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Old 01-22-13, 04:20 PM   #1
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saddle problems

I am having quite a few problems with parts of my anatomy that men don't like to talk about, so i wont.
Having said that , I bought a Hobson noseless seat, which does not hurt the above (not)mentioned body part.
However the structure of the seat seems to be very nonsymetrically welded together and i am wondering if others have had the same experience with this manufacturer.
Do you think it could stuff up my back to sit on such an assymetrical seat ?
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your input would be very kindly appreciated
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Old 01-22-13, 04:39 PM   #2
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Sorry, I've got no personal experience from which to base any help. But the set up in your pic's does look cock-eyed.

From their web site: "The seat pads have a built in pivot motion of approx 1/4″. This is to maximize comfort on this type of two padded saddle, and to prevent the seat tips from chaffing the back of your thighs."

So maybe its right, I'd give them a call and ask. They offer a 30 day satisfaction warranty.

Hobson Associates Inc.
6924 Canby Ave, Suite 101
Reseda, CA 91335
(800) 582-8088
www.hobsonseats.com
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Old 01-22-13, 05:12 PM   #3
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Wow! It looks like crap. You could still bend it with something but my advice would be to send it back as it doesn't look very well made and go for the easy seat 2.
I have the newer and more sporty version the pro hub x2 with a newer frame. The easy seat 2 is the inbetween version with the newer frame as well.



Here is what the pro hub x2 frame looks like.





and the easy seat 2 frame




By the way, I have finally found a solution to the problem of sliding forward on the noseless saddle when riding in a more aero position because no nose means no pressure but also means nothing to stop us from sliding forward. I just add some glue dots everywhere on the padding (on the seat) to add some grip

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Old 01-23-13, 12:13 AM   #4
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easy seat 2 frame looks much tidier.
The pics were taken with both seatpads tilted to the extreme back or front.
They should be parallel to oneanother in every way but are far from it.
I am really afraid to use them because I might stuff up my lower back sitting like a corkscrew.

Hobsonseats have first refused to admit that anything could possibly be wrong.
After receiveing 2 photos of the crooked welded frames they promissed to send me a cheque.
But now all I got was an email claiming that they havent got my address.
Silly, considering that I have given it to them 3 times, I think it is their "way out" claiming that they wanted to refund my money but I would not give them
an address.
How lame can one get ???
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Old 01-23-13, 03:42 AM   #5
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Well yes, if you photographed them with both pads tilted to the extremes, there is something wrong. I'm not sure what would happen with long term use, but I doubt it would be good.

Keep after them on the refund.
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Old 01-23-13, 05:40 PM   #6
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problem is that I've run out of options as far as refund is concerned.
What can one do when the other party simply is "non-communicado"?

p.s. I like the slinky part and might see if I get some fun out of kicking the seat down the stairs a few times.
That's all it seems to be good for.
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Hopefully you paid for it with plastic and can get your credit card co in on the dispute. Otherwise you're probably SOL.
Sorry.
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thanks for this Coupster, I'll follow this up
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Will it screw up your back? orthopedics and Ergonimics department, not here..

of 2 minds/opinions
It's steel and was cheap, return , manufacturing sloppy.. defect.
or , It's cheap , but steel . bend the parts to your will.
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bending this kind of steel wont be an easy thing to do and would only bring a part fix,
it looks like the two seatpads are actually completely different in shape.
I think the fault happened when the rubber parts were vucanized onto the plastic frame.
Cost of return would be too big and they do not offer to pay for that.
Also to send something back to a firm who has stopped communicating with the customer
would amount to the same as throwing things in the rubbish bin.
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