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Thoughts on San Marco Era?(11 posts)

Thoughts on San Marco Era?Tony Edwards
Nov 13, 2001 6:26 AM
I am a longtime Flite rider but looking for a bit more cush without a huge weight penalty. I am intrigued by the San Marco Era saddle - it looks like a relatively comfy design and quite lightweight as well. I have not found any reviews here or elsewhere on the 'net, so I am curious if anyone is using one. Thoughts? Thanks!
re: Thoughts on San Marco Era?12x23
Nov 13, 2001 10:14 AM
I switched over to the Era from the Flite and found it much more comfortable. I'm trying an SLR on one bike and find it more comfortable than the Flite also, but firmer than the Era. Beware, that's only my butt's take on this what with saddle preference being so individual.
re: Thoughts on San Marco Era?peloton
Nov 13, 2001 12:50 PM
I really like my era. You might also look at the Giro pave as well. It has a very similar shape and feel with the same type of elastomer dampening system. It's also made by San Marco for Giro, so I guess there is no surprise by the similarities.

Good luck with the saddle search though. I like these two, but I found the flite to be a device of midevil torture so what works for me might not be to your finding.
re: Thoughts on San Marco Era?Eric
Nov 13, 2001 1:43 PM
I am just trying one out right now, after finding my previously comfortable Turbomatics to be uncomfortable. I have been using the Era for about 200 km. It has a very narrow profile which works out well for me, but I am finding that it is perhaps too "flat" across the top. I think I prefer a saddle with a concave shape to it, like the Turbomatic or Flite to a flat topper like the Era, Rolls, or Pave. Time will tell.
re: Thoughts on San Marco Era?tcr01
Nov 13, 2001 2:50 PM
I too was a long time flite user and was so disappointed with the gel version that I sought out a new saddle. I tried the ERA but like the poster above, liked a more contoured shape rather than the flatness of the ERA. I ended up with the Concor Light Ti. I really love it. A classic shape and pretty darn light but most of all it fits my butt great. I really like the little lip on the rear. I find with the Concor Light that I am not readjusting fore and aft as mush as I did with a flat saddle. I also have better feel for where I am on the saddle when I do want to change for climing verses the flats.
re: Thoughts on San Marco Era?CT1
Nov 13, 2001 8:06 PM
I bought this saddle and never even used it. It has a "funny" rounded shape and is rather narrow. I liken it to riding a 2X4.... shoved up you know where.

I also found the SLR to have a similar rounded narrow shape. I use the Flight TA and love it.

re: Thoughts on San Marco Era?crack-n-fail
Nov 16, 2001 1:33 AM
I've had this saddle for about 12 months now, on, of all things, my mountain bike. I've done plenty of road miles on it as well, and at first thought it was fantasticlly comfortable, but after a while, I found it either wasn't supporting my 'sit' bones properly (it is very narrow) or I am better suited to a slightly curved saddle as I was experiencing too much pressure on the perineum, with the resulting numbness. I never ever experienced a sore bum, though. I've just started riding on a Coda (made by Selle Italia)on my new road bike and found it more comfortable than my Era Pro on long rides, no numbness, a little wider and a slight curve fore to aft. All I have to do now is find a light version to satisfy the weight weenie in me!
Nov 17, 2001 4:50 PM
Yeah, the rounded shape and narrow sit bone area scared me from even trying it.

I wish the SI Trans Am was lighter..... it's perfect for my ars but it weighs a "ton" at 260gms. :(

ride on

BTW: What's with your "name"???
The standard Era Pro weighs 244g,...crack-n-fail
Nov 18, 2001 3:57 PM
on my scale, so its not that much lighter than your Trans Am. The new carbon one is really light @ claimed 135g, which is cold comfort if it doesn't fit. Intresting that a lot of the pro San Marco sponsored riders use the "old" Concor Light.
The computer here wouldn't let me use my name from the MBR site, so I needed to come up with a new one. The names just a pun on my new road bike, obviously a Cannondale. I hadn't intended to buy a new bike, being in the middle of moving several hundred km away, but was offered an amazing price on a brand new 2000 Silk Road by Cannondale (through the LBS) here in Oz. Now living on a 1700 acre beef property, with 6km of farm tracks and gravel one direction, and 15km the other to the nearest bitumen road, which is also rough and narrow, it is almost the perfect training bike on the local hills, and a hell of a lot faster than my mountain bike with 1" slicks. Just hope it doesn't live up to its nickname!
more impressions after weekendEric
Nov 19, 2001 1:58 PM
I was blessed with nice dry weather this past weekend and managed to put in about 8 hours more on the Era saddle. Overall, I would rate it comfortable for me but it definitely feels different than a Turbomatic or Flite. The Era is very flat across the top which I am finding has benefits and drawbacks. The benefit is that it is much easier to slide fore and aft on the saddle and therefore I do not spend as much time locked into one position, which ultimately helps with comfort. It is very easy to slide forward onto the nose when getting low in the drops. However, I sometimes find the lack "concavity" to make it seem like I am going to slide right off the back when I am in the saddle in a big gear. I think this will just take some more time to get used to. I do like the narrow profile - it supports me well enough without any excess saddle to get in the way and cause discomfort.

One note - the raised non-slip embroidery of the Era Pro model might be bothersome to some users. I'm OK with it, but San Marco does make a smooth cover version in black or white (with a tiny bit of embroidery down the middle).
Nov 26, 2001 12:46 PM
i rode an era for about 3 months and it really caused me a great deal of suffering. i think my sitbones maybe be a bit widely spaced. switched to a century TA and have had a much better time.