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saddle dilemma(9 posts)

saddle dilemmajarraa
Jun 6, 2002 7:08 AM
Hi all,
I have been comfortable with using any given (free!!) saddle for the past two years. But I have been diagnosed with an inflamatory disease which has been causing me to have alot of discomfort after 30+ mile rides. At present I am using an older ('96?) Sella Basso saddle. It has a lot of padding but still is causing problems (also feels like there is a lot of heat build up down there). I have looked at minimalist saddles and I think they may solve the problem. I am not too sure. Here are the following contenders.
San Marco Aspide Ti Saddle
Selle Italia SLR
I would normally try them out at my local LBS, but they are one cheezy bike store (dont want to get into it!). Any help in regards to the above two saddles or more importantly any saddle in regards to the above is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

no one can help....C-40
Jun 6, 2002 8:04 AM
I'm using the Aspide saddle and found it to be suprisingly comfortable, but that does not mean that it would be appropriate for you. The only way to know if a saddle will be comfy is to try it.
re: saddle dilemmatarwheel
Jun 6, 2002 8:37 AM
You might also try some of the saddles with cutouts in the middle -- like the Terry Fly, Koobi, and Selle Italia TransAm. Both Terry and Koobi will let you return their saddles within a reasonable period if they don't fit. You can buy Koobis direct from their website, and possibly the Terry as well. Performance Bike is also very good about allowing returns, particularly if you have not damaged or abused the saddle (they carry the Fly and TransAm but not Koobi). I have not ridden the Koobi, but have owned both the Fly and TransAm Max. Of those two, the Fly is more padded and cushy. The TransAm is firmer but more comfortable in my opinion. I have since switched to an all-leather saddle.

Another option is to buy used saddles on eBay. You can't return them if they don't fit, but you can often buy used saddles for 25-50% of retail on eBay.
are you not still using that max flite trans am? nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 6, 2002 10:12 AM
had to bag ittarwheel
Jun 6, 2002 11:55 AM
The TransAm served me well for a year and then it really started bugging me. I eventually developed a saddle sore in the spot where it was hurting, and that was it -- I took it off the bike. Fortunately, I picked up a used Lepper leather saddle about that time and it has worked out great. It gets more comfortable every time I ride it. I also picked up a used Regal ti saddle, but can't used it on my Gios because it won't move far enough back on the rails. I've been looking for a used steel Merckx frame and will use the Regal saddle on it -- if I even find one.
regal looks good on a merckx frame, ANY merckx frame...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 6, 2002 12:28 PM
and the ti is much fancier lookin' than the other version!

have you sat on the regal? firmness and width-wise, how does the transam compare to the regal? i'm considering the transam...and have the regal on my road bikes.
regal looks good on a merckx frame, ANY merckx frame...bianchi boy
Jun 6, 2002 6:50 PM
The TransAm Max is a little less firm than the Regal and it is flatter across the top. Looking straight down at the saddles from above, both saddles are almost the same shape. But the Regal is a little shorter and has shorter rails, limiting the adjustability. It seems to fit my butt a little better than the TransAm Max, however, because it slopes down faster from the center. I understand why the TransAm didn't fit me after riding the leather saddle for a month or so. My leather saddle has developed dimples or depressions on either side of the saddle where my sit bones hit -- but the TransAm was so flat across the top that it just wasn't giving any. I'm curious to see if the regular TransAm, which is narrower, would fit me any better.
regal looks good on a merckx frame, ANY merckx frame...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 7, 2002 4:27 AM
neither of my regals (one with ~1500 miles and one with ~500 miles) has any sit-bone depressions from break-in. i don't think these actually break-in, like suspended leather saddles. instead, they're more like modern saddles, just a covering stretched over a middle layer, affixed to a nylon or synthetic base form. nonetheless, i still enjoy the regals.
The SLR is good for me.hayaku
Jun 6, 2002 5:15 PM
It's a flat saddle so you should check what shape your current saddle is to see if it might be work out OK. If the problem you have is in the soft tissue you could get the SLR Max. It has the cut out in the middle. Good luck.