • The plumb line string should pass through the pedal axis
  • You need to move the saddle forward if the plumb line is behind the axis. You need to move the saddle backward if it is in front of the pedal axis.

! When changing the saddle's fore-aft position, ensure you still have the correct saddle height (see "Saddle height").

Saddle tilt

The normal saddle tilt is a slight downward inclination of the saddle tip between -1° and -2°.

  • The default position for adjustment is horizontal, i.e., 0°. Check with a spirit level.
  • The tip of the saddle folds slightly down. You can also check the correct inclination with your phone. Some phones already have a spirit level function.
  • The correct inclination of the saddle will give you sufficient support for the tip of the seat bones. The arms are relaxed, and you do not feel discomfort in the sitting area.
  • If you feel pressure in the tip of the saddle while riding, lower the saddle slightly, or you can move the saddle forward. If you can't keep in the saddle's center and your feel a lot of pressure in your hands, adjust the tilt.

    ! Remember to ensure your saddle is aligned with the bike frame, i.e., not turned to the left or right.

    Conclusion

    All values set according to this manual are for reference only. You will likely need to make adjustments to suit your individual needs. Take photos of yourself while riding, and be conscious of how you feel on the bike. Watch to make sure you are not overstretching your legs, that your pelvis is not rotating unnecessarily, and that you are not putting too much weight on your arms.

    ! Getting the correct riding position is a complex issue. It's not only about saddle position. This manual is only for setting the saddle position. For the perfect riding experience, we recommend visiting a bike fitter in your area to action the other areas.

    Technical specifications

    Materials

    • Rails and shell: carbon composite (carbon fibers bonded by epoxy resin)
    • Top: Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)

    Joyseat Weight

    The total weight of the saddle varies between 150 - 220 g. It depends on the parameters of each cyclist and the type of ride.

    Weight limit

    The weight limit of the saddle is 90 kg. We tested the saddle according to international ISO standards.

    Maintenance

    The saddle is made of high quality and highly durable materials so that you can ride it in all weather conditions. There is no need for any special care for the saddle, just wipe it occasionally with a damp cloth. If it gets dirty, rinse it with a stream of water and you're go.

    ! Regularly check that all bolts are tightened correctly.

    If you're interested in more, check out the FAQ section.

    Guarantee 

    All information regarding the warranty can be found in our terms and conditions.


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