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Saddle Recommendations

Old 04-26-09, 07:36 PM
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Saddle Recommendations

Forgive me if this has been covered---and I am sure it has.

I am improving my 2001 Jamis Quest which I use for touring and fitness. I just replaced the original aluminum seatpoast with a nice carbon post and am now searching for a comfortable saddle in the $125 and lower price range. I am looking for something with an anatomical male cutout and gel padding. Does anyone have recommendations that fit the bill? Thanks.

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Old 04-26-09, 08:56 PM
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Specialized toupe gel fits the bill, although most riders will tell you that the gel padding actually decreases comfort as the gel can create pressure on soft tissue areas. A cheaper option would be the performance e3 gel saddle, which doesnt have a cutout but is designed to reduce pressure on the perineum.
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Old 04-26-09, 09:19 PM
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I have no comfort complaints about my E3 for the price.
I don't know that gel really does much, and I think I'm now of the belief that the perforations on its cover is the reason for wear spots on my bibs. Something is at least.

I am also on the search for a new saddle in a bit.
I may try a Regal.
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Best saddle I've ever owned is the Nashbar Glide (Fizik Arione imitation). It is fairly light, cheap $15 last I checked, matches my bike, and most importantly keeps me comfortable on long rides.
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Anybody got a saddle from Cobb Cycling?
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Originally Posted by BikingGrad80 View Post
Best saddle I've ever owned is the Nashbar Glide (Fizik Arione imitation). It is fairly light, cheap $15 last I checked, matches my bike, and most importantly keeps me comfortable on long rides.
I have the Fizik Arione I bought slightly used for 75$, and I love it.
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Hang on guys - the OP asked for cut-outs and gel, and none of the Fizik saddles have either (and I'm a Fizik fan).

To the OP, what saddle have you ridden before? Did it fit, was it comfortable? If so, just get another one of the same, or perhaps let us know what model, and perhaps we can suggest someting similar?
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Actually, the Nashbar Glide saddle, although the top padding and covering layer has no cut out, there is a hole in the shell where the cutout would be. In that area the padding is unsupported by the shell.
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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
Hang on guys - the OP asked for cut-outs and gel, and none of the Fizik saddles have either (and I'm a Fizik fan).

To the OP, what saddle have you ridden before? Did it fit, was it comfortable? If so, just get another one of the same, or perhaps let us know what model, and perhaps we can suggest someting similar?
Well, I am upgrading a nine year old Selle Italia gel saddle that has never been particularly comfortable. Before that it was 30 years of Brooks leather!

I like the anatomical cutouts based upon what I read although I am less sold on the gel because of my own experiences and some of the comments in this thread. I have also been looking at saddles such as the WTB Shaddow V which do not have a cut out per se but still provide relief through a deep vee.
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I'm on a Spec toupe after a similar experience and I love it. Didn't take any breaking in or getting used to. I rode it 60km the first ride and loved it. Other people report similar things. From what I hear it's not great for bigger folks, but I'm scrawny
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Selle San Marco Rolls with titanium rails...next question.
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For a saddle with a cutout, go for Toupe. Get measured and get the right width. I love all 4 of mine.
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