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Old 11-30-08, 12:29 PM   #1
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Comfy Saddles?

I wanna do my ass some good.. Any recommendations for reasonably priced saddles that are comfy and won't look out of place on a track bike?
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Old 11-30-08, 12:46 PM   #2
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everybody's butt is different and there's really no way to find the right seat without spending a lot of cash.

Some recommendations that won't cost too much and people like a lot are:
San Marco Regal
San Marco Rolls (both at probikekit.com around or under $50)
or Brooks b17
as stated the fizik arione
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Old 11-30-08, 12:54 PM   #4
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I predict lots of Brooks recommendations--particularly the B17.

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wow that lens distortion is crazy on the back wheel.
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You'd think something so flat would be so uncomfy. But it's perfect.
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After 17 years of serious bikin' I've finally settled on a saddle that works for all applications and always feels good -

San Marco Regal.

Available cheaply in black, really cheaply used, expensive in white pseudo-swede, and various prices in wacky colours of all types.
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Came here to say Fizik Arione haha.
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a brooks (60 bucks +)
or a charge spoon (40 bucks)
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any opinions on SOMA ones?
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I dig my Forte Pro slx, it is light and comfy plus Performance is pretty good about returning stuff so you can rotate through a bunch of saddles until you find one that fits.
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You need a saddle that's wide enough to acommodate your sitbones but not so wide that it hinders leg movement. A saddle with lots of gel padding is not going to be very comfortable for long as it allows your butt to sink down into it, bringing pressure to bear on softer parts of the body not meant to support your weight.

Specialized has a memory foam box you sit on to measure your sitbones width. Or, you can reach around back there with a piece of string to find the spacing. Your saddle should be a centimeter or so wider on each side than the measurement.

Saddles and butts take a while to get used to each other so even the perfect saddle won't always feel that way right off the bat.
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I dig my Forte Pro slx, it is light and comfy plus Performance is pretty good about returning stuff so you can rotate through a bunch of saddles until you find one that fits.
FYI, I have the Sette Lynx from Price Point, ($26.98 + shipping) and it's ok for a light saddle., IMO.
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/159...ynx-Saddle.htm

I saw the Forte Pro SLX on sale on Performance web site for about $50 at the time, it's now $58.49 (at the store it's $89.99) I thought hmmm, what a deal. I ordered it. Got it in the mail and it's the exact same saddle as the Sette, just re branded by Performance. It's made by Velo which I guess makes a bunch of saddles that are re branded.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5210

Good thing was I could return it to the Performance retail store with no problem.

Just a heads up if you think you might want this saddle, get it from Price point.
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Well when i look at saddles i don't seek "comfy" as a quality. More i want something that is light, attractive, and doesn't make my ass hurt. The fizik arione is perfect - it feels like there is nothing there, no pain but also, no padding or "comfy"-ness either. It is long so there is room to move and adjust. Its only 220 grams, which is incredible. Also the selle san marco regal is the same for me as far as the way it feels, but it is a little heavier. Brooks Professional are also awesome but they are heavy - twice as heavy as the Arione.
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I'm not really seeking comfy like a cruiser bike, I just want something a little more comfortable then my stock saddle (rush hour). Its generally fine, but it can get a little uncomfortable when putting in the miles. But i get what everyones saying, this isn't something to cheap out on. I might just deal with it and save up for something like a better wheelset instead. but the charge spoons anyone have one? price is good and i've read some good thing about them.
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Old 12-01-08, 10:49 AM   #18
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I've been riding a Fizik Aliante Gamma for about a month now and at first I thought it was a huge improvement from my stock saddle that would make me go numb for rides longer than 10-15 miles. I bought this saddle based off of reviews without riding it first.

http://www.fizik.it/images/catalog/r...ed_LATERAL.jpg

And after lots of tweaking I'm finding that I'm not as into it as I initially was. In my opinion the high sloping back of the saddle angles you a little too far forward which puts a lot of weight on my wrists and to compensate for that by angling the seat up a little puts too much pressure on my perineum. So I recently switched to a flatter seat with a cutout in it. The Specialized Phenom:

http://www.specialized.com/OA_MEDIA/...25_-2035_l.jpg

It's actually listed as a mountain bike saddle but I know a few people that ride it on their roadbikes/fixed gears. It has completely alleviated the perineum pressure and the other problems that I was having with the Aliante. I'm finding it to be really comfy and its pretty lightweight as well. This is not to say that the Fizik was not a good saddle, it just didn't work for me. The lesson learned for me was that you should always test out the saddle before you buy it. Your local bike shops should let you test a bunch of stuff but its kind of a dick move to test out their saddles and then go buy them online. Anyways, good luck to you!

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Yeah I picked up that saddle for 39 + some other discount that I had so it was 35 ish. Thanks for the heads up though, if I need another one I'll go through that site.^
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