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Old 06-24-09, 12:14 PM   #1
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What saddle do you use for Commuting??

I work for a wholesaler of parts and we want to bring in a saddle that is what most commuters are in need of. So I am here looking for suggestions on what commuters are looking for. Please give me your feedback on likes and dislikes of saddles.

Thanks and look forward to hear what you have to say.

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Old 06-24-09, 12:20 PM   #2
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I just happened to answer the same thing here
What saddle is on your folder or
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Old 06-24-09, 12:24 PM   #3
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Specialized has some sort of fit kit that will give people an idea of how wide a saddle they need. I think something like that would be a good thing to have on hand.

I can tell you specifically what saddle works for me (an E3) but I have no doubt than many commuters would not find it comfortable at all. Your best bet is to stock a wide variety and either have some demo saddles or have a very flexible return policy. Saddles are something you really need to try out for more than just a quick ride.
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Old 06-24-09, 12:33 PM   #4
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All my bikes have the same saddle: Selle Italia Flite Ti. Not the ugly new one, the classic.

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Old 06-24-09, 01:05 PM   #5
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Brooks B17 and a Brooks Team Pro

Definitely not for everyone, but for me it was comfortable straight out of the box and just got better with every mile I put on it. Great saddles if they fit you right.
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Old 06-24-09, 01:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback so far, please keep it coming.
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Old 06-24-09, 01:10 PM   #7
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Brooks Imperial, and before that a Brooks team pro.
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I mostly commute on my CX bike (Brooks B17)
sometimes on my road bike (Selle Italia Flite -Ti)
and sometimes on my MTB (WTB Speed V)

As Tjspiel noted, it's pretty hard to come up with one brand or style... I use a different saddle for each bike. The suitability and comfort depend on positioning on the bike and intended use.
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Old 06-24-09, 01:13 PM   #9
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I use Prologo Nago PAS. Firmer than usual, but I like it that way for my short commute.
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Old 06-24-09, 01:13 PM   #10
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I agree with the poster above that mentioned a fit kit. That's really important. No matter what saddles you sell they have to fit properly.

Personally, I ride a Brooks B17. I'm a lightweight so it's going to take forever to break in but from what I've seen and heard, it's worth it.
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The Velo that came stock on my Fuji is my favorite.
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Brooks B-17 on my fixed gear and my utility cruiser.
B-17 Imperial on my commuter/brevet bike.
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Old 06-24-09, 01:16 PM   #13
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WTB Rocket V Pro on 4 of mine.
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Rode that saddle for a while and was not to my liking. Can you even get that anymore? OP is looking for saddles to stock.

I currently run Fizik Airone (Ti and CX Ti) on my road bikes. MTB has a Fizik Pave (no longer made), and my FS MTB has the stock Specialized seat which is really nice.

I think the one saddle a lot of roadies like is the Fizik Airone. Its not super pricey and fits a lot of different butts.
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my rear end will accept nothing other than a specialized avatar- i have it on all my bikes
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Rode that saddle for a while and was not to my liking. Can you even get that anymore? OP is looking for saddles to stock.

I currently run Fizik Airone (Ti and CX Ti) on my road bikes. MTB has a Fizik Pave (no longer made), and my FS MTB has the stock Specialized seat which is really nice.

I think the one saddle a lot of roadies like is the Fizik Airone. Its not super pricey and fits a lot of different butts.
Yeah, it's not for every butt, but it's for mine. And no, you cannot get it anymore. I have a saved search on eBay for NOS Flites. A white one recently went for $170 something.

I notice the Bike Biz has some modern knockoffs of another Selle Italia, the Turbo. I wonder if there's any chance they'll do a Flite version too.
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the venerable B-17 is my favorite
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I travel some pretty crappy roads on my commute, so I got a Brooks Champion Flyer. Every now and then I take my road bike to work and that has a Terry Falcon X on it - I miss the springs those days.
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1. I work for a wholesaler of parts and we want to bring in a saddle that is what most commuters are in need of.
2. So I am here looking for suggestions on what commuters are looking for.
1. Brooks saddles are always in demand.

2. Comfort, Comfort, and Comfort.
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Terry Liberator.

Brooks = anti-comfort (for me).
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B17 for me also.
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Brooks B17 Champion Special
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B-17 Imperial on both bikes...
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Brooks B-17 on my commuter/touring bike, and Brooks B-17 Imperial on my road bike.
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