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OK, I am closer than I thought to purchasing a new bike. I am pretty sure it will be a new Crossroads. Being as I am vertically challenged, with very short inseams (28") I am sure that I will feel more comfortable with a seat that will bring me at least one inch forward, if not an inch and a half and if it is one inch lower, all the better.

Lower is not the priority, as I have never owned a bike in nearly 200,000 miles where I could touch flat footed with both feet at the same time anyway, although being able to do so would be a treat!!! Partcularly since I don't back up well and the older I get the less well I back up!

I do need to get a bit further forward as I will feel much more comfortable in reaching the shifter and brake pedals if I were. I know that the boards and controls are adjustable and have never sat on a bike with the boards and controls in the rearward most position. I also feel that I will be able to have the bars in a more comfortable position as a result.

It seems as if the cross country seat is lower and further forward. Are there any seats available that will accomplish the same goal? Corbin, Ultimate, Victory, etc?

Thanks in advance for your ideas and opinions.

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OK, I am closer than I thought to purchasing a new bike. I am pretty sure it will be a new Crossroads. Being as I am vertically challenged, with very short inseams (28") I am sure that I will feel more comfortable with a seat that will bring me at least one inch forward, if not an inch and a half and if it is one inch lower, all the better.

Lower is not the priority, as I have never owned a bike in nearly 200,000 miles where I could touch flat footed with both feet at the same time anyway, although being able to do so would be a treat!!! Partcularly since I don't back up well and the older I get the less well I back up!

I do need to get a bit further forward as I will feel much more comfortable in reaching the shifter and brake pedals if I were. I know that the boards and controls are adjustable and have never sat on a bike with the boards and controls in the rearward most position. I also feel that I will be able to have the bars in a more comfortable position as a result.

It seems as if the cross country seat is lower and further forward. Are there any seats available that will accomplish the same goal? Corbin, Ultimate, Victory, etc?

Thanks in advance for your ideas and opinions.

Steve
Corbin used to build seats to order. I imagine they still do. I'm short too, but I usually have them build my seats up an inch as I like the leg room and I can balance fine on my toes.




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I would at least check with the different manufacturers. Ultimate is making some "custom" changes to the seat I ordered and I'm guessing they would work with you on about anything you desire.

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The low seat (also available heated) will lower you 1" and move you 1" forward. If you also have short arms you may want to install XC bars the will pullback an extra 3" but will require brake line/clutch cable/cruise wiring re-routes through the trees.

As far as the floorboards go they are not adjustable but the controls can be moved 1" forward or 1" backward. You can also change th height on the controls but I suggest reading how to in the manual (see any post from Bbob for the link) because you can bind up the shifter if you do it wrong.

If you need the bike a little lower you can leave your rear shock low on air and it will sit low however too little air can result in bottom out. worse case scenario you can get lowering links (1", 1.5", 2") and a skid plate the will allow you to lower the bike while keeping air in the shock. If you need to lower the front also you'll have to go through Traxxion Dynamics because nobody else does this yet (Max at Traxxion has a very good rating with GL owners).

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Do NOT buy a Corbin seat, especially if you want it customized. Just Google "Corbin customer service" and you can read on many different forums and message boards, how bad Corbin is to their customers once they get your money.

Now that is out of the way, you do know your controls can be moved closer to you right? They come set in a middle position and can be moved rearward or forward from this position. I too have a short inseam and I am in the middle position and they are fine there. I also just got an Ultimate Seat, www.ultimateseats.ca and it is extremely comfortable and you can ask that it be made shorter or push you up a bit if you want. Ultimate Seats customer service is TOP NOTCH and Des will do everything he can to make you as comfortable as possible. I do know Des personally, but I do not work for him or his company.


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