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Old 05-25-18, 11:45 AM
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Looking for a new Saddle

So I am looking at replacing my saddle on my 1991 Trek 1200. I understand that saddles are very personal, but I am looking at budgeting around $75.00-$100.00. Any thoughts? I like riding longer rides, plan on doing my first century in Sept. I donít commute. I am thinking maybe a Brooks B17 (price is all over the place on those)? Any thoughts. Anything I should be looking for?

The saddle I have now is still usable but original to the bike (so 90ís vintage) and is falling apart... so itís life expectancy is running out.
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My butt likes the Flite Flow.

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There is a lot of hype surrounding Brooks saddles, but they aren't magical. I find a Brooks B17 to be comfortable on an upright town bike where the handlebars are higher than the saddle. This is the type of bike it was designed for. On a road bike a B17 is torture.

On a whim, I recently ebayed a <$20 dollar carbon saddle from China which turns out, for me, to be one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever tried.

For under $20 you can find hundreds of varieties of the same saddle on ebay with different colors and fake branding.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Ou...1cgO7GHbDNIoDw
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Fabric.

Replaced my Fizik saddle with a Fabric. Why did I wait so long?


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Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
I am thinking maybe a Brooks B17 (price is all over the place on those)? Any thoughts. Anything I should be looking for?
figure out what the width of your current saddle is first. Also, figure out if its flat or arched.
adjust the width and shape if necessary for this purchase.
if you like your current saddle, get something that has the same shape and width.


as a generic answer- brooks c17. I have a couple and love em. B17s are on a coulle bikes too, but the c17 looms more road bike oriented.
also, fabric is a good saddle to consider since they have different widths and saddle curve.
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Brooks Cambium C17 Carved .... I have them on all my bikes, and this is the saddle favoured by many people who ride Audax/long distance

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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
There is a lot of hype surrounding Brooks saddles, but they aren't magical. I find a Brooks B17 to be comfortable on an upright town bike where the handlebars are higher than the saddle. This is the type of bike it was designed for. On a road bike a B17 is torture.
That may be true for you, but not for everyone. I have a B17 on one of my road bikes and it has been fine. On the other hand, the wider B67 does not work for me on a road bike, but is perfect on an upright bike. Saddles really are a personal thing!
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Instead of going new, I took the saddle from my 1984 Peugeot to a local automotive upholstery shop. Picked out a new color leather and they recovered it in 2 days for $60. I figured since it was such a comfortable saddle, why not just recover instead of replace.
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Spcecialized Power it is an amazing saddle very comfortable
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
There is a lot of hype surrounding Brooks saddles, but they aren't magical. I find a Brooks B17 to be comfortable on an upright town bike where the handlebars are higher than the saddle. This is the type of bike it was designed for. On a road bike a B17 is torture.

On a whim, I recently ebayed a <$20 dollar carbon saddle from China which turns out, for me, to be one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever tried.

For under $20 you can find hundreds of varieties of the same saddle on ebay with different colors and fake branding.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Ou...1cgO7GHbDNIoDw
i completely agree having tried and owning 3 100$ + saddles and two 60-90$ ones I bought one of AliExpress similar to this one, expect it is advertised at 80 grams, it is full carbon with a similar design to this one. Hands down the best saddle Iíve tried, the vibrations are reduced from road imperfections and it just works.
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Old 05-25-18, 10:53 PM
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Brooks saddles are overrated, you need a modern saddle with a cutout or a section for your jewels and a drop off for your junk in the front such as the Specialized Power Saddles. Also consider the cheaper Specialized Avatar.

