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Best saddle under $50 and why?

Old 03-05-09, 12:52 AM
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holey moley, someone revived my thread. ironic that I just traded in a stock ponza saddle on my new cannondale caad9 for a traded in, but new specialized toupe saddle for only $40.
AND, the san marco ponza saddles SUCKS. for me anyways. man i sortof miss my old bike now.actually, not really.
For under $50 new, I've heard lots of good things about the E3 saddle at performance, for only $35.
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Old 03-05-09, 12:57 AM
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get a san marco rolls! I have one and I LOVE it. Don't worry about the kind of weird looking pattern in the pictures, it looks like regular black leather in person.
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Old 03-05-09, 01:09 AM
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i have the nashbar glide put over 500 miles on it had it for less then 2 months.. its okay.. but im riding more then 5 miles... a day im aorund 20 or so now commuting .. just gonna buy a nicer saddle .. its nice but just send more or something better.. you'll feel way.

the white isnt white anymore haha
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Old 03-05-09, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
Get a real Arione, used if you must.

I know $100 is hard to pony up but saddles are worth every penny you spend. Don't bother with cheap knock-offs, get the real thing!

And, please, don't get white if you plan on wearing jeans.
This is GREAT advice.

Your body connects to the bike in 5 places:
- 2 hands on handlebars
- 2 feet on pedals
- 1 butt on saddle

When you ride fixed you are ALWAYS in the saddle. No standing up coasting to stretch your legs and butt. A good saddle is just as important as a good set of pedals and a properly fit handlebar/stem. Choose wisely. The Fizik Arione Wing Flex is very popular among roadies and a few track/fixed riders for a reason. It's a great saddle. It's worth the $130-150 price tag. Performance bike had them for $100 once.

Also, don't buy into the Brooks hype. Understand that you have to spend HUNDREDS of man-hours in that saddle and moisturizing it to break it in just like some baseball gloves. Yes, once you get it done it's yours forever, but it's not worth it to me. 95% of people do it because it's "vintage" and they heard of it here on BF.

And yes, white WILL turn blue in about 2 weeks if you wear jeans. My friend's stock saddle did just that. A white saddle is no different than white grip tape, it will take the color of whatever you put on it.
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Old 03-05-09, 02:23 AM
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on the topic of saddles has anyone tried the ISM adamo saddles? I was going to get one when I built up my bike but the price tag deterred me.

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Old 03-05-09, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
on the topic of saddles has anyone tried the ISM adamo saddles? I was going to get one when I built up my bike but the price tag deterred me.

I've seen those in the nicer bike shops that serve the triathlon crowd. It's made that way because time trial / tri bike riders are up on the edge of the seat in the tuck position. FWIW I've never seen a saddle like that on a non time trial / tri bike. Not sure why. Maybe ask the roadies or triathletes in the other forums. Some of those guys spend $10,000 on bikes so they get exactly what they want and can explain why.
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Old 03-05-09, 02:33 AM
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I recently put a specialized toupe team saddle on my ride, and i'm really impressed so far. I got fitted for mine, so it's pretty comfortable, despite not having much padding. Saddle is one of the places you don't want to go cheap on.
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Old 03-05-09, 06:57 AM
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i have the glide, after about 1000 miles I bought another one for my other bike, I think I might get two more for spares.(in case they stop making them and I don't really like the sec. generation one. )I like the two toned look.
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Old 03-05-09, 11:10 AM
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Concor or Turbo.
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Old 03-05-09, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by td.tony View Post
holey moley, someone revived my thread. ironic that I just traded in a stock ponza saddle on my new cannondale caad9 for a traded in, but new specialized toupe saddle for only $40.
AND, the san marco ponza saddles SUCKS. for me anyways. man i sortof miss my old bike now.actually, not really.
For under $50 new, I've heard lots of good things about the E3 saddle at performance, for only $35.
I scored a toupe for 20 off of cl with the hollow titanium rails. It had been in a crash, so aside from a rip in the cover and scrape on the plastic on the aide that hit the deck it was perfect. Now I'm turning it to a bluish tinge with my jeans. Those things are comfy as hell in the 143 size for my wide ass.
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Old 03-05-09, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
^^^
Check this forum or the roadie forum about fraudulent credit card charges once purchases were made at Wiggle and Probikekit. It sucks but it looks like many of the UK cycling sites have had their pay-system hacked...
Oh shiiii... This happened to me. I ordered the Charge Spoon from Wiggle and shortly thereafter had fraudulent charges on my CC. I Love the saddle, though I'd probably go with the leather version next time as the synth is a little too slippery for my tastes.
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Old 03-05-09, 02:29 PM
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Selle san marco ponza hands down.
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Old 03-05-09, 02:41 PM
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How did you buy the saddle from Wiggle? Did you use your credit card or did you pay with PayPal?

