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Nigel, are you out there?(5 posts)

Nigel, are you out there?Brian C.
Jan 17, 2002 9:22 AM
I'm getting ready to order a Koobi TRI.
You're convinced that it addresses The Problem?
Here I am.nigel
Jan 17, 2002 11:02 AM
Hey Brian,

I got my Koobi AU Chrono yesterday. Koobi picks up the standard shipping, so I went for the overnight delivery for about $10. Worth it! The guy there, Phil, may be the only person at Koobi. I've spoken with him a couple of times, including order placement. He's the president, anyway, and is a very knowledgeable and easygoing gent.

I installed the seat (caveat: you'll likely have to lower your seatpost a little, since there's a greater distance between the rails and the saddle itself than with a lot of saddles out there) and went for a 20-miler. (I'm going very easy on mileage since I'm getting over surgery and getting used to a new saddle). So far, so good, but I'm still a tiny bit tender down there. Again, I've never had a problem with a saddle being uncomfortable or pressuring me anywhere, so I might not be the person to chat with about the saddle's design alleviating numbness.

I'm fairly certain, however, that a saddle of this design would alleviate all or most of the pressure, since it forces one to sit completely--or mostly--on their sit bones, NOT on the soft perineal tissue as un-cutout saddles do (along with one's sit bones).

The saddle seemed to be of high quality (as I've said, the high-end saddles including the Tri are actually made BY Selle Italia in Italy), and had very nice padding; firm but not hard. The rail-connection system is designed to further distance the rider from road shock and bumps.

I don't think anyone ordering one of their saddles (certainly not the higher-end saddles--from the Silver on up) would be disappointed with the comfort and design, but saddles can be VERY individual.

I really hope this has helped. I've only been out on mine once so far, so I can't tell you much more about it. It was perfectly comfy for me so far, though. :)

Thanks! From me, my girlfriend and any future children. :-) nmBrian C.
Jan 17, 2002 12:49 PM
Tell your girlfriend and future kids that they're quite welcome!nigel
Jan 17, 2002 1:55 PM
You're welcome too, of course.

All my best,
More people need to discover the Tri!MikeC
Jan 18, 2002 8:41 AM
I have about 5K miles on mine now. At the beginning, I thought it was priced high for just a reasonably light, reasonably comfy seat. A year later, however, I can't imagine riding anything else. I have never had a moment of saddle-related problems since I've owned it, and my "contact points" (or lack thereof) felt just as good after a 127 mile ride as after a 30 miler.
I did crash about nine months ago, and the kevlar on one side of the saddle frayed a little (but not as badly as my skin). I spackled it with some black GE silicone goop, and it's held up just fine.