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Old 12-25-12, 07:00 PM   #1
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Most comfortable track saddle?

Hi there,
New to this forum and hoping to get some help and opinions from you guys.

I am currently building a bike that will be used primarily on the track, however it will occasionally be used on the road on short runs (on dry days).

I am looking for a little advice on some light track saddles, which are also comfortable and durable enough to be occasionally used on the roads.

Thanks so much in advanced.

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Old 12-25-12, 07:11 PM   #2
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I'm sure you'll get 100 different opinions/suggests on this. I don't know if there's a track specific saddle. I'm currently using a Fi'zi:k Aliante saddle and have absolutely no complaints or discomfort. Every saddle is going to fit every body type differently. I use an Aliante on my track, road, and mountain bike and love it. Most bike shops have a saddle demo program. I'd suggested trying out every saddle you can. You can gather info online regarding saddle width, length, etc...and get a rough idea based on your build and go from there. Don't judge too quickly in the very beginning as saddles break in over time. But you'll have a good idea based on the pressure on your sit bones and other region. Also, at least for me, I can get a good idea of likable saddle shape/design if I spend a lot of time shifting up or back on the saddle to stay comfortable. Good luck shopping!
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There are no "track" saddles. There are simply saddles.
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You really have to sit on a saddle to know which one is right and there are no track specific saddles. In general BG saddles are great, and 143 will fit most. I should be using a 130, but I bought a 143 anyways ($40 for a like new toupe expert =D) and it is awesome.

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There are no "track" saddles. There are simply saddles.
True, but for a lot of track bikes, the saddle to bar drop is greater, and I find that I like/need a wider nose on my track bike than road or CX.
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True, but for a lot of track bikes, the saddle to bar drop is greater, and I find that I like/need a wider nose on my track bike than road or CX.
Saddle-to-bar drop is an awful measurement...almost as awful as Top Tube height. If you either move your saddle forward and up OR bring your bars up it will relieve the pressure from the saddle.

That being said. I see Fizik Arione road saddles on full on aggressive sprint bikes, too.

Giddeon Massie is 6'4' (?), has long legs, is flixible and sits in a very aggressive position.




It's a personal preference.
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I like saddles that I can get pretty proctological on. My riding style is, when I'm on the rivet or in a solo position, I'm way forward, on the tip of the saddle, and I need something that is reasonable, like that. So my preferred saddles tend to be things that also work for time trialists - Arione works good, I really like the classic Flite, and for some reason, the Concor Light, too. Things with skirts and rounded noses.

That's my personal preference.

Yours is likely to be different.

Find a shop that has a decent saddle demo stock.
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I always have an issue with saddles sooner or later. when I started track racing I used the saddle that came with my Felt TK3. Not a great saddle in fact I am no fan of it and have a Regal that is waiting to take it's place. HOWEVER, my track is so bumpy that I am not so sure a "more comfy" would resolve any issue.
My goal is to ride hard and ride fast, I really do not even think about the saddle until AFTER the races.
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Absolutely. For me, I prefer a wider nose on my track bike.
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Sorry for the late reply guys, I'm on holiday just now and wifi spots are hard to find . Thanks so much for all your Help and opinions. I will try find a shop with a good selection of saddles for me to try out.

Also happy new year ! All the best for 2013!
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