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Old 03-05-09, 03:08 PM
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Velo

they make the oem saddles for performance forte, fuji, felt, and even some bianchi's and whatnot. hell, basically any sub 1200 bike comes with a velo saddle on it.

the Velo Plush 1184 is a much better arione copy than the glide. same as forte pro rs1 which can be had on amazon for around 30.

I had a Velo Carbon which is an SLR copy... it's the lightest saddle I have and is very comfy. I think they call it the Miles R now but I'm not sure it's made from carbon plastics still. it's the same minus the cutout as the forte SLX, but costs 40 bucks. the new cutout one called the velo pronto sl-z3 is 60.

you can also usually find the OEM saddles like ones on felt bikes for cheap because so many people have their lbs take them off before they buy it so they can use their flite, or whatever.

As for the Soma... they look nice but not as nice as the velos. heck, they are probably made in the same factory.

The Ponza is a good saddle, but it's not a great saddle. The materials used are well worth the 45 dollars, but other than that it's a design that only works for a few butt types in very specific fits and positions. it's heavy as hell and it's ugly.
In my opinion, it doesn't deserve the San Marco name.

I can't tell you how much your money is worth to you... but if there is one part of the bike to not be a spendthrift when it comes to luxury, the saddle is it. getting the right saddle for you no matter what the cost, 20 dollars or 50 dollars, is worth spending whatever it takes. unlike brakes, or frames, or things that need to work flawlessly all the time for safety reasons, the saddle(which needs to not break ever, but other than that isn't a safety feature) is something that is going to greatly increase the quality of your ride every minute that you're on it. next to bike fit, it's the most important thing in keeping you happy and healthy riding your bike.

i would not set a price cap for a saddle.

easy for me to say, as i got my flite gel flow for 40 bucks.




i realize some of this is repeat info... but seriously, don't cheap out when it comes to saddles.
i'm sure you've realized that plushyness doesn't equal comfort after the first ten minutes on the bike. it comes down to fit support and flex.
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Originally Posted by zorrw View Post
Concor or Turbo.
thats absolute bollocks.
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Old 03-05-09, 07:19 PM
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I just picked up an E3 Form for $35 from Performance after hearing so many great things about it.

Haven't ridden it yet but I will report back after the weekend.
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Old 03-05-09, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by franknstein View Post
I just picked up an E3 Form for $35 from Performance after hearing so many great things about it.

Haven't ridden it yet but I will report back after the weekend.
please do.

well since a lot of people actually seem to like the ponza saddle, nashbar has then for $25. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...200413__200413



Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Also, don't buy into the Brooks hype. Understand that you have to spend HUNDREDS of man-hours in that saddle and moisturizing it to break it in just like some baseball gloves. Yes, once you get it done it's yours forever, but it's not worth it to me. 95% of people do it because it's "vintage" and they heard of it here on BF..
Its not hype, and It only took a few hundred miles for me to break my brooks flyer saddle in(probably around 200-300). For me, it was probably the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden, and it was only getting better with more miles. Although I must say, I think a lot of fixed gear/SS riders mistakenly put brooks B17's on their track bikes with their saddle height way taller than their handle bars, and the brooks definitely isn't made for that. Although the brooks team saddle is.
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Old 03-05-09, 10:22 PM
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i had the e3 form saddle. super comfortable, but in like one position. but yeah, in that position, it rivaled my broken in brooks.
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Did a 30ish mile ride on Saturday on my brand new e3 form saddle.

I found it a little uncomfortable at first but after I adjusted my angle it was extremely comfortable.

Can't beat it at $30.
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Coooooooomfy.

http://transitionbikes.com/Components_ParknrideAM.cfm
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I've got this Forte Pro RS1 on my road bike, and like it more than my son's Arione. As a matter of fact, I tried 6 or 7 saddles before I settled on this. It's very comfortable, and flexible, and Perf. has it marked way down to $21 for some reason - maybe they're discontinuing them.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5210
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My Charge Spoon just came in from Wiggle...review type thing to follow shortly after I get some miles on it.
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Old 03-12-09, 03:03 AM
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Brooks is murder!

Err...
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i saw an e3 for 20 bucks on clearance and i decided i'd rather eat this month and enjoy my flite.
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Old 03-12-09, 08:26 AM
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anyone used one of these yet?
http://www.traitorcycles.com/Components_Saddles.cfm

I'm thinking about buying one.

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