just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
I have a male friend who does 1200k rides on his hornless saddle. He reports no bike control issues.
Stoker and I have both been through saddle issues recently. My issue was that if I don't have an adequate cutout, I get numb. Not good. But a good sized cutout often means a wider nose, and a wider nose gives me friction sores at the tops of my thighs. I finally settled on a Forte Classic, which seems to be a Terry knockoff with a wider cutout, but still the Terry T-shape, rather than the pear-shape of so many saddles. So far so good.
Stoker has the same numbness issues, but like most women is a bit wider in the pelvis and so doesn't have the thigh friction issue. Instead she has the "girlie bit" issue, which needs an even wider cutout. She has settled on a Specialized Jett, which has a seriously wide cutout, and is a hard saddle, suitable for distance riding. She likes it a lot.
Gives you some idea of trade-offs and what to look for next, anyway. Most LBS will allow you to bring back a saddle. Performance has a great return policy. I'll usually try one for 1/2 hour and if it seems close I'll take it out for at least a 3 hour ride. That'll tell the story, and they've always been returnable after a bit of a wash. I cut down on the transition time by ordering 3 at a time from Performance. You'll have to get Specialized from your LBS.