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my quest for the right saddle.

Old 09-30-10, 04:08 PM
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my quest for the right saddle.

as far as saddles i've tried this has been my progression. just wanted to make a list for all those who don't think they can find one. it really is a matter of personal preference. keep high stndards and dont give up!


-stock saddle Felt branded (absolute torture)
-Specialized avatar (comfortable but occasional numbness)
-Selle italia SLK (no numbness but caused saddle sores on high effort rides)
-Bontrager Inform rxl (instant unbearable pressure on the goods)
-Fizik arione (couldn't sit on for more than 1 minute)
-Fizik aliante (couldn't sit on for more than 1 minute)
-Prologo choice (great fit when upright but minimal padding and leaning into the drops caused discomfort/numbness)
-Specialized toupe (almost identical in feel to the SLK)
-Specialized Romin (MAGIC!!!!!!!)
-Fizik Arione Versus (magic with more positions!!!)


the Romin for me has truly been a revelation. i don't even think about my saddle on the bike anymore. another plus is i can hang out in the drops without any discomfort now. so nice in fact that i've been able to lower my handlebars 2cm with no adverse affects.

033011 ::UPDATE::
so my Romin has been great to me so far. the only issue has been it is very finicky when it comes to positioning. like most curved saddles you really had to get the angle and fore/aft dialed in just right (which i had accomplished) for it to work well, but even then you were essentially stuck in that one position. I'd heard good things about mulitple seating positions of the Fizik Arione but, as stated above, couldn't bear sitting on one for more than a minute. when the Versus edition came out (with the center channel) i was skeptical .. ... Fizik has gone for so long saying there's no need for a cutout so this just seems like a market placement product for them. but i decided to give it a shot since they addressed my complaint with it. lo and behold it worked! when dialing in the position (note it sits lower than the Romin so raise your seat ~1cm) i realized i was jumping on and off the bike without even noticing any discomfort. On the Romin i had to consciously sit at a certain spot to be comfortable but the Arione Versus is just hop on and ride type of deal. i will report more if anything comes up!
feel free to share your stories, maybe this will be a good resource to those having trouble finding the right saddle.

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Old 09-30-10, 04:44 PM
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Similar to my experience, except I never found one to replace my favorite - the original Fizik Gobi (not the new XM which is nothing like it). I bought several NOS Gobis on E-bay to get by. I tried two SLR models, a Caymano and the Gobi XM - all losers.
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I went through a similar experience when trying to find a saddle that worked. I ended up with an SMP saddle which has worked fine. I think a Specialized Romin would have also worked but it didn't exist when I bought mine. The Romin would cost me less than the SMP did.
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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
. I ended up with an SMP saddle which has worked fine. I.
funny coincidence because i was at my bike shop looking at handlebars and there was one i wanted on a fit bike so they told me to hop on, when i did i immediately noticed hte saddle felt really good. when i got off i inquired about it (it was an smp) and after hearing the price i knew it was too prohibitive for me to consider.

looking at the two they're the same basic shape (sloping nose, raised back) i'm sure if you tried out a Romin and liked it you could sell ur SMP and come out with some money in your pocket
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Old 09-30-10, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveSSS View Post
Similar to my experience, .
glad to see i'm not the only one, i got into cycling with two friends and from their stock saddles both of them went to the arione and never looked back. . . i guess some people just have lucky anatomy
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Originally Posted by max power View Post
funny coincidence because i was at my bike shop looking at handlebars and there was one i wanted on a fit bike so they told me to hop on, when i did i immediately noticed hte saddle felt really good. when i got off i inquired about it (it was an smp) and after hearing the price i knew it was too prohibitive for me to consider.

looking at the two they're the same basic shape (sloping nose, raised back) i'm sure if you tried out a Romin and liked it you could sell ur SMP and come out with some money in your pocket
I think I paid about $180 or $190 for my SMP which I know is a lot of money for a saddle, but I just couldn't find anything that I could tolerate. I would think that I would loose about half of its value if I sold it. However, I will test a bike with a Romin saddle and see how it works. I tried some of the other Specialized saddles when I was looking but the Romin wasn't available or I would have bought it.

Thanks for the review, you have me interested now.
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i forgot i tried that as well, i'll put it on the list
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Any advice on how to avoid going through 9 saddles to find a proper one? Get fitted? Find a place that lets you demo them - who does that? I'm a newb looking to replace my stock Fuji saddle. It's not all that bad, but anything over 60 miles and I'm walking funny.
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Most comfortable and reasonably price saddles I've found...
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Ch...le/5360039127/
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Ch...le/5360029531/
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Ch...le/5360029530/

I have all 3 - one on my mtb, two on my cross bikes, and two on my road bikes. Or something like that...I've lost count which is which.
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It took a couple of rides to get used to my Fizik Antares. It needed some breaking in time, and my underbits weren't used to a saddle with no cutout. I am just glad it looked so badass, otherwise I may not have givin it the chance to break in. Now I love it. Did a hard 100k a week ago, and I had no pain at all.

My only advice: listen to people who say you have to break a saddle in.
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Originally Posted by rbautch View Post
Any advice on how to avoid going through 9 saddles to find a proper one? Get fitted? Find a place that lets you demo them -
first thing's first if you want to do high intensity cycling get fitted. once that's done it's just a matter of finding the right one for you. Like i said before my friends jumped on an Arione and never looked back. some people are just lucky and i was quite the opposite. Luckily most reputable shops are very understanding when it comes to returning saddles.

Originally Posted by Razor From KC View Post
If you send me that RXL i won't be mad....
hehe i returned it, if i had to actually buy/keep all those saddles i wouldn't still be cycling.

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my underbits weren't used to a saddle with no cutout. Now I love it..
no offense but i'm gonna have to disagree with this. my fear is that "getting used" to a saddle is possibly just your sensitive (and necessary) nerve endings dying off. . . . there are a ton of saddles out on the market, if you don't like it when you first jump on it, walk away.
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Old 03-30-11, 10:20 PM
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updated with my review of the Fizik Arione Versus. definitely a keeper YMMV
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