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Old 01-28-07, 12:37 PM   #1
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Selle An-Atomica saddles

Anyone have any experience with Selle An-Atomica saddles--- http://www.selleanatomica.com/index.html

I'm 63 and weigh 295. I have a Trek Pilot 5.2 on order. All I plan to to is exercise riding and some group rides. I have been looking at and reading the posts about the Brooks saddles and came across the Selle site and was wondering if anyone had any comments/opinions on them.
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Just out of curiosity, did you check out the Madone 5.2 SL. I was looking at some bikes yesterday and my LBS owner told me that Trek is having a sale on some of the Madone models. Up to 700 off and he would knock and addtitional 15% off for being such a good customer and I could have gotten the Madone 5.2 SL out the door for $2400.00. I was tempted but more than what I was looking to spend right now. I rode it for about a mile or so and it was nice, I feel like I am riding a huffy after riding the Madone .
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Their sales pitch is impressive and even convincing. Their "Happy Bottoms Club" is amusing. They look good and I have the impression that a Brooks might be a bargain by comparison but I didn't see anything about an actual price.

Of particular interest to Clydesdales, I quote from their site:
Leather laminate under layer - If rider weight is close to or above 180 lbs / 82 kg we make a Clydesdale laminate at no added cost. The Traditional Saddle Leather model is available with or without our Patent Pending laminates. The non laminated model is an excellent choice for lightweight riders <125lbs / 55kg and folks who only ride once or twice a month, never in foul weather.
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Just out of curiosity, did you check out the Madone 5.2 SL. I was looking at some bikes yesterday and my LBS owner told me that Trek is having a sale on some of the Madone models. Up to 700 off and he would knock and addtitional 15% off for being such a good customer and I could have gotten the Madone 5.2 SL out the door for $2400.00. I was tempted but more than what I was looking to spend right now. I rode it for about a mile or so and it was nice, I feel like I am riding a huffy after riding the Madone .
I think the the Madone's geometry is more designed for racing which I have no plans on doing.
I am a little scared to mention this to him---but you bet I will tomorrow---because he ordered a Pilot 5.2 in last month for me and I didn't like the color-(we both thought it was a different paint job) and he wasn't very happy about me not wanting it--so now I ordered the Pilot with a $99 special Trek Project One paint job and am waiting for that to come in. He has a Madone 5.9 on the rack with exact color I want and I look at it everytime I go in there.
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Their sales pitch is impressive and even convincing. Their "Happy Bottoms Club" is amusing. They look good and I have the impression that a Brooks might be a bargain by comparison but I didn't see anything about an actual price.

Their prices are listed here:

http://www.mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm
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I think the the Madone's geometry is more designed for racing which I have no plans on doing.
I am a little scared to mention this to him---but you bet I will tomorrow---because he ordered a Pilot 5.2 in last month for me and I didn't like the color-(we both thought it was a different paint job) and he wasn't very happy about me not wanting it--so now I ordered the Pilot with a $99 special Trek Project One paint job and am waiting for that to come in. He has a Madone 5.9 on the rack with exact color I want and I look at it everytime I go in there.
Ha, that will be good. Yea, I really like the Chi Red color of the Madone 5.2 SL which is the same red that the Pilot 5.0 has. You ordered a project 1 Pilot, very sweet. Let me know what he says, that will be a good one. My LBS has this going until 2/4/07. Did you get flames or darts?

By the way, my sister lives in Satellite Beach, what lbs are you doing biz with. I am trying to get her to start riding and the next time I go down there I am going to mention I need to go by a shop for something and take her with me and have her try some bikes out. Sneeky I know.
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Ha, that will be good. Yea, I really like the Chi Red color of the Ma done 5.2 SAL which is the same red that the Pilot 5.0 has. You ordered a project 1 Pilot, very sweet. Let me know what he says, that will be a good one. My LBS has this going until 2/4/07. Did you get flames or darts?

By the way, my sister lives in Satellite Beach, what lbs are you doing biz with. I am trying to get her to start riding and the next time I go down there I am going to mention I need to go by a shop for something and take her with me and have her try some bikes out. :roll eyes: Sneaky I know.
Hey Brian, I see your up in JAX. My youngest son lives on JAX Beach. I ordered the Pilot in a Black Pearl Carbon & Black with Silver flames--I liked the idea that being it's a carbon framed bike the pearl carbon shows the carbon threads. Since I'm a ex aircraft mechanic I sorta went for the "Stealth Fighter" look.

Tell your sister I found a super bike dealer that REALLY KNOWS HIS SH*T. I own a Trek 4500 that I bought on a whim one day and was never happy with. So whenever I decided to go for a strictly road bike I did a lot of research and a lot of shopping. Like I said before I'm an ex A/C mech and pretty critical of things. I used to go into this guy damn near every day with a list of questions I had written down and not only would he answer them but he would walk over if possible and show me on the bike the answer to my questions. In the beginning, I think he thought I was just shopping and asking general questions and being a PITA but as time went on and I learned more from these threads and talking to other dealers it got to the point when I walked in with the questions and he realized I was just trying to make an informed decision he really enjoyed answering them.
I never stumped him--he has been in the business over 20 years and was a rep for several companies. We could always get into good discussions about the pros & cons of different things I asked and he would give me his opinion based on his experience which I always thought was well put. I was looking at the Pilot 5.0 and really wanted to move up to the 5.2 with the complete Ultegra group and a better fork but just couldn't justify the $700 price jump, but when he offered to split the price difference with me I took the deal.

