Bike Fit Systems' (BikeFit) origins date back to 1995 in Los Angeles, California when the first product, the Cleat Wedge® (originally known as "Big Meats"), was co-developed by Paul Swift, the founder of BikeFit.
products have been known by several names and distributed by several different companies the company's vision hasn't wavered-pain-free and powerful cycling.
Back in the 1980s, while Paul
was living at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
, the primary bike fitting adjustments were saddle height, stem height, foot-cleat fore/aft and cleat rotation positioning.
The latter was a break-through by a company named Fit Kit
However, knee tracking was not considered, other than coaches telling the athletes to bring their knees in while pedaling.
watched some of America's best talent go to the wayside with knee injuries.
knew fitting wasn't everything it could be but because his
primary focus was being the best cyclist in the world there wasn't much free time to discover the answers.
began winding down his
athletic career, he
started to focus on developing the first commercially available bike fit system that addressed the connection/contact points in greater detail-the goal being the elimination of pain and discomfort.
Between 2001 and 2006, BikeFit's
products were distributed LeMond Fitness while Paul
developed the LeMond RevMaster indoor bicycle.
During this period the Cleat Wedge was called LeMond LeWedge.
(and the bike fitting products) left LeMond Fitness in late 2006 and set up shop as Bike Fit Systems LLC
(DBA BikeFit LLC).
From its inception, BikeFit set about developing new bike fitting products and teaching a philosophy and approach to bicycle fitting.