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My very comfy saddle is now...less comfy?

Old 06-22-21, 12:00 PM
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My very comfy saddle is now...less comfy?

Of course I expect this could happen, but the saddle I've been riding for the last year seems to have gotten less comfortable in the last month or so. Nothing else has changed--my bike fit/setup, no changes to my weight or conditioning, time on the bike, terrain ridden, etc. The only real change I can positively confirm is that I'm a little...older
Anybody else experience this? It's an Ergon SR Comp, FWIW. My old fave was a WTB Volt Comp so I'll swap back to that and see if it feels better....
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I have experienced what you have described with a couple of non-Brooks saddles. They were good saddles too but just started getting "uncomfortable" as you described. I switched to using only Brooks leather saddles on all my bikes except one. Problem solved...knock on wood, but it's been about 10 years now so we'll see.

Not sure what causes that. I thought it might be because the padding or underlying structure broke down, but on both of mine that doesn't seem to the the case. So I'm perplexed too.
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Originally Posted by pbass View Post
Of course I expect this could happen, but the saddle I've been riding for the last year seems to have gotten less comfortable in the last month or so. Nothing else has changed--my bike fit/setup, no changes to my weight or conditioning, time on the bike, terrain ridden, etc. The only real change I can positively confirm is that I'm a little...older
Anybody else experience this? It's an Ergon SR Comp, FWIW. My old fave was a WTB Volt Comp so I'll swap back to that and see if it feels better....

WTB Silverado rules!

I have an old WTB Valcon that was mounted on my Allez Pro when I bought it. I believe the saddle is from 2011. I've put at least 9000 miles on it in the last 4 years, and it's perfect. I don't know how many miles were on it when I "inherited" it.

Honestly, I think WTB saddles are damn near bullet proof. I just never see or feel much in the way of wear on them.
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Old 06-22-21, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
I have experienced what you have described with a couple of non-Brooks saddles. They were good saddles too but just started getting "uncomfortable" as you described. I switched to using only Brooks leather saddles on all my bikes except one. Problem solved...knock on wood, but it's been about 10 years now so we'll see.

Not sure what causes that. I thought it might be because the padding or underlying structure broke down, but on both of mine that doesn't seem to the the case. So I'm perplexed too.
I love the idea of a leather Brooks that I can break in and ride off into the sunset, but I've held off because the saddles that I've been using have a fairly different shape. The Ergon in particular has a significant cutout down the middle, and like the WTB I also like it has that sort of "whale-tail" shape. I'm a skinny little guy and I can perch right on my sitbones on those. The Brooks looks to me like I'd have way more contact/potential rubbing or whatever. One of these days I know I'll try a Books though!
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Old 06-22-21, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
WTB Silverado rules!

I have an old WTB Valcon that was mounted on my Allez Pro when I bought it. I believe the saddle is from 2011. I've put at least 9000 miles on it in the last 4 years, and it's perfect. I don't know how many miles were on it when I "inherited" it.

Honestly, I think WTB saddles are damn near bullet proof. I just never see or feel much in the way of wear on them.
Gonna swap the Ergon out for my older WTB Volt and see how that goes. The only reason I got the Ergon is I thought it'd be good to have the deep cutout.
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Originally Posted by pbass View Post
Of course I expect this could happen, but the saddle I've been riding for the last year seems to have gotten less comfortable in the last month or so. Nothing else has changed--my bike fit/setup, no changes to my weight or conditioning, time on the bike, terrain ridden, etc. The only real change I can positively confirm is that I'm a little...older
Anybody else experience this? It's an Ergon SR Comp, FWIW. My old fave was a WTB Volt Comp so I'll swap back to that and see if it feels better....
seems real odd after so long. You are sure the saddle hasnít moved on the rails? I didnít have one tight enough and it moved on me once.
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Originally Posted by pbass View Post
Of course I expect this could happen, but the saddle I've been riding for the last year seems to have gotten less comfortable in the last month or so.
Perhaps the Ergon orthopedic foam padding + OrthoCell Inlays have expired. Foam does eventually lose its memory. But then, don't we all?
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So you've turned the other cheek? Time to kick some butt trying out ones in the past that didn't cush the toosh as they may now be just right. If you don't have past seat experience, try a different pitch to see if you're disturbing the nerves or rubbing the bone wrongfully.
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
rubbing the bone wrongfully
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Originally Posted by pbass View Post
Of course I expect this could happen, but the saddle I've been riding for the last year seems to have gotten less comfortable in the last month or so. Nothing else has changed--my bike fit/setup, no changes to my weight or conditioning, time on the bike, terrain ridden, etc. The only real change I can positively confirm is that I'm a little...older
Anybody else experience this? It's an Ergon SR Comp, FWIW. My old fave was a WTB Volt Comp so I'll swap back to that and see if it feels better....
I'd revisit the weight thing. Not saying I doubt you. But if you gain a few lbs around your sit bones but lose it elsewhere then yes weight is the same, but not exactly the same.

Flexibility could also play a part in a different feel. Are you more or less flexible in the hips?
My favorite saddle was no longer my favorite on a bike with greater bar to saddle drop.


And shorts will also change a saddle feel. Especially padded shorts. My favorite saddle prefers a certain pad, or no pad. Other pads will ruin it.

My other observation with saddles, shorts material will change things too. Is it sticky? Is it slippery? Maybe you are moving more in saddle and your shorts are not sliding as well? Or the opposite, maybe new shorts or old worn out shorts are allowing you to slide around more.
Again flexibility, a loss in shoulder flexibly might have you sitting 1-2 mm farther forward.
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Old 06-23-21, 12:19 AM
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While I'm a leather saddle guy I've always like WTB and it looks like it's called the koda because of the little dip where you sit
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