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Feb 4, 2002 10:05 AM
I recently purchased a closeout Selle Italia Century saddle. Though I liked the streamlined and more effecient feel compared with the saddle I've been riding for years, it felt like a leather covered rock to my backside.

Anyone have a suggestion for a sleek yet comfortable saddle that I can ride in all day long.
No suggestions offerable, everyones @$$ is different...Cima Coppi
Feb 4, 2002 10:51 AM
My advice is to take you bike to an LBS that has a good inventory of different saddles. Ask them if you can try the saddles on your bike on a stationary mount in the shop, and pick the one that feels the best. This may not an easy choice, because saddles also have a break-in period, where they may become more or less comfortable.

Good luck

re: SaddlesJimP
Feb 4, 2002 2:48 PM
Terry makes a number of saddles in different sizes and shapes. They make them in both mens and womens versions.
re: SaddlesDHphreak
Feb 4, 2002 3:30 PM
Try the Avocet O2 line. For the most part they're not incredibly light, but they're a fair price, available in a few different models, and some have synthetic coverings if you're that type of person. I can't speak for everyone, but they fit my @ss quite well.

re: Saddlessprockets
Feb 4, 2002 9:41 PM
Previous post are correct, everyone has a different bottom line. I recently got a Selle Italia TransAm Mythos, and it has some padding, a cut-out, and feels pretty good. I find S-I saddles to be very nice but a bit hard.
re: Saddlescubis
Feb 4, 2002 10:59 PM
If you want a REAL Lightweight, check out they make the lightest and most beautiful saddles in the world (from 69 grams). I rode one of them more than 5.000 miles last year. You won´t believe how comfortable they are due to their anatomic design.
Koobi gets my vote. (Odd name, but a GREAT product line.)nigel
Feb 5, 2002 12:48 PM
Check out:

I purchased a Koobi Au Chrono saddle a month ago and have used it with extremely good (perfect) results. Caveat: their saddles all have a unique-looking (and wonderfully functional) cutout to eliminate numbness to the nether regions where all of the important blood vessels and capillaries are. With Koobis, you sit on your sit bones, not on your soft tissue. It MAY take a ride or two to get used to, but it's a SLIGHT change if any. Their saddles don't force one to sit more upright or anything like that, and they come in a variety of firmnesses.

They have a chart on each of their saddle pages which features a "Padding Rating" so that you can basically dial in how firm you want your seat to be. The saddles from the Silver on up are very similar; some have manganese tubing while others have titanium tubes, and the padding's either denser or less dense depending on the model. From the Silver on up, they're actually made BY Selle Italia in their Italian factory, per the company president, Phil Schweizer--who happens to be a very nice guy who knows a good deal and will speak with you about their/his products.

My Au Chrono is definitely a racing saddle (despite its cutout) in firmness, weight, and dimensions/slimness. The AU Enduro is the same exact saddle except with a tougher (kevlar/leather vs. leather) cover and more--but less dense--padding). It weights 4 grams more than the Chrono.

Check 'em out. Great saddles, and unique: designed for comfort and no pressure on one's tender tissue.

Best of luck,
A Brooks Team ProfessionalRusty McNasty
Feb 5, 2002 2:44 PM
...And i don't give a d@mn that it weighs 200 grams more than those vinyl-covered rocks, either! It's comfortable! It's the right shape (wide at my @$$, long nose at the front, big wide rivets, in brass, no less!), they last for decades, and they look like the fine piece of craftsmanship that they are. Save your 150 gram @$$-killers for race day, and use a real saddle for training!
A Brooks Team ProfessionalDaniel
Feb 5, 2002 4:55 PM
Another vote for the Brooks. Unlike with other saddles, the brooks only gets more comfortable with age. When you consider the life of the saddle, it is quite a bargain.