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Old 03-05-18, 03:59 PM
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Selle Anatomica Saddles

Thinking about ordering one of these, and wondering who can recommend them, who doesn't and why to both.

What are the differences between X and H's? Other than weight specifications, website rather vague.
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I have 4 SA saddles on 4 of 5 bikes. One of those is a NSX, the others are X series. Riders weight is the man difference between the X and H series, as well the rails.

The first one I bought, was a blemished X series, at a deep discount. I have yet to find the blemish. What sold me, was how easy the break-in was, I mean, 30 mile ride, no sore butt. Then I bought another blemished X series, beautiful. Next was a new X series , then I wanted a classic NSX series. No cutout in the middle. I got that one at Christmas, I have only used it on my trainer bike. It's a bike I don't ride long distances, so I'm not to concerned about feel.

I have over 600 miles, on each of the 3 , X series saddles. Absolutely comfy. Feel free to contact SA, if you have concerns, they will get back to you.KB
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Originally Posted by kcblair View Post
I have 4 SA saddles on 4 of 5 bikes. One of those is a NSX, the others are X series. Riders weight is the man difference between the X and H series, as well the rails.

The first one I bought, was a blemished X series, at a deep discount. I have yet to find the blemish. What sold me, was how easy the break-in was, I mean, 30 mile ride, no sore butt. Then I bought another blemished X series, beautiful. Next was a new X series , then I wanted a classic NSX series. No cutout in the middle. I got that one at Christmas, I have only used it on my trainer bike. It's a bike I don't ride long distances, so I'm not to concerned about feel.

I have over 600 miles, on each of the 3 , X series saddles. Absolutely comfy. Feel free to contact SA, if you have concerns, they will get back to you.KB
Thanks for the info.

Do you know if there's a width difference between the X and H? Also, will it be more beneficial to go with the new 2's instead of 1's (e.g; X1 or X2)?

How about long term maintenance?
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Thanks for the info.

Do you know if there's a width difference between the X and H? Also, will it be more beneficial to go with the new 2's instead of 1's (e.g; X1 or X2)?

How about long term maintenance?
Not sure on width, might email SA, get answer from horses mouth.

From their website, looks like weight is main difference. "X1 and X2. What's the difference? The frame systems. The X1 is our traditional 4130 Chromoly frame weighing in at 515 grams. The X2 is a new, modular frame. The rails are tubular stainless steel, the frame is aluminum, weighing in at 420 grams.

Both the X1 and X2 Series saddles are the most comfortable leather bicycle saddles in the world. Leather that has no break-in period and a patented slot that moves underneath you as you ride are hallmarks of these famously comfortable saddles"

There is a additive, that can be used, for riding in the rain as a treatment, but my saddles stay dry.

Only maintenance, is adjusting the tension on the leather. Lots of info on their website about that and comes with the saddle. KB
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I have three here: an X1 on my Ritchey (~10,500 miles) an H2 on my Cervelo (~1,000 miles) and an NSX1 (~300 miles) on my wife's bike.

The H2 is the "new" +200lb saddle, and it is noticeably stiffer than the old X2 (thicker leather on the H.) Width/fit is identical between the X and H, and NSX as well. I chose the H2 over the H1 because it is a good bit lighter, and Selle Anatomica has sales all the time, making the H2 almost the same price as the H1. I'm just now approaching the halfway point on the tension bolt on the X1, which means it will probably make 20k miles before I can finally opt for another H2. I just can't bring myself to replace the X1 purely for weight reasons, as it's the most comfortable, trouble-free saddle I've ever had.

