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Aliante saddle? for a century ride?(6 posts)

Aliante saddle? for a century ride?Tahoe Gator
May 28, 2002 9:17 AM
I am doing my first century this coming weekend, the "Most Beautiful Ride in America" (or so the organizers think) event around Lake Tahoe. Been thinking of getting the new Fizik Aliante. Any comments on this saddle overall?

I have been riding a Selle Italia Trans Am (cutout) saddle. It saved my ass (literally) 2 weeks ago in a 24 hour mtb event when I switched to it from the Flite I usually ride on my mountain bike, but while it is easy on the soft spots, it is hard on the cheak bones.
For what it's worth...MSA
May 28, 2002 9:54 AM
My only comment about the Aliante is as follows: I had the trans am and had the same experience with the ischial(sitting) bones. I think the saddle is a bit too wide with the cut out. I ordered three saddles: the Selle Italia Flight Gel, Prolink Gel, and Fizik Aliante. I loved the Flite Gel so much, I canceled the order on the Aliante, which was backordered, and sent the Prolink back. I just couldn't imagine that spending another $100 would make that much difference. If you do decide to try the Aliante, my recommendation is to buy from Performance: if you don't like it you can send it back.
Thoughts re new equipmentDMoore
May 28, 2002 10:14 AM
One of the cardinal rules of cycling is: NEVER try something for the first time:(1) in a race or (2) on a long ride! That goes for food, drinks, and equipment, particularly something as potentially sensitive as a saddle. A century is no time to be trying a new saddle, no matter how nice it seems. You can't know for sure how it feels until you're on it, and half way through a century is no time to discover that you're in agony.

And that's a huge amount of money to spend on a saddle. I'd sure want to get a test ride first, or some sort of money-back guarantee, before dropping that much money.
Ditto. My thoughts exactly........The ride is too soon (nm)Dave Hickey
May 28, 2002 10:19 AM
personally i wouldnt switch right before a century (nm)ColnagoFE
May 29, 2002 7:51 AM
re: Aliante saddle? for a century ride?oilburner
May 30, 2002 7:05 PM
I hope this thread stays alive long enough for someone with an Aliante saddle to let us know how it rates. For such a recommended saddle, its fans remain strangely silent.