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new saddle for 230 pound fairly new rider(9 posts)

new saddle for 230 pound fairly new rideroldclyde
Mar 15, 2002 5:15 PM
I ride a Lemond Zurich with a trek crz+ sport saddle (gel with cut out and wide back portion). The saddle was put on by LBS in place of stock seat. I probably got ripped off. I wouldn't mind though if it was comfortable. I am planning to look for a new saddle. Does any one have any suggestions for a comfortable saddle for an older bigger guy who rides 15-30 miles most rides, but has no ambition to race? I'd really appreciate some feedback.
The one that fits.grzy
Mar 15, 2002 5:26 PM
It's really too tough to call. What one person thinks is great another hates. It is safe to say that ther is some satisfaction with Selle Italia products and Brooks, as well as many others. These are just two examples of the extremes - a traditional retro leather affair or the latest hihg tech creation. If one will work for you or not is a function of your body, placement of the frame and riding style. Might as well ask us what size shoes you should get.

You really owe it to yourself to keep trying saddles until you get one that you really like. Don't settle for somethhng that doesn't work for you. I had a pretty good collection of saddles that didn't quite do it for me. Some LBS's will have a pile of loaner saddles for you to try before you buy. Rmemeber what may work for 50 miles could be hell at 100 or more. It is possible to find a saddle that you can be perfectly happy with for 10 or 12 hours at a stint - sometimes your riding position has to be refined.
re: new saddle for 230 pound fairly new riderElefantino
Mar 15, 2002 5:27 PM
First of all, gel is evil.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, try looking at some of Selle Italia's wider, more comfortable saddles. The Turbomatic 4, or the XO, come to mind.

I think I would start my search by...Lone Gunman
Mar 15, 2002 6:46 PM
getting an idea of what you like in a saddle, narrow or wider. And if weight is not an issue then that opens the window of choice even wider. Almost all saddles are 280mm long (nose to rear) and then the width varies at it's widest from about 120mm to 160mm (as an average, you can buy the tractor seat but I doubt it would be usable on a road bike like a Zurich). Forget about saddles with goo in them, they only create pressure points, look for dense foam or leather like a Brooks. My personal feeling on the cutout saddles is they are OVERRATED. has Brooks saddles for a six month trial period and the Terry Fly is a 3 month money back trial. I have a Brooks on my Zurich and I am sold on them. Prior to the Brooks my favorite saddle was a Selle San Marco Suede that is 12 years old and the reason why was it's shape and the strange thing is the Brooks when placed over top of the Suede job is the same size and shape. Selle San Marco has a saddle out that is called the Regal, sort of looks like a modernized Brooks, reasonable price on either $65ish.

I have found 2 companies that make saddles that fit me, I have had skinny and light and I have had the wider and heavier. Wider and heavier are for me. Some width examples:
Brooks Pro 160mm $85
Brooks B-17N 152mm $65
Terry Fly 135mm $100
San Marco Regal 150mm $65
My suede 160mm
Lemond San Marco 140mm

My litmus test for saddles is if I feel pinched in my sit bones area the saddle is too narrow for me, like sitting on the skinny side of a 2x4. My next saddle will be a B17N or Regal.
re: new saddle for 230 pound fairly new riderMVN
Mar 15, 2002 9:59 PM
I use a 2002 Specialized Sport MTB seat on my road and mtb bikes. I weigh 215 and this saddle is extremely comfortable to me, but that's the thing. The fact that it works for me doesn't mean it will work for you. Try it, though and see what you think. I've been very happy with it and my rides are about 15-35 miles. I've used the Spec. Sport (not the extra-padded Comfort model) for 2 years now. Good luck!
re: new saddle for 230 pound fairly new riderRULY
Mar 16, 2002 5:17 AM
I'm 220 and use a Selle Itallia Prolink,works for me.
re: new saddle for 230 pound fairly new riderjohnjohn
Mar 16, 2002 10:11 AM
Terry Men's Liberator. It's big, it's wide, it's heavy, and I truthfully wouldn't ride anything else. Comfort all the way, Centuries without any backside pain or numbness. Gotta love it! :)
re: new saddle for 230 pound fairly new ridertarwheel
Mar 18, 2002 6:28 AM
Good advice from the Lone Gunman. However, I and others have had good experiences with cutout saddles. But, like he says, the width and shape are probably most important. I have a Selle Italia Transam Max, which is more padded and wider (148 mm) than most SI saddles and fairly light. It is a firm sadde, which seems to get more comfortable on longer rides, and I've never had any problem with numbness using it. I just tried out a Terry Fly, which is similar in design but more padded and narrower. It didn't work for me. If you're a big guy and not too concerned about weight, you sound like a good candidate for a Brooks leather saddle. Check them out at, which will let you return the saddle for up to 6 months if it doesn't work out. Bear in mind that you generally have to break in a leather saddle, so it might not be comfortable at first. Some people have an immediate good fit with leather saddles. However, I had a beautiful leather Ideale saddle that I rode for years and it never really seemed to break in.
Mar 18, 2002 7:25 AM
Specialised Body geometry or a Selle Italia Trimatic. I am about the same weight as you, and find these about right for padding/suspension. That said, I don't like too wide a saddle.