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Old 06-29-08, 07:37 PM
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Saddle Question

I have a couple of Selle Italia Flite Saddles that I have had for three seasons....this year they are killing my back side...with no changes in set up.....Would anyone know if the gel in the saddles changes with age/season/temp etc??

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Old 06-29-08, 11:44 PM
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I'm not sure if the saddles change much over time, it's a sure thing your butt does.
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Old 06-30-08, 01:57 AM
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ive used flites since around 1994 i love them, ive never had many problems with them, although ive recently changed my light tourers one for a newer model, i think all my old ones are foam , the new one is gel, im still not sure these are the best touring saddles, but great saddles, sorry im not much help ,,
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Old 06-30-08, 02:23 AM
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I have 4 flites with 41,000 miles use, 98% on 2 of them.

I like them, but they definitely do sag and get "hammock-like" in the middle over time. Mines worn out now - looks like new, but shes a hammock.

Mine are classic flite and "cut-out" flite, name escapes me. The cut-out is a pure marketing gimmick. My saddles have no gel, only foam, with plastic below, and this stuff will compress/sag.

I believe all saddles sag with enough use. Just a normal wear item on a bike.

I'm thinking of a s. san marco rolls next, just for a change.
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mdsteve, are you using different bike pants this year or started/stopped wearing underpants maybe? Seems a little strange that both saddles would start causing problems at the same time.

seeker333, re "cut-outs", don't be too quick to write them off as gimmicks. I recently spent a ridiculous amount of money on a Selle SMP Strike Plus for its extreme cut-out -- worth every penny. Granted, it's not for everyone but for me it's made the difference between riding and not.
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Thanks for all the input...in 25 words or less, nope, same bicycle pants, no cutout, and same old butt...

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