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Saddle with rails that aren't too short?

Old 11-19-11, 10:08 PM
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Saddle with rails that aren't too short?

Hi,

I recently purchased a Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle. It has been wonderful, except for the fact that the rails are too short. I am unable to move my seat forward enough, which has led to discomfort while on my bike. I have since gone back to my old saddle, but I would like to know if there are any other saddles that suffer from short rails, so I can avoid them in the future. I am also looking for a new saddle now , so any general recommendations from you guys would be nice.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-19-11, 10:19 PM
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With the size of seatpost clamps that are out now, its interesting that many saddles have less than an inch of adjustment. The ONLY saddles I've seen with nice long rails for adjustments are SMP.
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Old 11-20-11, 12:05 AM
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I know this doesn't directly answer your question but why do you need to move the saddle so far forward?
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Old 11-20-11, 12:24 AM
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My Fizik Arione has nice rails.

I'm also a bit curious as to why you would want to move the saddle so far forward though...I suspect the real answer here is, get thee to a fitter.
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One option (if you're with the setback seatpost that's stock on most bikes) is to swap that one to an inline (straight, no setback) seatpost.

Cobb saddles have long, long rails.
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zero setback seatpost
Arione or clone
shorter stem
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If it's within 30 days of purchase you should be able to return the Bontrager saddle to the shop where you bought it (or possibly any Trek dealer) based on their 30 Day Comfort Guarantee and get a shop credit.
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If the saddle fits change your seatpost. A good saddle is hard to find but there is nothing special about seatposts.
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I feel like I'm a little too far behind the pedals with the Bontrager. Other than that, it is extremely comfortable.

Do you guys have any recommendations for a zero setback seatpost? I don't care much about weight or anything, as long as it's within reason.

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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
I know this doesn't directly answer your question but why do you need to move the saddle so far forward?
ditto.

forward on saddle = stem is too long or you are a triathlete.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
ditto.

forward on saddle = stem is too long or you are a triathlete.
Not necessarily true. I am also a triathlete, but when I got my Retul fit we set up my road-bike as such, with no regard to aerobars: A bike to just ride on. With my body's dimensions (long legs, shortish femurs, long arms) and my flexibility (or lack thereof - super-short hamstrings, but otherwise flexible), my saddle has to sit squarely on top of a straight seatpost - or slammed all the way forward in a setback post. Stem was decided last, as it should be - saddle position should only be determined by the distance and angle to the bottom bracket, after all.
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Originally Posted by mmmdonuts View Post
If the saddle fits change your seatpost. A good saddle is hard to find but there is nothing special about seatposts.
That's what I was thinking. Is the clamp on your current seatpost setback? Would be an easy fix if it is...
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Yes, it is a setback seatpost. I tried flipping it, but could not get the right angle.

Do you guys have any recommendations for no-setback seatposts? Something in the $40 range.
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Thomson Elite straight seatpost. It's more than $40 but completely worth it.
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Thomson, Easton, FSA, and a few others make seatposts with no setback.
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I just went through this, changing out a Time setpost with setback to a 3T Doric Team with no setback. What sucks is that the clamp on the 3T is so long that it negates the benefits of no set-back. The saddle ended up in the exact same position as before.

I'm not happy that the seatpost clamps are so long, and saddle rails are so short.
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