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Finally found The Perfect saddle

Old 07-02-15, 07:18 PM
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Finally found The Perfect saddle

I have been going through saddle adjustments like its nobodies business trying to find the right saddle position. Went to a lbs and sat on that saddle sizing pad. I was measured as a medium. I had an old flight saddle which was about 140mm and was way to hard with an array of saddle adjustments. So I went and bought a Selle Italia Max Flite Gel 145mm. Rode that for months. Super soft but bounce when spinning but I still felt like my thigh was touching the saddle. So I went to a few lbs and found a older Specialized Alias Ti. Took if for a ride and I was like WTF this thing is 130mm and feels like Im sitting on pillows lol. I was stumped. I been riding a 145 cause that dam machine said I was a mediun since November. Rode back to the shop and paid for the saddle. Went home and jumped on the trainer to adjust/fine tune for a ride the next day. I couldn't sleep thinking how dam soft this seat was on my AZZ and how much more fun the ride should be lmaooo. Next day we rode 65 miles and my bunz didn't feel any pain like the previous week on a 55 mile ride with the Max Flite. Im still hype. I have never had a saddle fit so perfect where I didn't feel ANY Pain during the last 10 miles of the ride and the next day. I never thought this day would come
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Glad to hear, and not surprised as the sitz bone width measurement thing is not really relevant to a lot of riders, as it presumes you're going to sit on the saddle in a particuar way, specifically, in the same way you'd sit on a bench, which I think does not take a lot of native intelligence to conclude is not a good paradigm for how you sit on a bike saddle. Yet, it persists...
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Good stuff little devil! I must be one of the lucky noobs who doesn't have saddle problems... My first real saddle was a Specialized Riva which I believe is a great saddle for shorter distances because it's very comfortable but after about 20+ miles my a$$ starts going numb, it's also very cheap. To fix my numbing issues I got a Selle Italia Superflow SLR and oh boy, that thing was made in a$$ heaven, lol. Buns never go numb, it's super comfortable as well and I got used to it pretty quick, a little pricey but very worth it.
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Old 07-03-15, 04:33 AM
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Had the same experience. That gel pad that measures sitz bones said I needed a 143 mm saddle. Tried different saddles for a year with no positive result. For some unknown reason I decided to change the width and profile of my next saddle. Ended up with a San Marco Concors Racing at 134 mm and rounded when viewed from the rear. Works much, much better.
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I think that the saddle width and sitz bone width relationship are important to everybody. It is just not the same relationship that everybody needs. The Specialized method likely oversimplifies the whole thing a bit too much. Or to very rarely agree with chaadster, it may be a good idea but poor execution, i.e. they (Specialized) are doing the measurement in a way that is not right for everybody.
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Well, at some seat width, sitz width is irrelevant. Armchair comfort isn't dependent on width, for example, nor is a park bench, beach chair, stool, etc.

The issue is of how you sit on the seat and where the pressure of your weight is distributed. A narrow bike saddle that fits between your legs will bear weight very differently depending on riding posture and position, and is obviously different from the way you sit on a flat chair.

I think for most sport riders, there is no relationship between the results of measuring width between ischial tuberosities as recorded on flat surface, and saddle width across the middle of the rear portion (or flare, maybe they call it).

I don't know what the Specialized measuring system is, though, so unless it's somrthing like the "dents in the cushion" type system, I can't comment on it specifically.
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Might be a good idea if anyone does go and get measured to try a saddle slightly thinner then what they recommend. Go test ride the size the recommended and ride thinner saddles.
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Might be a good idea if anyone does go and get measured to try a saddle slightly thinner then what they recommend. Go test ride the size the recommended and ride thinner saddles.
That's what the OP did.
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Might be a good idea if anyone does go and get measured to try a saddle slightly thinner then what they recommend. Go test ride the size the recommended and ride thinner saddles.
I went from thin to not so thin and finally found my dream saddle.
I had never been measured before and once I finally did I found out I have a big azz at 155. I had been getting saddle sores for the last couple years where I've been riding a 132 Fizik Arione and a 135 Prologo Nago evo. After the fitting I got a 155 Specialized Romin Evo and it's heaven to me. I'm finally sitting on my sit bones instead of being perched on the saddle by my taint.
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Originally Posted by Diablito View Post
I have been going through saddle adjustments like its nobodies business trying to find the right saddle position. Went to a lbs and sat on that saddle sizing pad. I was measured as a medium. I had an old flight saddle which was about 140mm and was way to hard with an array of saddle adjustments. So I went and bought a Selle Italia Max Flite Gel 145mm. Rode that for months. Super soft but bounce when spinning but I still felt like my thigh was touching the saddle. So I went to a few lbs and found a older Specialized Alias Ti. Took if for a ride and I was like WTF this thing is 130mm and feels like Im sitting on pillows lol. I was stumped. I been riding a 145 cause that dam machine said I was a mediun since November. Rode back to the shop and paid for the saddle. Went home and jumped on the trainer to adjust/fine tune for a ride the next day. I couldn't sleep thinking how dam soft this seat was on my AZZ and how much more fun the ride should be lmaooo. Next day we rode 65 miles and my bunz didn't feel any pain like the previous week on a 55 mile ride with the Max Flite. Im still hype. I have never had a saddle fit so perfect where I didn't feel ANY Pain during the last 10 miles of the ride and the next day. I never thought this day would come
I had the first version of the Alias Ti with all the texturing and it just broke on me a week ago. 9 years of abuse finally caught up to it. Pretty much all of the silver and gray had worn off. Perfect saddle for me. Really comfy on long rides. They are known to break, so keep an eye out for it.

The Toupe I replaced it with is not quite as good for me, but I'm still tweaking it a bit before trying something else.
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Not easy to find on the web and I really need to change out what came on my bike...
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