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Arg, should I keep this wrong order?

Old 01-04-07, 08:06 PM
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Arg, should I keep this wrong order?

So I ordered this specialized toupe saddle right.


And they shipped me this:



The gel version is the same price, but it's 200 grams instead of 150 grams. I think it's also slightly thicker by 2mm or so. So, less aerodynamic and 50 grams heavier, should I just return it and get the regular toupe or keep it?
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I'm sorry, did you just say your SADDLE is less aerodynamic?

The Toupe Gel is a little more expensive IIRC, and might be a little comfier. I'd give it a shot. Depends on how much of a pain it is to return.
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I'd personally swap it.
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The Toupe is a great saddle without the need for gel. Send it back and get what you ordered.
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I'd keep it. "Ribbed for her pleasure"
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hehe... my saddle isn't very aerodynamic either, 'cause it's got my fat a$$ sitting on top

Call them and see how quickly they can exchange it... if it's not what you wanted, don't keep it, plain and simple (personally, I think the gel model looks nicer though)
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Wow, the same exact thing happened to me. Well, sorta. I went to the LBS to get a Toupe and they convinced me to the the Gel Toupe for just 10g more. Well 10g actually came out to 45g when I weighed it(the were clueless about the weights apparently). So I posted the same question here and everybody said to switch, so I took it back and got a regular Toupe w/o ever trying the Gel.

DO NOT USE THE GEL TOUPE. The regular Toupe is like 160 grams of a soft gentle breeze on a summer meadow gently caressing the buttocks. It's absurdly comfortable without the extra 45 grams. Absurdly. Send the gel back, pronto.

edit: here's another way to put it. There are lots of 200+ gram saddles that are very very comfortable and cost less, so why spend the extra dough? There aren't very many sub 160 gram saddles that are so comfortable, so it IS worth the extra dough.

edit2: also let me thank everybody who told me to switch, I would have been kicking myself otherwise.

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Wait... are you joking? Cause I was just joking..

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Wow, the same exact thing happened to me. Well, sorta. I went to the LBS to get a Toupe and they convinced me to the the Gel Toupe for just 10g more. Well 10g actually came out to 45g when I weighed it(the were clueless about the weights apparently). So I posted the same question here and everybody said to switch, so I took it back and got a regular Toupe w/o ever trying the Gel.

DO NOT USE THE GEL TOUPE. The regular Toupe is like 160 grams of a soft gentle breeze on a summer meadow gently caressing the buttocks. It's absurdly comfortable without the extra 45 grams. Absurdly. Send the gel back, pronto.

edit: here's another way to put it. There are lots of 200+ gram saddles that are very very comfortable and cost less, so why spend the extra dough? There aren't very many sub 160 gram saddles that are so comfortable, so it IS worth the extra dough.

edit2: also let me thank everybody who told me to switch, I would have been kicking myself otherwise.
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Originally Posted by grahny
hehe... my saddle isn't very aerodynamic either, 'cause it's got my fat a$$ sitting on top
Exactly.
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nope Why pay the same amount for more 33% more grammage, but the same comfort?

I'm not a weight weenie per se, but if given an obvious choice, I'll opt for less weight.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Exactly.

of course, if I were to throw mine, it may fly further than say, a less aerodynamic saddle .. ok, sorry, I'm done
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"The regular Toupe is like 160 grams of a soft gentle breeze on a summer meadow gently caressing the buttocks."

Umm, it seems like you have an unnatural attachment to your saddle.

To the OP: Specialized has about the most generous return policy I have ever experienced. You could ride either saddle for a month and get a full refund or exchange (at least that's their shoe policy).
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Originally Posted by branman1986
Wow, the same exact thing happened to me. Well, sorta. I went to the LBS to get a Toupe and they convinced me to the the Gel Toupe for just 10g more. Well 10g actually came out to 45g when I weighed it(the were clueless about the weights apparently). So I posted the same question here and everybody said to switch, so I took it back and got a regular Toupe w/o ever trying the Gel.

DO NOT USE THE GEL TOUPE. The regular Toupe is like 160 grams of a soft gentle breeze on a summer meadow gently caressing the buttocks. It's absurdly comfortable without the extra 45 grams. Absurdly. Send the gel back, pronto.

edit: here's another way to put it. There are lots of 200+ gram saddles that are very very comfortable and cost less, so why spend the extra dough? There aren't very many sub 160 gram saddles that are so comfortable, so it IS worth the extra dough.

edit2: also let me thank everybody who told me to switch, I would have been kicking myself otherwise.
But you'll never know if you would have liked the Gel Toupe more.
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true, but I know I'm more than satisfied w/o the extra 45 grams. I already have a comfortable 205 lb saddle.
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Originally Posted by branman1986
I already have a comfortable 205 lb saddle.
So you're a Brooks fan too, eh?
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hah, whoops, make that grams
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I have both and there's very little difference in terms of comfort. So it's a question of which bugs you more, 45 grams or the pain of exchange.
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I think a high-quality chamois makes for a much more significant difference in comfort than the very small amount of gel Specialized uses in their Gel Toupe.

I use the regular Toupe and it's pretty tough to improve on if it fits you properly. I don't even know it's there, it's that good.

P.S. I hope you post photos of this bike you are outfitting with new saddle, wheels etc.
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Right now I'm wearing nothing butt my Chamois...
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