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Old 03-26-08, 10:38 AM
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Saddle Suggestions OTHER than Brooks

So I already have a brooks and its comfy and all, but what else is out there? Are there any touring "specific" saddles? It might be a kind of arbitrary label... What saddles have you had luck with, as far as ergonomics and all day comfort?
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Old 03-26-08, 11:27 AM
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iv'e just this moment fitted a brooks special b17 never tried a brooks before so time will tell,it replaced a rolls due pretty comfy saddle but my favourate is fizik alainti expensive saddle but worth it brilliant
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I have this saddle and I ride at least 35 miles from road to fire road on my mountain bike, and have great comfort through out the ride.

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ns+Saddle.aspx

Two thing though, you have to fill the rear suspending part of the saddle with epoxy to keep it from flexing too much, do that and it is quite close to perfect. And the other thing is I bought the women specific model because it was wider than the men's one; my preference. The cushion on this saddle was just the right amount of support and give on long rides, which is why I would recommend it.
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Old 03-26-08, 11:54 AM
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Selle An-Atomica Titanico.

http://www.mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm

Not even vaguely inexpensive (although Rivendell has them listed at a slightly lower price). I like this saddle a lot but I haven't ridden this it for more than about 30 miles in one go so far (this will change in the very near future). But many people who ride a LOT really love them.

And I know you said no Brooks. But they're coming out with a new model the Brooks Imperial (probably within the year) that you might want to check out. Some BF members will be testing them.

Some testers will be posting their observations here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=400766
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I've been riding a Terry Fly and have fitted a Terry Liberator (no gel) to try out. It's wider and recommended for a more upright (touring) riding position. The Fly is good; the best I've had—I'm hoping the Liberator is better.
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
So I already have a brooks and its comfy and all, but what else is out there? Are there any touring "specific" saddles? It might be a kind of arbitrary label... What saddles have you had luck with, as far as ergonomics and all day comfort?
Have a look at the Selle Royal Respiro. It is really a unique saddle and I am looking forward to installing and getting it adjusted. I really like the density of the thing - not as soft as a "gel" saddle. In between a new Brooks and most gels.

It is specifically designed for a "Moderate" riding style, which they claim is 60 degrees, which I think would qualify for most of the off the drops pedaling time.
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I find my brooks saddle comfortable enough in terms of comfort on the 'sit bone' area, but I'm having trouble getting the saddle pitch right.
I either find myself pointing the nose of the saddle up, to put my sit bones where they're supposed to be, and ending up with the saddle nose too high -- or tilting the saddle nose down a bit, only to end up sliding onto the nose. both of these outcomes are supposed to have rather disagreeable long term effects. any tips?
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
I find my brooks saddle comfortable enough in terms of comfort on the 'sit bone' area, but I'm having trouble getting the saddle pitch right.
I either find myself pointing the nose of the saddle up, to put my sit bones where they're supposed to be, and ending up with the saddle nose too high -- or tilting the saddle nose down a bit, only to end up sliding onto the nose. both of these outcomes are supposed to have rather disagreeable long term effects. any tips?
I was having similar issues and found that a setback seat post helped a ton. Maybe i have abnormally long femurs but I haven't actually measured them or compared to other cyclists or people my size (I'm 6'2" with 37" long legs). But I think putting the seat further back took some of the pressure off my arms and hands and allowed my legs to do some of the keeping me from sliding off the front of the saddle. The nose is still pointed up slightly but it isn't so drastic as to cause "rather disagreeable long term effects".
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
I find my brooks saddle comfortable enough in terms of comfort on the 'sit bone' area, but I'm having trouble getting the saddle pitch right.
I either find myself pointing the nose of the saddle up, to put my sit bones where they're supposed to be, and ending up with the saddle nose too high -- or tilting the saddle nose down a bit, only to end up sliding onto the nose. both of these outcomes are supposed to have rather disagreeable long term effects. any tips?
You pretty much have to tilt it with nose a bit higher than tail to stay seated in rear, otherwise, as you have discovered, you'll keep sliding forward. That's a common experience of brooks users. Even after break-in you'll still slide forward if saddle mounted in neutral/horizontal position.
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are there other saddles besides Brooks??
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Old 03-29-08, 08:39 AM
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selle italia flite.

not really designed for touring, but i have ridden on this saddle for a few years, a few all day rides.

very comfortable.
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I have two touring bikes, one with a Brooks and the other with a Selle Italia ProLink saddle. I like the Selle Italia at least as much as the Brooks. I've done a 4000 mile tour on the Selle Italia and have used them on my road bikes for years. With a very subtle "suspension" built in, the ProLink is supportively firm while taking excellent care of the sit bones. Oh, but my antique brown Brooks is so pretty!
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I'm using a Czechoslovikian Favorit NOS saddle - leather like the Brooks, but good old Eastern Bloc built-strong-like-tractor heavier - on both my touring bikes. Absolutely love them. As I was able to find them on eBay (they show up from time to time) for under $40.00 including shipping, I can't complain. I have a feeling they'll outlast the Brooks due to the heavier leather.
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Originally Posted by BikEthan View Post
Selle An-Atomica Titanico.

http://www.mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm

Not even vaguely inexpensive (although Rivendell has them listed at a slightly lower price). I like this saddle a lot but I haven't ridden this it for more than about 30 miles in one go so far (this will change in the very near future). But many people who ride a LOT really love them.
+100 on the Selle An-Atomica Titanico. I have a Fizik Aliante on my go fast carbon bike but it starts to be uncomfortable around 60-70 miles. I have the An-Atomica on a 1983 Specialized Expedition and a 2008 Co-Motion Americano. I've ridden hard for more than 100 miles in a day on both bikes with brand new saddles without any comfort problem -- but you need to set the saddle up correctly. We will soon put them on our Co-Motion Speedster (tandem). I know Tom Milton, the guy who designed and sells the saddle. Even so, I was initially skeptical about the saddle. It sure works for us, although a friend who has several of these saddles wishes that Tom would come out with a titanium frame model.

As most on this forum are aware, saddles are a real personal thing. What fits one person may not fit the next one. The saddle that came on my new Americano did not fit me at all -- actually to the point of being painful. But a friend gladly bought mine and swears by it (Sella Italia Trans Am C2). I've also found that judicious use of saddle cream / bag balm can make a big difference on long rides. I'd advise looking at the entire system: saddle (properly adjusted, of course), shorts with a pad that fits you, and saddle cream if needed -- especially in areas that can chafe. I use Assos brand cream, but friends use the cheap stuff that comes in a tube in the local drug store.

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The old Avocet touring I saddles were very good long distance saddles, You still can find them occasionally on Ebay.
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