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Saddle comparisonbruce
Oct 10, 2001 7:11 AM
I am in a bind. I have my choices narrowed down to three and I can't figure out which one to get.
#1 is a Selle Italia Flite gel
#2 is a Selle Italia Pro-link gel
#3 is a Concor lite (the more tradtional looking of the three)
I want one that will be comfortable for longer rides, but not to heavy as to hinder me from doing some racing. Comfort Is number one, I am using a Bontrager Racelite(you can see it on the website),It is pretty hard and small. After about 30 I know it is there, but it is feeling better. I don't know if I should just get another one in a different color or find another. I haven't been on a long long ride to see how it felt. Maybe after a metric century or more I could tell better. Let me know you experiences.
What aboutmuncher
Oct 10, 2001 7:13 AM
Selle Italia Tri-matic Gel - it's great saddle over distance.
Flight Ti Gel... without a doubt...Little Pooter
Oct 10, 2001 8:10 AM
I've tried 'em all and now every bike I own (1 road, 3 MTB's)is wearing a Selle Italia Flight Genuine Gel. The regular Flights are great too, but the gel takes that shape to a new level of comfort. I know they do not look like they would provide any comfort due to their minimal width, but it is the lack of bulk that makes them so comfortable. If you think abaout it, most saddle discomfort comes from a saddle that is aggrevating a particular area, usually from being too wide in the nose. These are less obtrusive. Also they are longer than most, allowing you to slide forward for climbs. I love em.
re: Saddle comparisontcr01
Oct 10, 2001 8:17 AM
I used a flite for 11 years with no compaints until I tried the gel version. It was really uncomfortable. I think the gel is a gimmick . The Prolink was better (non gel version) but weighed a too much for me. The Prolink gel is a total brick!

I have since tried the Concor Light Ti and really like it. I agree that it is not as cool looking as some other but it is really comfortable, for me. I rountinely do 80 mile rides without any discomfort on the Concor. It is very light as well.

Saddles can be difficult and it really comes down to personal preference. Good luck.
Sorry, but Saddles are too personalDave Hickey
Oct 10, 2001 9:45 AM
Out of all the components on a bike, the hardest to recommend is a saddle. Nobody is built the same so it's hard to say what saddle is going to fit. A couple of the above people say Selle Flite but for me is was pure pain. It's a great saddle, it just doesn't fit me. Try your LBS and see if they have takeoffs from other bikes they'll let you try. A saddle is the one component I'll buy from by LBS because I can try before I buy.
re: Saddle comparisonIndiana Rider
Oct 10, 2001 11:05 AM
my new bike has a pro link... my old bike I had been using a low cost Velo push (the narrow one). i LOVE THE VELO. I have found for me...and its a body shape thing. Narrow is good. BTW.. the velo has no gel.. I agree with the above. Gel hasn't done a thing for in the way of comfort.
re: Saddle comparisondavidl
Oct 10, 2001 12:33 PM
I have a flite ti gel, a flite ti, and an SLR on different bikes that I ride. They are all fine saddles and I recommend them. My personal preference is SLR, Flite Ti, and Gel in that order. Butts differ.
re: Saddle comparisonDrD
Oct 10, 2001 6:31 PM
I ride a flite ti-gel and have been pretty happy with it (I have been through a number of saddles - ended up trying a flite from a friend and was really happy with it - thought the gel would be a little less firm, and it has proven to be so. If you get one, make sure you get one of the newer ones - the tri-gel version, rather than the old ones which had the big really squishy center gel pad (the new gel is more like dense padding, while the old stuff caused more problems for me - I had a trimatic gel which caused numbness irrespective of the angle i had it at)

The pro-link looked interesting, but it looks a bit too wide in the middle for me - I was riding an Avocet saddle for a little while (AMPD X-country R - it's a mtb saddle, I guess) - really comfortable, except that it's just a little too wide in the middle, and caused pain on the inside of my thighs after 15-20 miles.

The best thing to do is try them out - what works for you may be different than someone else!
re: Saddle comparisonBirddog
Oct 10, 2001 9:05 PM
I have a 2 year old Flite Gel and a brand new Flite Ti Gel. The old one fits like OJ's glove, the new one is driving me nuts. The gel is located a little differently on the new one, and I am getting rubbed the wrong way. I think I'm going to try either a plain Flite, or an SLR.