My personal saga is below, but perhaps Slowman himself can weight in and just tell him who is the best damn fitter in SF (preferably) or Bay Area for a pre-IM tune-up fit and a size-fit for a new TT bike as a reward if I PR at IM Canada.
Fitter 1) Chicago based custom bike builder who built me a custom geo TT bike. Major knee injuries and 2 surgeries. Take years off.
Fitter 2) Pedro (in SF) -- Said TT fit was all wrong, and bike geo is potentially wrong and suggests I get a new bike. Moved me super far forward on TT bike, dropped front end so much started have major shoulder and neck issues and couldn't digest while biking.
Fitter 3) Cesar @ 3D Bike Fit. Decided to scrap TT bike altogether and got a Canyon Ultimate for versatility and hilly IM. Cesar fits me, feels pretty good except stock stem too short and he recommends a super long ass stem which makes bike handle like a school bus and getting lots of hand numbness and knee pain is starting to come back during longer rides over last couple weeks. IM in 2.5 weeks so start to panic.
Fitter 4) Weightweeines Forum peanut gallery -- Says Cesar at 3D Fit is incompetent and that I'm too far forward with too long a stem and should see some guy in Palo Alto (Curtis Cramblett) instead, but he's damn near impossible to see and would require me taking a whole day off work... which I'm willing to do, but can't do until mid-August.
Now I'm doubting my fit leading into Ironman Canada, kind of in a panic, and lament why is it so impossible to get 2 fitters to agree. I mean, if this is such a science, one should be able to go to two fitter and the second one make no changes right?