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Old 07-27-18, 08:22 AM
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Seat Gel Leak'n

Hey Folks,

My seat that now has 3,927 miles has developed a 'gel' leak. I know that it is a POS, but it got me through my first year of road biking. Now I'd like to replace it with a seat without the gel. I 6'2" and weigh 235 lbs. I really don't want to go 'top-end' hand crafted leather Italian number, just something that some of you my size like and does not impact my weekly beer allowance.

Suggestions will be appreciated. Below is what I've been using.

Thanks,,,,,

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Old 07-27-18, 08:31 AM
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That is actually a decent seat for the price. I have one on my Trek. I am close to your weight. On my Fuji I am running a Planet Bike standard ARS seat. It doesn't have as much cushion as the other seat and it took me a week or two to get used to, but it's quite comfortable to me now.

That being said, seats are probably one of the most personal preference driven parts of a bike, and what works great for one person can suck for someone else.
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Old 07-27-18, 10:00 AM
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I'm a little smaller than you (not by much, though), but if that 'split-tail' design is working for you, I've had good luck with Specialized's Body Geometry series.
The 'Toupe' model seems to be a close match shape wise to your saddle, with the steel-rail Sport version retailing for ~$40.
They come in Sport, Comp, Evo, and S-works levels of increasing lightness, and decreasing cushion.

I have a Romin Evo on my road bike, and it's a 'don't even feel it' kind of fit.
My commuter has one of the original BG 'Comp' saddles from ~1995, and it's starting to look pretty ratty, but it fits so well, i'm not replacing it untill the cover wears through.
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Old 07-27-18, 11:43 AM
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Just buy another one.. My LBS has a box of discount new saddles ,
new bike take-offs..

drop by, yours may too..
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Old 07-27-18, 02:17 PM
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I don't have anything to add here except that I think it's cute when my 6-year-old daughter says my bike seat looks like a butt.
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Thanks

Rje58,,, good advise. I am used to the seat and I've got it adjusted great. I'll probably just go with another one.

Ironfish 653,,,, I'll check out the one you recommended. Worth a look.... thanks

Milton Keynes,,,, your daughter has a great sense of humor. But she might do well in an anatomy class or you just might have a strange rear.

Thanks all I'll just order another one and still have money for 'refreshments' .
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Old 07-27-18, 05:03 PM
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If that saddle worked well for you in the past, why not get another one? You could buy a new one every year for the next ten years for what you'd pay for a single high-zoot, high-end saddle.
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Never heard of or seen that brand and for the money I don't put much hope in it. I would go down to your local shop and see if they can measure your sit bones and recommend some saddles and maybe they might have a test ride program of some sort or the manufacturer might as well. One of our local fitters is big on the Specialized Power saddles and I have heard nothing but good things from various customers about it. My butt likes the Brooks Cambium but I have plans to try a Power on one of my bikes as the current saddle just isn't doing it for me (PRO Turnix) and I wanted something that would better match the bike.

The contact points on the bike are rather important so trying to save money on your comfort may not always be the best choice.
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Old 07-28-18, 05:05 PM
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My Brooks never leaks, but sometimes the rider does. Never tried the Cambium, but I love my B17s.
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Old 07-29-18, 02:46 PM
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Never heard of or seen that brand and for the money I don't put much hope in it. I would go down to your local shop and see if they can measure your sit bones and recommend some saddles and maybe they might have a test ride program of some sort or the manufacturer might as well. One of our local fitters is big on the Specialized Power saddles and I have heard nothing but good things from various customers about it. My butt likes the Brooks Cambium but I have plans to try a Power on one of my bikes as the current saddle just isn't doing it for me (PRO Turnix) and I wanted something that would better match the bike.

The contact points on the bike are rather important so trying to save money on your comfort may not always be the best choice.
so you are saying that price definitley correlates with saddle quality?
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Old 07-29-18, 06:57 PM
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so you are saying that price definitley correlates with saddle quality?
Not always but in many cases better saddles tend to not be super cheap. Usually construction tends to be better on the slightly more expensive saddles so they are likely to last longer and be better built for true comfort. Pioneeryao is not likely putting much in the way of development and testing towards their $17 saddles where a company like Specialized or Selle (insert second name here) is going to put a lot of time towards it to try and make better saddles.

The top end saddles tend to usually be lighter weight using carbon fiber rails and shells and things like that but if the saddle is comfortable generally the lower end in the range will still do that just with a weight penalty. The S-Works power saddle is certainly nice and light and comfortable but has the same shape and designing as the base model so it shares a lot just not the feathery weight.
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Not always but in many cases better saddles tend to not be super cheap. Usually construction tends to be better on the slightly more expensive saddles so they are likely to last longer and be better built for true comfort. Pioneeryao is not likely putting much in the way of development and testing towards their $17 saddles where a company like Specialized or Selle (insert second name here) is going to put a lot of time towards it to try and make better saddles.

The top end saddles tend to usually be lighter weight using carbon fiber rails and shells and things like that but if the saddle is comfortable generally the lower end in the range will still do that just with a weight penalty. The S-Works power saddle is certainly nice and light and comfortable but has the same shape and designing as the base model so it shares a lot just not the feathery weight.
makes sense,,,thanks!
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makes sense,,,thanks!
No worries, anytime! Happy to help.
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