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Is a road saddle supposed to be perfectly level?

Old 04-21-08, 09:18 PM
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Is a road saddle supposed to be perfectly level?

I noticed that alot of pro riders have the nose of their bike saddles tilted up, some more than others. Why would they do this?

What is the general accepted way of mounting a road saddle?
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Old 04-21-08, 09:39 PM
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sometimes ppl tilt the nose up because the saddle has a dip in it so if you tilt it up, the rear section of the saddle will become flat and horizontal with the ground.

the general way is to mount it the way it feels most comfortable for you. just mess around with the tilt and you'll figure out how you should tilt your saddle. I find that i'm most comfortable with it level at the moment.
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Old 04-21-08, 09:44 PM
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I've always just tried to do what was the most comfortable. If I go level with my Specialized Avatar saddle, I have a lot of soft-tissue pressure. Since lowering the nose, ever so slightly, that pressure has been reduced.
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Old 04-21-08, 10:12 PM
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Pay more attention to what works for .. you. Pros do weird things for lots of reasons. They also have team mechanics, and typically have access to fit experts at will. What works for your arse will probably not work for a pro's.

There is no right answer to your poll. The "Dunno" option isn't quite right either. And no, I'm not being mean.
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Old 04-21-08, 10:27 PM
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Mine is tilted upwards in order to give it a more or less level surface. However, it is not tilted upwards like bmx bike saddles.
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Old 04-21-08, 10:29 PM
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I had to tilt my classic Flite slightly down, my Bianchi saddle slightly down, my Flite Gel Flow level, and my San Marco SKN level... all with the same bike. It depends.
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Personal preference, but nose down in order to keep my weight on my pelvic bones
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Yeah, depends on the shape of the saddle. All my Wtb's have a noticeable rise in the back, so nose up compensates for this. My Forte Pro RS1 is flat, so it's pretty level - same with my son's Fizik Arione.
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Old 04-21-08, 11:37 PM
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there is only ONE answer to geometry questions about bikes.... whatever....is....com...for....table.
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Old 04-22-08, 12:07 AM
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Brooks B-17's generally get pointed up.
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The goal is to have your saddle "level" but you may have to tilt it up or downwards in order to achieve.
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I have my current Selle San marco concor light RR a little bit nose up almost level. But my previous SLE was pretty much level. My older specialized toupe was nose down
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I had my saddle very aggressively tilted nose down for about a year. It worked for me. But now I want to try putting it level.
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Originally Posted by Autobus View Post
I noticed that alot of pro riders have the nose of their bike saddles tilted up, some more than others. Why would they do this?

The life of a pro cyclist is so hard, they would never want their offspring to grow up to be professional cylcists. Yet human nature being what it is, they realize if they reproduce there is a good chance their spawn will become racers.

Thus they spend long hours on upturned saddles as a form of birth control.
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Old 04-22-08, 07:46 AM
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I've found that the most comfortable position for my Arione is a degree or two of nose-down.
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Old 04-22-08, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
The life of a pro cyclist is so hard, they would never want their offspring to grow up to be professional cylcists. Yet human nature being what it is, they realize if they reproduce there is a good chance their spawn will become racers.

Thus they spend long hours on upturned saddles as a form of birth control.
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Old 04-22-08, 08:26 AM
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I mount the saddle so that the nose is level, with the tail flared up slightly. Works great on my Avatars, worked great with a Brooks Swift...
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Proper position is what feels right. If you change the adjustment one way or the other by a couple degrees, it will either feel better or worse. If you can't tell the difference, you're not riding far enough. Keep adjusting until changes in either direction feel worse and you've found the best place. For me, best position is very slight tilt down. I wouldn't want to spend a day climbing with the nose pointed up.
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Old 04-22-08, 09:48 AM
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Depends on the shape of the saddle, but for me would be flat or front slightly tipped down.
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Old 04-23-08, 08:50 AM
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So, you just run a carpenter's lever from the rear of the saddle to the nose? I guess a Fizik Arione would get different results over an Alliante with it's contours?
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I dont know which pro you saw running an up tilted saddle, but I would guess it was a climber who likes to climb from his butt a lot. With a slight up tilt you slide back on your saddle and engage your hamstrings, glutes, and calves a lot more so it gives you the ability to recover your quads for out of the saddle efforts over shorter distances.

I ride an uptilted saddle and everyone gives me crap about, but I love to climb while seated when doing bigger climbs and I find that I can sustain a higher level by being able to easily switch muscle groups.

thats my 2 haypennies
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Old 08-02-08, 10:57 PM
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I voted "dunno" because I dunno what's comfortable for you.

One of my saddles is tilted up. One is level. One I haven't sat on in 3 months so I don't know how it's tilted. But they're all set to comfort, whichever tilt that involves.

My racing bike saddle (Selle San Marco Glamour) is tilted ever so slightly upward because I hate sliding forward.

Whatever works for you is where you set your saddle.
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Old 08-02-08, 11:32 PM
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Fiddle about.


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