an update to my old thread-Selle Anatomica is having what I believe is their annual close to end of the year sale. Saddles are $99+shipping. Dispite what appears to be sagging issues with many of these saddles I ordered a X made of Trueleather. I only weigh 142 and hopefully will get long use of the saddle without sagging problems. I anticipate this saddle will require some time to break in. At this price I should be able to get a significant amount of the purchase price back if it doesn't workout. I think I can return it for refund or exchange within first 30 days.
I love my Selle Anatomica seats. I weigh 200 pounds and prefer the Titanico in black to the Titanico X, even though the X is what they now say I should be riding. I swear, I'd sit on it in the living room to watch TV if my wife would let me. I would just say one thing about tensioning the seat. Some folks have problems with excessive stretching because they are tightening it to ride like a Brooks. You have to leave some sway in the back to keep it comfortable and not over stretched. The rule of thumb I use is to allow some sag, but not so much that I am within about 1/4 - 3/8 inch of the top of the seat post. I never feel the seat at all no matter how long I ride and this is the only seat I have used that I never chafe with. Also note that due to differences in the tanning process, different colors have different stretch and firmness characteristics.
Took advantage of the SA sale to install a Titanico X on my Rando-ish build, after a few rides I can say "this will work".
There is an accidental comparison going on since I put a B-17 in the new "aged" model on my International where it feels proper, as expected.
No experience w/ Berthoud or Rivet but one of these two will be doing century duty for '14.
'74 Raleigh International - '77 Trek TX900FG - '92 Vitus 979 - '10 Merckx EMX-3- '11 Soma Stanyan
I found the information on their side when you dig into the details about the seats. i remember reading it about 18 months ago and assume things have not changed.
The SA arrived. I weigh 143 but on advise of Carol the ower I bought the X model based upon how I ride. I also got Trueleather instead of Watershed to be even stiffer. I have been looking for a long distance saddle that didn't make the sit bones sore and allow some degree of independent saddle movement of the sit bones. I have ridden the SA 3-4 times on the trainer and did a 4 hour ride saturday. My initial thoughts are:
1. it takes time and effort to set the saddle up compaired to a more traditional plastic saddle like the Rolls. I'm getting close but not quite there yet. I need to more it back I think just a little bit. The trainer is a great way to make the adjustments.
2. it looks really strange as the nose of the saddle has to be pointed up a lot to keep me from sliding forward and putting weight on my hands.
3. even though the saddle I bought is as stiff as SA makes with a cutout and I'm not heavy it is comfortable on the sit bones. Even on the first ride on the road of 4 hours it didn't feel like it had to be broken in. I tried two Brooks a couple of years ago and it felt like I was going to break before the saddle did.
Don't know how well the saddle will hold up but being the X model and made with Trueleather it might. Don't know if I can ride in the drops much on aggessive rides (got to putter with set up a bit) but I have another bike set up for the Saturday Morning Worlds. If I like it I may get another later for a road fixed gear I do centuries on. My initial impressions-YMMV.