Thanks to PeterG1185 for mentioning the Speed V saddle a couple weeks ago, i bought one and did my 1st ride with it today. It was my hardest ride so far, all fire roads, and the 1st 4 miles was almost all of the "hard-to-keep-the-front-wheel-on-the-ground" variety. Steep steep steep ! Lowest gear for a large part of that. Then another 4-5 miles that was more typical stuuf. Finally 4-5 mile downhill to the streets and then 3 miles on the streets to get home.
While it was the hardest ride so far (i'm new to this and sure i'll be doing harder stuff soon) my a$$ wasn't sore at all till the last few miles, and even then it wasn't uncomfortable. My specialized seat would torture me from mile 1 and get progressivly worse till all i could think about was how sore i was. The Speed V cost me $24.......worth every penny and then some. And it's not at all big and bulky. I can honestly say it didn't inhibit me in the slightest compared to the specialized. I'm sure some of you hardcore racer types would notice a difference in that regard, but i didn't. Highly recommended !
Now a question........are there any pumps that will work on both tires and shocks? Right now i have a Blackburn AS-1 Air stik, but i'd really like to be able to have just one pump for both purposes. I suppose the pressure difference between shocks and tires probably makes this an impossibility, but i had to ask.