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Selle San Marco Era: Break in or throw out?(13 posts)

Selle San Marco Era: Break in or throw out?Gator
May 20, 2002 10:56 AM
Well, I've been riding "the most comfortable saddle in the world" for a few weeks and I feel like I need a taint transplant; the thing is freakin' KILLING me.

Still, I've only logged about 100 real miles on it. I'm wondering if the saddle needs some "break-in" time? Since the saddle seems very long, I'm also thinking that moving it forward a bit and/or tilting it down a few degrees might help?

Has anyone had a similar experience with this saddle? Any words or wisdom? Should I just get rid of it and move on? Lemme know.
re: Selle San Marco Era: Break in or throw out?JL
May 20, 2002 11:13 AM
It came with my Trek. I found it uncomfortable for the first 1-200 miles and was ready to change it, but it worked out for me. Now I would definitely get a new one, if this one ever wears out. Unless it's really uncomfortable, I'd give it a chance for the seat/your butt to get used to it.

Just my .02.

re: Selle San Marco Era: Break in or throw out?grandemamou
May 20, 2002 11:17 AM
You might try playing with the position some since you already spent the money. I tried one of these and for want of a better word the "taint padding" is pretty stiff. I never could get used to it. I put on a Turbomatic 3 and it felt great from the first ride. My experience has been that if it doesn't feel right from the begining it never will.
re: Selle San Marco Era: Break in or throw out?WhoWasThat
May 20, 2002 11:54 AM
I wouldn't mess with the position if it's correct for your knees and your riding abilities. I'd simply try to break in the saddle in the correct position for you.
I had one of these. It did break in a bit after 600 miles or so.
an era came with my klein. had to get rid of it (nm)aet
May 20, 2002 11:47 AM
I like it, for me it was comfortable right off the UPS truck.terry b
May 20, 2002 12:13 PM
I'm a diehard Avocet O2 fan and I bought an Era just for grins (okay I was curious about the hoopla.) My experience has been very positive - I've set it up with the same reach as the Avocet and a tad less tilt. It's just a hair higher in the front. If you get it right, there should not be any pressure on the "that area" since your sit bones should be lifting you up and off. Of course, it might be dialed in for my anatomy and not yours. Or, you might be forcing yourself to sit too far forward and planting your soft tissues on what's actually no more than a pipe wrapped in leather. I do think though the part about the "elastomers in the nose" is a crock. Seems to me the design of this one is like that of the SLR - a firm platform for your bones which if it fits you and is set up properly, works real well.
I feel your pain ... in the buttKSC
May 20, 2002 12:14 PM
I'm on the next stage of your dilemma. I would get sore sit bones after every ride and each time would tell myself I need to get a new saddle. Now that the weather's turning and I'm riding multiple times per week, I've adjusted. My body adapted and I no longer get sore. If you only ride a couple times a month though - like I do during winter - I say get a new seat.
hurts me just to look at that saddletarwheel
May 20, 2002 12:18 PM
Sorta like the Selle Italia SLR. Those two are on my list of saddles I wouldn't even bother trying. My "sit bones" are too big, or in simpler language, my butt is too big.
I'd play with the positionjw25
May 20, 2002 12:22 PM
I love FLites, but they need to be set up just right, or "stuff" gets numb after an hour. It's a pretty small adjustment, too, a couple of degrees.
I'm used to the feeling now, so setting up a new post is fairly quick.
However, if it won't get comfortable, ditch it, since saddles anymore don't really break-in. Everyone's different down there, and "most comfortable" for one person can be torture for another, as you're finding out.
heh said taint...hehctisevn
May 20, 2002 2:13 PM
Im riding a selle san marco that I got with my bike and initiallly felt the same way. I adjusted the nose up and then down and I think its alrite now. It could be that Im used to it but I dont feel any discomfort. Id let it break in a bit and try different tilts. I had a WTB SSTX on my mtn bike that felt like a slab of pavement until I got it dialed in at which point it became hands down the most comfortable saddle I had or have to this point ridden. taint. heh heh
What's to break in?Kerry
May 20, 2002 5:55 PM
You've got a thin leather cover, urethane foam padding, and a nylon base with metal saddle rails. People who say "I rode mine a while and it broke in" are really saying "I fiddled with the position and my butt got used to it." There is nothing on most saddles these days that will break in. As another poster suggested: you've paid your money, spend some time with tilt angles and make sure you've got the fore/aft and height right. If it doesn't get better soon, then you know that this shape doesn't work for you.
re: Selle San Marco Era: Break in or throw out?Bacco
May 20, 2002 6:01 PM
I really like mine and would be happy to buy another one for my trainer if you want to unload yours for half price! I would think 100 miles would be enough to know if it works for you especially if you have tried a few different positions with it.
It shouldn't require a break-in....DINOSAUR
May 21, 2002 8:22 AM
I found the Era to be comfortable from the start. I think that is the way for saddles. I thought the Era was the perfect saddle but my new Master X-Light came with a Selle Italia Flite Gel, as my LBS had no Era's in stock. It has to be the most comfortable saddle I have ever used. I think the saddle thing is also contributed to the geometry of you bike and how you are positioned when you dial in your KNOPS. Also the skinny guys with no padding in the posterior seem to have the problem finding comfortable saddles, not the case for me...