Note: I am currently also gathering data from hobby cyclists to see how it compares to the professionals; here is the link to the Google spreadsheet if you would like to add your own data:
Bike Fit Database
Before you look at the information below, here are some thoughts/comments:
- There are quite a few sources of error in data like this, such as measurement errors (measurements are made by different journalists at different times), discrepancies in listed height of riders versus their actual heights, the impact on saddle length on the "reach" measurement (for example, the popular Fizik Arione saddle is 2 cm longer than most other saddles). Also, different handlebars have different reaches, and different shift levers have different hood lengths (Campy vs. Shimano vs. Sram), which have implications on reach that are not quantified here.
- Professional cyclists may not be reflective of the average population. For example, there may be inherent physical traits that pros possess (which may have helped them to become a pro in the first place) that an average cyclist does not.
- Professional cyclists on average tend to have slightly higher saddle positions (better hamstring flexibility), and longer reach / more saddle-to-bar drop (better core strength and for aerodynamic positioning) compared to an average cyclist.
With those in mind, these charts should be considered for informational purposes only. For example, as a 6' (183 cm) tall male with slightly longer legs than average, my saddle height is 77 cm (as compared to 77.7 cm indicated by the first chart), my reach is 57 cm (as compared to 59.4 cm indicated by the first chart), my saddle setback is 8 cm, and my saddle-to-bar drop is 7.5 cm.
Below is a compilation of pro cyclist fit information from published data dating back to 2006 from various online publications (click to enlarge):
The chart is based on a sample size of 199 data points. The equations shown are for the linear best fit line, and the dashed lines represent plus/minus 3 cm, which bounds the upper and lower bounds of the data fairly well. R-squared is the coefficient of determination as calculated by Excel.
Below is the same data, but instead of individual data points, a "three-point running average" was taken:
In addition to saddle height and reach, some of the published data also included information on saddle setback (from the center of BB to the tip of the saddle) and saddle to handlebar drop; see below. It is interesting to note that while saddle to handlebar drop shows an overall increasing trend with increasing height, the average value is 11.7 cm with a relatively low standard deviation of 2.2 cm (which means that 68.3% of riders fall within a range of 10.5 to 13.9 cm).