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Saddle Question.(18 posts)

Saddle Question.Len J
Apr 8, 2002 9:33 AM
I know , saddles are personal. But I figured if I can find someone who had the same problem we might have similar preferences.

Is there anyone here who has used the Sella Italia Prolink Trans Am & loved the comfort of the saddle but was bothered by the Nose of the saddle rubbing thier...ah,em.."boys"?

If so, did you find any solution?
Have you changed to something that was more comfortable?

I have been thru about 7 saddles with the Prolink being the best width wise, and butt comfort wise but the "Saddle" shape has caused the nose to create some discomfort. After about 1000 miles it has taken on less of a flat shape & more of a swayed shape.

Anyone dealt with the same thing? What was your solution?

re: Saddle Question.szybki
Apr 8, 2002 9:54 AM
Hey Len, I had the same problem with my Prolink Trans Am. Have you tried changing the tilt? I'm running mine dead level, seemed to help the rubbing problem. Also, if the saddle is angled up slightly the friggin' seat (the "wings") will wear a hole through the skin at the back of your thighs - right at the butt crease, hurts like a sonof... I like the seat otherwise. Hope this helps.
I've experimented with tilt .......Len J
Apr 8, 2002 11:28 AM
as well as slightly to the side. Unfortunatly, it's the sway in the sdaddle itself that is causing the problem. I was hoping that someone had a similarly shaped "Flat" saddle that they switched to with approximatly the same padding.

Oh well, I guess my quest for the perfect saddle (for this butt) continues.


Have you tried the regular Pro-link?look271
Apr 8, 2002 4:46 PM
I've used it for about 2 yrs and love it. It is wider like the Trans-am, but it doesn't have the cutout (which the trans-am has, right?) Mine has stayed nice and flat and I have considerable girth pushing down on it!
Is that flat, front to back? nmLen J
Apr 8, 2002 5:24 PM
Yep. Not as a board, but flat-doesn't "sag". (nm)look271
Apr 8, 2002 6:32 PM
Thanks. nmLen J
Apr 9, 2002 4:23 AM
re: Saddle Question.cyclopathic
Apr 8, 2002 10:45 AM

I would certainly experiment with tilt, I run my saddles slightly down not too much. If you overdo it you strain your wrists. Also try to rotate saddle a few degrees to the right or left opposite to where you "boys" usually hang out ;-)

On the side note Prolink doesn't strike me as the comfy seat /to tell the truth I've only ridden it in parking lot/ After experimenting with different saddles, I "found" Botrager FS/FS+10. This is the best seat I ever had and btw my bikes I own 6 of them now. It has wide nose and wider middle section very flat. I've done 24hr rides on it and my arse was the only thing which didn't hurt after.

If you're willing to try Pricepoint blows them for 20$, they are not particularly light at 300g good luck.
re: Saddle is the last place I'd choose to save weight.dzrider
Apr 8, 2002 11:55 AM
I use original San Marco Concor saddles and will continue to do so until I can no longer find one to use. I have tried others in hopes of riding lighter, but nothing fits me as well and after a few hours the saddle becomes far more of an issue than the weight. I suspect that many of the Brooks lovers shave grams elsewhere and have no interest in trying lighter saddles.
I agree.....Len J
Apr 8, 2002 11:58 AM
now if I could only find my equivilant of your concor.

My son is now the proud owner of a Terry Ti Fly...dzrider
Apr 8, 2002 12:18 PM
that didn't work out, in part I think, because it was too flat for me. It has a hole for your friends to hang out in and more cushioning than the Concor. I almost kept it on the bike it arrived on. Then I realized that it might be the reason I felt like I couldn't get the seat height set right, tried a Concor and haven't gone back. It may be worth a try for you.
Take a look at a San Marco Regal...Lone Gunman
Apr 8, 2002 3:50 PM
300 grams or so, the design has been around since 80's? and still supposed to be used on additional San Marco saddles. Saw a post on here in the last few days or so about that.
Well Len....Ahimsa
Apr 8, 2002 4:10 PM
Let me tell you what I did. I went and got one of these WTB saddles with the sloped nose. Light weight enough for anybody, comfortable as hell, and slightly ugly (Read: Theft deterent).

Never looked back.

I also like the Trans Am, but when I ride one I miss my WTB Laser V Stealth (Silly name too).

Heard good things about Koobi.


Try a "true" micro-adjusting post...tirider
Apr 8, 2002 6:27 PM
... I use a Syncros Ti road post and find that it allows me to fine tune the angle without being restricted to the indents that most have. I find that sometimes a saddle will feel a bit too high or low between the notches on most posts. Being able to adjust it somewhere in between can make all the difference (but then I can be like "the Princess and the pea" at times). Also I'm testing a Flite TT at the moment and I'm very happy with it to date. I've used Flites over the years and find this variation to be the best as it seems to lack the pronounced swayback shape that Flites are notorious for and I like the feel of the suede cover. Also as a weight weenie the 165 gram weight is a plus. My last suggestion is to avoid saddles with gel, thick padding and stitching as these often do little for comfort that a saddle that fits cannot.
Done that. Thompson post, micro adj. Thanks. nmLen J
Apr 9, 2002 4:25 AM
Say Lenboneman
Apr 9, 2002 12:27 AM
Just out of curiousity as you're in the UK.

I have a ProLink TransAm, probably less than 200 miles on it as it doesn't fit my butt. I'm looking to swap it for a Flite, preferably TransAm. Any interest of know of anyone who might fancy a swap? It's in perfect condition. If I were Stateside I'd dump it on EBay.
Say LenLen J
Apr 9, 2002 3:58 AM
I'm in the US, Sorry, don't know anyone that can help.

salsa zona tres is a good one...aet
Apr 9, 2002 7:23 AM
if you are considering a switch. it does not have a cutout but it does have a recessed portion and it is fairly comfortable. you can get one with ti rails to save some weight.