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Stupid question, but would like some input

Old 07-04-11, 10:43 PM
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Stupid question, but would like some input

Hey guys

I would like a new saddle for my birthday, but not really sure which one to get! I hear that it is a VERY personal matter. I use the stock Bontrager R saddle that came on my 2009 trek 2.1, pretty basic saddle.

I first looked at staying with bontrager and just trying one of their top end products (Bontrager inForm RXL). I've heard mixed reviews about this saddle. Some say its great, some hate it. Just like any other saddle. I love the way it looks, I love how light it is and their marketing scheme of saying they have university backed research for their saddles gets me.

My other option would be the Fizik Arione. I'm only considering this because everyone seems to say its an amazing saddle. Its a tad heavier than the bontrager (atleast at the pricepoint I am interested in) and wider than the bontrager I would get (and my current seat).

Has anyone ridden both of these? I don't really have an LBS to try to out at since I am in a pretty small town. The price for either one is about the same(~120)

Opinions?

Also, if it matters, I'm quite young (21 in a few weeks!) and rather flexible for a guy.


And yes I have read several threads about both seats from here...I just need a personal kick in the right direction

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Old 07-04-11, 10:51 PM
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competitive cyclist does a trial program i believe
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If you like the current saddle, compare the shape of it to the two you are considering. Does one have a comparatively flatter profile than the other? If so, I'd stick with the one that's similar to your current saddle. I'd guess that'd be the Bontrager.
That's all assuming you are comfortable with the one you're on now. If not, the Arione is worth trying, but again, like any saddle, you'll either love it or hate it. I tried a regular Arione a few months ago since it came stock on my new bike, and I could barely stand it after ten minutes. Way too narrow. I'm testing the women's version now. Jury is still out on whether it'll be good enough to replace my old saddle.
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Just remember -- there are no stupid questions. Just the ones you ask.

Seriously, figuring out what kind of saddle to get is hard over the internet but size does matter as saddles that are too wide or too narrow could put pressure on the wrong places.

In all honesty, I've had no trouble getting used to any saddle. The reality is that if you obsess over whether a saddle is uncomfortable, you will inevitably find it to be so. On the other hand, you can condition yourself to feel comfortable on a wide range of saddles.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Just remember -- there are no stupid questions. Just the ones you ask.

Seriously, figuring out what kind of saddle to get is hard over the internet but size does matter as saddles that are too wide or too narrow could put pressure on the wrong places.

In all honesty, I've had no trouble getting used to any saddle. The reality is that if you obsess over whether a saddle is uncomfortable, you will inevitably find it to be so. On the other hand, you can condition yourself to feel comfortable on a wide range of saddles.

Thanks Banerjerk. I was wondering if this was true for some people. I am pretty malleable, young, and springy. I dont really notice all of the uncomfortable things that others might. Even my current stock saddle is not really uncomfortable. But if I could reduce some of the soreness after several hours of riding that would be great.

I think I will go with the bontrager per shopgirls advice (its the same shape and I don't mind my current saddle too much). I'll put up a review once I've used it!!!
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Originally Posted by WantsAPuppy View Post
Thanks Banerjerk. I was wondering if this was true for some people. I am pretty malleable, young, and springy. I dont really notice all of the uncomfortable things that others might. Even my current stock saddle is not really uncomfortable. But if I could reduce some of the soreness after several hours of riding that would be great.

I think I will go with the bontrager per shopgirls advice (its the same shape and I don't mind my current saddle too much). I'll put up a review once I've used it!!!
My Madone came with a Bontrager saddle I used for a bit. The Airone is shaped similarly but I find it to be much more comfortable. Although it is quite a bit firmer. I find squishy is far less comfortable than hard though, which is why I like my saddle hard and my shorts with little padding.
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I hate every saddle until a hefty amount of suffering has been done in said saddle.

If it doesn't recline and hold two 25oz bottles, it isn't "comfortable".
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I find squishy is far less comfortable than hard though, which is why I like my saddle hard ...
Most riders agree on this. I am one of them.
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i have always liked WTB, they seem to be the only seat that has ever felt comfortable for me.

bontrager has a cool thing where you can measure your sit bones (it's a big mayonnaise filled pad you sit on) and you can get the saddle that fits you. our shop has it, perhaps a shop near you also has it.

get measured, then get the saddle that fits you best.
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