I’ve received a bunch of requests to explain why are BMX seats angled up.
BMX seats point up because it gives more CLEARANCE when you pedal, it’s more COMFORTABLE to sit on it and makes the bike LOOK better.
Some also say it helps them with performing tricks, which it does!
The seat sits more comfortably on your bum when doing a hang 5 or hang 10.
And seat grabs, especially toboggans, are also much easier to perform because you don’t have to tilt your wrist much.
Plus, an angled seat definitely feels a lot better when you pinch it during a barspin or a suicide no-hander.
Please Don’t Over-Angle The BMX seat
I tried all kinds of angles when I first started riding.
I wasn’t really sure why the pointed-up seat at the time, but I saw pros have it, so I thought I need to have it like that, too.
Just like a leveled seat on a BMX bike doesn’t feel right, you can do more damage than good if tilted too far up.
And here comes the second question/concern that I feel I need to answer:
What about penetration?
Don’t worry, that’s not really a thing.
I’m riding BMX for 20+ years and never had an issue. (However, it may happen if you tilt it up too much.)
Even if I landed straight on my seat – 0 penetration issue really. (But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. 🙂 )
Now you know what’s up with the angled-up BMX seats.
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You can find mid, slim and fat seats, compatible with pivotal, tripod and stealth seat posts.
Something. For. Everyone.
I currently ride the tripod system, and I really like the minimalist look it creates. (It makes the bike look better regardless of how angled your seat is.)
FAQs About BMX Seat Angle
Why is the angle of a BMX seat important?
The angle of a BMX seat affects riding comfort, style, and performance. A properly angled seat can help with body positioning for tricks but it’s also a matter of personal preference and aesthetic.
How should a BMX seat be angled for street riding?
For street riding, many riders prefer a slightly upward angle on their BMX seat. This can provide better control and leverage for street tricks. However, it’s largely based on personal comfort and riding style.
Is there a difference in seat angle between racing and freestyle BMX?
Yes, there can be. Racing BMX seats are often set more level or slightly tilted down for aerodynamics and pedaling efficiency. In contrast, freestyle BMX riders might angle their seats upward for better control during tricks and to avoid interference with their legs.
How can I adjust the angle of my BMX seat?
The angle of a BMX seat can be adjusted using the seat post clamp under the seat. Loosen the clamp, adjust the seat to your preferred angle, and then retighten the clamp securely. Make sure the seat is stable and doesn’t move before riding.
Does the angle of a BMX seat affect balance during tricks?
No, not really. Whether the seat is upward-angled or leveled, it won’t impact much the balance during performing the trick. But it can make some tricks easier or make you look better in the air – but that’s a personal preference.