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    Forté Pro SLX Saddle *!#?*&@!%$

    I just got a Forté Pro SLX Saddle through Performance. Seemed like a good deal. 200 grams, and it fits my buns really well. Happy buyer? NO!
    It turns out the raised stiching is rough as all get out. Not so i can feel it, but enough that it destroyed my bibs. It just abraded them to almost nothing in 200 miles.

    I'm planning on sending back the saddle, and the Performance Elite Bibs (that I REALLY like) the seat ate and HOPE Performance will replace the bibs and credit the seat.

    Does anyone else have a Forté Pro SLX Saddle? Is your Stitching a problem?
    I like the saddle except for this deal-breaker flaw.
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    I haven't had any problems with the stitching on mine, but I only use it for short distances. After about 20 miles it's really uncomfortable.

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    Brooks , No stitching + smooth leather = no shredding of clothing or skin

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    I don't care for most saddles with stitching. Puts raised contact points right where you don't want 'em, plus I see it as another step in the NASCAR-ization of bikes, with logos everywhere.

    I have a Forte saddle on one of my fixed gear bikes. It's ok for rides up to about 30 miles, but not too comfortable for longer rides. I had tried it on my primary road bike, but on rides of 3+ hours it was miserable. It's still better than the SETTE Race TI from Pricepoint, though. That one has a smooth top, but it's super-flexi even at my weight of 160 lbs.

    My local Performance store has been very good with returns. I've returned a saddle I didn't like that I had scratched in a mild crash & got credit, and had a broken Supergo Korso wheel replaced with a Performance Titan-the same wheel with different labels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straightblock
    I don't care for most saddles with stitching. Puts raised contact points right where you don't want 'em, plus I see it as another step in the NASCAR-ization of bikes, with logos everywhere.
    Right, but without highly visible logos how will everyone else know that you paid a ton of money for your equipment?
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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    UPDATE: I returned it by mail and included the bib shorts it destoyed. I'm hoping they replace the shorts.
    I have 2 other, older heavy performance seats I find very comfortable, but with a new light bike i thought a new light seat would be nice.
    Oh well....
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    If you sport a Brooks its a forgone conclusion that you dropped more than a couple of bucks on it

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    Ditched my Fitzk Arione over the raised section wearing my shorts. Bling looks, dumb design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew
    It turns out the raised stiching is rough as all get out. Not so i can feel it, but enough that it destroyed my bibs. It just abraded them to almost nothing in 200 miles.
    I'm sure glad that I wasn't behind you on that day! At least not close behind.

    Hard to believe they could wear your clothes away over such a short total distance.

    Admit it, you slide and bounce around on your seat a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker
    Brooks , No stitching + smooth leather = no shredding of clothing or skin
    +1 on Brooks f/touring bike.

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    I tried one and noticed the same issue.

    I also have a hard "mass" in the muscle over one of my sit bones that I think has been caused by raised stitching. It wasn't caused by the Forte saddle but another brand. I have had all the top doctors review it and they don't think it's serious.........but I'm thinking I might have it removed this winter as I don't like this hard squishy thing moving back and forth while I'm riding......It get really large after a long ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew
    I just got a Forté Pro SLX Saddle through Performance. Seemed like a good deal. 200 grams, and it fits my buns really well. Happy buyer? NO!
    It turns out the raised stiching is rough as all get out. Not so i can feel it, but enough that it destroyed my bibs. It just abraded them to almost nothing in 200 miles.

    I'm planning on sending back the saddle, and the Performance Elite Bibs (that I REALLY like) the seat ate and HOPE Performance will replace the bibs and credit the seat.

    Does anyone else have a Forté Pro SLX Saddle? Is your Stitching a problem?
    I like the saddle except for this deal-breaker flaw.
    SORRY to hear that,glad that I did,I was considering that saddle,along with other racey cheapos.I hadn't heard of stitching problems on that one,stitching seems to be a problem on a few lesser saddles I've read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike
    Right, but without highly visible logos how will everyone else know that you paid a ton of money for your equipment?
    Remember, you're talking about a guy who bought Performance & Pricepoint house-brand seats. My last 2 bikes came from thrift stores, too!

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