We at SRAM are not professional bike fitters, but we have a lot to do with providing the options to allow athletes, professional and amateur, to refine their position. Crank length, chainrings, cassettes all can play a critical role in an athlete’s comfort, confidence, performance, and ultimately results.
SRAM sat down with twelve-time Ironman finisher Michael Lovato prior to the 2012 IM World Champs in Kona and talked about his bike and refining his position. Lovato says his journey to his current set-up was a slow process, but the changes came along with better performances, easier transitions, and more comfort.
“A perfect example was my crank length, I rode 177.5 for years. Slowly I’ve evolved to 172.5. I’m more comfortable and I’ve had my best runs after this change,” said Lovato. “I encourage triathletes to try a professional fit. Small changes can make big differences, and companies like SRAM and Zipp offer every type of size option for fitment. Give yourself three months to make transitions before you race, your body is good at adopting, and measure efforts with a power meter to confirm the numbers.”
SRAM’s Sponsorship Manager Alex Wassmann spoke directly to working with athletes and their fit. “One unique thing about SRAM, Zipp and Quarq is that we are one company, and we can merge several technical viewpoints to help athletes achieve their optimum position. Amateurs have access to the same options, whether it is a new cranks length, power, aero bars, stem, seatpost, chainrings, or cassette options. And when all three brands develop product its with a single-minded philosophy of helping riders go faster.”
Michael Lovato’s Bike: