Outspoken Cycles recently had a GURU Fit System installed in the shop and tonight I got my first crack at a fitting. I’ll be doing one for my road bike shortly, but tonight was all about the TT Bike. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m sharing a Cannondale Slice this season with Adam Zeen, one of Outspoken’s road team riders. Adam also happens to be a GURU fit technician, so I did the fitting with him. Since races are quickly approaching for both of us, it was time to dial in my fit all while keeping fingers crossed that our respective fits worked out in such a way that we wouldn’t have to be switching out tons of components just so one of us could ride it after the other.
The GURU fit system is a computer controlled fitting system which allows the fit technician to make a variety of position changes (saddle height, stem length, bar rise, etc.) in real-time. Various “scenarios” can be saved and then A/B compared while using a combination of comfort preferences and power output measurements to make the final decision as to what is the best fit. The system then creates a report that provides baseline measurements (saddle height, drop from the saddle to the bars, reach from the saddle to the bars and saddle set-back for the triathlon fit), which are then used to adjust an actual bike. If you are in the market for a new bike, starting with a GURU fit makes a lot of sense – the system has an extensive geometry database which recommends bikes that best fit each individual rider’s profile. It is interesting to note that even though Dorel Industries (the parent company of Cannondale) owns GURU, my list also included bikes from Giant, Felt, Cervelo, Bianchi and Specialized. This is a nice feature I think.
My fitting took about an hour and a half. And though I don’t think my position looks very sexy (and the baggy t-shirt definitely does not help), I got what I wanted which was a forward saddle position and a nearly 90 degree bend in my arms over the cockpit. It’s not very aggressive, but it’s comfortable. And I was pretty happy with my power output as well.
But the best news is that between Adam and I, we are probably only talking about a change-over difference of some spacers under the stem (for me) and then a seat height/setback adjustment. We’ll know for sure next week after we take my GURU measurements, apply them to the bike and I go out and ride it. I’m looking forward to it.
So if you live in Orange County (or want to come visit me) and need a bike fit, come and check out the GURU system at Outspoken.