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Roadie saddle for rider with a wide a$$

Old 02-23-11, 07:05 PM
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Roadie saddle for rider with a wide a$$

The title line of this post should be self-explanatory. I need a new saddle for my road bike. I have been using a Brooks B17 for the last several years, and, while it is great for century rides and long tours, it makes the rear end of the bike awefully heavy and slows me down on weekday group rides. My problem is that I have wide sit bones...not to be confused with a fat a$$. Every saddle I have owned except for a brooks has resulted in horrible pain in my nether regions, as, on most "road" saddles, my sit bones wind up on the outside edge of the back of the saddle.

Basically, I am looking for a synthetic road saddle that is as wide as a brooks. Unfortunately, most manufacturers do not post their dimensions online. Any suggestions? I am not looking for a fred comfort saddle. I just need something wide enough so my sit bones are on top of the saddle.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:20 PM
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You can say ass
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Old 02-23-11, 07:25 PM
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I am in the same boat with you. I am a pretty broad guy. I ended up buying the nashbar tfx mens saddle (for 30 bucks I figured why not). It is 6" wide and a little heavy at 290 grams, but so comfortable I could sit on it all day. On my fuji sl-1 I put the selle italia sl seat which is light at 212 grams but at 5.8 inches wide not quite as comfortable
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Old 02-23-11, 07:28 PM
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Selle San Marco Regal is pretty wide.

And yes, "ass".
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Look no further, spend no more, know your destiny and the meaning of ass bliss......I bring you the ever comfortable, crotch preserving, encourager of blood flow and comfort, the one and only.....SPECIALIZED ROMIN. I have ridden dozens of saddles over the past forty two years. Loved the Brooks, Hated the Fiziik's, everything else in-between until I met the love of my ass. The Romin.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:33 PM
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Oh,and i am a wide pelvis person always thinking i needed the extra wide womens saddles, until the Romin. I have the 143mm, the only model available at the time and it fits great.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:41 PM
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Bontrager Inform RL come in 128, 146, and 154.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:50 PM
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I was riding a specialized toupe 155mm and liked it but now have switched to the fizik aliante versus. But what works for me might not work for you, best thing is to find a lbs that let's you demo out saddles.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Adrianinkc View Post
I was riding a specialized toupe 155mm and liked it but now have switched to the fizik aliante versus. But what works for me might not work for you, best thing is to find a lbs that let's you demo out saddles.
Incorrect, what works for me works for all. I am sure of it.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:49 PM
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I seriously doubt the B17 is actually slowing you down. You might drop 1/2 a pound by going with something else...that will have zero effect on your ride.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:22 PM
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The extra saddle mass has a negligible effect on speed! Lace the B17 if you want more leg freedom at higher rev. You can also buy the Brooks Imperial (B17 with laced flaps). Use all the holes to firm up the saddle.
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Old 02-23-11, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by furballi View Post
Lace the B17 if you want more leg freedom at higher rev.
Good call.
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Old 02-24-11, 08:19 AM
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Koobi

Take a look at Koobi they list size.
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Old 02-24-11, 08:33 AM
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I have wide sit bones and after testing many saddles over the last few years, I got a Brooks B17 last year, and right from the beginning I found my ideal saddle. I have put over 4500 miles on it and never have sore ass issues I had with others. I never consider the extra weight in that I can reduce my body weight if I really want less weight on the bike.

Saddle selection is very individual and what works for one does not work for another. Good luck in your search.
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Old 02-24-11, 09:17 AM
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I am a card carrying member of the wide beam club even though most fat americans would assess me on the thin side even though I go 190# at just over 6'. A B.17 always has felt good to me although not the best saddle for riding aggressively...always in want of a lighter saddle with some perineal relief. Up on deck is the Toupe 155 in the spring. Many wider hip members report good result with Specialized wider saddles.
The Romin as mentioned maybe in the cards down the road. There seems to be a high correlation of B.17 lovers and Specialized 155mm loyalists. One can only extrapolate from this that sit bone width is thee most important factor in saddle selection but clearly not the overriding factor. For most conventional width racing saddles, with my wide sit bones, they are all ass hatchets for me as my sit bones rub on the sides of the saddle and are unsupported. Kudos to Specialized for their offering of different sizes and one can only hope that a great saddle company like Fizik and others will adopt this convention offering a greater range of good saddles for riders of different sizes.

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Old 02-24-11, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Skankingbiker View Post
, my sit bones wind up on the outside edge of the back of the saddle.
Get a smaller ass.
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Old 02-24-11, 10:55 AM
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Put a plank of wood across the seat
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Old 02-25-11, 05:14 PM
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I just bought the Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow saddle and have about ~200 miles on it so far. At this point, it seems good for me, though I'm not 100% sure I have wide sit bones as opposed to just an oversized ass at this point. I rode a Forte SL for a while, which is narrower, and that one felt fine as well. I'd say if you really have wider sit bones, the Max Flite Gel saddle might be worth a look.
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Old 02-25-11, 05:40 PM
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I have a Selle SMP Plus which is SMP's wide ass model. I think it is a 159 mm in width. Brooks makes some Ti versions which would be lighter. Also Selle Anatomica is the same size as a Brooks B17.
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Originally Posted by Cateye View Post
Get a smaller ass.
Everyone likes a little ass but no one likes a smart ass.
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Old 02-25-11, 05:50 PM
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I've found the wider Specialized saddles to be quite nice.
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Romins, Terrys Alliantes, Bontragers, & WTB's are all ones I've tried , (and velo knock offs)..Alliante being the best I've ridden yet. I've heard some of the old turbo saddles worked well too.
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Originally Posted by carbon unit View Post
everyone likes a little ass but no one likes a smart ass.
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