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trek 2.1 saddle

Old 04-08-09, 05:27 PM
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trek 2.1 saddle

Have been off roadbikes for a few years, but still young - 24 - and recently got back into it. This saddle is so freakin' uncomfortable. Anyone have experience with this bike and know if the saddle eventually breaks in or if i should upgrade it quickly? I was in pain after 15 miles. I got the bike properly fitted at my LBS too and i am comfortable everywhere else.
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Old 04-08-09, 05:29 PM
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Modern saddles don't break in that much. If the saddle doesn't fit your anatomy it will never be comfortable.
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Old 04-08-09, 05:40 PM
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Those Bontrager race saddles are throw aways just like the pedals.. those are the two things that will always get swapped out no matter what the manufacturer puts on the bike.
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You've been off the bike for awhile you say?

It takes much longer than 15 miles for your body to reacclimate to riding a bike again, mainly your taint.

My general rule of thumb is that you'll know if you need a different saddle after ~4 rides.
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Old 04-08-09, 05:46 PM
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You'll find that the more you ride, the longer you can be in the saddle. Your bum has to get accustomed to it.
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Old 04-08-09, 05:59 PM
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if its a 2009 model its one of the inform series which are pretty good. available in 3 sizes, the stock one is 142ish. there is a 151 or something if you need something wider.

the 2008 and previous saddles suck
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Originally Posted by rtruectoc View Post
if its a 2009 model its one of the inform series which are pretty good. available in 3 sizes, the stock one is 142ish. there is a 151 or something if you need something wider.

the 2008 and previous saddles suck

Stock size is 146.
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Old 04-08-09, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Humongous View Post
Those Bontrager race saddles are throw aways just like the pedals.. those are the two things that will always get swapped out no matter what the manufacturer puts on the bike.

+1 stock bonty saddles = poop
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Old 04-08-09, 08:17 PM
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i have the 2009 2.1 and i wouldnt say the seat is the worst in the world.. nor the best. I'd rate it 'tolerable'
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Originally Posted by rtruectoc View Post
if its a 2009 model its one of the inform series which are pretty good. available in 3 sizes, the stock one is 142ish. there is a 151 or something if you need something wider.
Are you sure about that? The 2009 oem saddles I've seen don't look as flat as my 146mm InformRL. The shape looks more similar to the OEM saddle I replaced on my 2008 2.1. Trek's site still lists the OEM saddle on the 2.1 as the "race basic"

To the OP, I'd double check to see if your bike really has an inform saddle. I'm much happier with the Inform saddle than the OEM bontrager.
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Old 04-08-09, 11:15 PM
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Have the shop measure your sit bones - they should swap the saddle for you if it is the wrong size. I have a 2.3 with the same saddle, and actually like it a lot. It's not a bad saddle if the shape is right for you and it fits - I guess I got lucky.
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I have a 2008 Madone 4.5 that came with a Bontrager Race saddle stock. I thought it was okay but was starting to get some numbness on longer rides.

Recently replaced it with an Inform RL (146mm, if you care). Only one ride - no numbness.

Maybe describe what kind of pain you're having. I agree with carlfreddy; takes time for your butt to get used to the feeling.
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Old 04-09-09, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for the tips. I agree with the poster that said I need more miles before I make any decisions. I will give it another couple of weeks to see if I get more used to it.

Thanks for the replies - all good help.
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