New idmatch bike fitting system automatically adjusts your fit as you pedal

3D imaging is used to accurately measure pedalling dynamics

The key to a good bike fit is working out your body’s dimensions. But with people having different degrees of coverage, it’s not easy to judge where their various joints are buried in their bodies and the length of their different bones.

Italian company idmatch’s solution is clever: it uses 3D imaging of the cyclist with a camera built into its fitting console to scan the direction and speed of movement of the limbs and torso. From this, its software can calculate automatically where the pivot points are in the skeleton: ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and arms, so giving it a precise measure of the lengths of the cyclist’s body segments and their position on the bike.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.