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    Best Compromise for a bike seat ?

    I have a Diamondback mountain bike and it needs a seat. I use the bike to commute 15 miles/day. I don't race unless someone zips past me when I'm riding home (it's like the greyhound and the mechanical bunny ). Anyway, I need a seat $30 or less but will condsider up to $40, but between spring loaded seatbacking, various crotch designs, cruiser this and racing that ... I'm at a loss as to which seat to get. I'm thinking middle of the road between comfort and leg clearance and a material that doesn't absorb water (my bike rides the bus rack on rainy days). Thanks much for any suggestions

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    Check out Nashbar. Not bad for the money.

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    wow, many saddles there to choose from ... thanks
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    Mail ordering saddles is a real crap shoot unless you actually know which make and model you're looking for. I'd advise going to a local bike shop that has a few, checking them out, and maybe they'll even let you test ride them.

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    I recently fell in love with the Fizik Aliante. I still have the test saddle from the LBS on my bike. I am dreading taking it off :-)

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    Most LBS (local bike shops) in my neck of the woods have big bins full of take offs that can be had for $5-20...may be worth your time if you're on a budget....
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    I'd suggest going to a busy bike shop and asking if they've got stock saddles that are left from an upgrade. They will be very inexpensive. Per the above post.

    I would suggest a Specialized if it's available and your ass is like mine.
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    Saddles are very personal, as everybody is different in some kinda way.

    I have been riding the Fizik Arione for a while, and it was good for my typical 60-70mile rides. I tried the Aliante, and I could not get it to work for me at all. I went to a local bike shop to get their Fizik Antares tester, they had none, but a guy there told me to try the uber-expensive Fizik Kurve Chameleon. I took it on my last ride, and could not believe the comfort. I rode 85miles without chamois butter and absolutely no issues. I am sure I could have gone 100miles happily on it.

    Of course, now I have to sell my two Arione saddles. The Kurve Chameleon is probably gonna be my new saddle, but first I have to try the Fizik Versus Antares before making the switch.
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    Jed19,

    On weight weenies, there are some threads about the Kurve saddle material cracking. I was about to buy a Kurve Bull and this is what is stopping me. Some people are on their 2nd or 3rd warranty replacement saddles. I decided to wait about a year before trying the Kurve. Hopefully Fizik will have worked out all the kinks by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
    Jed19,

    On weight weenies, there are some threads about the Kurve saddle material cracking. I was about to buy a Kurve Bull and this is what is stopping me. Some people are on their 2nd or 3rd warranty replacement saddles. I decided to wait about a year before trying the Kurve. Hopefully Fizik will have worked out all the kinks by then.
    Wow!

    Thanks for the heads up. If weight weenies are cracking shells on Kurve saddles, then it's not gonna work for me at 210Ibs (until Fizik redesigns).

    Man, I was so excited about that saddle.

    Thank you again for the warning.
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    I use a charge bucket on my ss commuter and it's been great. It's essentially a rip off of the turbo and it's around $20 from Wiggle.

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