I do strongly recommend Saddle Sauce for waterproofing the underside of the saddle if you're going to ride when any water will be present. I reapply every 6 months or so, one bottle will last forever.
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I have a Selle Anatomica X on my carbon Merckx build, and it was comfortable from the start. Can't speak to longevity, but others have already done that. I'm keeping an eye out for another one for my Cannondale build. From my experience, they are very comfortable and well made. As other responders have said, there are sales from time to time, you may find that the model you want is on sale. I will have to check their site for blemished saddles, I didn't know about that. The X I picked up was used, but barely.
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I have the newer sa saddle made for fatties, because i am one 😁, and absolutely loved it right out of the box!
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howdy - i've got an NSX touring type bike seat.
I bought it a couple years ago.
- yes, very comfortable right out of the box
- i noticed the tensioner was loose right out of the box, so I snugged it just to where it was not loose and no more.
- compared to a lightly used Brooks, the NSX has needed to be tensioned more often. It's softer, but not in a bad way. I can go either padded or unpadded shorts on either saddle.
- I'm probably halfway through the NSX tensioner now. I think I've snugged my Brooks about 4 or 5 turns of the tensioner.
- My only NSX complaint ~~ The sides flare out as you tighten the tensioner. This only bugs me when I jump on in regular type clothes. If I wear bike-type shorts, then I don't really notice the edges flared out. I think you can see what I mean in the photo. I 'think' I can take a sharp knife and chamfer the edges a bit, just kind of shave them, and I'll be fine.
- I don't have one full time bike, so not sure how many miles I've but on this seat over the bast couple years. Maybe a thousand?
- twice a year the Brooks and the SA NSX get a schmearing of Proof Ride, on account that's what Grant Peterson says to use.
- For comparison, my other bikes mostly have the SERFAS Tegu, which is a relatively plush seat good for unpadded riding, but too cushy with bike shorts. My road type bike used to have a pretty hard, wide-ish Bontrager, but that bike got sold. My MTB has some kind of Specialized Body Geometry thing. It's ok with padded shorts.

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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Thinking about ordering one of these, and wondering who can recommend them, who doesn't and why to both.

What are the differences between X and H's? Other than weight specifications, website rather vague.
I'm 73 and have an X series on both of my bikes. Been riding on them for approx 3 years. Still loving them.
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I have an NSX on my Sirrus, and absolutely love it! It really was comfortable right out of the box. I bought the NSX at their recommendation for someone over 175 pounds. I have never had an issue with it, other than complete comfort.

I also love my B-17, for the same and different reasons.

AnAtomica is the best!
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Absolutely love it. I bought an X-1 last September and it was great right out of the box. I got a touring bike last fall and wanted another. But that was about the time they added the H series AND stated specific weights. I believe the X series is for up to 180 pounds, and the H is for 190 +. I was a little put out by that since previously, the X was rated to 240 lbs or something. I weigh 200 and so NOW the H would be ideal for me, not the X. I don't think that is a problem, but there are some who reported the leather stretching on the X series and running out of adjustment.
I considered buying the H series but I've been wanting to try a Brooks and I found one at a price considerably below the Selle Anatomica. So I put a Brooks B-17 on the touring bike. I like it a lot too & find it very comfortable. I've been very pleased to find the leather saddles really work for me and I've ridden either my road bike with the Selle, or the touring bike with the Brooks, all winter mostly without any padded cycling gear.

But I'd give the nod to the Selle Anatomica. When I add another bike or otherwise have need of buying another saddle, I personally would probably choose the Selle over the Brooks.

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This thread led me to visit the Selle Anatomica site, where I learned they recommend against using Proofide or most any other leather treatment on their saddles. My SA saddle has not yet been exposed to rain, so I ordered some of SA's special sauce.
Hoping to get many years of enjoyment out of the saddle, even tho it is not on my A bike. It looks real good on my '88 Trek 400.
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Originally Posted by mrv View Post
howdy - i've got an NSX touring type bike seat.
I bought it a couple years ago.
- yes, very comfortable right out of the box
- i noticed the tensioner was loose right out of the box, so I snugged it just to where it was not loose and no more.
- compared to a lightly used Brooks, the NSX has needed to be tensioned more often. It's softer, but not in a bad way. I can go either padded or unpadded shorts on either saddle.
- I'm probably halfway through the NSX tensioner now. I think I've snugged my Brooks about 4 or 5 turns of the tensioner.
- My only NSX complaint ~~ The sides flare out as you tighten the tensioner. This only bugs me when I jump on in regular type clothes. If I wear bike-type shorts, then I don't really notice the edges flared out. I think you can see what I mean in the photo. I 'think' I can take a sharp knife and chamfer the edges a bit, just kind of shave them, and I'll be fine.
- I don't have one full time bike, so not sure how many miles I've but on this seat over the bast couple years. Maybe a thousand?
- twice a year the Brooks and the SA NSX get a schmearing of Proof Ride, on account that's what Grant Peterson says to use.
- For comparison, my other bikes mostly have the SERFAS Tegu, which is a relatively plush seat good for unpadded riding, but too cushy with bike shorts. My road type bike used to have a pretty hard, wide-ish Bontrager, but that bike got sold. My MTB has some kind of Specialized Body Geometry thing. It's ok with padded shorts.

cheers.
SA will lace your saddle at no charge. This will take care of the flare.
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SA will lace your saddle at no charge. This will take care of the flare.

