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Help setting up new Selle Anatomica Titanico

Old 01-17-13, 06:55 PM
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Help setting up new Selle Anatomica Titanico

So I just picked up a Selle Anatomica Titanico. This is the second generation so I believe it's practically the same thing as the current Titanico X. I was just wondering what the normal break in period is for the saddle. Most reviews say that it's comfy out of the gate, which I did not experience. It seemed a bit harder than I was expecting from reading some other reviews. I did follow the directions on their site to set it up so I believe it's correctly installed.

I was fitted by my specialized dealer for a 155 saddle and from the research I read the Titanico would be ok. My current saddle is a Toupe Expert. I'm training for a half ironman and am starting to get into some longer rides.

I do have aerobars on my bike and when I dropped into them the nose of the saddle was quite painful on my "man parts". Any suggestions on how to adjust?? I wasn't sure if I should drop the nose or move it back etc.

Thanks!
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Old 01-17-13, 07:30 PM
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I would give it a hundred miles before it starts to feel right. I have had a couple of them and was friends with the developer who has passed away.

I have instructions on setting it up somewhere, I will try to find them. I remember that the saddle was almost level with the nose pointed up just slightly.
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Did you just buy the saddle based off of reviews?

Saddles are (arguably) the most personal equipment on the bike, being 1 of 3 contact points with the bike. While reviews of saddles are nice, it is always important to test it extensively (usually stores offer a demo for 7 days) to assure it will work for you. I'm in the market for a new saddle as well. I feel I'll spend the next several months demoing saddles before I can finally make my selection though. Even then, I've heard cases of fit changing and riders having to switch saddles even after a year or two of comfort with a particular saddle design.
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I used the Selle Anatomica for two years and for me it was the easiest saddle on the sit bones but I was having problems with numbness so I replaced it with a Selle SMP which was a firmer saddle and was initially harder on the sit bones but didn't cause any numbness. Over time the saddle felt less firm and the sit bone pressure went away. I have had the saddle now for four years and will probably never replace it unless it wears out.
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I would give it a hundred miles before it starts to feel right. I have had a couple of them and was friends with the developer who has passed away.

I have instructions on setting it up somewhere, I will try to find them. I remember that the saddle was almost level with the nose pointed up just slightly.
Thanks! I'd appreciate any help getting this setup correctly. my toupe expert is a 155. From what I've read I should adjust the saddle all the way out in order to widen it. Is this saddle too narrow?? I haven't been able to find out a definitive answer.
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Originally Posted by mpetruzz View Post
Thanks! I'd appreciate any help getting this setup correctly. my toupe expert is a 155. From what I've read I should adjust the saddle all the way out in order to widen it. Is this saddle too narrow?? I haven't been able to find out a definitive answer.
I think the Selle Anatomica is 159 or 160MM at the widest part but it is narrows down towards the front. I will look for the instructions tomorrow and see if I can find them.
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I thought I still had instructions for my old selle anatomical saddle but I haven't been able to find them. I may have tossed them when I switched saddles, sorry.
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Originally Posted by mpetruzz View Post
So I just picked up a Selle Anatomica Titanico. This is the second generation so I believe it's practically the same thing as the current Titanico X. I was just wondering what the normal break in period is for the saddle. Most reviews say that it's comfy out of the gate, which I did not experience. It seemed a bit harder than I was expecting from reading some other reviews. I did follow the directions on their site to set it up so I believe it's correctly installed.

I was fitted by my specialized dealer for a 155 saddle and from the research I read the Titanico would be ok. My current saddle is a Toupe Expert. I'm training for a half ironman and am starting to get into some longer rides.

I do have aerobars on my bike and when I dropped into them the nose of the saddle was quite painful on my "man parts". Any suggestions on how to adjust?? I wasn't sure if I should drop the nose or move it back etc.

Thanks!
I'd like to be helpful, but I found that saddle to be the most uncomfortable thing I've ever sat on. I tried it on different C&V bikes, different setups, it made little difference how it was adjusted. Talked to them down in San Diego a few times, tried some of their ideas, got nowhere...though they were nice enough for trying. For me, that hammock effect will jam that prominent saddle nose directly into the "man parts" if you are rotated at all, and there's no way around it. I hope you find a magic remedy, but don't go crazy trying to figure out what's wrong...for me it was simply a terrible design. They were nice enough to take it back for a full refund.

I am also a fan of the Selle SMP line, but they are hardly C&V looking saddles.

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