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Old 05-26-18, 06:00 PM
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Brooks saddles are overrated, you need a modern saddle with a cutout or a section for your jewels and a drop off for your junk in the front such as the Specialized Power Saddles. Also consider the cheaper Specialized Avatar.
I wondered about Specialized, I know the Toupe is pretty well liked by some. I am looking at the Power and Avatar on their website and on the website these look promising. I am not crazy about Specialized only because the dealer here I have not had the best luck with.... but they have a few locations so maybe I can try different store.
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Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
I wondered about Specialized, I know the Toupe is pretty well liked by some. I am looking at the Power and Avatar on their website and on the website these look promising. I am not crazy about Specialized only because the dealer here I have not had the best luck with.... but they have a few locations so maybe I can try different store.
I use Specialized because that's the easiest stock I can get with my family working for a Specialized dealer. There are other brands, those are the most common ones I look at between low and medium range budgets that tick all the boxes for what a modern saddle should have while being comfortable to ride for several hours. You can find similar anatomically correct saddles from just about every other brand.
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Old 05-26-18, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
I wondered about Specialized, I know the Toupe is pretty well liked by some. I am looking at the Power and Avatar on their website and on the website these look promising. I am not crazy about Specialized only because the dealer here I have not had the best luck with.... but they have a few locations so maybe I can try different store.
I really like all Specialized products, but the Toupe was the most uncomfortable saddle I've ever had my rear on.

This one works for me...
https://selleanatomica.com/collectio...es/products/h1
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thanks for posting that. I had one on my bike that was stolen, and was just looking for a good price on a replacement.

Sold out

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I'm a big fan of SMP saddles. The lower end series is in your price range.

I have an SMP Drakon on my roadbike (~$275) and an SMP Hell (<$100) on my Fat bike.
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Another vote for Brooks, with the caveats already mentioned. The B17 is perfect on my Bianchi, but not on my other bikes.
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Originally Posted by 1500SLR View Post
Brooks saddles are overrated, you need a modern saddle with a cutout or a section for your jewels and a drop off for your junk in the front such as the Specialized Power Saddles. Also consider the cheaper Specialized Avatar.
Overrated? How can anything subjective be overrated? Many people have the Brooks B17 and love them. Are they all wrong?
Personally, I started using one a year or two ago. It's a nice saddle and it's comfortable. It's not magically better than my old Prologo saddle but it's pretty darn good.
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Overrated? How can anything subjective be overrated? Many people have the Brooks B17 and love them. Are they all wrong?
Personally, I started using one a year or two ago. It's a nice saddle and it's comfortable. It's not magically better than my old Prologo saddle but it's pretty darn good.
They become overrated when the cult of Brooks takes over and that's the only word people can think of.
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I don't know how anyone can recommend a saddle when they're not you. After some experimentation I have settled on a Selle San Marco Concor Racing saddle.Will that work for you? How could I possibly know?
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Drop bar , bars lower than the saddle height ? you did not say ..

#1 , I don't gave your pelvis..

With tropical storm Alberto bearing down on the Gulf Coast , and many more to follow,

you may not want a Leather saddle so easily damaged by getting wet..

either from wheel spray ot leaving the bike parked..

Cheap? hit the Bike Shops There is a box of 'Take Off' Saddles..
new bikes come with a saddle , but the buyer buys something else ,

so the removed ones sell for less than same saddle if it has a display tag,

And so offers an opportunity, to try it a few days and swap it for another,

if you want to try more than one.



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Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
[left]So I am looking at replacing my saddle on my 1991 Trek 1200. I understand that saddles are very personal, but I am looking at budgeting around $75.00-$100.00. Any thoughts? I like riding longer rides, plan on doing my first century in Sept. I donít commute. I am thinking maybe a Brooks B17 (price is all over the place on those)? Any thoughts. Anything I should be looking for?
B17 is my favorite saddle, and a lot of folks seem to like it, so it might be a reasonable gamble. REI has it on sale (I think today is the last day), and they have a generous return policy.

https://www.rei.com/search.html?q=br...rsion=signals1
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Another vote for Fabric. The best thing about them (apart from the comfort) is the fact they make 3 profile shapes for the same saddle. Some prefer flat, some prefer rounded profiles, but it's all the same saddle. You'd be hard pressed to find a Fabric saddle that isn't comfortable because of this. Also removes other variables since the materials and construction is the same for each shape.
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Just looking at a single saddle, in my fairly large riding group there are more of these saddles than anything else: Selle Italia Man for men, and its look-alike, Selle Italia Diva for women. Some tandems have one of each. They seem to fit most everyone, an oddity in saddle-land.
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
Brooks Cambium C17 Carved .... I have them on all my bikes, and this is the saddle favoured by many people who ride Audax/long distance

I like the cambiums a lot but the 17's are a little wide for my liking. I have a C15,
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