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Old 10-11-11, 08:43 AM
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Seat issue

So I just got this new Bianchi Infinito that came with a Fitzik Alieante Delta seat. The bike is great, I'm no longer in any back pain. But I can't sit still. I'm sliding forward all the time and am in general discomfort in the posterior area. I've tilted up a bit but I'm concernEd about numbness. I also am soar right in the inside of both thighs way up high in the groin area. Could this be a matter of the seat being to high?
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Old 10-11-11, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by SHIM_105 View Post
So I just got this new Bianchi Infinito that came with a Fitzik Alieante Delta seat. The bike is great, I'm no longer in any back pain. But I can't sit still. I'm sliding forward all the time and am in general discomfort in the posterior area. I've tilted up a bit but I'm concernEd about numbness. I also am soar right in the inside of both thighs way up high in the groin area. Could this be a matter of the seat being to high?
Too high, or the saddle is too far back. Or the saddle is too wide for you, especially in the nose of the saddle.

FWIW, I've used a Fizik Antares for maybe 500 miles, but am returning to my Fizik Arione. The Antares is just too wide for my bum.
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Old 10-11-11, 11:23 AM
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What seat did you have before? Why can't you install that seat on this new bike?
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What seat did you have before? Why can't you install that seat on this new bike?
Selle Italia trans am. Not to sound vane, but I do like the look of the Celeste and white of the Fitzik. A black seat on that bike would not look right, however if push comes to shove and I can't fit the fitzik properly then I will swap over.
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Aha. I sympathize, since that saddle is color-matched to your bike.

What I'd do is look up the specs of the good old seat and compare with the new one. If same width, then it's the shape that is not working for you. (I think this might be the case, especially if one saddle has a center cutout and the other does not.)

I do agree that leg chafing sounds like some part of the saddle is too wide. It might not be the nose, though, as I've had that problem from the left & right edge of the saddle where it transitions from the rear to the nose. If there's too much material there, no bueno.

What you could do is get a saddle like your old one but that is white. That isn't quite the same as what you have now on the new bike, but your ass will thank you for it. Plus no one sees the saddle once you start riding.
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I experienced the same problem when I got my road bike, the saddle was a San Marco Ponza. I just moved my old hybrid's saddle to my road bike. It's a lot heavier and has a tear in the side from a crash but it's century-proven. More than 20 miles in the San Marco is painful and more than 40 kills my butt for days. So never again. I'll shop around for a lighter nicer looking road saddle one day.
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