The Perfect Fit

A comprehensive guide to getting The Perfect Fit for your Volagi.

At Volagi, our reason for creating bikes is to give you the best experience you’ve ever had on a bike. It’s important to us that you are riding a bike that is best suited for you. We’ve created The Perfect Fit system to provide us with a set of guidelines and basic body measurements that will allow us to recommend what we believe to be the best size frame for your style of riding. See below for our fit form, diagrams, and instructions. Please specify all measurements in either centimeters or inches.

Fit Guide & Current Bike Measurements

How and What to Measure

Note: Measurements will be easier with assistance from a friend, and remember: Measure twice to be certain of your results!

(A) Height - In your socks stand up straight against the wall and your feet 6-8” apart measure from the ground to the top of your head.

(B) Sternum Notch - This measurement helps us to determine the size of the cockpit—the space between the saddle and the handlebar. We’ll use this number to determine your ideal top tube and stem lengths.

Measure from the floor to the notch in your sternum where your collar-bone attaches.

(C) Inseam Length - Your inseam length will help determine your frame size, stem length, and seat height.

Using a book, dowel, or similar hard object, push firmly up into inseam. Measure from the floor to the top of the object.

(D) Thigh Length - Kneel down on both knees on the floor. Use the book or similar object to push into the inseam again. Measure from the floor to the top of the object.

(E) Arm Length - Your arm length along with your sternum measurement (B), will determine the ideal reach to the handlebar. This measurement will allow us to recommend a set up that provides you with the most comfortable, neutral, and balanced feel in which you have enough options to change hand positions without feeling cramped or stretched out.

Stand your arm out straight to the side, parallel to the ground and measure from your armpit, touching your ribs firmly, to the web between your thumb and index finger (Approx. the center of your palm)

(F) Shoulder Width - This measurement determines the width of your handlebars. The ideal handlebar size should provide comfortable hand position during long rides while allowing for excellent steering.

Measure from the AC joint (the bump on the top of your shoulder where clavicle and shoulder blade join with your humerus to create your shoulders "ball and socket" joint) on one shoulder to the AC joint on the other. May be easier to measure across the back rather than across the chest.

Measure your existing bike using the ABCD Guide below

A. Measure horizontally from the center of the stem clamp to the center of your saddle, where it intersects the center of your seatpost.

B. Measure along the seat tube from the center of your bottom bracket to the top-center of your saddle.

C. Measure vertically from the floor to the top of the flat part of your handlebar.

D. Measure from the floor vertically to the top of the saddle.

Bike Fit

  • (*indicates required field) In your socks stand up straight against the wall and with your feet 6-8” apart measure from the ground to the top of your head.
  • Measure from the floor to the base of the Sternum notch—the “V” depression where your collar bones meet the top of the sternum.
  • While standing straight with socks or bare feet, take a hardback book at least one inch (2 - 3 cm) thick and push up firmly between your legs with similar pressure that you would feel sitting on a saddle (approx. 15-25 lbs). With your helper pushing up on the book, measure from the ground to the top of the book.
  • In a kneeling position, place the hard back book between your legs and push up firmly between your legs with similar pressure that you would feel sitting on a saddle (approx. 15-25 lbs). Measure from the floor to the top of the book.
  • Stand with both arms out to the side, parallel to the ground and measure from your armpit, touching your ribs firmly, to the web between your thumb and index finger (Approx. the center of your palm).
  • Measure your shoulder width by running a tape measure between the outside of the bony protrusions at the top of your shoulders. You want the tape measure running in a straight line and not wrapping around your back.
  • This is an optional measurement.
  • Measure from the center of the saddle to the center of your handlebar.
  • Measure from the center of your crank where it intersects the bottom bracket to the top of your saddle.
  • Measure from the floor to the top of your handlebar.
  • Measure from the floor to the top of your saddle.
  • Please choose the bicycle you plan to buy and be fitted on.
  • Also address anything you want us to do with your information such as letting us know what you want the bike to do or intended purpose.
  • Best phone number and time to contact you to discuss your bicycle fitting.
Last items to adjust after receiving the bike:
  1. Fore and aft of saddle position - for knee/pedal alignment.
  2. Angle of the saddle - can greatly affect the feel on the bike and feeling balanced on it, but start by making small adjustments.
  3. Angle of the handlebar - avoid sharp bends in the wrists.
  4. Position of the handlebar - shipped in the most upright position, but can be lowered for a more "aggresive" riding position.
Your seat height can be the most personal adjustment and may require many small adjustments over time until it feels just right. Changing saddles can also alter the effective seat post height and should be accounted for when swapping. Besides being a good idea anyway, take a multi-tool or 4mm allen wrench along with you on your first few rides and in case you need to make adjustments along the way.