The guys name is Jim from Revolutions Cyclery in Suntree--his wife runs their other shop in Melbourne.
Tel 321-752-5457.

The thing that really impressed me about him was the day I walked in and he was putting my first bike together-(the one I didn't take because of the color) I watched as he was taping the ferrule ends of the cable where they fit into their brackets on the frame with Teflon tape---I asked him why he was doing that and he said that being that the ferrules were steel and the brackets that they are riveted to on carbon frame were aluminum they tend to set up a corrosive reaction with the salt air down here and the teflon tape stops that--OK by me--
Next I watched him disassemble the bottom bracket, clean everthing and grease the axle and again--WHY--he says again to stop the corrosion down here and to save him hassle in removal later on--he continued with some other stuff and I was impressed--I wondered how many other bike dealers in the area put that much extra in to setting up a new bike.

The shop is about 10 minutes from your sisters house--across Pineda causeway to Wickham road and North to first red light. Call me next time your down here and I'll meet you. I live on the way from your sisters to the bike shop 321-242-7973.
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....The shop is about 10 minutes from your sisters house--across Pineda causeway to Wickham road and North to first red light. Call me next time your down here and I'll meet you. I live on the way from your sisters to the bike shop 321-242-7973.
Very cool, I know that area very well. I always take Wickham from 95 and cross over the Pineda. I'm guessing you wrked over at Patrick, my Bro in Law works at the Cape and my sister owns her own Advertising business. I'll give you a ring on my next trip down.

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Yeah,
I have the top of the line Titanico, put a couple K on it last year.
Before that I tried a B17 (short nose, actually I wouldn't mind a longer nose on the Titanico) a Flyer ( a sprung B17, leather is too soft for our weight) and a B67 (if you don't sit almost bolt upright the width of the saddle tries to lever your thigh bone out of the hip socket, not an experience I care to repeat).

It's a great saddle.
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I don't have personal experience with the Selle An-Atomica, but my LBS carries them for $150 in the Clydesdale version (180+ lbs). The shop owner's son uses one on his bike, and I saw him on a group ride using this saddle. He says it is the best saddle he has ever used. With practically any model saddle at his disposal, I take that as a pretty good endorsement that he uses the Selle An-Atomica.

I have ridden up to 40 miles in one day in my E3 Form Titanium saddle. So far it has been fine, but I wonder if the Selle An-Atomica would be better. Of course, comfort is the primary reason to buy a saddle, but the E3 form looks so much sexier on my steed than a Selle An-Atomica would.




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I've got one and love it. Bought it before the went to their own leather, just a cutout Brooks with the laminate underneath. I'd guess about 8K miles on my touring bike.
Very good presales support and quite patient with my questions. Haven't seen one on eBay yet, maybe that's a good thing? Lots of comments about them in the Touring Forums here also.
Hope this helps.
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I also have one, an older "Brooks with Cutout" model. Its based on the Brooks Professional model and I have put about 18k kilometres on it so far. It's holding up well and is supremely comfortable. Nothing else to say really, although I am not in the clydesdale weight class, so can't really comment on it's suitability for heavier riders.
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I've got one and love it. Bought it before the went to their own leather, just a cutout Brooks with the laminate underneath. I'd guess about 8K miles on my touring bike.
Very good presales support and quite patient with my questions. Haven't seen one on eBay yet, maybe that's a good thing? Lots of comments about them in the Touring Forums here also.
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What about pinching and abrupt transitions? That cutout just looks weird and unnecessary to me. What's the theory behind the cutout? How does it benefit your riding comfort in the real world? Just curious.
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What about pinching and abrupt transitions? That cutout just looks weird and unnecessary to me. What's the theory behind the cutout? How does it benefit your riding comfort in the real world? Just curious.
I had the same question about pinching and from a person who uses it, he said he has had no problems with pinching. As for theory behind it, you might try reading the info on their website. They even have videos that are kind of weird, showing the saddle working from underneath. And, of course, they have a testimonials page. Assuming this company has their morals/ethics in line and wouldn't create stuff, their testimonials page is pretty impressive, too.

I have not heard/read one bad thing about them, even though I have read several people who disliked Brooks. Then again, Brooks is much more widely distributed and has been around, so maybe there would be someone not happy with Selle An-Atomica, given time. But the shop owner's son I mention above ... he is no clyde -- plus he's a racer, and yet he chooses to use this saddle, so I think that is a pretty good endorsement.
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What about pinching and abrupt transitions? That cutout just looks weird and unnecessary to me. What's the theory behind the cutout? How does it benefit your riding comfort in the real world? Just curious.
Hi,
the nose pivots a little. When you put a foot down the entire side moves with you... Have you seen the video on their website? I've had mine for a year.
I'm thinking about getting another for my other bike.

http://www.mcmwin.com/cycling%20store.htm#Video_clips
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Anyone have any experience with Selle An-Atomica saddles--- http://www.selleanatomica.com/index.html

I'm 63 and weigh 295. I have a Trek Pilot 5.2 on order. All I plan to to is exercise riding and some group rides. I have been looking at and reading the posts about the Brooks saddles and came across the Selle site and was wondering if anyone had any comments/opinions on them.
I just bought a WTB Speed V Comp Saddle and I took my first ride on it last night and it was very comfortable. I had been having pain with my other saddle, which the LBS said I would probably do as I lost weight. I rode 20 miles last night and over the last 2 weeks, my butt hurts so much that it was hindering my speed, just 12 mph avg, last night was 14. Light compared to my old one, only 400 gr.
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