Using the Fitmaster

The Fitmaster complements nearly every bicycle fitting protocol because its main purpose is to verify and fine-tune fit recommendations produced by these systems. The process of bicycle fitting consists of the following phases:

  • Rider assessment
  • Initial fit generation
  • Fit appraisal and refinement
  • Followup
  • Rider assessment: Each fitting system entails some level of measurement, whether using a simple measurements and formulas or using a package such as Fit Kit or Retul. Evaluation of the rider’s existing bike and fits, as well as an inventory of their goals, limitations and history is also helpful.
  • Initial fit generation: These systems typically generate a stock bike as well as cockpit recommendations (the latter including stem, spacers, handlebars, crank length, saddle and seatpost). You can follow quick and reliable protocols for setting up the Fitmaster for a stock frame. For custom bicycle designs, it’s merely a matter of duplicating the frame angles and tube lengths to get the starting fit.
  • Fit appraisal and refinement: This is where the Fitmaster really shines. Its easy adjustability makes both stock and custom bike adjustments a snap. Thanks to the many rulers and sound measurement points, it’s easy to document fits. Custom bike fitters will find the front center estimator handy for minimizing or preventing toe-overlap problems.
  • Followup: Though most followup is done with the rider’s own bicycle, the ability to document a fit means that you can set up the Fitmaster to document an existing fit.