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Old 03-23-12, 12:28 AM
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Road Bike Saddles

I have been searching for different saddles and hav yet ti find one for me. Basically I'm not the wealthiest person.

Saddles I've been looking at:
1.Forte Pro SL
2. Forte Classic
3. Forte Pro SX
4. Forte Pro MX
5. Different fizik saddles (any recommendations?)
6. Open Suggestions

I have a Bontrager inForm R which is very uncomfortable and am looking for a new saddle. Any suggestions, pointers, etc. I would really appreciate it.

I ride at least 70-100 miles per week.
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Old 03-23-12, 12:41 AM
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Fizik Antares...done deal, now go ride!
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Old 03-23-12, 01:33 AM
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Good core strength + good flexibility = narrow saddle
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You might try shopping Bike Nashbar for some older model clearance saddles if you are budget oriented. Or, LBS could have some bargain bin items.
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Old 03-23-12, 04:15 AM
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When I got my Madone last summer, I went through the whole saddle hunt thang, too. Found a Johnny Cobb saddle (I've forgotten which exact one) that I liked a LOT and was just about to drop the dime on it when my buddy at the LBS asked me to try one more just to see what I thought. It was a Bontrager SSR. The Cobb was $250, the Bonny was $24.99. I violated all of the Rules of Cool and bought the Bonny and haven't looked back. I agree with the adage "you get what you pay for" but only to a point. Sometimes what you really get is the prestige of dropping big bank for a name. Try some cheaper saddles, you may be surprised. If not, you were planning on spending more money, anyway, right?
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Old 03-23-12, 05:07 AM
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pro mx saddle is pretty good. also cheap. I didn't like the pro sl saddle that much, the perennial cut out isn't wasn't comfortable after a while.
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Old 03-23-12, 05:25 AM
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Try something with a cut-out. The Inform R was not good for me also.

If you don't need a cut-out, it probably won't bother you to have one.
If you do need a cut-out, just about any saddle with one will be better than one without.

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Old 03-23-12, 05:32 AM
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Have you actually tried any saddles? After finding mine, specialized romin evo, I know the shape that works best for me. I can't imagine buying one without trying it for a few rides. Most good shops will have a loaner/rental program.
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Old 03-23-12, 06:18 AM
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Buy any of the Forte saddles from Performance. Then return them if you dislike them because they have a no questions asked return at any time policy. Once you realize they're all crap, find a used Specialized Toupe or Romin (Toupe if you want a flat saddle, Romin if curved) here or ebay or other online classifieds. Resale on both those saddles (especially Romin) is very good, you won't lose money if you have to sell (do it here or other online forums to save the ebay fees).

In all seriousness, I've ridden a few Forte saddles and was not impressed. I love my Toupe and Romin though (have one of each on my two roadies). I also love my Phenom (MTB version from Specialized) on my MTB. Obviously with saddles, YMMV, but those are very popular road models. Call a few Specialized shops (or any shop with any saddles) to see if any have a demo program and maybe you can try one free.
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Old 03-23-12, 06:18 AM
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+1 on the fizik, you can find deals sometimes on ebay..
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If you can find a demo program at local shop, try a bunch until you find the one you love. If not, buy them cheap on eBay or craigslist and sell off the ones that don't work for you. You will usually get back around the same amount of money on ebay what you paid for them on ebay, just don't get in any bidding wars.

Everybody is different in their saddle preferences. Don't listen to them, listen to your own ass. Tons of people love the Specialized Toupe, but a good friend of mine found it to be a pure ass-hatchet for him.
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Old 03-23-12, 03:54 PM
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Another vote for the Fi'zi'k Antares .....
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Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
Everybody is different in their saddle preferences. Don't listen to them, listen to your own ass.
What he said. You have to ride them yourself. The saddle for me is the (original) Selle Italia Flite. I have them on my three bikes and i have spares on the shelf.
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The Nashbar F-1 is a pretty good saddle for under $40 if you have sitbones that allow you to sit on a 133mm (narrow) saddle. And from a personal standpoint, I ran cheaper saddles that made for some really bad back pain. Once I spent the cash to buy a Specialized Romin Evo, I can tell you it's the best $90 I've spent yet. The saddle allows for my hips to rotate a lot more forward and the cut out relieves all pressure on the kids, but I think the biggest impact was that I moved from the F1 saddle to the Evo in a 143mm seat, which my ass loved the most.
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Fi'zi'k Antares also.
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SMP for me..
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A vote for the Fi'zi'k Arione.
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Try a Brooks it will form to you, use only brooks proofhide to treat it and water to stretch it. if you use neats foot oil, mink oil etc it will over soften and deform. Call Steve 509 747 5220 he can help you get the right one
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Fizik Allante or their new Chameleon, bull, etc. series. That said I ride a Bontrager inform RXL, pricey and not for everyone.
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Saddles are a very personal thing so try out the ones you're interested in and test them out. The Fizik Arione works great for me but I found that out after trying quite a few different saddles.
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DOKs1914 - You need to quantify two things before we can intelligently point you in the right direction. First, what's your budget, and second, what is the distance between your sit bones? Sit bones are the pointy ends of the pelvis, the spot that gets sore when you sit too long on a wooden bleacher.

The first part is obvious; the second isn't, if you're new to the sport. Saddles have two measurements, length and width. Length is usually ~275mm, width varies from ~130mm to ~175mm. Most guys (I'm assuming you're a guy) are good with saddles from 130-160mm wide. Most saddles are available in 130mm-145mm widths, with a few wider.

Sit bone width matters because that is where the majority of the weight on your saddle should rest. The way to determine your sit bone width is to find a thinly padded bench, sit on it, and measure the distance between the deepest points of the two indentations. Alternately, find a Specialized dealer that offers BG Fit, Specialized's proprietary bike fit; part of that setup is a thinly padded board with a rule on it to measure the distance. Since Specialized offers a good selection of saddles of different widths at different price points, I'd go with that choice first if feasible.

Sit bone width matters because if you buy a saddle that's too narrow, it'll never be comfortable no matter how good it is. If it fits between your sit bones rather than under them, your weight will rest on your perineum (taint), which results in restricted blood flow to your penis, causing numbness. Reducing blood flow to any part of your body is a bad thing. This is the basis for the rumors about cycling causing reduced sexual performance/ED/impotence. From what I've read, those rumors have little-to-no factual basis, but that numbness feels really weird. BTDT.

I've got relatively widely-spaced sit bones, so my choices are narrower (unintended pun) than most guys'. My narrowest saddle is 150mm wide, a San Marco Regal. I've got other saddles, different brands but up to 160mm width, and they all work for me. I'd like to try a Fizik saddle, and if they ever come out with one that fits me, I probably will; that's one example of a high quality product that won't work for me.

Okay, now - budget? Width?
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Find your local Specialized dealer and sit on the ass-o-meter to get an idea of what size you should be on. Then ask about their policy with Specialized saddle purchases. I believe the policy comes from Specialized and is that you have 30 or 60 days to try the saddle you buy. If you don't like it you can return it for shop credit to try another saddle.

This has worked great for both my wife and I. The butt fitting cured me of all my numbness issues and the ability to exchange saddles was key for my wife who tried like 5 different ones before she found the ride one for her.
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sit bone width is pointless.
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sit bone width is pointless.
How do you figure? A large amount of road saddles are 130ish mm width...my junk goes numb on ANY of these saddles. Sitting on the ass-o-meter says I should be on a 143ish mm saddle. Lowe and behold switch to a saddle in that range and I have no numbness issues...then it's a matter of finding the best shape.
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