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Old 12-31-15, 01:45 PM
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I have one on my Giant hard tail and its okay. I think saddles are a very personal preference but once you find the right one make note of its measurements!
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I like the upswept nose, I'm more of a upright rider so it works for me. I gave up on Prologo saddles recently. The sloping sides were painful after half an hour.

In the course of one week I went thru 4 saddles till WTB Speed.
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I have yet to find a WBT saddle that I found comfortable. With that said, saddle comfort is a very individual thing, so my opinion means nothing.
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Originally Posted by redcon1 View Post
I have a Rocket V on my Hardtail MTB and my Hybrid; The MTB has Ti rails and the Hybrid steel. It's the most comforatble seat I've ever owned. Thinking about slapping one on my road bike, it would look kind of funny but who cares.
What model do you have? I might buy if off you.
+ 2. If redcon passes, I might be interested, . WTB makes awesome saddles and that are priced right. But saddles are a bit like opinions, everyone thinks that their opinion is right and that others are wrong. When it comes to saddle, people are just different.
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Old 01-03-16, 07:43 PM
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Like most folks, I have tried many types of saddles. I like the WTB Pure Race the best!
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WTB is on all my 3 bikes now. Today went thru 2 Performance Bikes saddles, the Forte SL Race Saddle and the Classic. Both with big cutouts. Painful.
So far passed on Prologo, Royal Selle and a couple of Cannondale OEM Saddles.

I am using the Speed Progels on all the bikes.
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I have a Speed V on my hybrid, no complaints. Longest ride on it was 40 miles.
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I like WTB saddles for the bikes with fairly upright positions, like my mountain bikes. Even had one on my touring bike.
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Old 01-06-16, 08:33 AM
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I've got a couple WTB saddles on my bikes. Speed Vs I think. I like them just fine.

Then again, I tend to find every saddle equally comfortable (or equally uncomfortable if you're a pessimist.) The only saddle I've ever replaced for reasons other than wear was the humongous gel filled monstrosity that came with my Diamondback hybrid. It stayed on the bike for about 8 miles while I rode to work. Felt like I was sitting on a waterbed. I couldn't stand it at all so during lunch I rode over to the nearest sporting goods store and bought the cheapest Bontrager they had on the shelf. Been running that cheap saddle for about 6 years now.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
Brooks
After 25 years, I retired my Brooks Team Professional for a WTB Pure V.

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Old 01-06-16, 02:46 PM
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I have a Pure V on my 29er commuter and a Speed V on the MTB and I never think about that contact point while riding.
So yes, I actually like WTB saddles. Their tires are pretty boss too.
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The stock WTB saddle on my Disc Trucker wasn't all that exciting but it did get replaced with a mid range Pure Race I believe (which is now gracing the buttox of a close lady friend of mine) and I liked it just fine. I did replace it with a Brooks Cambium because for really long trips it wasn't my jam (for shorter stuff it was great).

WTB does a bunch of different saddles in their various lines so they have a cheap one and then a very nice expensive one and some in between. You may have seen a high cost one and thought it was yours because it looked similar or was in the same range.

Obviously though everyone's butt is different and you might find a saddle that works better. A good saddle should be supportive without being overly padded and one you would want to ride. I like the Brooks Cambium C17 carved (though am interested in trying the C19 which is wider for touring) but you might find something different but you have to try them out for a decent period of time. A lot of people do one quick test ride of a bike and proclaim "this saddle sucks" without any real time with it and without wearing proper clothing. If it doesn't change after several decent rides than maybe look at something different. There are thousands of saddles on the market.
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Old 01-07-16, 05:08 PM
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Saddles are so personal a choice. You just have to go the trial and error to find what works for you. For longer distances, I have fallen for the Selle Anatomica leather saddles with cutout. No padding, but has a hammock effect similar to the Brooks. Definitely not WW.
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Old 01-07-16, 05:17 PM
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One of my all time favourite saddles is the SST. I have one that had fabric corners that have long been threadbare and falling off, and only about 60% of the pleather is left. It is used for my commuter or city bikes, depending on my preferences when I build them up.

I also got a Speed V style saddle on a Jamis bike that is one of my least favourite saddles. The frame is way to soft and it cuts off the circulation to my crotch. I have it mounted on a Raleigh frame in my basement so I can hang it from the ceiling. I don't think I will ever actually ride a bike with it installed again.
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I love my WTB saddle and have one on my road bike too. It has a slight v notch down the center for comfort and it works for me.
To think, I thought I was the only one having a mtn bike saddle on their road bike.
Great, now everyone will want to try it, haha
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I generally don't like WTB saddles - too much padding and too large.

However, I do use a WTB Valcon on my hardtail MTB. But I'm not "on" the saddle much when I ride that. It had a very narrow and flat profile, suitable for sliding off the back when descending steeply.
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What my Arse sits on wont matter to what Your butt prefers to be On.

in the Bike shop We have Take Off saddles .. people buy a Bike but dont want the saddle

that was shipped in Bulk to the factory assembly line . OEM pricing vs Retail..

Each thing is lower cost when you order a Thousand at once.

The WTB brand is not made in Marin County they sold the naming and designs
licenced to mass producers long ago .

but you can still buy a custom Made Steve Potts frame If you wish..