Or get a leather punch and a couple zip ties and save $30 + shipping. In fact, I was kinda disappointed to learn they use zip ties. I'd probably at least thread a shoelace or similar through there so It can be adjusted without having to cut off the old zip tie and put on a new one.

Obviously a zip tie will work, but I'd be a bit embarassed to send out my high quality product with a zip tie "fix". I'd at least use a leather lace to make it look a bit more in tune with the product and the price being paid.
But that's just me.
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I bought an X-2 about 3-4 months ago. As mentioned by someone else, mine came completely untensioned as in I could turn the screw by hand. Since it says its supposed to come tensioned I wrote them and they just suggested I tighten till there was a half inch of sag.

The saddle is comfortable but also is fairly noisy. Creaks a fair bit and rattles when out of the saddle. The rattle is better with tension but never goes away. I'm not bothered by that kind of thing but I know some are.

The longest ride I've done was a bit over 60 miles and had no discomfort from the saddle at all, which was a real improvement since my last one was torture after about 30.
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Or get a leather punch and a couple zip ties and save $30 + shipping. In fact, I was kinda disappointed to learn they use zip ties. I'd probably at least thread a shoelace or similar through there so It can be adjusted without having to cut off the old zip tie and put on a new one.

Obviously a zip tie will work, but I'd be a bit embarassed to send out my high quality product with a zip tie "fix". I'd at least use a leather lace to make it look a bit more in tune with the product and the price being paid.
But that's just me.
The work is done at no cost to the saddle owner. You can replace the zip ties with whatever you want. I actually like the zip ties better than the lacing on my Brooks saddle. Besides, the shipping probably costs less than a good leather punch.
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I've been riding Selle Anatomica X's (Vintage with Brass Rivets) for the past four years now. As others have said I'm sold on them. Here is a link to my personal adjustment procedure based on my mistakes with the first one and the subsequent lessons from the 2nd through 5th

Had to include my literal saddle line-up picture. I have one more bike in the restoration stage (75 Fuji 'The Finest') that will also get an SA saddle when done.

BTW, I weigh in at between 150-160 lbs normally, so the X (X1) is perfect for me.


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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
I bought an X-2 about 3-4 months ago. As mentioned by someone else, mine came completely untensioned as in I could turn the screw by hand. Since it says its supposed to come tensioned I wrote them and they just suggested I tighten till there was a half inch of sag.

The saddle is comfortable but also is fairly noisy. Creaks a fair bit and rattles when out of the saddle. The rattle is better with tension but never goes away. I'm not bothered by that kind of thing but I know some are.

The longest ride I've done was a bit over 60 miles and had no discomfort from the saddle at all, which was a real improvement since my last one was torture after about 30.
I've read a number of complaints about noise. When mine was new, I got a squeak with the new leather as I was climbing. I don't notice that now but I'm pretty hard of hearing. I have not noticed any rattle when out of the saddle. I agree though, long distance it is a lifesaver & I've been very comfortable on mine. The arthritis in my neck starts flaring up now long before any complaining from my backside!

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The work is done at no cost to the saddle owner. You can replace the zip ties with whatever you want. I actually like the zip ties better than the lacing on my Brooks saddle. Besides, the shipping probably costs less than a good leather punch.
As far as no cost, if you say so, but there's this:
https://selleanatomica.com/products/lace

I have a leather punch. It could certainly be drilled instead of punched.

