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Old 03-14-14, 12:47 PM
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Looking for new saddle

Ok here is the problem. I switched to Toupe and all was good, until I tried doing hard efforts again. At which point my seat bones started to hurt, and that transferred to my calf muscles. Fast forward to last week. Before first race of the season I switched to Toupe Gel. That didn't help at all. I could barely stay on the bike towards the end of a 40 min crit it hurt so much.

My previous saddle was Specialized Alias which I loved.
I tried Specialized Avatar. After a two hour ride there was uncomfortable pressure in the seating area. So I think it has too much padding.

So I am looking for something like Specialized Alias in terms of padding and shape. It also need to have a cut out. Any suggestions?

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Different brand?

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If you want a specialized Alias, can't you just get another one??
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Different brand?

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Sure, I am open to other brands at this point.
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If you want a specialized Alias, can't you just get another one??
Discontinued.
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Discontinued.
I see a few on Ebay. Prices seem reasonable too.
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I might have to resort to it, but I would rather just buy something new.
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You didn't say what size Toupe you are using - maybe you need a wider one?
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Hard to tell this one from new (other than the age of the design):

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There is no way anyone on the internets can make an informed suggestion on this matter with the information you've given us.
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I dunno bro, Toupe is my fav saddle...it's on all my bikes!
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Originally Posted by AndyK
You didn't say what size Toupe you are using - maybe you need a wider one?
Size 143 on all the saddles. Measured multiple times over few years.

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Hard to tell this one from new (other than the age of the design):

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Hmm missed that one. Will need to think about it. thx. It is used, and seller wants people to bid.

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There is no way anyone on the internets can make an informed suggestion on this matter with the information you've given us.
I want a saddle similar shape and padding to Alias. I am sure people rode Alias before and switched to others since it was discontinued a while back.

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I dunno bro, Toupe is my fav saddle...it's on all my bikes!
Groovy, but my ass disagrees with that statement.
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I'm on a Selle Italia MAX SLR Gel Flow.
Similar shape to what you're using and just the right amount of firmness.
You might check it out.

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I detested the toupe but the romin evo was good to me... now I have some kind of selle italia

That alias looks awful, like somebody taped it up with duct tape. is it hard? Soft? Can't tell from that ebay picture.
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
Groovy, but my ass disagrees with that statement.
must be a norcal thing



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I tried many saddles but I keep coming back to the stock one that came with the bike.
It's this one Charge Bikes | Spoon saddle
It's a saddle with curved rear so you should adjust it properly
If your LBS have one do try it, it's cheap enough if you don't like it.

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Was returning Avatar, and spotted a Toupe Plus they had. So exchanged for that. Seems like it has about the same amount of padding as Alias. Will put it on tonight and race on it tomorrow. Will see how that goes... If that doesn't work will try Romin Evo, and Italia one that was recommended earlier. If those fail will quit cycling take up basket weaving.
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