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Old 07-06-11, 02:04 PM   #1
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For those of you who have found your perfect saddle...

Are your sit bones resting on the flat, widest part of the saddle? I had a Trek 1.5 road bike, that I recently sold, I could never get comfortable on. I think that's why I never like cycling.

Yesterday I bought a Trek/GF Wahoo and the saddle is narrow. I can feel my sit bones are off of the edges of the saddle. I'm 6', 235lbs and have a large frame. Any bigger guys have a saddle they like?

I have read that people can ride without even noticing their saddle...I desperately want that so I can pull my daughter in her trailer for extended periods of time. There is no way I could do that with the saddle that came with my bike....

Thanks for any advice,
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Old 07-06-11, 03:33 PM   #2
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Being a woman I have other issues but finding the right saddle and the search is universal. It took me awhile and lots of dollars and aches and pain but I have finally found my saddle (Terry Butterfly Ti). I learned larger is not always better and once I narrowed my saddle width down, alot of the chafing and discomfort I had went away. Once I lived on Chamois Butter and now I never use it! Just because one is larger (I am an Athena) doesn't mean the saddle should be wide. Riding style and design of bike should dictate the width of the saddle. I have a classic road bike where I am agressively posture so I really want a narrow saddle. If I sat upright I might want a wider saddle.

Just FYI - I have purchased a fair share of bikes (both road and mountain) and have never ever been able to ride with the saddle that comes on the bike (because they are frankly generally cheap and not made well). In fact, I always have the shop trade out the saddle as part of the deal. Anyway good luck with your search. Like I said it took me awhile but now I am very satisfied and seldom if ever have issues. Last time I could remember was about 80 miles into a century....

If I could recommend a saddle that is not expensive but tends to be comfortable - try the WTB Speed. It might suit your style of riding. That's what I use on my mountain bikes. It's a "men's" saddle but that works mountain biking as it gives me more to slide forward and back on.
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Yesterday I bought a Trek/GF Wahoo and the saddle is narrow. I can feel my sit bones are off of the edges of the saddle. I'm 6', 235lbs and have a large frame. Any bigger guys have a saddle they like?


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Old 07-06-11, 03:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help! I will look up that saddle. I really want to have a comfortable saddle on this bike.

I will mainly be using the bike to pull my daughter in her trailer but I will occassionally ride some trails. I forgot to put that in the original post.
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I'm 6'1 / 185lbs, so I'm not a particularly large guy, but I must have wider than normal sit bones - I've tried dozens of saddles including the ubiquitous Speed V that many people say is relatively comfortable - but it does not work for me.
But I have found the perfect saddle for me. I can spend 3-4 hours on this thing with zero discomfort. Ok, here's the part where people are gonna go "oh, no". It's a Zefal Tru-Gel, Walmart sells them for like $17. Since they're so cheap I bought a couple extra ones 'cause I'm actually afraid they'll quit making them. BTW, I ride pretty aggressively, and no chafing or irritation problems with this saddle.
Anyway, that's my $.02


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Old 07-06-11, 08:27 PM   #6
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I'm 6'1 / 185lbs, so I'm not a particularly large guy, but I must have wider than normal sit bones - I've tried dozens of saddles including the ubiquitous Speed V that many people say is relatively comfortable - but it does not work for me.
But I have found the perfect saddle for me. I can spend 3-4 hours on this thing with zero discomfort. Ok, here's the part where people are gonna go "oh, no". It's a Zefal Tru-Gel, Walmart sells them for like $17. Since they're so cheap I bought a couple extra ones 'cause I'm actually afraid they'll quit making them. BTW, I ride pretty aggressively, and no chafing or irritation problems with this saddle.
Anyway, that's my $.02

Thanks, I had my wife stop at walmart on her way home to see if they had any in stock...no such luck. I will order one online and give it a shot!
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Saddles are so rider specific there's a lot of trial and error involved. I have some Turbo saddles that fit me and others that don't. I have one Selle San Marco Concor that works pretty good. However, the best I've had so far for the mtb's is the Vetta TriShock and the Avocet O2 Air 40R - unfortunately for me they don't make either anymore so I'm usually on the hunt. They are a little more narrow which works for me but - as stated above my sit bones still ride off the edges.
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Old 07-07-11, 07:33 PM   #8
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I know several people who swear by the Menís Terry Fly.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...FD71H9CS9PNE8H

