What is a bike fit?
A bike fit can be the key to truly enjoying the sport of cycling. It is the process of finding the best possible position for the rider's body to be in while riding. A well-fit bike will be both comfortable and efficient for the rider.
How often should I have a re-fit?
It is common to hear fitters say "every two years" as a standard answer. However, there are many factors that can cause a new fitting (or a fit check) to be advantageous. Weight loss or gain, injury (cycling or otherwise), strength increase or decrease, changes in riding style/type and changes in flexibility are all normal occurrences that can have a major impact on the rider's comfort and efficiency. If the rider is having discomfort on his/her current setup, or have experienced physiological changes since that individual's last fitting, it is likely a good time to get a fit.
What does a fitting include?
The bike fitting charge includes the specific services described in the outline of our fit offerings. Additional work to adjust an existing bike to the resulting position can result in additional labor charges as it is a separate job often being performed by a different employee. If you do not see the exact service you are looking for, we are happy to offer our fit services a la carte or as needed at a fit lab rate of $150 per hour. Any position generated during a fit at Apex Velo is owned by the customer being fitted. The customer receives all of the final fit coordinates, component selections and specific numbers resulting from the fit.
Does my bike get adjusted to the new fit numbers after the fitting?
The short answer is yes. With all of our fits, we include the service of adjusting saddle position and simple cockpit adjustments such as a stem change. If additional, more complex, work such as handlebar or crankset swaps or recabling are needed, this is the responsibility of the customer and is billed at our service department's normal labor rates. With any new bike purchased at and fit by Apex Velo, we include the complete conversion to the customer's fit numbers. Please bear in mind that this service is limited to the labor costs of adjusting the bike and replacing components as needed. The cost of any components needed to achieve the fit numbers is extra.
What if I want a bike you do not carry. Can you still fit me?
Yes. We are happy to fit any bike that someone may own or hope to purchase. We also are happy to assist riders in their purchase of a bike we do not stock for a consulting fee.
Do I really need a bike fit?
We strongly feel that a having a bike perfectly fit is the most important variable in a rider's enjoyment of cycling. The rider is able to ride farther, faster and more comfortably on a well fit bike than on a bike that is poorly fit to that individual. The combination of a great fit and cutting edge technology is an unforgettable experience.
Are any other costs usually associated with a fit?
It is very common that in order for a bike to be adjusted to the final fit position, new or different parts are required. Most frequently, this involves a stem and saddle. Depending on an individual's needs, saddle, stem, handlebars, seatpost, crankset, shoes and pedals all can play a vital role in perfecting a bike fit and may ideally be replaced. In these cases, we strive to identify what we propose to change and why. Whenever possible, we give the rider being fit an opportunity to try the resulting position before committing to major parts replacement. If a rider chooses not to change certain parts, we work to maximize the potential of the rider's fit using the existing components.
I have multiple bikes, can my fit be applied to all of them?
Usually the answer is yes. There are unfortunately some instances when we are not able to apply a rider's fit to a pre-existing bike. As with any mechanical service, the work performed to adjust a bike to the new fit position is billed at our standard rates.
My friend is the same height I am, why won't their bike fit me?
There are many variables involved in proper bike fit beyond simply height. Specific skeletal measurements, previous injury, muscle development, flexibility and riding style are only a few of the factors that influence a person's ideal bike fit. While height can be a good starting point for frame sizing, it is just that, a starting point.Why should I get a fitting before buying a new (or used) bike?We highly recommend this approach. Once we have completed a fitting, we can use the numbers generated to guide us in finding a bike that matches the customer's fit needs. This ensures that bike size, geometry, even parts/accessories, are optimized out of the box and can save money in the long run. A well fit bike will be more comfortable, faster and more fun to ride than even a more expensive bike that does not have the proper fit.
Do I "need" a custom bike?
We get this question a lot here at Apex Velo and the answer is maybe. Some riders choose to get custom bikes for their ride quality, style or finish. Other riders, due to their individual fitting needs, are ill-suited to the geometry available from manufacturers. In this scenario, we believe that a custom bike is the ideal way to ensure a perfect fit in combination with geometry that provides correct handling.
Do women need a women's specific bike?
Again, another maybe answer to this question. Typically, women specific bikes have a slightly shorter reach and taller stack height than similarly sized unisex bikes. This is due to this geometry being helpful for the fit needs of many female riders. However, all of us are proportioned differently and there is no guarantee what bike or frame geometry is ideal based on gender alone. A fitting prior to a bike purchase answers this question and helps guide the correct choice.
Can a bike saddle be comfortable?
It always amazes us how many riders have come to accept saddle discomfort on a regular basis. To combat this, we stock around 70 different saddles at any given time. Helping a rider find a saddle that is comfortable and allows for an ideal position is one of the cornerstones of our fit process. We believe that anyone can find a saddle and position that truly is comfortable for their riding needs.
3D Dynamic Fit - $350 ($250 w/New Bike Purchase from Apex Velo)
Comprehensive and efficient, this is our recommended fit for riders who are ‘clipping in’ to their pedals
Cycling specific history
Injury history on/off the bike
Cycling and fitness goals
Focused Biomechanical Analysis: Range of Motion
Skeletal Assessment for total height and body proportion
Assessment of foot / shoe / pedal interface with an emphasis on subtalar angulation, foot width and volume, as well as arch height, collapse, and length.
In depth pedal stroke analysis and form coaching
Dynamic Fitting Session on the fully automated Guru® Dynamic Fit Bike
Cleat installation and adjustment with regards to stance width (Q-factor), fore/aft, foot rotation and angle
Knee tracking analysis and adjustment
Provide recommendation for off the bike exercises and stretches and / or referral to outside professionals for cycling specific treatment (when necessary)
2 Follow up fitting sessions
2D Dynamic Fit - $250 ($150 w/ New Bike Purchase from Apex Velo)
The ideal fit for riders who are new to cycling.
To ensure the best result, we want to fully understand our client’s cycling goals and history. Knowing whether the goal is to ride comfortably for hours or to compete in short distance races, we work with you to make sure the end result is perfectly tailored to your goals.
Basic pedal stroke analysis and pedaling form instruction
Dynamic Session on the fully automated Guru® Dynamic Fit Bike
Provide recommendation for off the bike exercises and stretches and / or referral to outside professionals for cycling specific treatment (when necessary).