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Old 07-26-12, 02:14 PM
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Does anybody actually LIKE WTB saddles?

My Steamroller came stock with a WTB saddle. I can't take it anymore. It makes my ass hurt, even with padded cycling shorts. I ride about 22-30 miles a day, this morning's commute was 17+ miles and even with the extra padding on the shorts I felt like I was riding on a bowling ball. I had to get off and walk a couple blocks just to give my poor behind a break.

I thought it was a cheap seat and then I checked out their website. Talk about sticker shock. Are you freaking kidding me? For that kind of money, I expect a much higher quality product. Instead, it's like cheap furniture, the padding seems to be of no use.

I'm stopping on the way home tonight and picking up a new seat.

The company should be WTMMBH - Wow That Makes My Butt Hurt.

I have a cheap Giant saddle that is far more comfortable, but soaks up water when it rains like a sponge.

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Old 07-26-12, 02:20 PM
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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.
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Old 07-26-12, 02:25 PM
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Have you ever read this article? http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html.
I found it very helpful.
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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.
Rocket V Race was my choice on two bikes for several years - not as comfortable as the seats on the recumbents I now ride but the most comfy saddles I ever used.
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Old 07-26-12, 03:27 PM
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My wife has a WTB on one of her bikes and loves it. Different saddles for different folks.
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Old 07-26-12, 04:23 PM
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then buy a different saddle ..
I have a cheap Giant saddle that is far more comfortable,
but soaks up water when it rains like a sponge.
Stuff a plastic bag under the saddle , pull it over it when you park.
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Old 07-26-12, 05:31 PM
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Yep
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Old 07-26-12, 06:06 PM
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Refer to rule # 5 and keep on riding...
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Old 07-26-12, 06:18 PM
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This is about 80 miles into a century with 10,000 ft of climbing and I'm still smiling riding my WTB RocketV .

Very comfy IMO, but you mention padding. My saddle has a pretty big cutout covered by a shell layer the padding really isn't an issue. It's more like a hammock. They do have a $30 cheapo version, may that is the one you have.



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Old 07-26-12, 10:38 PM
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Mountain Bike Action did a survey several years ago about the "ultimate trailbike"; the winning saddle for the bike (they actually built one to that spec and gave it away) was a WTB Laser V.

SOMEBODY out there likes 'em. (Just not me -- I ride Selle SMP Trk.)
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Old 07-26-12, 11:07 PM
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I tried the WTB Speed V and Laser V saddles and didn't like them all that much.
But the Rocket V rules! I have 6 bikes and 4 run Rocket V saddles and 2 run Brooks B17.
But hey, anatomy can vary quite a bit from person to person, so use what you like.
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Old 07-27-12, 02:59 AM
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WTB saddles rock... old school SST and Rocket Vs! 3 bikes with SSTs and 2 with Rocket Vs.

If you don't like a saddle, try another one. WTB produce quality products. Don't knock a brand because it doesn't fit you.
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Old 07-27-12, 06:54 AM
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My Pugsley came with that same saddle that your Steamroller did. I hated it on the Pug, but just for the heck of it, I tried it on my Felt F75 and loved it.
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Old 07-27-12, 07:36 AM
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My Fargo came with one. I like my Selle SMT (think I'm remembering the model right) better.
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Old 07-27-12, 10:09 AM
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Saddles are like butts- everyone has one, everyone has their individual preferences.

When I switched back from riding recumbents exclusively (I got a mountain bike) I found that the WTB saddle was all-day comfortable. I've since put them on several uprights.
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Old 07-27-12, 11:04 AM
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Brompton's new saddle is somewhat like some of the WTB saddles,
but the nose has a handgrip underneath it for lifting the bike.
and the rail bend gives a lot of clearance underneath
for saddle clips on plain top seat-posts.
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Old 07-27-12, 08:15 PM
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My wife runs a rocket v on the mtb & a road version (leather w/cut out ) on her road bike.
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Old 07-27-12, 08:19 PM
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I got a takeoff for cheep @ a Surly dealer. I find it unoffensive. A tad wide in back, perhaps.
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I have an old SST on my mtb that came on a bike I bought in 1997... it is definitely on its last legs, and I was happy to see they still make the SST model as part of a retro themed line of products.

I also have a newer one similar to the rocket v on a semi-disassembled touring bike I used to use to ride to work. The saddle came with a Jamis bike my wife bought.. she didn't like the saddle, but I did.

You may have found a similar looking saddle on a website somewhere, but I would bet the contents of my wallet (mostly receipts and an Airmiles card) that the one that came on your Surly is a much much cheaper 'OEM' model. However, you are mistaken in thinking you can correlate the price to the comfort you will experience while riding... my two favorite saddles I have had since I started riding a lot about 25 years ago are the WTB SST OEM that came on my GT Karakorum and a cheap Ritchey branded Taiwanese saddle that came on a Concorde MTB I bought in the early '90s.

Edit: Also, the intended purpose of the pad in your bike shorts is actually not to act as padding, but to absorb moisture so you don't get a rash or chafing in your crotchular region. If the shape of a saddle is wrong for your arse then no amount of padding, either on top of the saddle or against your skin, will make it comfortable.

You need to try a new saddle - probably one with a different shape when viewed from the side or the back. Talk to the LBS and see if they won't let you try one out and return it for an exchange if you don't like it. Just don't ride in a kilt and there should be no problem with returning it if it still looks brand new.

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Old 08-01-12, 07:34 AM
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Thanks, for the feedback. I bought a Serfas with a flatter platform and little to no padding, my butt is way happier.

I thought the padding in the seat was part of the problem. My Jubile Sport still has the original blue suede Stella Italia on it and it's surprisingly comfortable for it's age.


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My wife has a WTB on one of her bikes and loves it. Different saddles for different folks.
+1 I've heard from a couple of wrenches that I talked to that WTB is one of those saddles that people either love or absolutely hate.


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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.
It's a STS, which they list at $140. If you want it, I'll sell it to you CHEAP. It does have a couple of small holes in it on both rear corners. Which, won't affect the peformance any, they're from my bike leaning on a rough surface, while it was locked up somewhere. The bike slide and the cement acted like a cheese grater. Both holes are along the frame, no padding is showing. You could cover them over with a little bit of expoxy and never have a problem. But, like I said, if you still want it, I'm reasonable in my expectations. I've seen too many crazy craigslist posts to be greedy.

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Old 08-01-12, 09:19 AM
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[X] is one of those saddles that people either love or absolutely hate.
could be a blanket generalization, to finding the saddle - posterior match.
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Old 08-01-12, 10:50 AM
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Do you mean the WTB SST?

Why do you think it is the $140 'Team' model, and not the $60 'Race' model, or (more likely) just a plain old SST, which the last time I saw one for sale was ~$30. Doesn't make a lot of sense for a manufacturer to put a $140 saddle on a $800 bike.
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I find the WTB saddles to fit every kind of bike riding style in one saddle. Jack of all trades great at none. I just put on a Speed Progel on my road bike and enjoy it. Maybe one negative, the exposed seams, might not have a life long with that?
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I'm a WTB hater; never found one I like, though I do have one in service currently (because it's ridden short distances, and color/styling is perfect!).

For me, the worst and common feature is the upswept nose, which just digs right into my "grundle." There's a relatively recent, or even current, model, which has less of that, and it's tolerably comfortable for an hour or so on the stationary bike, so that might suggest it's a decent road choice for me, too.

But yeah, if I'm spending money on a saddle, it's extremely unlikely I'll even look at WTB at this point, thanks to all the horrible experiences over the years.
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