I personally think the WTB Pure V is the most comfortable saddle Iíve ridden besides a Brooks B17. There are several versions and I havenít tried them all, but the Pure V Race is plenty comfy for the money. Part of it is just getting your butt bone muscles toned-up enough to handle the abuse.
http://www.amazon.com/WTB-Pure-Race-.../dp/B004UMCJXU
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I did, but I won't run it on the mtb and it does the job really well.

On the mtb(dj), I run a pivotal post with an odyssey senior saddle.
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I'm 6'1 / 185lbs, so I'm not a particularly large guy, but I must have wider than normal sit bones - I've tried dozens of saddles including the ubiquitous Speed V that many people say is relatively comfortable - but it does not work for me.
But I have found the perfect saddle for me. I can spend 3-4 hours on this thing with zero discomfort. Ok, here's the part where people are gonna go "oh, no". It's a Zefal Tru-Gel, Walmart sells them for like $17. Since they're so cheap I bought a couple extra ones 'cause I'm actually afraid they'll quit making them. BTW, I ride pretty aggressively, and no chafing or irritation problems with this saddle.
Anyway, that's my $.02

I second this one, I do fifty plus rides every day and never think about the seat or effected areas.
I have one on both my bikes. One is over a year old, twelve thousand miles on it and it still look
like the day I bought it.
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I second this one, I do fifty plus rides every day and never think about the seat or effected areas.
I have one on both my bikes. One is over a year old, twelve thousand miles on it and it still look
like the day I bought it.
I just installed this seat on my Wahoo tonight. My butt is still sore from just starting to ride again but this saddle felt much better than the stocker. Im going trail riding tomorrow so we'll see how I like it then. I figured it was worth a shot for $16!
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Yeah, as rothenfield said, nothing is going to feel comfortable until you get your butt used to being in the saddle (any saddle) again. Give it some time.
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I have found nirvana and its name is "WTB Silverado"... 6'3" 250LBS stockily built but not necessarily a "lard @$$" (no offense intended to the lard @$$#$ mind u). I've gone thru easily...16 saddles until I "stumbled" upon this one, well, actually it came stock on my xc 29er but prior I was trying "everything" in order to find that one that 'worked' from cheap $20 but hella plush "cloud9's all the way up to $240 Selle SMP's, you name it, selle an atomica clydesdale, brooks b17, selle italia, wtb pure v, wtb laser, wtb rocket, charge spoon, fizik arione, fizik pave, fizik gobe... some are rather good, some were "close", some were torture racks and man-taint-killers.

The WTB silverado was never on my radar or list of 'must check out', just never was. To look at it it looks thin enough to not offer cushion of note, it looks thin and the center groove does not look as if it will be particularly effective in saving you from painfully squashing your gentleman's undercarriage but it was already on the bike and I said.."meh, why not I'll try it once and then when I get back I'll add it to the 'junk/gotta sell on ebay' pile". A quarter of the way into my maiden voyage with my new bike it just dawned on me that I never thought about the saddle at all, it just "disappeared" under me. I then made it a point to pay attention for the remainder of the ride and I noted that is was not "plush" but was a "perfect" platform, I could move about on it while traversing trail obstacles, it didnt hurt to move toward the tip when I needed to shift my weight climbing steep inclines, it just flexed and supported me and did its job with no harshness or hotspots (typical with overly plush saddles). No butt pain at all and finished my 1.5 hr maiden voyage thoroughly unmolested...SOLD!!

As with any saddle, it has to be adjusted just right. That rule still applies as it does to all saddles, it's gotta be horizontally flat or just a hint of nose up.

Prior I found I could ride so long as I could manage the discomfort now I can ride all day or until otherwise physically fatigued. My ride lengths have not been dictated by how long I could tolerate the saddle discomfort for since I've found 'my nirvana'.
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I use a wtb pure v race on road bike, mtb, and hybrid road bike.
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