Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Yet Another "Yet Another Saddle Thread"
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02-10-12, 11:02 AM
It looks like y'all haven't had one in awhile. ;)
I'm currently on two bikes, either one might go for LD rides. #1 is a cross bike set up for touring, and that is doing fine with a standard Brooks B17.
The second one is more aggressive, a Specialized Allez with the bars a fair amount below the saddle. I've tried a few different saddles without much luck, including a B17N, and an Allez Toupe (143mm iirc). No luck yet.
I'm also not a particularly big person, but it seems like a lot of roadie-style saddles are too wide for my sit-bones, and the B17 is the right width. The Toupe comes close but feels a bit too harsh.
So, suggestions on a saddle that is fairly wide but also good for more aggressive positions?
And if I go for another Brooks, do I still want to tip the nose up when the bars are lower than the saddle?
I have been using a Specialized Body Geometry Phenom on my Trek, and it works great. The saddle is so comfortable that I did a century the same day I purchased this saddle (I did got sore after 80 miles, but I think that is pretty understandable to me) I've since put a lot of miles on it and even thought it's technically a mountain bike saddle it works great for me. All specialized saddles are available in custo widths. I attached a pic for reference.
I'm also interested in the selle an-atomica saddles to replace my B-17 on my steel bike.
The Selle Anatomica in brown is on sale for $100 on their website. it's a big savings and worth a try if you like a b17 but want to go lower and longer.
My saddles of choice are SMP
the SMP Extra if I'm going to do a multi day ride (a little more padding)
the SMP Glider for aggressive 'balls to the wall' bangers
IMO the 'wider' saddles are a marketing thing- wide saddles cut leg power for some people and aren't necesarily more comfortable. The Selle Anatomica did that to an obvious degree for me. I was a little hesitant to try the SMP initially because it was narrower than anything that I had used in the past. But when the saddle is positioned correctly, the pelvis is repositioned slightly and that reduces hotspots and back strain (and I'm convinced that repositioning also helps to increase efficiency of the quads). I like the Glider for banger day rides because its shape allows me to get aggressive with my bike: dig deep in aero and work hard with my hip muscles (which is a sensation that I find difficult to do with a flat/wide platform type saddle)
02-13-12, 02:05 PM
Have you tried a Brooks Team Pro? It's a bit narrower than the B17 and better suited for a more aggressive riding position.
02-13-12, 08:43 PM
Have Performance Forte Classic on all my bikes:
So far no time limit. Certainly 15 hours, easily. Remarkable for such a cheap saddle. My problems are finding an narrow enough nose and nose-to-rear transition, and smooth roll-off between seat and sides, which causes chafing for me.
02-14-12, 02:15 PM
"I'm also interested in the selle an-atomica saddles to replace my B-17 on my steel bike.
I've been riding a selle-an-atomica saddle for a few months now. I did my first century ride on it on Saturday, and I'm not completely sold. Not an uncomfortable moment on the saddle, and not so much as an ache in the butt afterward. Definitely the best long distance saddle I've ever ridden. I wish it were prettier, cheaper, and lighter, but in the end it's my first choice.
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