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Selle Titanico 30% Discount

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Coupon code HAPPY4TH for 30% off. The Titanico comes out to $88 including shipping.
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FYI, they've had some problems with these and are in the process of redesigning the nose of them. On the other hand, they've been fantastic about taking saddles back under warranty and replacing them...
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I love my Titanico X
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Originally Posted by Medic Zero
FYI, they've had some problems with these...
can you expand on this or give us some links? i'd be interested in trying one of these saddles at that price. I have been under the impression (from others) that returning these saddles has not been easy....
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Originally Posted by digibud
can you expand on this or give us some links? i'd be interested in trying one of these saddles at that price. I have been under the impression (from others) that returning these saddles has not been easy....
Sure. I work the over night shift and it looks like I'll have some down time tonight to type up the whole oddyssey. I'll post it here later.
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I love my Titanico X
I loved my first one right up until it failed. If I could manage to get the Carradice Bagman quick release bag support to mount to my replacement saddle, I'd be happily riding it now.
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thanks.


Cloudy, 63F, tailwind 3mph less than my speed, -2% grade. THAT's my kind of ride!
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Originally Posted by digibud
thanks.


Cloudy, 63F, tailwind 3mph less than my speed, -2% grade. THAT's my kind of ride!
Fair enough! Sunshine is usually rare here!


Ok, sorry I didn't get to this sooner, like I said I would. Didn't get a chance that night at work or since really.

So, I decided to try out the Selle Anatomica Titanico X in February of 2012. I shelled out extra $ for a red one, despite their brown ones being on sale at the time, because I am vain like that. My first impressions were great. I was initially concerned about going to this type of saddle as I had been using an ergonomic gel Sefas saddle for a long time and it had never really given me any problems, other than being a sponge in the rain, which is obviously a problem in my climate. Since I had just finally picked up another bike to use as a dedicated commuter I was going to need one more saddle for my fleet anyway.

I only received the saddle about two or three weeks before the Gran Fondo Ephrata which I had signed up for. So I had barely put about a hundred miles on it before taking it on a LONG ride. Although the Gran Fondo course is 80 miles, that 80 miles is partly on gravel, some of it is climbing, some of it takes place at 2200 feet, and it was windy the entire time. In fact, the wind changed directions pretty much when the weather forecast said it would, changing from out of the west (in my teeth) to out of the north, just as I made the turn from the long westerly leg to the long northerly leg, meaning I had a headwind almost the entire time. I also foolishly ended up partying with friends the night before and getting almost no sleep. Long story short, I DNF'd, but not until after riding for almost eight hours and managing to make it through 56 miles of the course. I could have done much better if I had gotten a full nights sleep and not spent the wee hours drinking and smoking. If (WHEN!) I lose a good chunk of the extra 70 pounds I'm carrying around, I'd like to do that ride again. The scenery was interesting to me, and the course is a nice challenge, I highly reccommend it.

The amazing thing to me was the saddle was great. I spent no time thinking about it because it wasn't bothering me. At all. At times my hands would go numb, but my tail never bothered me. Usually (in the past, before this saddle) they both would start bothering me after about 45 minutes into a ride. These days I rarely get out of the saddle, so other than the nearly hour I spent at the aid station pigging out on calories and trying to warm up (it was snowing at one point), I spent pretty much that entire ride doggedly in the saddle. I almost never stopped, partly because the sag wagon was putting along behind me, and then later, a truck rolling up the course was behind me too! The fact that the saddle gave me no trouble whatsoever really sold me on it at that point.

For the next year I was happy as a clam with my saddle, riding it 3-7 days a week, sometimes commuting twice a day between school and work. Somehow I managed to get my Carradice Bagman quick release saddlebag support to clamp to the rails, but I vaguely recall it not lining up quite right.

Fast forward to the end of December last year and a friend invited a bunch of people over for a brunch in the mid-morning. I decided to come and bring vodka and orange juice after I got off from my overnight shift in the morning. At the grocery store after work, I crammed rather large bottles of both into the Zimbale 18L bag I use with the bag support and set off for a long ride to pick up some Hakkapellita's from a CL seller and then swing by my friends place. I made good time and no one else had arrived by the time I did and no one was awake at their place so I proceeded to ride home with those two heavy jugs still in my big saddlebag. At some point on this long ride one of the many, many potholes that plague our roads here snuck under my rear wheel and I remember a mighty hammering followed by my saddle feeling funny. After working a long overnight shift in the ER I didn't think very much about it and made my way home.

Over the next week or two the saddle became progressively more "funny" feeling until I finally pulled it off the bike to take a look at it. Sadly one of the rails had snapped, right next to where the Bagman clamped to it. Thinking back on it weeks later I finally put two and two and two together and realized that when I hit that pothole with a jug of orange juice and a jug of vodka in the saddlebag, the bag support clamped to the rails and my butt on the saddle because I didn't spot the pothole in time - well, that was probably a bit much for that poor rail, especially considering I'm about 280 right now.

At first all I knew was that the rail failed, like I said, it took me a while to recall all the contributing factors and hitting that pothole, especially since it was rideable for a few weeks before it really became obvious. I blame working full time and being back in college, not only am I distracted all the time, but I don't sleep two days a week. So, I checked Selle's website and saw my saddle had a one year warranty, which of course, I hadn't filled out at the time of purchase, but I was able to do so online. I truthfully filled out the form, listing my weight, despite the saddle being only rated to 250 pounds at that time. Someone upthread said that they are rated to 275, if so, they've upped it since February.

