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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!!

    Pedal On....

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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.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by chrsnyder View Post
    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
    Last edited by wrobertdavis; 11-01-08 at 08:32 PM.
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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.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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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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    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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