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Old 10-26-06, 08:12 AM
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everyone is going to hate this question

but oh well.
I am building a mostly NJS bike right now (yes i know i am not going to Japan to race) and i got a kashimax 5 gold saddle from stratton. It has 44mm rails and it's so narrow that the seat post seat clamp pushes the skirt out. the rear gets a little bigger but not by much. Also the saddle is very firm (not like turbo or SLR firm) but uncomfortable. Unless i am wearing chamois (sp) it basically feels like i am riding on a dil...well nevermind, not appropriate.
Now i know that all saddles are made for wearing chamois with but some are still comfortable with out. Is there any NJS saddle besides the exceptionally narrow Kashimax available that would be more comfortable? Or amd i just doomed to suffer with going non njs with a regal or something?
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Old 10-26-06, 08:28 AM
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must.. not.. link.. *****bike.. errrrrrraaagh!!!!
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i don't have one, but i believe someone on here described the 5 gold as an "ass hatchet". not exactly meant for cruising around town.
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Originally Posted by jacobpriest
but oh well.
I am building a mostly NJS bike right now (yes i know i am not going to Japan to race) and i got a kashimax 5 gold saddle from stratton. It has 44mm rails and it's so narrow that the seat post seat clamp pushes the skirt out. the rear gets a little bigger but not by much. Also the saddle is very firm (not like turbo or SLR firm) but uncomfortable. Unless i am wearing chamois (sp) it basically feels like i am riding on a dil...well nevermind, not appropriate.
Now i know that all saddles are made for wearing chamois with but some are still comfortable with out. Is there any NJS saddle besides the exceptionally narrow Kashimax available that would be more comfortable? Or amd i just doomed to suffer with going non njs with a regal or something?
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the reason this is uncomfortable is that it is a specific RACING saddle, not riding around with friends. Keirin saddles are meant for racers who have larger thighs and are narrow to decrease friction between thigh/seat.

my advice: get a saddle that works. there is a "padded" Kashimax saddle, but that is marginally padded at best. stop fooling yourself and find something comfortable, NJS or not. or suffer quietly.
those are your options
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Old 10-26-06, 08:43 AM
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you need something like this:

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Originally Posted by [165]
stop fooling yourself...
+eleventeen billion-dy!!!!
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Old 10-26-06, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
you need something like this:

yeah this saddle is on the Romic.
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Selle Italia SLR is firm? I'm about to get a Selle Italia saddle but haven't decided yet. I think there's an SLR gel version? Any comments on this saddle?
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Old 10-26-06, 09:36 AM
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Who cares what it feels like, or what it reminds you of. Ride it so you'll fit in with the hipster crowd...
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Wait, is the kashimax more or less comfortable than the SLR? Maybe I just have a narrow ass, but I ride the selle italia with no chamois 80+mi a week. And I like it.
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pretty sure the kashimax is narrower. it's not a road saddle. the slr gets ridden for hundreds of miles every summer in france by a lot of guys...
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I have 3 SLR Gel Flows that I absolutely love.
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The Kashimax 5Gold is probably the most uncomfortable saddle made. Complete and utter ass hatchet. You may as well be sitting on a 2x4.
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I'm pretty happy with my saddles and here's the order of comfort from heaven to "cheek cleaver": Brooks Swift, SLR Gel Flow, Rolls, Bontrager Race Lux. I'm in the market for a Fizik, but I don't have the scrilla yet.
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this is the most ridiculous thing i've heard in atleast 18 days.
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Originally Posted by rustang
this is the most ridiculous thing i've heard in atleast 18 days.
Oh, so you didn't bother to read through 6 pages of "I'm a vegitarian with a Brooks dilemma" thread, huh?


I couldn't even get any sarcasm in. Everything ridiculous had already been said. And they were serious.
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ha, no way. i read the first post of that thread and immediately decided it would make me dumber to keep going. i'm pretty bummed i didn't go through the groping thread though. that seems like it was a hotbed of entertainment.
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I once rode the Kashimax Five Gold for about 13 feet. Never again. It's barely better than riding on a bare seatpost. I've also heard great things about the SLR saddles. I would get one if I had the bread.
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Originally Posted by I Like Peeing
Selle Italia SLR is firm? I'm about to get a Selle Italia saddle but haven't decided yet. I think there's an SLR gel version? Any comments on this saddle?
The classic SLR model (w/o any extra acronyms and stuff) is not firm. It's hard. About as hard as rock, maybe only as hard as concrete. Many-many people still like it, though. Most of those ride in padded shorts.
The SLR is so popular that Selle make a gazillion versions with extra padding, several gel versions etc. The SLR XC is made for XC (strange, eh?), and it's a bit beefier than the base model and a lot softer. Very nice saddle, that one.
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I lost my mind a while ago.

And i find my SLR comfortable and I don't think its a gel but it's on my road bike, which only gets padded shorts.

So, Brooks Swift or Selle Italia Regal ( both post wear-in), which is more comfortable?
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Originally Posted by LóFarkas
The classic SLR model (w/o any extra acronyms and stuff) is not firm. It's hard. About as hard as rock, maybe only as hard as concrete. Many-many people still like it, though. Most of those ride in padded shorts.
The SLR is so popular that Selle make a gazillion versions with extra padding, several gel versions etc. The SLR XC is made for XC (strange, eh?), and it's a bit beefier than the base model and a lot softer. Very nice saddle, that one.
I have the classic one, and it's not that hard, although I have little to compare it with. Actually I have two. Switching to road from MTB with a crazy gel padded seat I thought I'd swap out the SLR as soon as I got it, as it came with the bike. A couple weeks went by and I realized I had forgotten it, despite riding a buttload. So I just kept it. Easily as comfortable as my gel-pie seat, and maybe 10 times lighter and sexier.

When I built my fixie, I bought one (for $40, suckers) for it too.. just love it. 135 grams of
pure excellence.

Just my input. Saddles are all about personal preference.. get a nice one, try it out, and if you don't mind it, keep it. If you hate it, that's why we have a saddle swap thread.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot.. I never ride with padded shorts.
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i'm not into njs stuff but i don't see the problem with people making up an all njs bike. why all the hating on those that are willing to spend the time and money to restore a nice frame to near original spec?
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but......

i'd go with comfort. enjoy riding your bike with an ass loving saddle- save the kasimax for sunday best.

good luck with the build.
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