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Old 04-06-09, 10:18 AM
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Wide flat saddle

Hi, had a re-fit for my road bike this weekend and the fitter said my current saddle (Specialized Avatar) is not wide enough for my sit bones (I believe him). He suggested a saddle with a wide, flat back section. Most of the saddles I see advertised and in the bike shops have back sections that taper off on the edges. Can anyone recommend a saddle that is "flat" on the back?
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Old 04-06-09, 10:38 AM
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Old 04-06-09, 10:46 AM
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Old 04-06-09, 12:19 PM
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What width is your current avatar? You know they come in widths up to 155 in that some model?
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Old 04-06-09, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Keepfiring View Post
What width is your current avatar? You know they come in widths up to 155 in that some model?
Ah, good question! I will have to check when I get home. Thanks for the question/info.
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Old 04-06-09, 12:48 PM
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The Specialized Phenom is flat... and stiff as a board too.
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Old 04-06-09, 01:15 PM
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Thanks, bryceepoo, that looks good, but have you tried the Toupe? Reading the reviews of Specialized saddles led me to that model. It sounds about right. Anyone?
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specialized alias... in whatever width you need it.
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So how do they actually manage to tell whether your saddle is too narrow for your sit bones...

Sorry, might be a stupid question. Never had a bike fitted...
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Originally Posted by Burkevillebrewr View Post
Thanks, bryceepoo, that looks good, but have you tried the Toupe? Reading the reviews of Specialized saddles led me to that model. It sounds about right. Anyone?

Saddles are a personal thing because everyone will have ones that work and others that don't; the Toupe was terrible for me but the Arione has been great.
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Old 04-06-09, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
So how do they actually manage to tell whether your saddle is too narrow for your sit bones...

Sorry, might be a stupid question. Never had a bike fitted...
Measure the span b/t yer bones. Better yet, get a hot babe to do it for you.
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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
So how do they actually manage to tell whether your saddle is too narrow for your sit bones...

Sorry, might be a stupid question. Never had a bike fitted...
there's an ass-o-meter that specialized makes for dealers and you sit on it to get your sitbones measured. (only works for specialized BG saddles)
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
specialized alias... in whatever width you need it.
I'm surprised the guy fitting you didn't mention this saddle, It's fairly flat and available in three widths. I know it's a personal thing, but I found the Alias to be far more comfortable than the Toupe'.
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Measure the span b/t yer bones. Better yet, get a hot babe to do it for you.
Sounds good. I certainly know I won't be taking my ass to my LBS.
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This is my progression - started with Avatar 143mm, turned into a hatchet for me. The sculpted part at the rear of the saddle was very uncomfortable after 40-50miles.

I then tried the Arione, and like the flat profile more, but it was probably just a bit too narrow for me, putting a bit more pressure between my sit bones. Not super uncomfortable, but not quite comfy. I'm currently getting accustomed to an Antares - got just about 90miles on it. I'm liking it more than the Arione - but it always takes time to get a saddle dialed in.

Blacklab - how are you liking your antares?
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This is my progression - started with Avatar 143mm, turned into a hatchet for me. The sculpted part at the rear of the saddle was very uncomfortable after 40-50miles.

I then tried the Arione, and like the flat profile more, but it was probably just a bit too narrow for me, putting a bit more pressure between my sit bones. Not super uncomfortable, but not quite comfy. I'm currently getting accustomed to...
...Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow. I've had a month or so with it on the trainer, much better. Haven't got it to the road yet, I was riding the bike with the Arione outside for the few times I actually got out.
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Originally Posted by hyunelan2 View Post
Carbon-copy this


...Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow. I've had a month or so with it on the trainer, much better. Haven't got it to the road yet, I was riding the bike with the Arione outside for the few times I actually got out.
The Max Flite is curved...

Selle Italia Prolink Gel Flow FTW. Flat and Wide. It's what I have on all of my bikes.
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San Marco Regal
+1. Actually opened the thread just to make this recommendation. 150mm wide (but curved down at the sides.)

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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
This is my progression - started with Avatar 143mm, turned into a hatchet for me. The sculpted part at the rear of the saddle was very uncomfortable after 40-50miles.

I then tried the Arione, and like the flat profile more, but it was probably just a bit too narrow for me, putting a bit more pressure between my sit bones. Not super uncomfortable, but not quite comfy. I'm currently getting accustomed to an Antares - got just about 90miles on it. I'm liking it more than the Arione - but it always takes time to get a saddle dialed in.
...Another carbon copy. Also tried the Aliante at the same time as the Arione, which was okay but it's a short saddle and I wanted more room to scoot back and forth.

Now on the Regal, and it's working very nicely.
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Its important to define wide. I define it as >145mm, but flat gives it a new meaning.

The Regal is wide but not at all flat from my experience. It is laterally domed, so its actual functional width is less than its measured width. Same with the Rolls.

I found the Prolink to be flat and wide; the Fizik Vitesse is also flat and wide; also the SI Flite Max (the Gel Flow, too, but its a cutout saddle).

Some of the specialized saddles that have been mentioned seem to be both flat and wide.
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Old 04-07-09, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Moontrane View Post
The Regal is wide but not at all flat from my experience. It is laterally domed, so it’s actual functional width is less than it’s measured width. Same with the Rolls.
Hm, I saw this and though huh? But then went downstairs to check the saddles and you're right, seen from the front (or back), the sides do fall away before reaching the edge at the widest point. W/ regard to "flat side to side", I stand corrected.
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San Marco SKN Pro. I tried the Toupe and it just pummeled my sit bones. The SKN is wide and flat at the back. Cover wears pretty quickly, though.
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