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Toupe Gel Saddle

Old 04-30-09, 09:30 PM
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Toupe Gel Saddle

My butt hurts!!!! I feel like I am ready for prison by now

Is the Toupe Gel Saddle any good to ease the pain? or what about Toupé Team Saddle? its only $5 difference on Specialized web site.
Maybe more padding for my pants**********?
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toupe is good for numbness in the perineal area, but honestly not soo good for ze butt. I'd say it takes some miles and riding to develop a hardass suited for a toupe. Fizik Arione is great for butts and everything else. Around here the high end shops have demo programs and will let you try a saddle for a day (or more) before you buy, so whatdya' have to lose?
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The toupe team is basically the same saddle as the regular toupe with some colored bits here and there. Doubt that the toupe gel would seriously help the comfort factor. Either you need to let your butt get used to the toupe (only slightly likely), or try a different saddle, like a fizik arione or alliante.
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I used the toupe and had the rails bent in a crash. I switched to a toupe gel and couldn't stand it, I could never get comfy on it. I switched back to another toupe and have been happy ever since.
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I had a Toupe Gel...hated it. Hard as a rock despite the gel.
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I have never tried the gel version personally but have not heard much good about them. I do love my non gel Toupes though
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Originally Posted by 40x14
toupe is good for numbness in the perineal area, but honestly not soo good for ze butt. I'd say it takes some miles and riding to develop a hardass suited for a toupe. Fizik Arione is great for butts and everything else. Around here the high end shops have demo programs and will let you try a saddle for a day (or more) before you buy, so whatdya' have to lose?
What he said. I've suffered from numb nuts and crotch for years and recently bought a used bike with the Toupe. The difference was a Godsend until a few hundred miles later and despite having happy fellows and taint, my sit bones are bruised beyond comparison.

I'm getting used to it, but even now after a few months, I can feel soreness in my sit bones if I think about it.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
What he said. I've suffered from numb nuts and crotch for years and recently bought a used bike with the Toupe. The difference was a Godsend until a few hundred miles later and despite having happy fellows and taint, my sit bones are bruised beyond comparison.

I'm getting used to it, but even now after a few months, I can feel soreness in my sit bones if I think about it.
what about good padding? maybe the combination of the saddle and the padding can help? Which padding shorts?
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Originally Posted by Miller2
I had a Toupe Gel...hated it. Hard as a rock despite the gel.
I'd rate the Toupe Gel as the worst saddle I've ever ridden! After giving it a try, I wasn't even tempted to try the non-Gel version. That said, the Phenom saddle on my new Stumpjumper has been quite nice! But I spend a lot less time in the saddle on the MTB
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Brooks is your friend. Leather saddles have been made for 100 years because they work. Specialized Toupe is an injected molded plastic that should not even cost 100$.

Try a Brooks Professional or the standard B17...Great seats. I can ride my brooks 50 miles with regular shorts and no underwear...Couldn't do that with a Toupe or any other plastic seat.
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