Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Golden, Colorado - USA
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1. Tri specific on the Tri bikes, and road specific on my road bikes
2. No it's not normal.
3. Once a fitting is done - it's not a done deal. Feed back from the rider to the fitter should be allowed and expected after the initial fit. I must have done at least 5 or 6 small adjustments after my fit on my Trek-TT to get it to the point where it was what I would consider pretty good...at least for that frame. Your bars may need to be shortened maybe 1/4" - 1/2 ", which would place you more toward the center of the saddle. You may be just reaching too much to get you arms, hands to the right position. I must have cut my HED bars on my Trek 4-5 times (1/4" at a time) before it was better and more to my liking. I didn't want to cut too much at first because as you can't replace the material.
My Cannondale Ironman 5000 was a near 100% perfect fit after the initial fit and the bike just fit's me soooo much better than my Trek. The Trek seems to require more time and more adjustments to get it closer to correct or as far as I'm concerned closer to the Cannondale.
4. My fitter used a 3 foot level and placed it in the middle of the saddle (the level touched the tip and end of the saddle down it's center) to get it "level". Unless the seat is 100% flat, the level will show gaps due to the shape of the saddle.
** Your fitter should be able to take your feedback and make additional adjustments free of charge.
I use the Selle San Marco Aspede triathlon gel seat (almost 100 grams less then your model, but close to the same design and the same mfg) on both of my Tri bikes and think it's great. The seat is set so it's level, which should actually keep you from sliding forward. The large foam area of the saddle design should also keep you from sliding forward - and the dish/contour shape helps keeps you in the center or in a nutural position. Saddles as a whole are very much an individual choice - just like bike shorts. Everyone has to be able to pick their own diper. I know a friend who is very picky about his seat and bar position and perfers seats that are very very flat on his road and TT bike setups.
Last edited by MHR; 03-05-05 at 11:11 PM.