Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Saddle Suggestions?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Saddle Suggestions?

Old 03-30-07, 03:43 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 165

Bikes: 2008 Wilier Le Roi

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Saddle Suggestions?

I love the idea of the Specialized Toupe, but I'm not too hot on paying $150 for a saddle. Are there any saddles that are functionally similar (and somewhat in weight) that don't cost quite so much? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

es
Vertr is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 04:12 PM
  #2  
L-I-V-I-N
 
dtrain's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Stafford, OR
Posts: 4,796
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Alias?
__________________
"The older you do get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin', man, L-I-V-I-N." - Wooderson

'14 carbon Synapse - '12 CAAD 10 5 - '99 Gary Fisher Big Sur
dtrain is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 04:16 PM
  #3  
climber has-been
 
terrymorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 7,352

Bikes: Scott Addict R1, Felt Z1

Liked 3,839 Times in 1,906 Posts
The Terry saddles are somewhat similar in shape to the Toupe but cost less:



A bit heavier, though.

If you're not married to the split saddle idea, the lightweight Selle Italia SLR still can be found for about $125:



Or if you want the split saddle, there's the Selle Italia Trans Am for under $100:

__________________
Ride, Rest, Repeat. ROUVY: terrymorse


terrymorse is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 04:59 PM
  #4  
Tandem Vincitur
 
Ritterview's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern California
Posts: 3,317

Bikes: BMC Pro Machine SLC01, Specialized Globe, Burley Rock 'N Roll tandem, Calfee Dragonfly tandem.

Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Cycling News has a feature on the Selle Italia SLR Teknologika Flow, which would probably look nice on your bike. I think it is more than $150 though. I can't figure out why it says 95 gms on the saddle, if Cycling News says it weighs 125 gms.




https://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?..._teknologika07
Ritterview is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 05:05 PM
  #5  
Upgrading my engine
 
DXchulo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Alamogordo
Posts: 6,218
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Too bad these aren't in stock. I was thinking about trying one.
DXchulo is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 05:10 PM
  #6  
Go Pre!
 
DreamTheater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 251

Bikes: Trek 1500

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yes the Selle Italia SLR is a great saddle!!

I'm currently using the Fizik Nisene...and I think it is the best saddle I have ever used. I need to buy some extras and put them away. Eventually saddles get discontinued or changed. Here's aNisene I found on ebay....

https://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-FIZIK-NISENE...QQcmdZViewItem
DreamTheater is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 06:31 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Surferbruce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Los Angeles/Aveyron France
Posts: 5,308
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Ritterview
I think it is more than $150 though.




https://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?..._teknologika07
retail is 449.00$ (!!!!)
Surferbruce is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 06:37 PM
  #8  
Training Wheels Member
 
kenny!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 261

Bikes: 2006 Cannondale R800

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just got a Toupe for $119 from a lbs. $140 plus a 15% sale.
kenny! is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 06:47 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Ktmartin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 114

Bikes: Cannondale F400

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would have paid $300 for my toupe, well worth the $150 to me.
Ktmartin is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 07:10 PM
  #10  
Transplant
 
Robobo1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 520

Bikes: A good one!

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pay the money for the Toupe!
Robobo1 is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 07:55 PM
  #11  
Old Frogman
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Posts: 46

Bikes: Specialized Sequoia Elite

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just got the Toupe Team saddle, switching from the Avatar. I have only rode the trainer for an hour so far but I am very impressed. I will be on the rode with it for the first time tomorrow. I will post a new saddle ride report here and a pic of the new Roubaix Comp that came under the Toupe.
__________________
"The only easy day was yesterday" "It only hurts for a little while"

05 Specialized Sequoia Elite
07 Specialized Roubaix Comp
frog21 is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 07:58 PM
  #12  
ride lots
 
Strong Bad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 933
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Selle San Marco Light
Strong Bad is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 07:59 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
VT Biker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,960

Bikes: Cannondale R700 (2005)

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Keep in mind the Fizik Arione or Aliante. A lot of riders find these saddles extremely comfortable.
VT Biker is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 08:47 PM
  #14  
Home, home again
 
Pharmr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: West Texas
Posts: 2,543

Bikes: Scott S10, Ultegra

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
man I've been totally confused by all the saddle talk...I want to get one, but there are so many threads about saddles and I get dizzy thinking about it.
Pharmr is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 10:11 PM
  #15  
Cat None
 
SDRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 4,508

Bikes: LOOK KG 461, LeMond Zurich, Giant Talon 29er 0

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by VT Biker
Keep in mind the Fizik Arione or Aliante. A lot of riders find these saddles extremely comfortable.
+1 Fizik Arione. I have that saddle on both of my road bikes with thousands of miles on them.
SDRider is offline  
Old 03-30-07, 10:57 PM
  #16  
Magnesium Dogmatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 1,939

Bikes: Look 585 Ultra, Pinarello Dogma, Pegoretti Duende, Orbea, Cannondale Capo

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by DreamTheater
Yes the Selle Italia SLR is a great saddle!!

I'm currently using the Fizik Nisene...and I think it is the best saddle I have ever used. I need to buy some extras and put them away. Eventually saddles get discontinued or changed. Here's aNisene I found on ebay....

https://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-FIZIK-NISENE...QQcmdZViewItem
+1 - I have the SLR Gel Flow and I love it.
haimtoeg is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 12:39 AM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Californ-aye-ay
Posts: 123
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I couldnt do the Toupe. It wasnt the hardness, but the corner of the saddle would just chaff soft tissue. Tried both standard and Gel to no avail. I now have the alias. It was $99 and works great..a little heavier but I value my comfort more than grams.
cacatfish is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 01:40 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,418
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
https://www.serfas.com/performance_saddles/TRCM.shtml

I like the Serfas Terazzo Select. It can be found $109 retail and less on-line.

https://bgindy.com/itemdetails.cfm?catalogId=1&id=8786
Cost at my lbs.

https://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/co...6_2509crx.aspx
Three reviews.
dekindy is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 07:35 AM
  #19  
Banned.
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posts: 4,761

Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce

Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
First you need to measure your sit bones distance between each other (from the middle of one sit bone to the middle of the other) and take that measurement and find a seat where that measure would put your sitbones right in the center of the padding and not off the sides of the padding.

I know you don't want to spend $150 for a saddle but the only chance you have at limited success is to do the measurement I explained above; if you don't you could easily spend $350 on saddles over the next 5 years trying to find a comfortable one! Just because one rider or another says this saddle or that is the most comfortable, or reviews say this saddle is, doesn't mean squat since all humans have different butts. I went through 12 or 13 saddles in a 11 year period trying to find a comfortable one before I went for broke and bought a Brooks Swift Ti saddle, and now my search as ended. None of the LBS's would let me ride a saddle for 3 months to see if either the seat and or my butt would get comfortable...duh! A leather saddle will conform to your butt rather then expecting your butt to conform to the saddle-which it won't do without loudly complaining.
froze is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 07:57 AM
  #20  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 37
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What is everyones thoughts on the Selle SMP Strike Evolution Saddle?
Hyaboosta is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 08:10 AM
  #21  
bbp
hooray for spring
 
bbp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Palmdale, CA
Posts: 1,067

Bikes: 2008 Look 586

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hit up ebay. You can usually find a good deal on a used Toupe or SLR.

I don't know why the new SLR Teknologica FLow is $450. It's not much lighter if any over the other regular SLRs and the C64 is way lighter.
bbp is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 12:01 PM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 692
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
I paid $75 for my Toupe. It was barely used and had a small (~3mm) rub on the very edge on the back, right under the Toupe Ti 143 lettering. Solution? Colored electrical tape around the edge to match the accent on my bike. No one else has a yellow accented Toupe!

-Steve
dur4ce is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 01:20 PM
  #23  
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Posts: 8,850

Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Strong Bad
I second the notion to get one of the classic saddles, I use a Turbo look-alike made by Vetta in the late 80's and it feels great, even without a cover.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 01:22 PM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
-VELOCITY-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 1,919

Bikes: Giant Revel 2 & Loco Fixie "The Marley"

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I use to use a saddle that was more or less the same design style, but I found it to be so painful. I'm now a Brooks B-17 happy and pain free rider.
-VELOCITY- is offline  
Old 03-31-07, 01:24 PM
  #25  
EdZ
Clinically Insane
 
EdZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 765
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The Toupe is a rip off. Get an SLR, handmade in Italy with really nice Italian Leather. Worth every penny.
EdZ is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.