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saddles: steel rails or Ti rails? considerations?(9 posts)

saddles: steel rails or Ti rails? considerations?Js Haiku Shop
Jan 18, 2002 12:36 PM

weight, i know.

is there substantial damping diffrence between the two, on the same saddle?

is rider weight a consideration (185# these days)?

Never had a problem with Ti rails....Cima Coppi
Jan 18, 2002 1:31 PM
I can tell you I did not notice any difference in the ride quality between my old steel railed Rolls saddle, and my newer Ti railed Rolls saddle. The weight difference was greatly noticable.

Ti alloy is a very strong substance, so rider weight should not cause premature fatigue of Ti saddle rails.

re: saddles: steel rails or Ti rails? considerations?jtolleson
Jan 18, 2002 2:22 PM
I did experience a significant improvement in ride quality when I switched to Ti rails. I don't think it was a placebo effect either. Made a bigger difference than the seatpost swap!
re: saddles: steel rails or Ti rails? considerations?CT1
Jan 18, 2002 2:28 PM
I've never noticed the difference in feel. This would be WAY down the list of things impacting the ride feel of a bike.

I did have a Ti Terry saddle that developed some bent rails. I guess the ti rails couldn't handle my 150# weight. Terry did eventually replace the saddle after a protracted email foray.

Some Ti parts have rider-weight limits...PdxMark
Jan 18, 2002 3:25 PM
like Speedplay Ti-spindle pedals - which are great, by the way... the weight limit for speedplay Ti pedals is 180# or 185#... about the same as Js Haiku Shop's weight...

J - could be worth confirming your weight is OK with any saddle manufacturer before you buy a Ti-rail saddle...

the bent Terry saddly rails is not good, especially for your weight, JohnG... (at 165# I almost got a Terry saddle) - glad Terry eventually gave you a replacement...
A couple...DINOSAUR
Jan 18, 2002 3:52 PM
I slapped a ti railed San Marcos Era on my Klein and it made a difference in dampening the ride. Of course other factors in the saddle made a difference also. It is light, but I'm no weight weenie at 210 lbs. I purchased mine at a blow out sale at Performance last summer for $55.00. Other things I like is that the saddle is flat and the position of the rails let me dial in my KOP without going to an off set seat post. Finding a perfect saddle is sort of like a crap shoot, mostly it's just trial and error. I think the main reason for the ti rails is weight reduction and ride dampening, don't know if you need one for that Merckx..but I swear by mine...
215# on Ti rails without any problemsBikinCO
Jan 18, 2002 4:45 PM
I've been riding a Flite Ti for about 5 years and have not had any problems with bent or broken rails. But I did break the steel rails on my Tioga DH saddle.
Jan 18, 2002 5:24 PM
I switched to Ti about two years ago after riding steel forever and notice no difference in ride at all. I did notice a significant reduction in weight over steel railed saddles, but I don't care much about that.

Mostly I went to Ti for the rustproof quality because of all the rain and salt and muck I accumulate on my bikes. I hate rust and eliminate the possibility of getting any whenever I can. I know guys with all Ti hardware (bolts etc.) on their steeds for the weight savings. I would switch just to avoid rust.

Sort of my personal bike OCD.


you save ~1ozcyclopathic
Jan 20, 2002 9:25 AM
going from solid CroMo to solid Ti (leave tubular aside)
there's no diff in ride quality whatsoever. I have the same seat with CroMo and Ti rails and can't tell them apart