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Best <$50 Saddle

Old 07-18-07, 08:22 AM
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Best <$50 Saddle

Looking to replace the worn saddle on by rebuilt Schwinn SuperSport (1984 vintage). What's the most comfortable lightweight saddle I can get for less than $50.00
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ebay. Look for an fizik aliante sport or just search specialized. They have a lot of saddles.
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Hm. Comfortable and lightweight. How light? The Performance Forte SLX saddle is 197 grams and gets very good reviews. I've got the prior model, the SL and it suits my booty fine.

I'm not sure how it will look on a vintage bike though. It's sort of a racing saddle.

All of this assumes you are using cycling shorts, right?
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Originally Posted by bsyptak
Hm. Comfortable and lightweight. How light? The Performance Forte SLX saddle is 197 grams and gets very good reviews. I've got the prior model, the SL and it suits my booty fine.

I'm not sure how it will look on a vintage bike though. It's sort of a racing saddle.

All of this assumes you are using cycling shorts, right?
The bike is a "resto-mod" kind of creation, with no intentions of retaining any vintage looks. It's set up with Ultegra components including brifters, clipless peddles, Mavic wheels, etc., so I'm not concerned with the looks. I've thought about the Brooks Ti saddle, but I'm just too darn cheap.

And yes, I'm a dedicated biking short wearer.
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Originally Posted by bsyptak
Hm. Comfortable and lightweight. How light? The Performance Forte SLX saddle is 197 grams and gets very good reviews. I've got the prior model, the SL and it suits my booty fine.

I'm not sure how it will look on a vintage bike though. It's sort of a racing saddle.

All of this assumes you are using cycling shorts, right?
One ride and the finish on my "Forte SLX" began to wear off right at the sit bones. Back it went.
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Originally Posted by sancocho
One ride and the finish on my "Forte SLX" began to wear off right at the sit bones. Back it went.
I had the same issue.

However I found the Serfas Stinger on eBay. It looks similar to the Forté Pro SLX Saddle (without the embroidery).

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=stinger
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Other day I was at Performance store and apparently the new Forté Pro SLX Saddles doesn't have the embroidery anymore. I guess this is 2007 version that is different from what is on the web site photo.
This is a great saddle, I have 2500 miles on them.
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Oh come on. Bite it and get the Brooks. It'll outlast three other saddles. You know you want it..

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PBK has the San Marco Rolls which some people swear by. Also, the Concor is an amazing saddle.
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I have a Forte Fusion on my commuter, it's pretty nice.
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Originally Posted by sancocho
One ride and the finish on my "Forte SLX" began to wear off right at the sit bones. Back it went.

I haven't had that problem and I have a couple of thousand miles on it. Of course, I wear Performance bibs so maybe it's a compatability issue.
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Originally Posted by JSChance
Looking to replace the worn saddle on by rebuilt Schwinn SuperSport (1984 vintage). What's the most comfortable lightweight saddle I can get for less than $50.00
+1 for a Fizik Aliante Sport off ebay. It's the Aliante Gamma minus the carbon shell for about $50-60 less.
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Yawn, all your replies are worthless. The Best <$50 saddle is one that doesn't make your ass hurt after a century. Please tell me how the hell you'd know that if you weren't the OP.
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maybe try a specialized avatar?
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I love the specialized Alias and just got one brand new on ebay for 62 bucks. I'm sure you can find a used one under 50. I had the Specialized Toupe, but it was too narrow for my sitbones. If you have a specialized dealer in the area go to the store and sit on their ass-o-meter. It will tell you what width to get. Too narrow and it will hurt. The 155 width is perfect for me...
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I have this https://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-TOKEN-RTM-Ke...QQcmdZViewItem

and its super comfy, at least to me. Took a bit to break in. It is a hair over 50 bucks though.
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Just get a damn brooks...The B17 will be much more comfortable than any plastic saddle. Plastic saddles are the number #1 cause of saddle sores. Don't let the weight weenies get to you. All plastic saddles are fine but not for long term comfort. Leather really does breath well and cool the bum. The brooks will be about 65$ shipped to your door if you look on ebay.
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How do you break in a plastic saddle with a foam pad?

You can't break in a plastic saddle. They are already broken by a flawed design. No breathability.
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I think that the Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow saddle is on sale right now for $49.99 at either Performance or Nashbar, can't recall which. I have the same and love it.
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Originally Posted by bsyptak
Hm. Comfortable and lightweight. How light? The Performance Forte SLX saddle is 197 grams and gets very good reviews. I've got the prior model, the SL and it suits my booty fine.

I'm not sure how it will look on a vintage bike though. It's sort of a racing saddle.

All of this assumes you are using cycling shorts, right?
That's what I put on my ancient peugeot when the stock saddle ate it in a crash. I think it's almost as comfy as the specialized alias on my new bike, and who can tell what it looks like when you're riding it?

BTW, I think they're on sale now for $39.
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I've been real happy with my Specialized Avatar. Another guy I ride with likes his Avatar too.
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Ooh, I can answer this. WTB Shadow V, $49.99 at Performance with free delivery. Regularly $120. It's well-padded, racer-shaped, unlike some of the pieces of pie WTB passes off as saddles, and is 198 grams on my scale. I've ordered two more. I've tried the "minimalist" saddles and just need a little more cushion.
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I've already got one Brooks, it's just on my regular commuter bike (also a modded old schwinn, 1978 LeTour III). It's a Honey B17 and I'm really starting to appreciate it (just got it at Christmas time, so I'm still breaking it in).

I'll look into some of the recommended saddles and see what I can find.
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Originally Posted by operator
Yawn, all your replies are worthless. The Best <$50 saddle is one that doesn't make your ass hurt after a century. Please tell me how the hell you'd know that if you weren't the OP.
Where did the OP say anything about centuries?
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