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    Suggestions for an appropriate hybrid saddle?

    I have recently purchased a Trek 7000 bike. I like it a bunch, but the stock saddle is too soft.

    I've come from riding road bikes and Trek fx models, but wanted something a little more versatile with a more upright seating position. So far the 7000 works for me, but I am considering a saddle swap out.

    I am wondering if any of you have overcome the saddle issue on a hybrid to your satisfaction.

    I know a more firm saddle is ideal for a road bike or fx, but feels too hard for the more upright seating position. Too squishy doesn't work either!

    (Don't suggest a recumbent-I've have had one of those and want to make the upright my primary ride now!)

    I have an Avocet 02 (saddle I used on road bike/fx) and a WTB Speed V here that I could swap to or are there other saddles that might meet my needs better? Avocet was the most comfortable I found for the leaning forward position. WTB was ok on a MTB (sold to get the 7000).

    Other suggestions would be appreciated...thanks!
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    I think you'll like the WTB Speed V. It's in between stiff and squishy.

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    Try what you have, to see if they work for you.

    I am a big proponent for hard as rock, Brooks B-17, because they work for me.

    Specialized Body Geometry saddles are also very comfortable for me - though not quite so hard....

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    Cycling shorts
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    An old Vetta gel worked wonders on my hybrid for 18 years. Just replaced it with an even older Brooks B15 (lots like the B17 but thicker leather) and I like it a lot so far (with padded undershorts)
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    still stuck in the '80s; '70s were good as well, but i severely dislike tubulars.
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    I recently picked up a Specialized Avatar saddle. It's pretty comfortable, both with and without chamois. It's a firm gel that tends to conform to your sit bones after riding a while. Expensive, though.

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    Brooks B-17. I am using a Brooks Team Pro on my hybrid. Absolutely great saddle that I am seriously thinking of putting one on my roadie.

    For a lighter saddle I would recommend a Fizik Gobi. It is a great light weight mountain saddle.

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    I am seriously considering a woman's Brooks B17. I've read a lot of great reviews on this saddle.
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    Terry Liberator Y Gel works perfect for me. Does everything they claim. Of course everyone is different. If you buy from thier website they will take it back within 30days if you don't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
    Cycling shorts
    Got bunches of those!
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    Senior Member ChiliDog's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by underdog View Post
    Terry Liberator Y Gel works perfect for me. Does everything they claim. Of course everyone is different. If you buy from thier website they will take it back within 30days if you don't like it.
    I did consider this one after reading up on the reviews.

    Thanks for the tip on the return. That makes a huge difference in the decision to try it out!
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    The WTB Speed V works well for me om my Cypress. The stock gel saddle was a killer on any rides over 18 miles.
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    I love a big squishy saddle but I ride in public and people I know would see me on it. When I visit my sister in another state, I ride her husband's MTB which is equipped with a thickly padded saddle and my bottom gets a nice break.

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    My bike came with a Specialized body geometry saddle, and I don't plan on replacing it because its awesome, very comfortable
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    this saddle to me is amazing

    http://www.amazon.com/Serfas-Density.../dp/B000MT0GP8

    i am a man but got the woman's version. it still looks sleek enough to look sporty but is super comfortable. i have gone on several 30+ mile rides and several 20+ mile rides and never had a moment of discomfort.

    even hitting some serious potholes going nearly 20mph and bouncing in the saddle is totally comfortable.

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    Whatever saddle came with my 2009 specialized Sirrus is amazing. Bike shorts or not, its very comfy, however I almost always wear bike shorts because they are great, too.

    I also have an older (2006ish?) Specialized Alias saddle on my mountain bike (yea I know its a road saddle, but it works) that is hard, but very comfy once I find where my bones need to be!

    I might try and find a similar (specialized) saddle to my sirrus to put on my single speed MTB. Their body geometry stuff is generally pretty darn good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Try what you have, to see if they work for you.

    I am a big proponent for hard as rock, Brooks B-17, because they work for me.

    Specialized Body Geometry saddles are also very comfortable for me - though not quite so hard....

    It has been particularly difficult for me to find a comfortable saddle. I now have the Specialized BG Sonoma gel on my road bike, my mountain bike and my hybrid/tourer/commuter. Used to be that my butt was the most limiting factor in how long I can ride. No longer.

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