On the subject of saddles. Specialized phenom carbon is the best I've ever ridden on
Took a chance on this Cx saddle as I my current saddles all hurt after 18 hours on the road. This is a problem because I ride more than that enough to need something that doesn't become a torture rack. This one while hard (though I hate too much padding) is so well designed there is no squashing, numbness, sore tail bones or any of the odd symptoms I've run into over the years. :) Took it on a 100 mile ride last night and its... painless. A novel experience. Usually by that time the saddle is beginning to annoy me.