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Does anyone opt for a heavier saddle on their light bike?

Old 08-27-08, 05:00 PM
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Does anyone opt for a heavier saddle on their light bike?

I'm a shortie so my bike only weighs about 15.5 lbs. I have an Arione now but I might go to something with more cushion than one of the lightweight types that are in vogue today. Maybe something in the 275-300 gm range like a Rolls or Regal w/Ti rails but preferably with a cutout like a Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow or a MaxFlite Gel Flow.

Any opinions on the heavier side of modern saddles?

(no, I do not want a Brooks)

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Have you considered a Brooks?

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I love the classic Selle Italia Flite Ti. It was one of the lightest of its day but it's a middle-weight now.
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Have you considered a Brooks?

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I went from a lightweight Toupe to a regular Arione until I was able to get the lighter CX version. The regular Arione is much heavier than the Toupe but the CX is only very slightly (a few grams) heavier.
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I just listed a Sella San Marco Rolls on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220274348909

It's a very comfortable saddle.
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Comfort vs. Weight = Comfort wins every time. You can't achieve anywhere near peak power output with a sore butt.
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^unless it invokes horse to barn syndrome.
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The heaviest saddle I use is a 2001 Selle Italia Flite Titanium Rail.

264 grams.
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i ride a rolls and i like it. my bike is not light though. i dont think you should worry about the weight
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Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
Does anyone opt for a heavier saddle on their light bike?
Many of the pro riders do, particularly the sprinters and bigger guys! Check out the archives at cyclingnews.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/#pro

Concor, Regal, Flite and Arione are all pretty common there.
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When it comes to saddles, if it feels good I wouldn't care much about the weight. Unless you're talking ridiculously heavy . . .
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I ride a 15 lb scott CR1 with full Red gruppo and I use a 300gram Selle San Marco Regal...if its good enough for the pros for so many years... Always go for comfort if your bike is already light...
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Forget weight, go for comfort. With reasonable wheels (Fulcrum Racing 7) and a light saddle (E3 ti) my Cannondale 3.0 from 20 years ago, modernized with a carbon fork, lightweight groupset (SRAM Rival) clocks in at about 17 lbs. But, I slap on Ultegra/Open Pros and a Brooks Team Pro to crank the sucker up a couple lbs. No worries, I like riding it better heavy
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Regal on every bike.
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I use the san marco ti rolls. Best saddle I've owned... I forget it's there sometimes.
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the saddle is the one place most weight weenies will sacrifice comfort over grams.

but the arione is considered one of the most comfortable saddles.
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Regal on every bike.
yep, me too.
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Just put an Arione on mine, because I liked the looks, the weight, and I have never met a saddle I didn't like. Now the Arione may be on it's way out. You'll benefit more from riding farther than sheding a small amount of weight.
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Originally Posted by wideAMG View Post
the saddle is the one place most weight weenies will sacrifice comfort over grams.

but the arione is considered one of the most comfortable saddles.
Most of us Weight Weenies choose to sacrifice neither of these virtues.

Behold.

It's light. It's functional. It's expensive.

Just the way we like it.
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selle flite vanadium rails, beats the Hell out of my old selle flite TT .....go for comfort
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Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow on the gios compact pro and the gios fixie; specialized toupe gel on the PF RS2; Brooks Team Pro on the Cannondale caad 5 (frame weighs about 1250g**
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I have a 16.5-lb bike, and a boat anchor for a seat (Brooks B17, albeit w/titanium rails.) I tried to go the light route w/ a Toupe, but after a couple hundred miles of sore butt I went back to the seat that helped get me back into cycling again.
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Originally Posted by squamish5 View Post
selle flite vanadium rails, beats the Hell out of my old selle flite TT .....go for comfort
I picked up a TT cheap on eBay. I figured hey, it's the same shape as my Flite Ti, it should be just as comfortable, right?

It just killed my butt. Went right back to the Flite Ti and it felt like an easy chair.
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Nope....I feel the newer light saddles are just as comfortable as the old school heavier saddles. I have a Toupe on my light bike and a Selle Italia Turbo on my heavy bike.
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