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 a simple fit system that will 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 form for guided pictures, videos, and fit explanation.
Please specify all measurements in either centimeters or inches.
Fit Guide and Explanation
Everybody’s riding style and body type is different, and although we have created this fit system utilizing our knowledge, experience, and generally accepted fit principles, we do not believe there is one perfect fit system that works for everyone and every kind of riding.
We are all believers in the principle that “the right fit is the one that feels right”. Therefore we recommend that you make adjustments and fine-tune your fit to “how it feels” given your unique riding style. Sounds simple enough, but it takes a willingness to patiently listen to your body and make the necessary adjustments.
We encourage you to send us photos of you on your current bicycle, if available. Including some information about your riding style and type of riding you do will also help us to determine your ideal fit. The more we know, the better we can recommend not only the frame size, but components, frame materials, and gearing that will best suit the goals you have in mind with Volagi.
Note: some of these measurements will be more easily attainable with assistance from a friend
(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.
(C) Inseam Length – Your inseam length will help determine your frame size, stem length, and seat height.
(D) Thigh Length – In a kneeling position, place the hard back book between your leg 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.
(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 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)
(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.
(G) Saddle Height Over the Handlebar – This is an optional measurement. If you do not have the measurement from your current frame, we will recommend one for you. If you have a current bike to measure, or already know your preference for how you like to have your handlebar set up, please measure height difference between top of the saddle to top of the handlebar.
Last items to adjust after receiving the bike:
- Fore and aft of saddle position
- Angle of the saddle – can greatly affect the feel on the bike and feeling balanced on it, should be almost immediate in feel.
- Angle of the handlebar
- Position of the handlebar
Your seat height can overcome many other mis-fits and therefore may require many small adjustments over time until it feels just right. Take a 4mm wrench along with you on your first few rides and expect to make adjustments along the way. Keep in mind that the position of the saddle will affect the saddle height adjustment.