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    When it feels like you're sitting on a 2x2...

    I recently had a bike fit session and significant changes were made, which are turning out to feel great except for the seat; now it feels like i'm sitting on a piece of 2x2 wood, almost like sitting on a pole.

    Would I assume correctly that the seat isn't wide enough?
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    ...you need new wheels (and maybe a wider saddle).
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    Maybe the seat angle is slightly off? Or you're sitting on the nose of the saddle?

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    Do you sit on the back area of the seat, if you are, you probably need a wider seat...

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    Level the seat and make sure your sitbones are on the widest part of the seat. If it still feels that way then definitely try a new saddle.
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    Thanks guys for the feedback, the seat is level just a tad incline towards the front, and i do sit mostly back, so probably need a wider seat.
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    What saddle did they put on your bike?

    I am incompatible with Specialized saddles (after 5 different saddles in different widths).
    And quite happy with Bontrager Inform RL.

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    When I built my roadie I put a Fizik Arione 132mm, same as my mountain bike. Fits great on my mtb, but not on roadie anymore!

    Just purchased a Selle Italia Q-bik 140mm, we'll see what that does.

    I hear you for Specialized saddles, I've tried 3 different models in 143mm and they just don't work for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    I recently had a bike fit session and significant changes were made, which are turning out to feel great except for the seat; now it feels like i'm sitting on a piece of 2x2 wood, almost like sitting on a pole.

    Would I assume correctly that the seat isn't wide enough?
    Was your saddle height raised a bit? That could account for the "sitting on a pole feeling" until your rear gets used to the new height.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    Was your saddle height raised a bit? That could account for the "sitting on a pole feeling" until your rear gets used to the new height.
    Great question. It was raised by about 2 inches (yes 2 inches). I felt a bit extended in the legs area and of course the 2x2 feeling didnt help either.
    So I lowered the seat by about 1cm and it feels great right now. But still have that 2x2 feeling; i dont feel my sitbones touching the saddle at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    Great question. It was raised by about 2 inches (yes 2 inches). I felt a bit extended in the legs area and of course the 2x2 feeling didnt help either.
    So I lowered the seat by about 1cm and it feels great right now. But still have that 2x2 feeling; i dont feel my sitbones touching the saddle at all.
    Well, your sitbones has to touch the saddle. I'll tweak the saddle height until your sitbones are on that saddle. Sheldon Brown was of the view that your saddle height should be at the point where your legs are well-extended but your hips are not rocking. I agree with him. And you get to that point; in his view, by trial and error.

    Your fitter did not err, but ultimately you'll have to be comfortable on the bike. If I were you, I'll write down the fitter's saddle height, then experiment a little from there. Say lower another 1cm and see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    When I built my roadie I put a Fizik Arione 132mm, same as my mountain bike. Fits great on my mtb, but not on roadie anymore!

    Just purchased a Selle Italia Q-bik 140mm, we'll see what that does.

    I hear you for Specialized saddles, I've tried 3 different models in 143mm and they just don't work for me.
    curious why you dont try the 130?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darb85 View Post
    curious why you dont try the 130?
    That could be a possibility. I just purchased a Selle Italia in a 140mm so will give that a chance first.
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    If your seat felt fine before, and you raised your saddle 2 inches and it now feels like a board, I'd say your saddle is too high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
    If your seat felt fine before, and you raised your saddle 2 inches and it now feels like a board, I'd say your saddle is too high.
    it was a (presumably) pro fit though, and they changed his saddle and raised his seat.

    personally I don't know how the seat could have been 2" / 50mm low before. if that is correct he was nowhere near right with his previous (I assume) self-fit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    it was a (presumably) pro fit though, and they changed his saddle and raised his seat.

    personally I don't know how the seat could have been 2" / 50mm low before. if that is correct he was nowhere near right with his previous (I assume) self-fit!
    Hey Colin
    I meant 2 cms not 2 inches, sorry!
    Trying different is a great idea, but it sure gets expensive fast!!!
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    2cm is still quite a bit, but less than half the problem.

    I would adjust the saddle angle if you need to, but make sure is near level. no saddle on any road bike should ever have any significant angle up or down. I find that a small level helps me make minute changes because you can watch the bubble-- it doesn't need to be centered, of course.

    then I would keep riding. if the fit was worth what you paid, you should stick it out for at least 100 total miles before making changes.

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