Anyway and FWIW, I haven't personally found any need for the stitching, at least not at this point. Mine worked like a dream for me right out of the box.
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I've read a number of complaints about noise. When mine was new, I got a squeak with the new leather as I was climbing. I don't notice that now but I'm pretty hard of hearing. I have not noticed any rattle when out of the saddle. I agree though, long distance it is a lifesaver & I've been very comfortable on mine. The arthritis in my neck starts flaring up now long before any complaining from my backside!



As far as no cost, if you say so, but there's this:
https://selleanatomica.com/products/lace

I have a leather punch. It could certainly be drilled instead of punched.

Anyway and FWIW, I haven't personally found any need for the stitching, at least not at this point. Mine worked like a dream for me right out of the box.
My information is outdated, sorry about that, I was wrong. When I had mine done about 3 years ago, there was no charge.
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No problem.
As I said, I've not needed that done to mine but if anyone did, it would be a pretty easy DIY at home.
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Originally Posted by Don Buska View Post
I've been riding Selle Anatomica X's (Vintage with Brass Rivets) for the past four years now. As others have said I'm sold on them. Here is a link to my personal adjustment procedure based on my mistakes with the first one and the subsequent lessons from the 2nd through 5th

Had to include my literal saddle line-up picture. I have one more bike in the restoration stage (75 Fuji 'The Finest') that will also get an SA saddle when done.

BTW, I weigh in at between 150-160 lbs normally, so the X (X1) is perfect for me.

Wow ! DON, almosts looks like my stable, of SA saddles. But, I have 2 brown, and 2 black. Just bought a classic for my Concorde at Christmas. KB
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Wow ! DON, almosts looks like my stable, of SA saddles. But, I have 2 brown, and 2 black. Just bought a classic for my Concorde at Christmas. KB
Thanks Ken. When I recently completed the Yellow 75 Fuji S10-S I used an original NOS black Fujita saddle to match the Yellow/Black of the bike. Last week we had a few days of ridable weather and I took that S10-S out for a short 5 mile ride. After returning home I quickly removed the Fujita and installed an SA off another of my bikes that I will be selling shortly. Appears SA has me as a lifetime users now, as there was no way I could do a 25+ mile ride with that Fujita saddle, and it was a well padded saddle at that

BTW, during those rides last week I had the recently restored 86 Fuji 'Sekkei Series' out for over 50 miles without issues as that one already had the SA saddle installed. Perhaps I should monitor the SA website for a blemished black X saddle for the yellow bike.
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Originally Posted by Don Buska View Post
Thanks Ken. When I recently completed the Yellow 75 Fuji S10-S I used an original NOS black Fujita saddle to match the Yellow/Black of the bike. Last week we had a few days of ridable weather and I took that S10-S out for a short 5 mile ride. After returning home I quickly removed the Fujita and installed an SA off another of my bikes that I will be selling shortly. Appears SA has me as a lifetime users now, as there was no way I could do a 25+ mile ride with that Fujita saddle, and it was a well padded saddle at that

BTW, during those rides last week I had the recently restored 86 Fuji 'Sekkei Series' out for over 50 miles without issues as that one already had the SA saddle installed. Perhaps I should monitor the SA website for a blemished black X saddle for the yellow bike.
Yep, I have't had any issues with blemish saddles, they're still new. Only my touring bike, has a conventional saddle, and I don't ride that bike too much. Maybe a 3 day trip, that's about it. I went for the NXS, as I wanted to try one, for my Concorde.
It sits on my trainer at the moment. I was able to get 70 mi. in , on the 3 nice days we had in New England. KB
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Originally Posted by Don Buska View Post
I've been riding Selle Anatomica X's (Vintage with Brass Rivets) for the past four years now. As others have said I'm sold on them. Here is a link to my personal adjustment procedure based on my mistakes with the first one and the subsequent lessons from the 2nd through 5th

Had to include my literal saddle line-up picture. I have one more bike in the restoration stage (75 Fuji 'The Finest') that will also get an SA saddle when done.

BTW, I weigh in at between 150-160 lbs normally, so the X (X1) is perfect for me.

Thanks for the experience advice and info link, Don.

Do you find with these saddles that you're tilting the nose upward just a bit more than you normally would with a standard saddle? Does the curvature in the rear of the saddle make this somewhat more necessary?
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a quarter rounding skiving tool may help ,, round off those square edges of the leather ..
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