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Specialized saddles Dr Minkow designnoupi
Oct 18, 2001 5:03 PM
I am new to road biking i have close to 2K miles on my Trek
2200 and I noticed on long rides I don't get sore but when we stop after a couple of hours I am numb.
i will go to the washroom to take a leak but i feel nothing
for a moment. Scary!!!!
Will the Specialized saddle help with this ?
I find it worse on training rollers and its roller season here in Canada.
Scary indeed!Ahimsa
Oct 18, 2001 5:35 PM
Saddles are a deeply personal choice based upon experience and preference only. No one saddle can be offered up as a cure for what you describe.

I will say that you may wish to experiment with different saddle positions first. It may be that the angle of the seat is wrong for you. Or it could be that the seat is too far forward (or back for that matter). It might have to do with bike fit even (as anything is possible when this type of numbness occurs).

Try adjusting the saddle in various ways (a little at a time) and see what happens. Try to remember what you adjusted and how much so that you can get it dialed in once you find what works.

If this is not a help, then go try new seats. I personally find the Specialized saddles to be overly padded and too "spongy firm" in spite of it. You may try Selle Italia's Trans Am series, and I ride both a WTB Laser V Stealth on my daily (which I love) and a Salsa Zona Tres on my roadie (which is also very nice indeed).

Some find the Brooks saddles (old school type leather) cure what ails them, and I may try one when I build my fixed gear up.

You just need to find something that suits you and it may take awhile. Test ride seats at the LBS. Try friends saddles. And make sure you try adjusting the position before you spend a dime.

Good luck!

A.
Scary indeed!Alpedhuez55
Oct 18, 2001 6:25 PM
I will second the WTB Laser V Stealth. I have them on my cross and SS Mountain Bike. I am not crazy about the Specialized Minkow wedge though, it was on my other Mountain bike and it is much to soft. Maybe the more expensive models are better designed and a little firmer though.
For love of the WTB Love channelAhimsa
Oct 18, 2001 6:39 PM
I was skeptical at first because it felt a bit "cushy" compared to my old prefered type, but it is nearly as light as you can get a saddle (for you weight weenies) that is still sorta "soft" but not gel squishy. The price is kinda steep I suppose ($85 I think I payed..) but I will spare no expense when it comes to interface components. In fact, I promptly bought the WTB pedals and love 'em too.

A.
I agree.9WorCP
Oct 19, 2001 8:45 AM
Adjust and fiddle w/ saddle height, tilt, for/aft before you go out and buy a new saddle. Use common sense. You may be leaning too far forward and rocking up on the narrow part of your saddle. Your two sit bones should be solidly supported at the base of the saddle. If you are constantly edging forward, move it forward a little. You gotta F w/ it. A big part of cycling.
re: Specialized saddles Dr Minkow designatomicwedgie
Oct 18, 2001 6:06 PM
I think Ahimsa has it right. Try to adjust the saddle to put the pressure on your seatbones. Not all the pressure of course but enough that it gives some relief to other more sensitive areas.
re: Specialized saddles Dr Minkow designJohnG
Oct 18, 2001 6:39 PM
That saddle sucks.... OK, that's probably a poor use of the expression. ;)

Check out the SI Flight TA.

JohnG
re: Specialized saddles Dr Minkow designMVN
Oct 18, 2001 8:05 PM
I use the Specialized BG saddle on both my mtn. and road bikes. I have not had a numbness problem since I started using them two years ago. I have the same model on both bikes (BG Mtn. Sport), and I found I like the newer model better (it's on my road bike). I know it's kind of weird to have a mtn. saddle on a road bike, but to each his own. Once you get it set up right it's wonderful. They don't work for everybody but like others have said, definitely try as many as you can get your hands on. And do make adjustments as you try them out. Good luck in your search.
re: Specialized saddles Dr Minkow designLeisure
Oct 18, 2001 10:05 PM
Test them all, because everyone's anatomy is different. Perhaps your LBS will have loaner-saddles to try for legitimately long rides. I bought Terry Fly saddles first for my mountainbike and later for my roadbike and they've been great. For pure road, I've heard the Selle Italia Trans Am may be a bit better for a few more people. My LBS carries both of these as well as the Specialized. Their observation has been that the Specialized has worked for some, but not as much or as consistently as the other two. Actually, they didn't put it as nicely as that, but I have to be fair because I've met a reasonable number of riders that have liked it. It's all individual morphology; that's the first and most important thing you should pay attention to. Don't base too much of the decision on whether or not they use a doctor's name as a sales pitch, because some docs are remarkably unintelligent. Ride the product and let it prove itself.
If none of the above work for you, the Terry Liberator may qualify as a last-ditch option. It's cumbersome and big, especially if you're putting it on a dedicated racebike, but having ridden on it for the better part of a season I have a hard time seeing anyone of any build get numb on the thing. It may also feel odd at first but after a half-dozen rides or so it'll break in and spoil you.
re: Specialized saddles Dr Minkow designDozer
Oct 19, 2001 5:58 AM
One other to look into is the Selle Italia Mythos Trans Am. The cut out on this saddle is in the back (similar to the specialized BG) instead of the middle like the standard Tran Am. I love this saddle, but they are hard to find. Good luck, numb is not good.
Pressure on the prostatejtolleson
Oct 21, 2001 11:02 AM
While saddle preference is personal, the need for men to relieve excessive pressure on the prostate while riding is universal.

Three factors produce excess pressure, which can lead to erectile dysfunction and worse:

1. Poor bike set up (saddle tilt, saddle height, fore-aft)
2. Poor bike fit (amount of drop between saddle and bars, too long a top tube or stem)
3. Poor saddle choice (usually TOO MUCH gel/padding instead of a design for relieving pressure.

You'll have to check all three. Nos. 1&2 can get addressed with a $50 pro fit, worth every penny.