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OK, I've given it over 800 miles, but...(8 posts)

OK, I've given it over 800 miles, but...shmoo
May 5, 2001 2:24 PM butt just won't get along with my Flite saddle. A shame because I really wanted our relationship to work. A great saddle for the first 25 miles of every ride, but then the arguing starts, and I just want to be home. She makes the bike look like a million bucks, with those long clean lines - right out of the peloton. I put her back in the box today, looking as new as the day I first saw her. Damn.

Ya'know, I was thinking of maybe getting one of those old pressed steel or cast iron tractor seats. Maybe that would work. 'course the weight might be an issue. Can you get those with Ti rails??
re: OK, I've given it over 800 miles, but...DERICK
May 5, 2001 2:45 PM
Had the same problem winh mine. I returned it too. Check out the Forte classic from Performancebike. I know it might not be the coolest seat but it has almost the same shape as the fiite trans am with mush better padding. It's not squishy, it just seems to have better quality padding that doest't compress as much. The ti version is only 245g and runs about $60.00. Performance is also great about returns. Over 1000 miles on mine and my a$$ loves it.
Same problem hereAndy
May 5, 2001 4:09 PM
I had the Flite Gel and I couldn't take it. Purchased a Trans Am and the cutout relieved some problems but my sit bones just about killed me after 40 miles. Just switched to a Specialized BG S-Works and haven't had a chance to test it on a 65 miler. If this doesn't work out I've got some suggestions from other posts on this board. By the time I find a saddle that feels right, I'll be able to have one hell of a used saddle sale.
re: OK, I've given it over 800 miles, but...12x23
May 5, 2001 5:24 PM
I switched from the Flite, after several years and was never really happy, to the San Marco Era. I would never change back. With butts being as unique as fingerprints, this is not intended to imply the Era is the saddle for everyone. Just me.
I know your painlook271
May 5, 2001 6:37 PM
I had one too. I lasted even less than 800 miles. It caused parts on me to become numb that should never be that way! Sent it back (to Nashbar or Performance, can't remember which...). Have the Selle Italia Pro-link. Fits my ars well. Just did 62 miles with no ill effects. It's wider and flexes, but not too much.
San Marco Rolls - comfort king?Allen
May 6, 2001 1:17 AM
They have been making these things forever, and for good reason.
They have a reputation for being the most comfortable saddle out there. The Ti models tip the scales at 28Ogm - not terribly heavy. I would not buy one without the no slip stiching.
May 6, 2001 8:09 PM
I have been riding a Selle Trans Am Flite for about 3000 miles. The same one that got a zero rating. Rob Rolle said it was like riding two razor blades!! I just saw them on sale at CC. Maybe I should stock up!! LOL

I guess saddles are like life long relationships. They may be a pain in the ass sometimes, but when you find one that fits, there is nothing that feels better!!
A vote for Brooks..Dinosaur
May 6, 2001 9:52 PM
When I purchased my '99 Klein QR the first thing I did was change the saddle, it came stock with a Giro Fizik Pave. The Giro was O.K. but when I slapped on a Brooks I could feel a difference right away. There was no long break in period. It ads about 1/2 pound of weight and you have to treat it once a while with a leather conditioner. Perhaps more Brooks users will pipe in. Yeah, I know a Brooks mounted on a Klein, it looks funny. I swear by mine and would not consider changing.
Now contradicting myself, I used a San Marcos Rolls that came with my old Guerciotti road bike. I liked it, but the leather covering started to come off after a couple of seasons and I had to protect it with a saddle cover.
Brooks is back in business, you should look into one...