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Which saddle to try next?

Old 10-27-08, 07:56 PM
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Which saddle to try next?

I've been using a Selle San Marco Concor Light for over 500 miles now, I got it because it's small and narrow, I figured that'd be a good starting point since I am really thin.

I don't think I like it:

1. People always say they like the raised back side because it gives the sit bones a place to be comfy, but I hurt that way.
2. I can feel a lot of pressure in the perineal area, and my guys get numb.

And these happen even when it's just a quick 20-mile loop.

So...based on these symptoms, which saddle do you think I should try next? Apologies for the limited information, ask and I'll try to give more.
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Old 10-27-08, 08:48 PM
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Its hard to give a definite model that would suit you. You should look into neuvation saddles, they've got "generic" copies of some popular models.
Prices are really good (around 60 I think) and they also accept returns so you can cylcle through all the models.
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Find a bike shop that doesn't have their head up their ass and ask them to measure your sit bones so you can determine what width seat you have.

I screwed around with a dozen 140 mm wide seats thinking one would be better than the next...then I had my ass measured and I need a 155mm seat to properly support my sitbones.

It made ALL the difference in the world.
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What's the difference between Selle Italia's Flite Gel Flow and SLR Gel Flow? They kinda look the same...

Bike shops that I've been to suck here, it's a shame. Although I do know that my bones are around 130.
I think I wanna try something that has a bit more padding, a cutout, and doesn't have a raised back.
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Go to this website and find a LBS in your area that will measure your sit bones. I've read a lot of good things about the Specialized body geometry saddles and just picked up an Alias 143cm and it feels good, although I only have one ride to base that on right now. It's flat and has the cutout. Saddle fit is a personal thing. Nobody will be able to tell you what will fit. Your best bet is to get measured and start trying saddles.

http://www.specialized.com
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http://www.ismseat.com/
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Originally Posted by gearhead82 View Post
Go to this website and find a LBS in your area that will measure your sit bones. I've read a lot of good things about the Specialized body geometry saddles and just picked up an Alias 143cm and it feels good, although I only have one ride to base that on right now. It's flat and has the cutout. Saddle fit is a personal thing. Nobody will be able to tell you what will fit. Your best bet is to get measured and start trying saddles.
Interesting. I got measured and took a Toupe Gel for a 45mi ride last Sunday. It was truely the worst saddle I've ever ridden! The Selle SMP Strike Extra I bought for $80 from Performance is still the best thing I'd found. The cutout on that saddle actually makes a difference and there's just enough padding and width that I can ride it all day...

FWIW, Competitive Cyclist has an interesting saddle demo program. For $75, they'll send you 11 of their best-selling high-end ass hatchets. You ride them for a week, then ship them back. If you buy a saddle from them within 30 days of the demo, they give you a $35 credit. Seems slightly pricey to me, but it's a good way to try a bunch of saddles quickly and without hassle. Much better than my LBS, which wants you to pay up-front for anything they don't have in stock and then tells you it's non-returnable since it was a special order!
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Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
Much better than my LBS, which wants you to pay up-front for anything they don't have in stock and then tells you it's non-returnable since it was a special order!
Hell...when I bought my bike, the LBS won't even order different sizes for me to try, and they did not have a single bike in stock. When I asked what happens if it doesn't fit, the owner literally said, "uhh...we'll make it fit."
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Originally Posted by hao View Post
Hell...when I bought my bike, the LBS won't even order different sizes for me to try, and they did not have a single bike in stock. When I asked what happens if it doesn't fit, the owner literally said, "uhh...we'll make it fit."
And you bought a bike from this shop? Are you nuts?
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FWIW I like saddles with no padding. The Fizik K:1 is a dream. I've not had numb junk since I put it on and I'm good for 4+ hours of riding with no butt soreness.
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I can vouch for Koobi. No numbnutz whatsoever, even on trainer sessions where every other saddle was a problem for me.
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It's an ass-saddle non-conforming interface problem. Try a (non-gel) Toupe- they're quite flat along the top. It helps with problems caused by that "ridge" down the middle that many saddles seems to have. They come in two different sizes, though, and Specialized ass-o-meter helps you decide which might fit better.
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I tried that crappy performance E3 Saddle. I read the reviews and people said that if it fit, it was awesome, it didn't fit at all!!!!
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Originally Posted by hao View Post
What's the difference between Selle Italia's Flite Gel Flow and SLR Gel Flow? They kinda look the same...

Bike shops that I've been to suck here, it's a shame. Although I do know that my bones are around 130.
I think I wanna try something that has a bit more padding, a cutout, and doesn't have a raised back.
They really are different shapes. The SLR is flat so to speak.

See the difference here
Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow - Saddle curves at the sides
Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow - Saddle doesn't curve at the sides

I would encourage you to figure out what the width your sit bones are to get you pointed in the right direction. Find a shop with an Ass-o-meter and let them tell you the measurement they pull off there. Sometimes they just tell you what saddle they have they can sell you based on the measurement but they wont be helpful to you.

With that measurement start looking into saddles that will work. For example I'm approx 120-126mm (sit bone width) and ride a 136m SMP Glider. If you suffer with numbness look into cutouts, if you have sit bone discomfort ensure you get a saddle that offers support for your width.

Hope that helps,
Rob
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