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Saddle advice neededHoward Roark
Aug 22, 2001 5:41 PM
I'm mainly an mtb'er who dabbles in roading. Recently, a friend and I decided to up our amount of road miles per week. I had a Selle Italia Max Flite Trans Am for a while but didn't like it. The cutout didn't seem to help since it was so far forward. So now, i'm using the SDG comp that i use on my SS mtb. Though it feels better than the Trans Am, it still makes me sore after 20 miles. I'm not into racing, just fun rides, training, etc, at a max of 50 miles or so. Weight also doesn't matter much to me. I'm 160, 6'2", on a steel bike.

I checked out the reviews and the Flite did extremely well, so i swung by the shop and checked one out. Jeez! That thing is medievil! I don't know how you guys ride those things.

Any suggestions for a part-time roadie like myself (who's kinda on the skinny side)?

SDG Comp TiC-40
Aug 22, 2001 6:59 PM
I used the SDG Comp Ti for a couple of seasons on my road bike and found it to be quite comfy. The padding is softer than many other brands, but not too soft, at least for me.

I've found most recent Selle Italia saddles to be too firmly padded, although I did use a Flite during the '95 & '96 seasons. Selle San Marco saddles are a little softer, but still firm.

Often it's the shape of the saddle that is as important as the padding. If it hits you wrong, it won't feel good.

I find that saddle angle is also very important. Just about dead level along the nose works for me. A micro-adjusting seatpost is a good thing to have.
Way too hard to say, and way too personal, but...jtolleson
Aug 22, 2001 7:40 PM
It is a personal preference... everything from amount of tissue you've got to pelvic width to seat post to...

but there are a few models worth checking out. Terry Liberator or Fly for starters, or Specialized Body Geometry. Mostly, this is one of those items you should buy at an LBS, not save a few bucks on the internet. A good shop will allow you to try a saddle for awhile and exchange if needed. That's essential!

good luck
re: Saddle advice neededhank
Aug 23, 2001 5:06 PM
You really need to try the saddles, and a short test ride may not point out problems that crop up miles down the road. Another poster mentioned the Specialized Body Geometry. Many like it, but I tried one and found that the groove caused it to be too wide in the middle and front. I prefer something with a narrower nose.

Also don't assume that a soft saddle will be more comfortable. It may allow you to sink down into it and put pressure on softer tissues than just the 'sit bones' that normally support your weight. I went the other way and got a hard saddle: a Brooks B-17. Eventually it is supposed to conform to my shape, but that doesn't seem like it is going to happen any time soon. In the mean time, I don't sink down into it and the force is concentrated on my 'sit bones' which I find comfortable.
re: Saddle advice neededCrankist
Aug 27, 2001 12:59 PM
Suggest: Trial run with Selle Italia Pro Link Gel