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Saddles - is there any w/ wide front ? In particular Brooks?(7 posts)

Saddles - is there any w/ wide front ? In particular Brooks?PeterRider
Jan 29, 2004 11:16 AM
Last year I bought a cheap Bianchi saddle which turned out to be my favorite saddle so far. Unfortunately, when I looked for this model to buy more (for the other bike), I couldn't find any. It has only the inscriptions '2002', 'Bianchi' and 'viscount'. On the Bianchi website, I bought a close approximation, the $10 'Economy comfort' (see picture in the reply). I like overall, and have used it thousands of miles, but not as much as the first one, for two reasons:
- the back part is slightly wider, something like 17 or 18cm instead of 16cm.
- the front part is narrower.

So here is my question: are there saddles with wider front parts ? For a long time I've been looking at Brroks saddles, everybody recommends them for comfort. But when I see the B17, it seems to have what I don't want, very large back and quite narrow front. Any other saddle, in particular from Brroks, that would be more similar to the Bianchi below ? And if you know any place where I can buy the same, the information is welcome !!

here's the other one, that I like a bit lessPeterRider
Jan 29, 2004 11:17 AM
you got me curiouscyclopathic
Jan 29, 2004 11:56 AM
just went and measured my favorite, Bontrager FS+10. It is 50mm in nose and 130mm in the middle /cut off wings, not true comparison/. Every bike I have has one, the oldest prob ~6-8years old, got me through BMB and PBP w/o saddle sores.

FS+10 is one of the widest nose saddles out there, with exception of downhill specific ones. Too bad they don't make them any more, and Pricepoint sold last of them last week :( However the replacement FS2000 is very comfortable, rode and liked it. It may be just a bit narrower, and with gel insert. You can pick one up for 27$ at Pricepoint


PS ditto on B17 when I got one couldn't get through 70mi ride, sold next day.
whatsat, 'downhill specific' ? Also, about BMB...Pierre
Jan 29, 2004 1:39 PM
... how hard / awfully difficult was it ? Are you doing it this year ?

Maybe I should have a look at that FS2000... the one I like has also an approx. 50mm wide nose

re: whatsat, 'downhill specific' ? Also, about BMB...cyclopathic
Jan 30, 2004 6:32 AM
downhill specific - designed for downhill mountain biking, like this one 3/4kg and very sturdy.

How hard BMB? no too bad, comparible to PBP. A bit shorter and a bit more climbing with longer climbs /which probably not that long by westcoast standard/. There some steep grades (upper part of Middlebury gap and Covey hill) with extended grades in lower/midteens, so bring low enough gear.

Am I doing BMB? so far I am planning to, unless something comes up.


PS sometimes it takes a while to break in new saddle. On leather covered seats I use castor oil /~2$ at Walmart/ to soften leather and speed up process. It also restores old saddles and extends their lifespan good luck.
Looks comfy compared to mine....the bull
Jan 31, 2004 5:29 PM
one look from the side and you will see....the bull
Jan 31, 2004 5:32 PM
Ha ha ha!