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Old 04-15-06, 11:52 PM
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Help: Aliante Saddles

My new bike came with an Aliante Sport, which apparently is a cheaper version of the Aliante. It shows. After 30 miles or so, it gets painful to ride. I thought it needed breaking in but I've done about 200 miles on it already and it still hurts. I hate to say it but my Forte saddle (read Performance Bikes) felt better.

Now I'm in a bit of a Dilemma. Should I go get a real Aliante? I've heard nothing but good things about them. If I do, should I save some money and get the Ti version instead of the Carbon version? My problem is that I don't even know what was it that they changed in the "sport" version to make it so damn uncomfortable! The new saddle puts a lot more pressure on the perineal area. My Forte had the cut out. So how does the real Aliante avoid that problem without the cut-out??? Anyone with Aliante able to tell me? I don't mind making the investment for a good saddle.

Any opinions on the Arione?

Thanks.

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Old 04-16-06, 12:12 AM
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This is speculation, but I doubt that switching Aliante models would help; either the shape fits or it doesn't. I have the ti railed version of the Aliante, and initially I had a hard time dialing in the position. When the saddle is horizontal, I tend to slide forward due to the shape of the saddle and the very smooth texture of the cover. This put extra pressure on my arms and shoulders, and I kept feeling like I needed to scoot back on the saddle. Tilting the nose of the saddle up slightly seemed to help. However, that also seemed to cause some discomfort. I found that sliding the saddle about 1 cm forward on the rails helped a lot. That seemed to put my weight back on the broad part of the saddle, rather than the nose of the saddle. The Aliante seems to be very particular to adjust, and small changes seem to make a big difference. I'd try tweaking the position some more before buying the upgraded version. Personally, I'm still unconvinced that the Aliante is the best fit for me, and I may go back to Selle Italia saddles. Good luck.
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sounds to me like the Aliante saddle just doesn't fit you. Some people just don't fit with some saddles.

Maybe look into trying a different brand of saddle? See if your LBS will let you try a few, so you can find what you like.
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What do you guys think of the Specialized Toupe?

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No opinions on the Specialized Toupe? I really like their BG shoes so mayble the BG stuff is for real and not just marketing.
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I have put Aliante Sport saddles on both my bikes and I love them. The difference is that the body is made of plastic instead of carbon. This makes it a little heavier. It probably is slightly more rigid, as well. The carbon is supposed to have a little give to absorb vibration and mold to your body. I doubt that it would make that much difference in your case. I would try a different style saddle, if I were you.
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I have a couple of Aliante Ti and to me, they look like identical shapes to the sport....just a change in materials. The Aliante is fine for some and an ass hatchet to others......I think that you may be in the latter group. You should be able to get a good price for your saddle or trade?
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Originally Posted by Comatose51
No opinions on the Specialized Toupe? I really like their BG shoes so mayble the BG stuff is for real and not just marketing.
Can't say much about the Toupe, but I just put my first 35 miles on the Alias and it seems like a winner. My legs and rear feel great. Friday I did my first 50 mile ride of the year, and my butt made a convincing argument that I needed a new saddle. I was interested in the Toupe, but the LBS only had it in white. It flexed amazingly in the hand and was very light.
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Originally Posted by Comatose51
My new bike came with an Aliante Sport, which apparently is a cheaper version of the Aliante. It shows. After 30 miles or so, it gets painful to ride. I thought it needed breaking in but I've done about 200 miles on it already and it still hurts. I hate to say it but my Forte saddle (read Performance Bikes) felt better.

Now I'm in a bit of a Dilemma. Should I go get a real Aliante? I've heard nothing but good things about them. If I do, should I save some money and get the Ti version instead of the Carbon version? My problem is that I don't even know what was it that they changed in the "sport" version to make it so damn uncomfortable! The new saddle puts a lot more pressure on the perineal area. My Forte had the cut out. So how does the real Aliante avoid that problem without the cut-out??? Anyone with Aliante able to tell me? I don't mind making the investment for a good saddle.

Any opinions on the Arione?

Thanks.

I went through the same ordeal. First got an Aliante Sport (by mistake, didn't know the difference) and then got the expensive Aliante Carbon. They are the same saddle except for the rails amount of carbon use in the seat. The form is the same, so if one doen't fit you the other won't either. The Aliante was too narrow for me so it hurt after about 40-50 miles. The Arione was much better (it's flatter with the rear going up a bit, a longer) but still not wide enough. I needed to go as wide as 143mm so the Specialized Alias was good although too hard, the San Marco Rever is the one I settled on.
From the Fizik saddles the Arione was, by far, my favorite. I liked the wider front, the extra length, the flatter profile, and the rear going up a bit.
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Cool! I switched my saddle to a Specialized Toupe today. They only had the white one in stock in the size I wanted. It's fine since the Synapse has quite a bit of white to start and matches well actually. I'll kind of stick out now because of it, which is something I've tried to avoid. The flatter profile and cut out in the middle seems more "natural" to me since I got used to riding on my Forte saddle on my other bike. It's not very intuitive because it's harder than the Aliante but it just feels better.

Thanks guys for saving me from making a mistake. Although Specialized on a CDale will definitely get from disapproving looks from CDale die hards.
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