|Does the padding in saddles (flite gel ti) wear out?||killermustard|
Dec 21, 2002 11:04 PM
|I have a Selle Flite Gel Ti saddle that's 24 months and 10,000 miles old. It's felt great until recently.
I had surgery recently and had to stay of the bike completely for five weeks. Got back on about 3 weeks ago and noticed that my ass hurt after about 90 minutes, even though I used to ride 3 hours without discomfort.
Granted, maybe I lost my butt callouses over the five-week hiatus, but after 3 weeks back in the saddle, my butt still hurts. I felt the padding in the saddle where my sit bones rest, and it seemed impacted.
The saddle looks good as new cosmetically. I've never owned a saddle this long, and don't know if the padding wears out even if the cover is still good.
Bottom line: Does the padding of the saddles wear out even if it looks good on the outside?
|re: Does the padding in saddles (flite gel ti) wear out?||Bruno S|
Dec 22, 2002 7:56 AM
|I've had the same saddle for a couple of years and just last week ordered a new bike with a new one. The new one feels more padded and also more flat. Even if the pads don't wear out I believe the use has, over time, changed the shape of the saddle. I actually wanted to take some rough measurements to see if indeed the old one has visibly changed its shape.|
|Gel or no gel, I don't think them ridges are very comfortable.||Barnyard|
Dec 22, 2002 8:43 AM
|If anyone has had luck with the flite gel saddle I'd like to hear about it. I recently picked up a flite saddle (the smooth one with ti rails), and I've been noticing how nice it is to have a smooth saddle. I might try to work with my flite gel, but I'm becoming convinced that gel sucks. I'm anti gel anything.|
|Gel or no gel, I don't think them ridges are very comfortable.||MR_GRUMPY|
Dec 22, 2002 9:06 AM
|I've been on Flite gel's on two bikes for 3 years now, and I haven't had any problems. I don't think that the gel does anything because it's so thin. I put a plain Flite on my new frame, and I can't really tell the difference.|
|re: Does the padding in saddles (flite gel ti) wear out?||DINOSAUR|
Dec 22, 2002 12:45 PM
|Like the other guys have said, I really don't think the gel really does anything. The saddle covering would wear out long before you have to start worrying about the gel wearing out. I like the Flite shape and would prefer a smooth leather cover with no embroidery. That's why I went back to an old classic, the San Marco Regal, now comes with ti rails and NO EMBROIDERY. I also liked the San Marco Era as it is flat and the elastomers in the rail really work, but again the embroidery eats up my shorts like Fat Albert at a Pizza convention. Actually (for me) I've found the less padding, the better....|
|re: Does the padding in saddles (flite gel ti) wear out?||LC|
Dec 22, 2002 4:50 PM
|If you got the older model with the lycra covered gel in the middle, then yes the padding around the gel does get soft, or at least mine did. I can stick my thumb into it rather easy. I also have the new model with the leather covered gel and it seems to have stayed firm more like the no gel flite.|
|Well, yes it can||Kerry Irons|
Dec 23, 2002 5:51 PM
|And you could see some shifting of the gel, soft spots in the padding, lumps, etc. Not likely, though the gel pockets is the most likely failure of a saddle. At 180 lbs I've had saddles last 50K+ miles with no padding breakdown, so it's not something that HAS to happen.|| |