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Old 08-08-08, 07:31 AM   #26
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I just bought the full-size ergon set at REI, and shortened the right grip for fit. I actually preferred to do it this way, as I mounted the twist shift a little further towards the center and could cut the right-grip to exactly the length I needed. (The stock right grip on my Curve D3 is very short, and I wanted a longer right grip from the ergon)
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I just bought the full-size ergon set at REI, and shortened the right grip for fit. I actually preferred to do it this way, as I mounted the twist shift a little further towards the center and could cut the right-grip to exactly the length I needed. (The stock right grip on my Curve D3 is very short, and I wanted a longer right grip from the ergon)
Were you able to cut it cleanly? I'd love to see a picture of that, since I have a pair of these at home and it'd be nice if I didn't have to spend more money on another set.
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Were you able to cut it cleanly? I'd love to see a picture of that, since I have a pair of these at home and it'd be nice if I didn't have to spend more money on another set.
Clean enough for me...quick hacksaw and grip-in-vise job... I'm sure Ergon would do a better deal, but I was really after customizing the right grip length for my hand & shifter placement.

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Does the rubber look weakened or like it'll fray?
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This is what Ergon's customer service has told me regarding the different versions:
The Nexus version has one full length grip and one shorter as Nexus is usually only available with a shifter on the right hand side. The Gripshift version has both grips in the shorter version.
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I cut mine for the Downtube Mini too. The part that is cut is like a sturdy plastic underneath with a layer of bonded stiff rubber over it. Won't fray.
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Does the rubber look weakened or like it'll fray?
Not at all. Like Jur said, it's very thick and solid plastic, which made for a clean cut. If you're obsessive about that kind of thing, I will say it's a little difficult to get an exactly-plumb-straight cut, because of all the curves on the ergon grips, it's not easy to determine an exactly parallel cut. But I'm happy.
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Where did you get that? I've not found that anywhere.
My Dahon dealer had them. But you're right, they are quite hard to find. I am tempted to get a regular sized pair of Ergons and cut one myself, as old_school_dave did.
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Back on the saddle thing, I've just stumbled across the Sportourer range and there's some very affordable elastomer sprung saddles that look good.

http://www.sportourer.com/

They're a little on the heavy side but there's a FLX that's 380 grams. The Eleganza model looks rather nice.

They also make grips too which look far out, quite Ergon-esque.

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snafu21 sent me the Rido saddle. I got it on the bike for my Wednesday commute, and it's most comfy with padded shorts, but not bad in street clothes. It's certainly comfortable enough to give it some time.

It's a sharp-looking saddle; I'll put up some pics when I get a chance. Thanks!
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I've just started using a Rido saddle. My initial reaction on seeing it was that it was disgusting, and then on trying it also. Really weird. I don't know if they loosen/soften a bit over time, I'd assume they don't. The skeleton under the rubber can really be felt, perhaps that's intentional to make you position your sitting bones over the soft spots? The proof will, of course, be in the long ride.
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I think it's beautiful.
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Twice the Rido beauty falls short of half a Brooks' beauty.
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Ridden some more. The Rido is soft but lumpen, and it pops as it compresses (!), as you'd expect plastic to. I doubt I'll really bond with it.
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I've ridden the Rido for a week, and it's a little uncomfortable for riding more than 10 minutes in street clothes, but it's a great saddle if you wear padded bike shorts. Since most of my rides are <1 mile in cotton pants, >5 miles in bike shorts, it works well for me.
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I switched back to the stock Dahon saddle and it's better than the Rido, but too fat and heavy. I need my saddles to mate and produce hybrid offspring.

The BBB saddles look a good spec.
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Anyone here tried the BBB stuff? Looks cheap, very light and quite padded.
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Just got this:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=10051

I am going for a long drive from Brooklyn - Manhattan - Queens. Will report if it is better than the stock saddle.
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One thing I have noticed in this thread is that no one has said what is wrong with the original saddle on their Curve. I love mine. It's quite comfortable and looks good quality.

I must admit I only ride my Curve 20 km (12 mile) a day.
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If it's the same as my Vitesse saddle, I quite like the feel of it. It's just too wide and hence slightly restricting in terms of leg movement, and too heavy. I like the amount of gel on the sit-bone area - it absorbs vibrations quite well and feels floaty. I'd like a cross between this and a sport/race saddle, a slimmed-down version, ideally < 300g.
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One thing I have noticed in this thread is that no one has said what is wrong with the original saddle on their Curve. I love mine. It's quite comfortable and looks good quality.

I must admit I only ride my Curve 20 km (12 mile) a day.
It is too narrow for me and my perineal hurts after riding. Maybe I am not used to it since I stopped riding for a year? I do agree that after a few miles it has broken in and it is more comfortable now.
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snafu21, I rode my full commute home last night (22 miles as opposed to the normal 1.5) and the Riso was pretty comfortable. My tushy was a little achy for the last few miles, but nothing I'm worried about. The yellow Rido is definitely a keeper!

mrbrown, mjw, old_school_dave; I cut down a pair of Ergons and am having no problems. The bike is a little more finicky to fold, but I'm getting used to that and folding is again a fast process.
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