Selle got back to me promptly and asked me to mail my saddle to them, which I did at my own expense. A few weeks later I received a brand new saddle. I was assuming/hoping that they'd just replace the rails on my saddle, as the rest of the saddle was great as far as I was concerned, but they made a new one for me (my understanding is each saddle is made to order). Sadly for me, the new saddle had shorter rails making it impossible for me to mount my Carradice Bagman saddlebag support on it. I queried them about this via e-mail and they said that any saddles that they replace due to rail breakage they send out with short rails on them. This seems to alleviate the rail breakage problem for some riders.

I now had a red saddle that matched my red commuter bike (& most definitely didn't match my tourer), but no way to attach the bag I used every day. I temporarily (and unhappily) switched to some other bag options while I tried to figure out a way to cobble together some attachment system for it. In the end that become moot as I started having problems with the replacement saddle within a few weeks of getting it.

At this point I was working full time and going to school again, so I was cycling seven days a week, 7-8 miles each direction, 2-3 times a day in Seattle's climate. So I'm putting right about 100 miles a week on the saddle and within a couple of weeks I notice that my long board short style black jean shorts that I have worn for years have a hole in the seat of them, as do my pricey wool long johns and my rear end. Turns out one of the rivets came out of the nose of the saddle. I contacted Selle and they suggested I'd be better off finding someone local to fix it and offered to ship me a couple of rivets. I wasn't thrilled about this, I didn't want a new saddle, but I expected them to offer to fix it. It seemed to be functioning fine now that the rivet was gone, and so not wanting to be without the saddle for several weeks I accepted this.

Whoever shipped them to me had no understanding of how the post office works as I received an empty envelope with a slash down the side of it. Pro-tip! Not even thin coins make it through the mechanical sorter at the post office, so medium sized brads aren't going to either! Frustrated, I contacted them again, and the person who I had been trading e-mails with promised to have them expedite more rivets to me in appropriate packaging this time.

Before I had a chance to track someone down to mount the new rivet (or figure out how to do it myself), I started having other issues with the replacement saddle though. I started feeling a pinching in my left cheek during rides. On inspection the front of the saddle appeared loose. I duly extended the bolt at the front some to take up the slack and noticed that I had only had to do this once or maybe twice with the original saddle, but had had to do it several times for this one and it still never seemed quite right. It was a little better for a few days, but then started pinching me again.

Since it seemed to help last time and the problem seemed to be the leather being loose, I tried to open up the adjustment bolt again, but at this point there wasn't any adjustment left at all, and the nose of the saddle was visibly out of place. I contacted Selle at this point, and they said: "These types of issues, although uncommon, do occur occasionally. However, we are addressing them in our upcoming redesign of the frame and nose piece." and offered to give me any saddle in their line as a replacement. In the hopes that the new saddle would turn out alright I ordered the same thing yet again, specifying that I wanted the longer rails.

Selle happily made me yet another saddle to my specs and shipped it out to me. Sadly for me, despite it being spec'd with the longer rails I couldn't get my saddlebag support to clamp to the rails.

If anyone is interested in a brand new, red Selle Anatomica, with gunmetal colored rivets I've got one that I've now got no use for, unless the bike I buy to replace my stolen off-road MTB happens to be red or a nice contrast for it.

A friend who put a cut-out in a Brooks B-17 and didn't like it gave me that to try while I was waiting for my new Anatomica to arrive. I have to say it has been a disappointing experience compared to the Anatomica and the gel Serfas that I used before that. It felt as hard as thick, stiff, hard plastic when I first started riding it. My weight and continual riding over our rough roads here have softened it a fair amount, but it still isn't as comfortable as the Selle was right out of the box. It's also given me as many saddle sores over the past few months as pretty much everything else in the past two years combined. Apparently true to form for Brooks, it has taken a lot of tweaking to get the angle of the saddle just right, and unlike the Selle, I have to put a rain cover over it any time I park it outside. But really, what is has going for it is that my saddlebag support clamps to its rails. I'm not happy with it, and as soon as I can afford it I think I am going to try a Terry Liberator next.

From where I sit, Selle's customer service was first rate, and they treated me quite well, especially considering I was technically over the weight limit for the saddle. I frankly expected them to save themselves replacing a $200 saddle by telling me I exceeded the specs of it, but instead they were gracious and helpful throughout.

In fact, I'll quote one of the e-mails from them here, as I think it illustrates their attitude towards things:
As a small family owned and operated company we know how valuable taking care of and resolving problems our riders may face is to creating lasting loyalty and support. We want to make sure you feel taken care of too.


I really think this whole situation is a case of unfortunate coincidence and am truly sorry you had to experience it. I'd like to offer you a saddle of your choice at no charge, you keep the current saddle that appears to have issues with the nose piece. We stand by our product and commitments to providing unparalleled ride comfort, and enjoyment; along with superior service and support when difficulties arise.


Let me know what you would like to do and Ill make sure to expedite your request.


We really appreciate your business and support of Selle Anatomica and look forward to getting you taken care of and back in the saddle.
I was surprised to hear that there are reports of people having a hard time with returns or warranty issues with Selle, my experience was that they were great about it. Perhaps there were issues in the past and they changed their approach now?

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