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Old 08-22-19, 01:51 PM
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Split-nose saddles?

Hi all,

I used to bike a lot when I was younger. I'm getting back into it and bought a used Schwinn Searcher hybrid. The trails I ride are mostly flat and paved with some gravel, occasionally I do hills or trails that are a bit more gravelly / muddy. Despite some fine-tuning on the seat, I still get some numbness and I'm thinking of trying a split-nose saddle, but I only really find info on Adamo/ISM saddles for time-trials and triathalons. I sit in a fairly aggressive position for a hybrid, and I've considered switching to down bars, but I am by no means interested in racing, just moderate exercise and road commutes. I also don't want to spend as much as a new Adamo/ISM saddle costs, though I might buy one used. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-23-19, 09:52 AM
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WTB saddles, I have the WTB Rocket Pro. The MSRP is $90 but you can find them usually for less. I paid $50 I think. The saddle has a channel which for me eliminated any numbness. Note with WTB has many models and each model has a sub model, Comp, Race, Pro, Team and Carbon. I have an recommend the Pro level.
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Old 08-23-19, 11:12 AM
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WTB saddles, I have the WTB Rocket Pro. The MSRP is $90 but you can find them usually for less. I paid $50 I think. The saddle has a channel which for me eliminated any numbness. Note with WTB has many models and each model has a sub model, Comp, Race, Pro, Team and Carbon. I have an recommend the Pro level.
Thanks for the suggestion! I haven't heard of WTB. Those sort of look like my current saddle - it has a narrow channel and I'm still getting some numbness despite what I think is adequately accurate saddle position. I've heard that the channel has to be pretty wide to help? So I was sort of going to the extreme looking at the ISM saddles, but I might give WTB a try, especially since I'm not doing the time trials or triathalons like the ISM saddles are made for.
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Old 08-26-19, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by jweingarden View Post
Thanks for the suggestion! I haven't heard of WTB. Those sort of look like my current saddle - it has a narrow channel and I'm still getting some numbness despite what I think is adequately accurate saddle position. I've heard that the channel has to be pretty wide to help? So I was sort of going to the extreme looking at the ISM saddles, but I might give WTB a try, especially since I'm not doing the time trials or triathalons like the ISM saddles are made for.
Channels along with the narrowest nose you can find on the desired Saddle : I found that a Narrow seat with a narrow nose and decent channel serves me better then a big padded one.

The Seat that came on My FX3 has a channel and is more comfortable then most seats I have tried. Saddle position makes a difference But I found handle bar position also does. Bigger difference then I originally expected
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My own experience with a saddle with a hole in the middle is oddly enough, my body could rub against the top end of the holes. It didn't produce a feeling I liked. I like the WTB Rocket Sport 130mm. I believe it still might be sold at chainreactioncycles.

Gel saddles I find are too soft which I think cuts the circulation to your behind which results in being numb there.
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Old 08-28-19, 03:11 PM
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The Terry Liberator saddle gets good reviews from a wide range of recreational riders.
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