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Old 06-28-12, 04:46 AM   #1
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Nashbar FR1 saddle

Has anyone tried this saddle? Did it work well for you?
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Old 06-29-12, 10:39 AM   #2
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Well, does anyone know of anyone that has used this saddle?
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Old 06-29-12, 11:24 AM   #3
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Had a friend of a friend of a friend that wore saddle shoes. Does that help?
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Old 06-29-12, 02:20 PM   #4
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hard to compare saddles sat on by someone else's butt.
unless they were your Identical-Twin, even then .. Opinions differ.
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Old 06-29-12, 06:14 PM   #5
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I was looking at a picture of the saddle and was thinking that it might have some good features. But like you guys have said unless you sit on it you just don't know.
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Old 06-29-12, 06:39 PM   #6
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sit on it, return it if it doesn't work.
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Old 06-29-12, 09:47 PM   #7
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sit on it, return it if it doesn't work.
no way of telling what your body will think of it other than a nice long ride on it. I did have a saddle with a cutout similar to that and I found it rather uncomfortable. If I positioned my "self" just perfectly so the hole lined up right it was nice but if I slid forward or backwards the slightest bit I would get pinched in the hole, OUCH!
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About two years ago, I tried a Nashbar saddle that was similar to the FR-1 and returned it. It didn't work for me, but then one person's ass-hatchet is another person's comfort zone.
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I have been riding Nashbar FR-1 seats on my road bikes for almost 2 years.

They work great for me. I wanted to try a cutout saddle but I wasn't going to spend $100+ for one. The price can't be beat when its "on sale" for ~$30, though Nashbar's shipping usually adds $8-10 dollars.
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Old 04-29-14, 01:39 PM   #10
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I had a BG fitting over the winter, and the fitter said he normally doesn't recommend Brooks saddles (I have a B-17), but that mine seemed to be pretty well suited to me, and saw no reason to change it.

While it was just Ok last season (I started riding it in April and did my last ride in September), I can't believe how good it feels now. I went on a 30-miler as my second ride of the season, and hardly knew I was on a saddle at all.

My point is that (as others have said above) there is probably no more personal choice than the correct saddle, and something that works for me may not for you.

My LBS has a 30-day exchange policy on new saddles.

Also, I'm pretty sure that there isn't a whole lot of difference comfort-wise between an expensive saddle and a cheap one. The amount you spend probably has no impact on how well it fits your anatomy.
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Old 04-29-14, 02:17 PM   #11
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Soon to be 64, 5' 8", 135/140lbs, ride 2X/week 3 when lucky, distance/ride 50 miles to 90+ info simply for physical comparison

Have used the FR1 for years. Tried a $200 John Cobb and a Sella had to send both back. Plenty of time on aero bars without issue.
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I can see, bent over on aero bars that hole in the middle may make you happier. where sitting up more it would be less crucial (IMO)
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Well I'm not 50+ but i found this thread through searching. I just got a FR1 and my first impression is that the rails don't seem to be solidly anchored under the rear of the saddle. When I pick up on the rear edge of the saddle I hear/feel a creaking sound in the ends of the rails. Anyone else had this issue? I'll have more impressions after I commute home today, as I just put in on the bike a couple hours ago.
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Well I'm not 50+ but i found this thread through searching. I just got a FR1 and my first impression is that the rails don't seem to be solidly anchored under the rear of the saddle. When I pick up on the rear edge of the saddle I hear/feel a creaking sound in the ends of the rails. Anyone else had this issue? I'll have more impressions after I commute home today, as I just put in on the bike a couple hours ago.
Don't seem to have that problem on either of the FR1 saddles I have. 5000+ miles on the saddle since I posted almost one year ago. Did IMFL last year non-stop for the 112 miles on aerobars and upright, no problems.
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Old 04-22-15, 07:16 AM   #15
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I have one on my old mountain bike, which is setup for a fairly leaned over position. On the bike I look more like someone riding the brake hoods on a drop bar bike than the bolt-upright "comfort bike" position. I don't do really long rides on this bike, but I find it very comfortable in my typical 15 to 60 minute rides. One thing I like is that (for me, in my riding position) the rear of the saddle isn't too wide and flares out slowly. Some saddles (apparently designed for more upright riders) have a wide, fast widening flare out the rubs the rear of my thighs in a annoying and eventually chaffing way. This saddle, not a problem. I'm way over-weight and way over fifty.

I don't have a pinch issue with the cutout, but I wear padded shorts or tights for sweat and chaffing protection for most rides.
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Old 04-23-15, 02:03 PM   #16
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It looks a good bit like the Forte` Pro SL saddle with the Nashbar measuring 133x280 while the Forte saddle measuring 143x279. I can't speak for either of these, but I do have a Forte` Pro XFR that works for my butt.

You may want to look at the Forte if you need a little more width. I believe Performancebike is having a 20% off today with a promo code.
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I like the padding, but I go with Nashbar seats that are wider and padded. If you ride the FR1 at least your not riding a hard expensive plastic plank.
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Old 04-25-15, 10:32 PM   #18
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Seems my issue is isolated. I'll be returning it for replacement.
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