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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-01-08, 07:49 PM   #1
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First Road Bike - Saddle Questions

Good Evening...

I have been MTB'iking for some time. Yesterday, I bought my first "Real" Road Bike. I picked up a 2008 Fuji Team full Carbon with 105/Ultegra. So I went out this morning on a 20 mile "Get to Know the Bike Ride". I would have to say that was long enough to realize the Saddle on the bike wasn't going to stay long.. I am a 6'2" 240lb Male. I have never really bought a saddle before. The saddle on my MTB does me just fine. I need your help. What recommendations do you have for a Road Saddle that is comfortable for rides ranging from 20miles - 100 miles? Thanks in advance for your recommendations and education....

Have a great day!!

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Old 11-01-08, 07:53 PM   #2
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It is your bike and your butt.
Put the MTB saddle on the road bike and enjoy it.
You will also have to practice standing and pedaling.
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Old 11-01-08, 07:56 PM   #3
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check out Koobi.com......I have heard good things about them and I just bought one. I only have about 2 rides and about 70 miles on it...My longest ride on the saddle was 43 miles and it felt good. I have the Koobi AU Enduro and paid under $90. Thats just 2 cents from a newbie......

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Old 11-01-08, 08:28 PM   #4
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I have never really bought a saddle before. The saddle on my MTB does me just fine. I need your help. What recommendations do you have for a Road Saddle that is comfortable for rides ranging from 20miles - 100 miles?
Oh, this is a much discussed question and has many, many answers. In general, bike manufacturers universally cut costs on new bikes in two places these days - wheels and saddles. The saddle and wheels on my $5000 cervelo were definitely crumby and worthy of replacement. My local bike shop refers to these items as "pull off". He has a big cardboard box full of OEM pull-off saddles which he sells for $15 each.

I wish I could give you THE answer but I've had enough experience to know it does not exist. I've ridden 12 saddles in the last three years on 3 bikes over 10,000 miles. I am 5'11" and weigh 225-235. I've tended to like a firm leather saddle, but that's not a universal truth. I believe firmer saddles do better for long rides than cushy saddles. If you ride with the bars near level with the saddle, don't get lured by "boy racer" looks of a narrow saddle. You need more width, if you are going to sit more upright. The jury is out if a slot is good or bad. Here's my experiences to completely confuse you.

Comfort 10
Brand Brooks Imperial
Firmness leather
Width Wide
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 1.0

Comfort 10
Brand Brooks Swallow
Firmness leather
Width narrow
Slot No
Handlebar drop 3.5

Comfort 9
Brand Selle Anatomica
Firmness leather
Width Medium
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 1.0

Comfort 7
Brand Terry Falcon
Firmness firm
Width narrow
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 0.0

Comfort 7
Brand Fizik Aliante
Firmness firm
Width narrow
Slot No
Handlebar drop 3.5

Comfort 7
Brand Terry Ti Race
Firmness Medium
Width Narrow
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 2

Comfort 6
Brand Terry Fly
Firmness firm
Width narrow
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 1.0

Comfort 6
Brand Terry Liberator
Firmness cushy
Width Medium
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 0.0

Comfort 5
Brand Specialized Alias
Firmness firm
Width narrow
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 0.0

Comfort 5
Brand Giant Cypress OEM
Firmness cushy
Width Wide
Slot No
Handlebar drop -1.0

Comfort 4
Brand Brooks Swift
Firmness leather
Width narrow
Slot No
Handlebar drop 2.0

Comfort 0
Brand Selle Italia
Firmness hard
Width narrow
Slot Yes
Handlebar drop 1.0

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Old 11-01-08, 08:32 PM   #5
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Rode my Felt F-80 Saddle 4,000 miles, No Big Deal.
Now have a $1.00 Mongoose saddle for touring rides on The Felt., Softer for bumps.
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Old 11-02-08, 12:53 AM   #6
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I currently like my Selle SMP Strike Extra. Retail is $110, or something like that, at Performance Bike. I think I paid $80-90 during a sale. It's heavy (400g) but works well. I got measured for a Specialized Toupe Gel, which many people rave about, and thought it was the worst saddle I've ever ridden. After one 45mi ride, it went back to the store and I'm still recovering from the saddle sore it gave me. Selle San Marco Aspide Gelaround was similarly terrible. I have a WTB Speed V ProGel on my MTB/commuter bike. It's OK for rides up to about 20mi, but annoying on longer rides. Serfas Rx is too wide, soft and squishy. Chafing is a problem on any ride over about 10mi.
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Old 11-02-08, 07:13 PM   #7
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For large heavy riders a good choice is a Brooks B17. Go to: http://www.wallbike.com/

They offer a 6-month money back policy on Brooks saddles.
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