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so how long should a rookie rider give to get accustomed to the pita from riding? The saddle on my Trek is killing me. I know that I am just not used to it but I am not completely soft down there. I have heard you have to get used to it but I just can't see how a saddle with a little more padding can't but help.
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so how long should a rookie rider give to get accustomed to the pita from riding? The saddle on my Trek is killing me. I know that I am just not used to it but I am not completely soft down there. I have heard you have to get used to it but I just can't see how a saddle with a little more padding can't but help.
I'd say about about ~4 ride (assuming a few rest days). Part of it is figuring how the saddle is uncomfortable. If your sit bones are sore, you'll probably adjust. If you're having numbness issues, its likely the saddle is just a fail.

The best approach is to head out on a decently long ride say 1-2 hours. Start with the saddle basically level, and centered in the rails. Every 20 min or so, stop and adjust the saddle, particularly front/back and tilt. Experiment by moving the saddle fore/aft in ~5mm increments, or adjust the tilt by a few degrees. Then ride for another 15-30min until you either decide its better or worse. After about 2 hours, you should have a pretty good idea if the saddle is going to work for you.

Heavily padded saddles sound great, but most people actually hate them. Your butt sinks into the padding, and the extra padding winds up putting pressure in awkward places. The other thing to watch out for is what you are wearing for riding. Underwear and shorts frequently have seams that run directly across where you should be sitting, and can make things uncomfortable.

The last thing is riding position. The more upright you ride, the more padding you'll generally want in a saddle. Road bikes tend to be best with minimalist saddles, while a beach cruiser works fine with a decently padded cushion. Heavier riders also tend to prefer more padding. Part of the reason is how your weight is distributed on the bike. The more weight on your feet (due to pedaling forces), and hands (from leaning forward), reduces the weight on your butt.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
The stock WTB saddle on my Disc Trucker wasn't all that exciting but it did get replaced with a mid range Pure Race I believe (which is now gracing the buttox of a close lady friend of mine) and I liked it just fine. I did replace it with a Brooks Cambium because for really long trips it wasn't my jam (for shorter stuff it was great).

WTB does a bunch of different saddles in their various lines so they have a cheap one and then a very nice expensive one and some in between. You may have seen a high cost one and thought it was yours because it looked similar or was in the same range.

Obviously though everyone's butt is different and you might find a saddle that works better. A good saddle should be supportive without being overly padded and one you would want to ride. I like the Brooks Cambium C17 carved (though am interested in trying the C19 which is wider for touring) but you might find something different but you have to try them out for a decent period of time. A lot of people do one quick test ride of a bike and proclaim "this saddle sucks" without any real time with it and without wearing proper clothing. If it doesn't change after several decent rides than maybe look at something different. There are thousands of saddles on the market.
Amen. True most of all for the traditional Brooks. I own three, and part of the appeal is owning something that, over time, will be custom-formed to my individual butt. Also, as with shoes, man-made materials can't compare with real leather.
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I have a speed V right now. It's not bad, but it is a little too soft. It kind of squishes left and right so if I do flat rides without much standing it starts to make my booty feel like ground up hamburger. The old Turbo on my road bike is freaking firm, but it will feel decent for 100 miles with no butt soreness.

I'd get a turbo for my mtb but it will look ridiculous, and most importantly, if I rack my nuts on it it will hurt really bad vs the squishier Speed V. I stand up plenty enough that I'm not worried about the occasional soreness on 30 mile road rides. That's what road bikes are for.
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I'd say about about ~4 ride (assuming a few rest days). Part of it is figuring how the saddle is uncomfortable. If your sit bones are sore, you'll probably adjust. If you're having numbness issues, its likely the saddle is just a fail.

The best approach is to head out on a decently long ride say 1-2 hours. Start with the saddle basically level, and centered in the rails. Every 20 min or so, stop and adjust the saddle, particularly front/back and tilt. Experiment by moving the saddle fore/aft in ~5mm increments, or adjust the tilt by a few degrees. Then ride for another 15-30min until you either decide its better or worse. After about 2 hours, you should have a pretty good idea if the saddle is going to work for you.

Heavily padded saddles sound great, but most people actually hate them. Your butt sinks into the padding, and the extra padding winds up putting pressure in awkward places. The other thing to watch out for is what you are wearing for riding. Underwear and shorts frequently have seams that run directly across where you should be sitting, and can make things uncomfortable.

The last thing is riding position. The more upright you ride, the more padding you'll generally want in a saddle. Road bikes tend to be best with minimalist saddles, while a beach cruiser works fine with a decently padded cushion. Heavier riders also tend to prefer more padding. Part of the reason is how your weight is distributed on the bike. The more weight on your feet (due to pedaling forces), and hands (from leaning forward), reduces the weight on your butt.
thanks for this advice. I have a dual sport so I am mostly nearer an upright position. I don't have any numbness just the sore bones..I'll try your tips...
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Originally Posted by SteamingAlong View Post
+1 I've heard from a couple of wrenches that I talked to that ....... is one of those .............. that people either love or absolutely hate
fify.

Very true wrt saddles, but the great thing about cycling is that you can also fit any manufacturer and any bike/component into that sentence.

I have a road bike, mtb and hybrid and after trying different saddles (including Brooks) I have now got WTB saddles on all of them.
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Originally Posted by habilis View Post
Amen. True most of all for the traditional Brooks. I own three, and part of the appeal is owning something that, over time, will be custom-formed to my individual butt. Also, as with shoes, man-made materials can't compare with real leather.
Just FYI was not talking about their saddles that come from animals but the cambium which is cotton canvas and rubber. No break in time and nobody is killed in the process.
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