Setting up the bike to fit your size, weight, and riding style is super important when it comes to going fast. So if you want to be “super pumped” Dungey style after your race, then you need to take a few moments to set the bike up to fit you just right.If you have ever looked at the factory race team bikes up close, you will notice that each rider uses different handle bars, shifters, pegs, seat heights, etc. Basically, every part is custom fit to make the rider feel more comfortable and able to go faster. When a company builds a stock bike they have to make it fit an “average” rider. If you are not an average rider, then you need to make some adjustments.You can start by adjusting the stock parts and seeing if you can get them to work. I like to start with the bars. First I will set them to what feels right while just sitting on the bike. Then here is the trick – I will go a few laps and then move them forward – go a few more laps – move them backwards. Sometimes what feels good sitting in place doesn’t feel good on the track. I will do this with each part on the bike. The shifter – move it up and down. The levers – move them up, down, in, and out. Try all the positions on every part, even air pressure in the tires. But don’t forget the trick is to go a few laps and move it. Even if you don’t think you will like the position, give it a try.
After a while it will become easier to set the bike up to go fast on. And when you feel like you have the stock bike set up as good as it can be, then there are lots of aftermarket companies that can help. They make everything from taller seats, wider/shorter bars, soft/hard tires and as you become better at setting up the bike you’ll begin to feel which parts you need.Like my dad always says – Whoever does the most testing wins!