RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - Components


Archive Home >> Components(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 )


To gel or not to gel?(5 posts)

To gel or not to gel?twowheelMarc
Jul 29, 2003 11:55 AM
Some saddles come in gel and non gel models. All else equal do you reccomend the gel or no gel?

Thanks.
It dependsMR_GRUMPY
Jul 29, 2003 1:22 PM
I can't tell the difference between Flite Gel & plain Flite saddles. It all depends on how tough your rear is.
re: To gel or not to gel?TNSquared
Jul 29, 2003 1:32 PM
I recently bought the standard Flite with ti rails - no gel. I don't particulary have a lot of saddle time yet, but so far this one feels great. Something about the shape and lack of thick padding makes it it very comfortable. Frankly, I tend to look at gel as probably being a gimmick, but I have no basis other than I think a well made saddle should be comfortable without some type of insert.

Read the product reviews here on RBR of some of the gel and non-gel equivalent models, and I think you'll find the non-gel's win out by a small margin. All just opinion though, and it probably boils down to personal preference.
Personal preferenceKerry Irons
Jul 29, 2003 4:06 PM
Whether gel feels better to you is something only you can answer. The knock on gel over the years is that it tends to leak or shift, and so is not as durable as a "regular" foam saddle.
re: To gel or not to gel?MShaw
Jul 29, 2003 10:14 PM
I have both gel and non-gel Flite saddles. The biggest difference for me has come at the 3+ hour mark on LSD rides. The non-gel Flites got to be a bit painful, the gel Flites less so.

For short rides, I can't really tell a difference.

Mike