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Old 05-05-24, 06:18 AM
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Old 05-05-24, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by phughes
Your fitter has no idea what he is talking about. It isn't about support. The common Brooks saddle, the B17 isn't made for a big drop from the saddle to the bars. It is made for bars about level with the seat or higher. They do make other seats though. The Swallow and Swift seats are narrower, and can accommodate a bigger drop.
This.

A long time ago, I ran a B-17 Narrow on my road racing bike, which had about 4 inches of drop from the saddle to the handlebar. Worked fine.
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Old 05-05-24, 07:01 AM
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After trying many different saddles, I find that all my bikes are equipped with some model of the specialized body geometry line, except the brooks on my touring bike.
They have a lot of options and styles.
For the road bikes, I've been pretty picky about the fit and adjustment because long rides make me very aware of any discomfort.
On the gravel bike, I've got a cheaper MTB model with more padding than I would normally choose but it's fine - my rides aren't usually as long as the road rides and I'm out of the saddle more often anyway.
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Old 05-05-24, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote
This.

A long time ago, I ran a B-17 Narrow on my road racing bike, which had about 4 inches of drop from the saddle to the handlebar. Worked fine.
I don't have a dog in this fight other than I have a B17 that I would like to enjoy but haven't found a way to make it work for me yet. I was just passing along something I saw in a video.

Hope this doesn't turn the thread in the wrong direction but here is the vid I saw. It's broken up in labeled sections seen on the time bar. I was following this thread and looking at videos researching for my next saddle.
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Originally Posted by RH Clark
I don't have a dog in this fight other than I have a B17 that I would like to enjoy but haven't found a way to make it work for me yet. I was just passing along something I saw in a video.

Hope this doesn't turn the thread in the wrong direction but here is the vid I saw. It's broken up in labeled sections seen on the time bar. I was following this thread and looking at videos researching for my next saddle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcuKxnw6nAk&t=1s
I scanned the video.

I wouldn't let that guy near me and my bike.
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Old 05-05-24, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Personally, I removed the saddle years ago and never missed it.
If you leave the seat post installed, I'd imagine it would promote improving sprinting skills.
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Old 05-05-24, 07:40 AM
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Two pages and no one has mentioned the obvious superiority of recumbents, and living in Nebraska.
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Old 05-05-24, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
Two pages and no one has mentioned the obvious superiority of recumbents, and living in Nebraska.
I haven't seen any posts from him lately. I really do hope he is okay.
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Old 05-05-24, 08:34 AM
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The saddle that came with my Scott Addict was too narrow for my sit bones, and I'm no longer a young guy so I went to a shop and had my sit bones measured, then went with a prostate-friendly saddle. Lots of choices. Get your sit bones measured then go from there.
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Old 05-05-24, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
Two pages and no one has mentioned the obvious superiority of recumbents, and living in Nebraska.
Originally Posted by GeezyRider
I haven't seen any posts from him lately. I really do hope he is okay.
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Old 05-05-24, 10:15 AM
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I find most saddles prefer to be tops or bottoms, but when rent is due...
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Old 05-05-24, 10:58 AM
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Hmm. I better brush up on the forum rules.
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Old 05-05-24, 06:44 PM
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Wow. Not surprised, but, wow.
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Old 05-10-24, 10:17 AM
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I tried two Brooks'. Never could break them in.
Then I became aware of the Selle Anatomica leather ones, which are kind of an American verison of Brooks. They use a leather treatment technology that's not from the 1700s, so they break in after relatively few miles.
I have an X-2 on my Domane and an X on my gravel bike, both with the perineal cutout. They're comfortable for three reasons:
  1. Being leather and having the cutout, they breath, which staves off numbness.
  2. The cutout doesn't put pressure on the prostate area
  3. The compliance can be adjusted with a long allen bolt that's accessible from the front. it's like a hammock. As it stretches out over time, just tighten it up. They're also modular, serviceable, and US-made.

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Old 05-10-24, 09:23 PM
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I'm kinda all over the place with saddles, 2 of the road bikes have Fizik Argos, my new bike came with a Selle Italia SLR boost super flow(that's a mouthful.) My gravel bike has a crappy WTB saddle that I never liked, but I'm throwing an Argo on that one. My XC bike still runs the kinda cheap WTB Silverado that came on it. My other MTB(enduro) has a wider and cushier WTB saddle that's good for more upright peddling. I'm fine with the stock WTB saddle on the XC bike, as I'm frequently in and out of the saddle. I've done marathon XC races before, and my ass wasn't what was hurting.

I'm kinda of the opinion, there is a general shape to saddles we prefer, but there are other factors for saddle comfort. Improper saddle tilt, height, and setback can make a good saddle feel crappy. Depending on the saddle shape, I generally run anywhere between 2 to 5 degrees forward tilt. I find the Argos like a lot of tilt, while the SLR feels perfect with a slight forward tilt.

Also, I wouldn't want to run my road saddles on my enduro bike. It's so upright, I don't know that I'd be comfortable on the narrower saddles. For my XC bike, I totally could and did on my last XC bike...I'm running a saddle to bar drop that's very "roadie" on it. On that or my road bikes, being rotated forward means that I'm effectively sitting on a narrower part of my sit bones.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Personally, I removed the saddle years ago and never missed it.
For some, this is all the rage on unicycles.
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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
For some, this is all the rage on unicycles.
Iíve got to see that
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Iíve got to see that
Years ago, it was an unfortunate Craigslist post I clicked on. For the record, it was in the "for sale" section and not the "other" parts of Craigslist.
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Iíve got to see that
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