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Saddle Roulette - Need a lightweight saddle that is comfortable

Old 12-30-12, 07:19 PM
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Saddle Roulette - Need a lightweight saddle that is comfortable

I need a sub-200 gram saddle that is comfortable for riding 40-60 miles... You can scratch the Fizik Arione and Antares, and Selle Italia Flows... Currently riding my stock Bontrager Affinity RL.... but looking for something lightweight for racing and riding longer distances...

Thinking maybe Specialized Romin, Toupe, or some of the Prologo saddles... Suggestions?
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Old 12-30-12, 07:22 PM
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I have Toupes on all my bikes, but my ass is different from yours.
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Old 12-30-12, 07:24 PM
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I have a Romin on one bike and an old-style Avatar Gel on another. I like them both. The Avatar probably falls outside your weight requirements, and the new ones suck anyway. However, my ass is also different from yours.
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Old 12-30-12, 07:26 PM
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Another Toupe fan here, I tried the Romin once and quite liked it too - but as Nagrom notes, we're all different. 40-60miles isn't too long a distance though - I would think it should be relatively easy to find something that will work for those kinds of intermediate distances, unless perhaps there's something not right in your setup that accentuates saddle discomfort like too much tilt?
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I'm partial to the Selle Italia SLR's (no cutouts), but everyone is comfortable on different things
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Old 12-30-12, 07:29 PM
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+1 on the Toupe. Had one on my Felt since the bike came home with me in Oct 2011.
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Old 12-30-12, 07:44 PM
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I use the Specialized Romin Evo pro and it was right at 170g. It was also the most comfortable of all the saddles I tried. Weight was not a factor.
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Old 12-30-12, 07:56 PM
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Saddles are too subjective for solicitations like this. You have to find what works best for you.

Personally, I am very pleased with my Merek 95g CF saddle.
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I am sure that $$$ is a limited and though I have never tried this for more than just a couple days it is nice feel.
[h=1]Selle Italia SLR Tekno Flow Carbon ($500 and 115g)[/h]
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There is no magic saddle.

That said, I also recommend the Specialized Toupe Gel. The shop ought to figure out your sit bone width, and get you the right saddle width.
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Hated my Romin....a$$ hatchet.
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I replaced my Bontrager with a Milano that was matched to my sit bones. World of difference. 25 miles used to be painful but now 50 is not an issue. At least not with my bottom end.
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If you've got wide sitbones, the Selle Italia Turbomatic is worth a look, though at 260 grams it's over your weight limit. I've got them on two of my bikes and really like them.
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If the Bontrager is comfortable why not buy their lighter version of that saddle or one similar? Check out Prologos as well, my CAAD 10 came with one and its actually the best stock saddle I've owned.
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My ass is different than yours but after a long saddle search, I ended up with the Dash Strike.9. I honestly think this saddle has a great chance of working for just about any rider. It has the same 'split prong' design as an Adamo, so there is ZERO pressure down the middle, but it has a more comfortable (IMHO) sit-bone seat area than the Adamo, which equals saddle nirvana for me. Just so you know where I'm coming from, I would ride a 600g saddle if comfort demanded it. The Strike.9 is the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden. Oh and it weighs 108g. Then again, it costs $465 (no, not a typo). For me, it's worth it.
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a lesser known but for me a really comfy one was the pro-lite cles. not sure if it is still available.
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If you can't find anything under 200 grams, then you always start trimming weight in other places. I know that I could shed a few hundred grams here and there before I start stripping down the bike.
I haven't found a racing saddle that I could sit on (comfortably) for 60 miles.
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Originally Posted by Gumbus View Post
I am sure that $$$ is a limited and though I have never tried this for more than just a couple days it is nice feel.
Selle Italia SLR Tekno Flow Carbon ($500 and 115g)

I have that on order. Switching from a SLR Superflow to the tekno flow. Only paying $300?
The superflow is only 190g max.
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I have gone through 10+ saddles in 5 years. finally found one that works (For me) and is very light. Specialized Romin EVO pro with carbon rails 143 comes in at 173g. very comfortable. has just the right kind and just enough padding and flexes for added vibration reduction. I would Highly recommend you at least look at one.

Keep in mind there is a HUGE difference between the specialized Romin and the Specialized Romin EVO

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb.../romin-evo-pro
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I am lucky I guess. Nashbar R2 weighs 209g and was a $15 return, but new saddle. So far so good.
I could ream and drill it down to 175 g for sure.
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I am lucky I guess. Nashbar R2 weighs 209g and was a $15 return, but new saddle. So far so good.
I could ream and drill it down to 175 g for sure.
You're not the only one. I prefer the Nashbar Glide, or any of the various clones, but pretty much the same price. And I have tried most of the recommendations in this thread the Glide still comes out on top.
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You definitely don't need to list "sub 200gm" as your number one priority and then insist on comfort. You will be a much faster rider with comfort as your number one priority and forget about the extra weight of an ounce or two of water.
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You definitely don't need to list "sub 200gm" as your number one priority and then insist on comfort. You will be a much faster rider with comfort as your number one priority and forget about the extra weight of an ounce or two of water.

^^^This.

I rode on a 135g Selle Italia SLR for three years before finally admitting to myself that it just wasn't comfortable for anything longer than ~30-40 miles. Replaced it with a 259g Fizik Aliante Gamma VS -- that's almost twice as heavy, for you math-challenged folk -- and I am so much happier it's ridiculous.

Can I tell that the new saddle is heavier? Nope. Not at all.

Can I tell that the new saddle is more comfortable? You bet your ass! (Well...my ass, actually.)
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The two things you should figure out first are how much padding do you require and what seat width is best for you. I suffered in my early road riding days with seat discomfort. Turns out that my bibs were the problem. By chance I caught a deal on some triathlon shorts and even though I prefer bibs, thought I would try them. BAM! It was perfect, the much thinner pad was better for me. Some bibs have excess padding for me and bunch up. I can ride centries in thin tri chamois clothing. Prefering the benefits of bibs, I now buy tri suits and wear them by themselves or with a jersey over them. LBS told me about some bibs they sell that have thinner chamois in them, so there are options out there. My saddle has very little padding and I feel that I could almost go with no padding. I am short of stature and light weight (get down to 129lbs in summer) and too much padding blocked blood flow and took up too much room down there.
Figure out your optimal seat width too. LBS let me try a Selle SMP saddle, it has a very wide open channel running down the center of it. Did a thirty, a forty five and then a fifty mile ride with it and had soreness in my hips. Made me walk funny for two days and felt like I was doing damage to my hips. It was simply too wide for me.
I have a cheap saddle now and sometimes want to change it for a nicer saddle, but I follow rule number one. If it's working and not hurting, don't change it.
When I get a custom bike built my saddle choice will be something with very thin or no padding and something narrow (I will measure what I have now). After that I will look at gram numbers.
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I agree comfort is #1 priority... I say "200 gram" because Id like something with a carbon rail and not overly plush... which means Id be staying between 150 and 200 grams anyway...

Thanks for the insight...
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