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Does the padding in saddles (flite gel ti) wear out?(7 posts)

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 canKerry 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.