Is Mac Ride compatible with your bike?
1. WILL MAC RIDE FIT ON ANY BICYCLE?
Mac Ride will fit on any bike--
A- With STEERER TUBES that are:
- 1 1/8" (2 front mounts are included with each Mac Ride seat)
- 1 1/4" (order online)
- 7/8" (order online)
Going forward, we aim to have a spacer to fit 1" steerer tubes as well.
B - With DOWN TUBES that are 60mm wide or less.
C - Have sufficient SPACE UNDER YOUR STEM for the Mac Ride Front Mount Spacer
You will need at least a 10mm headset spacer under your stem. This original spacer will be replaced by the Mac Ride spacer bracket. Please check that you have at least 10mm of spacers to enable the Mac Ride spacer to fit.
Important re SHORT STEMS-- Mac Ride can fit with a 50mm stem, but only if there is more than 10mm of spacers. If you have only the minimum, 10mm, and the shape of your stem extends downward, then there might not be enough room for the the Mac Ride bolt to fasten the front mount to your stem. One possible solution-- if you have spacers above your stem, you can move them below your stem instead, creating more room for the swap with the Mac Ride spacer.
2. WHICH MOUNTING BRACKET SPACER DOES MY BIKE NEED?
Mac Ride comes with two mounting bracket standard spacers-- 1 1/8". If you do not have a common bike, you will need to purchase different spacers. Which ones? The answer lies in the steerer tube. There are four main steerer tube sizes, below.
How to know which one you need? Sometimes the size is marked on the shaft of the stem (inside the steerer tube), but not always. If you have calipers, you can check this out (the measurement is the diameter), otherwise, it might be worth checking things out with a bike shop before you order.
YES: 1 1/8" (28.575mm) - Threadless steerer tube - the most common - on most modern mountain bikes, most road bikes and many commuter bikes - Mac Ride compatible; 2 provided with a Mac Ride purchase.
YES: 1 1/4" (31.75mm) - Threadless steerer tube - less common, only Giant bikes ~2011-2014 (Overdrive 2) - Mac Ride compatible. Must be purchased online.
YES: 7/8" (22.2mm) - Quill type stem with threaded steerer tube for commuters and certain older bikes (check carefully for a 7/8" sizing, rather than 1" and order appropriately.) Must be purchased online.
YES: 1" (25.4mm) - Quill type stem with threaded steerer tube for commuters and certain older bikes (check carefully for a 1" sizing, rather than 7/8" and order appropriately.) Must be purchased online. Available Feb 2018.
NO: 1.5" - Threadless steerer tube - less common and being phased out - not compatible with Mac Ride.
3. WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM WIDTH FOR MY TOP TUBE AND DOWN TUBE?
Your tubes should be no more than 60mm wide. This will ensure the stirrups have clearance on either side of your bike. The total distance from stirrup to stirrup is 70mm.
4. CAN I USE MAC RIDE WITH A DROPPER POST?
Yes, you bet! Mac Ride's rear clamp connects to the dropper seat post below the collar. This works with almost all dropper posts. The exceptions are for those droppers with a larger mechanism that hangs to the side of the post, for example, the KS Lev dropper.
Mac Ride LOVES
But check your dropper post carefully for Mac Ride compatibility.
This KS Lev dropper has a mechanism at the side that interferes with the Mac Ride rear clamp.
5. WHAT IS THE MIN & MAX DIAMETER FOR THE SEAT POST TO WORK WITH MAC RIDE'S REAR CLAMP?
The range for the rear mount that fits on the seat post is 27.2 to 31.6 mm (this should cover 99% of all seat posts). Thinner seat posts can have a rubber patch to thicken the post.
6. CAN I USE MAC RIDE WITH AN E-BIKE?
You can use Mac Ride with an e-bike, but as e-bikes are so varied, a careful read through of all the compatibility information is advised before you make a purchase. We've seen Mac Ride work brilliantly on many e-bikes, but potential problems can be:
- The shape of the top tube (if curved upward in parts, rather than flat, it can interfere with Mac Ride installation)
- The width of the top tube (if too wide, the stirrups will not fit around it)
The down tube often has a battery pack on it and the stirrups need a certain width and buffer for movement side to side, which the battery doesn't usually allow for (tubes should be no more than 60mm)
E-Bikes are GREAT!
But be careful when examining your e-bike for Mac Ride compatibility, This bike has challenges with--
1. An upward curve in the top tube
2. A down tube that is too wide
3. A mechanism on the dropper post that could interfere with Mac Ride's rear clamp below the post's collar
7. IS MAC RIDE COMPATIBLE WITH A CARBON FIBER BIKE?
Yes. As long as the stem, top tube and down tube parts meet the above requirements, carbon fiber bikes are fine, including carbon fiber seat posts.
8. CAN I USE MAC RIDE WITH A BIKE WITH DROPPED BARS? Mac Ride is not recommended for bikes with dropped bars.
No Dropper Bars
We love road bikers. But, alas, Mac Ride is not suitable for bikes with road bikes. The dropped bars reduce the space for your little one and make riding unsafe with the front wheel.
9. IS MAC RIDE COMPATIBLE WITH A TREK KNOCK BLOCK HEADSET SYSTEM?
Ouff - tricky question. There's only one way to be sure, and that's to look inside your spacers and make sure they are completely smooth.
From our research, it looks like the knock block spacers have notches inside, behind the scenes. To check your own spacers, take off your top cap, stem, and your spacers to have a look inside. We think they will have notches, but if we are wrong, and if your spacers are clean and smooth all round inside, you are good to go!
If your spacers do have notches, there may be a work around. You can convert from knock block to normal spacers--
We think this may work if you use it on the bottom spacer, then Mac Ride spacer above. Unfortunately we don't have much experience with this type of headset.
10. CAN I USE MAC RIDE WITH A SCOTT SPARK 2017
We have seen some where the spacers are not round. Then, Mac Ride is not compatible. Yet, we have seen others and they are round, and Mac Ride is a YES! Send us a picture and we'll try and help you out! email@example.com.
12. IS MAC RIDE COMPATIBLE WITH A MOPEDS? Mac Ride is not suitable for mopeds.
If you are unsure, you can measure with a rule and/or take a look online at your bike specifications or talk to your bike dealer or local bike shop.