it's machined from a single piece of aluminum so it looks nice and is lighter and stronger than something it's style/lightness. it's also a superior clamp design that is infinitely adjustable(virtually) and strong.
but mainly, it looks nice.
as for saddles... i've tried a lot. turbo is most comfortable for me. i have tried slr, flite, aspide, ponza, pave` and a few random ones. the ponza and pave` are the worst.
Well, I wouldn't buy a thomson new - they're pricey. I bought my masterpiece new for 130 and no, it was definitely not worth it and I wasn't planning on getting another one. However, the fact that I can get a used elite 27.2 from a friend for 40 dollars is good enough for me.
I haven't tried too many saddles other than maybe quick tests on friends' bikes. So far though, I really love my Charge Spoon. It's very firm, but not to the point of uncomfortable. Definitely worth the $28!
dude u need that trixie tool its the best tool ever it even comes with a bottle opener ! dude all the messengers reccomended it to me and evr since i got it im basically a mechaninc now and all the bike shops want me.
I've liked the Fizik Arione for years. I've got one on my road bike and I rode it on my track racing bike for a long time.
I have a Fizik Antares on my track racing bike because it's got a shorter nose that helps my bike comply with USA Cycling and UCI rules. The Antares isn't as comfortable as the Arione.
Honorable mention is the Cobb Cycling V-Flow series. I rode the V-Flow Max for a while (still have it). It's butt ugly but feels like sitting on a nice leather reclining chair. Great for bumpy rides. Excellent clearance for the perineum (the area in men that gets all of the pressure). It's purely function over form.
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I'm in love with both of my Brooks saddles (B-17 narrow and Team Pro). To me, Brooks makes a saddle. Most other companies make seats. There's a difference. I'm also quite fond of the Turbo, Kashimax Aero and Leader Cosmic.
I absolutely hated my San Marco Regal aside from how it looked. I also loathe the Fizik Arione and San Marco Ponza.