If you haven't already, check out our Compatibility Page for all of the specifics to look for to know if Mac Ride is a good fit for your bike. Or follow these steps through the compatibility gallery to see whether your bike is already being used in the Mac Ride community.
Step 1. Check your bike for 10mm of spacer under your stem (15mm if you have a short stem). If you have the required spacers, carry on through the steps. You will be able to swap them out for the 10mm Mac Ride front mount spacer.
Step 2. Select your brand of bike
The bikes that are almost easy a straight up fit:
There are some brands that can work wonderfully with Mac Ride, but have areas to look out for:
Step 3. Read through these general comments around sizing etc.
Step 4. Don't see your bike? Have a read through our detailed compatibility page or send us an email email@example.com.
Step 5. Share what works! Send us a picture of your bike so that we can help future Mac Riders.
Giant bikes work wonderfully with Mac Ride, including Giant e-bikes (with the Mac Ride e-bike adapter). Some Giant bikes, only those from 2011-2014 (Overdrive 2) have a larger steerer tube and will require our a special 1 1/4" spacer.
Bikes with some models that are not Mac Ride Compatible:
Most Cannondale bikes work a treat with Mac Ride. Cannondales with a 1.5" steerer tube, however, primarily on the Leftys, are not compatible. The steerer tube is so large, that the Mac Ride front clamp would not fit around it, even with a special spacer.
Many Scott bikes are great for Mac Ride. However some, including the Spark 2017 and Scott Genius, have spacers that are not round. If your spacers are not round (note the flat edge below), then Mac Ride is not compatible.
Some Trek bikes use a Bontrager knock block system which means the spacer is not flat so it is not compatible with Mac Ride's front mount. You should be able to see whether your bike uses a knock block by going to the Trek website, or removing your bars and having a look at your spacers.
If you are not sure, send us a picture and we'll try to help! firstname.lastname@example.org.
We often get asked...is my child the right age? Are they too small? Too big? How do I know they are ready? This is a tough one as there are a few variables at play.
Using Mac Ride should be comfortable for you and your child. You should be able to see over their helmet, have a relatively natural pedal stroke and be able to safely turn the handle bars. Taller parents with smaller children have the most time with Mac Ride. Shorter parents with taller children will possibly be more limited.
Bikes with dropper seat posts (seats that can move up and down with a push of your thumb on the button) are great for Mac Ride. They allow you to stop quickly, dropping your seat so you can easily put your foot down without having to move forward and straddle over the Mac Ride.
Also helpful are raised bars. The higher your handlebars, the more up right you are, and that tends to leave more space for your wee one.
Mac Ride is great on small, large, and extra large frames. We have yet to find an XL frame with a top tube that is too long for Mac Ride's telescopic bar. So far, Mac Ride has been able to lengthen to reach the steerer tube and seat post of all XL frames.
Sometimes it is more difficult to get a comfortable fit with an xs frame. Mac Ride fits this frame well, but the smaller space can make it harder for a shorter adult to feel comfortable with a little one up front.
We recommend ages 2-5, but of course this is family dependent. There are many 18-20 month olds strong enough and ready for Mac Ride - they love having their helmet on, strong climbers, good listeners and really keen to ride with mom and dad.
For more specific information about Dropper Posts, Normal Seat Posts, Ebikes, Carbon fiber bikes and Mac Ride dimensions visit our detailed compatibility page.