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Old 06-23-05, 12:55 PM
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going to buy new seat

im going to buy a new seat in an hour i hate mine, it kills me ,ive tried every thing. does anybody have any Recommendations.
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Old 06-23-05, 12:59 PM
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it's funny that this post is showing up now. i've literally been looking at saddles and saddle reviews for the past two hours, and I too have a potential line on a cheap fizik arione. I know this topic has been discussed a million times, but the more opinions the better (and the crazier and more OCD i get!!!). I recently bought a Forte SLX Pro (peformance brand slr knockoff) and I find it sort of uncomfortable. I'm going to give it another week or so before it gets the boot. I was originally going to get the Selle Italia SLR on Absntr and others' recommendation, but now that the SLX doesn't seem like it's going to work for me, I doubt the SLR is much different. (maybe it is... but it costs almost 3 x as much). I wish this wasn't such a personal thing, but it is. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
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i think trying to recommend a saddle is kind of like trying to recomend underwear; it doesn't really work.

there are so many variables; how far apart your sitz bones are, whether you like a hard or soft saddle, and on and on.

that being said, i like selle italia flites.
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Old 06-23-05, 01:12 PM
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i just dont know crap about seats and mythe people at my lbs are a bunch of dicks and will try to sell me some crap
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Old 06-23-05, 02:09 PM
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Trust me, the slx pro is not the slr. When my original SLR saddle cracked (replaced under warranty by the folks who import Selle here - very nice of them) I bought a Selle San Marco Aspide Arrhowhead - the closest saddle to the SLR I could find. Slightly more padding and almost the same shape. Guess what? Goddamn that saddle hurt me - and I did a 70 miler the next day on it too. I thought that with the shape being almost identical and the saddle being flat and with slightly more padding, it'd be close enough.

It was like night and day.

I waited a week from the day I sent the cracked one out to when I got it back (5 days) and it was like coming home.

I've learned that skimping on saddles is a no go.

That said, I'm curious to try a Selle Nitrox - plastic, almost no padding. Sounds like it might be good. There's a guy on ebay selling them for $10.
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Old 06-23-05, 02:21 PM
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have you been listening to Helmet, absntr?
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Old 06-23-05, 02:25 PM
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You betcha. Helmet's in the top 5 bands ever on my list. But lately, it's them, Envy, Russian Circles, Pelican and ISIS. I've been in a heavy mood of late. Though on the flipside, I temper that with some Pinback and Simon and Garfunkel (this one's all because of stickerguy).
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I use the supergo brand seat, don't remember what it's called but it's similar to the slr. very little padding but more comfortable than my specialized alias. I got it on sale for 20 bucks, I think it's usually around 30 and nashbar sells the exact same thing for around 40. you should check, the prices probably changed since then.
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I hve one of the Fizik Arione and like it very much. I also have a used Brookes b17 and it is comfortable for short rides, but I think that is because it was broken in by someone elses butt. I got a Specialized Avatoar from someone, and that seat fits my a$$ very well too. It sucks that seats are so expensive because you really do have to ride them for a while to tell how its going to work.
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Originally Posted by absntr
But lately, it's them, Envy, Russian Circles, Pelican and ISIS.
That's funny cause just an hour ago I burned a mix cd of Russian Circles and Pelican for my coworker. Anyway, good taste.

As far as the Nitrox saddles, I was going to buy one as well but I just read too many negative reviews about them. I guess they are cheap enough to decide for yourself though. Let me know if you do.

I'm breaking in a Selle San Marco Supercorsa Concor saddle right now and it's getting more and more comfy with each ride. In my opinion it's one of the sexier shaped classic saddles out there.
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Old 06-23-05, 03:44 PM
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If your looking for comfort and a good cost try the WTB Speed V Comp. $29.99 at PricePoint or $39.99 at you LBS. Not light, not sexy but the comfort factor is high. Came off of the SI Trans Am Max to this saddle and it was a huge difference. They have a newer model called the Speed V-Pro Gel($40) which I just got yesterday and will be going onthe new tandem.
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Old 06-23-05, 03:49 PM
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I just completed the purchase of a Fizik Arione on Ebay. It should be here within a week. I hope it's as good as everyone says, otherwise, look for another used Arione auction within two weeks.
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My aliante rocks.

but, if you can get away with something cheaper, like a flite, do it. once you know what a nice, expensive saddle feels like under your butt, you're going to want to have one on all your bikes. That is getting $$$$$$. I can't stand my commuter saddle any more. It used to be my favorite
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Originally Posted by absntr
That said, I'm curious to try a Selle Nitrox - plastic, almost no padding. Sounds like it might be good. There's a guy on ebay selling them for $10.
My personal opinion is that theres a reason theres a glut of these saddles. They're pretty uncomfortable on any lengthy ride and the shiny cover means you just keep slidding all over them especially in the wet.

I was delighted to get rid of mine.

I used to ride an SLR so I don't have problems with skinny saddles generally but these are really cheap BMX style saddles and they're only good if you don't actually sit on them IMHO. But maybe your behind is different to mine.
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Old 06-23-05, 04:29 PM
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serfas cosmas

They've changed the look since I bought mine, but I'm going to buy another anyway, cause I never want to be without one.
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i find that the bargain bin at the LBS is a good way to try different saddle shapes and types--usually it is full of lousy-to-decent saddles that they took off factory bikes. i just got a selle san marco something-or-other for $25 that is effectively new, and whether i end up keeping it or not it will allow me to try the very-skinny kind of saddle, which i already like a lot.

i guess it helps that the LBS i just went to specializes in fancy high end road bikes! anyway, that's my, um, twenty-five bucks.

p.s. EnLaCalle, how in god's name did you guess absntr'd been listening to Helmet? Did I miss a cryptic message?
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ISIS & Pelican aren't metal.
S&G playing "The Boxer." Now that's metal.

Fizik Arione - I'm getting another one and they're cheaper
than last year. Where'd you find a cheap one?

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Originally Posted by absntr
That said, I'm curious to try a Selle Nitrox - plastic, almost no padding. Sounds like it might be good. There's a guy on ebay selling them for $10.
the nitrox has no padding at all, all plastic. but it has a cool pattern, I almost got one. In reviews some people dig it, most don't.
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Originally Posted by weed eater
p.s. EnLaCalle, how in god's name did you guess absntr'd been listening to Helmet? Did I miss a cryptic message?
secret code is located in his avatar message... "in the meantime"
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ah, the purloined letter. here i was re-reading the content of his post when it was right in front of me.
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heheh.
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Back to saddles...

My girlfriend got me a Brooks B-17 Narrow recently.

It is awesome. It took awhile to break in, but not as long as I expected.

Now instead of deciding whether a saddle hurts my butt more or less, I'm happy riding a saddle that doesn't hurt my butt at all. Plus it's so pretty.
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Old 06-23-05, 06:54 PM
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My Brooks Pro is the most comfortable saddle I've used so far. It's not perfect, though. I'd like it to be a bit longer, and something about the rails won't allow me to set it back as far as I'd like.
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Yeah, I've noticed that about the Brooks too... It could be useful to get a set-back seatpost. When I push it as far back as it needs to be, it starts to push out the leather sides a bit. I decided it's no big deal. It's a good trade off for a saddle that doesn't hurt.

And it's not cause my frame is too small - I just want to get behind the pedals more.
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