Abbey Tools Launch Saddle Fit System

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Abbey Tools make some very high end bits of kit, and their latest is for people who need a saddle to be in exactly the same position each time they adjust it.

Abbey Tools Fit Kit
No, it’s not a new and incredibly uncomfortable aero seat…
Abbey Tools Fit Kit
The fit kit straps onto your seat like this, and the nose of your saddle hits the stop you can just see underneath.
Abbey Tools Fit Kit
The bits under this strap pop out then go into your cranks – at the bottom bracket end – to give you consistent points to measure from.
Abbey Tools Fit Kit
Those little slots in the sides let you drop a plum bob in the same place repeatedly. Combined with a tape measure, that means you can get your saddle in the same place relative to your cranks, every time.

It’s available from their website, and costs $150 for a complete kit. Plumb bob and tape measure not included (of course, if you get this, you’ll be needing something to straighten your bars too…).

Of course, these kind of tools might seem ridiculous to a garage fettler with finely calibrated eyeballs and buttocks, but there are use cases out there for this category of tool: Race or demo day mechanics who have to build fifty bikes, pro-mechanics who need to get their racer’s setup spot on, and shop mechanics who need to fend off difficult customers. For all of those, or even home mechanics who don’t think this is ridiculous, what price can you put on sub-millimetre accuracy?

Abbey Tools say:

“It’s been said that Eddy “Mr. Millimeter” Merckx changed his saddle position 50 times on a brand new bike once because he couldn’t get it right. It’s this kind of madness the crew at Abbey have sought to eliminate with their new saddle Fit Kit because once you’ve found your perfect position you should be able to keep it. Ideal for traveling cyclists, pro mechanics, or any bike shop with discerning clientele – the Fit kit eliminates saddle discrepancies by consistently measuring from a fixed point to get the saddle to within +/- .5mm of the riders ideal position.

The key to the Fit Kit starts by basing all the measurements off a central, fixed position, the center of the crank. The Kit comes equipped with magnetic ‘bullets’ that fix themselves into crank arm fixing bolts or the preload cap on the non-drive arm on a Shimano crank and hook securely onto the end of any tape measure with a lip. From there all measurements can be made to various points on the plate that is secured on top of the saddle.”

Abbey Tools Fit Kit

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

Comments (1)

    I manage to get by with a bit of string with a knot in it and I’m fussy enough to change saddle height depending on sole thickness. I do like the look of most of the Abbey tools though.

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