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so, i installed my new Selle Italia ProLink Gel saddle - -(15 posts)

so, i installed my new Selle Italia ProLink Gel saddle - -liv2padl
Jun 6, 2002 12:32 PM
and i find that it won't move far enough forward on the rails to be equilavent to the way my bike was set up before with my Selle Italia Flite. i can feel the difference in the setup -- the reach is just too long now. it's perhaps only a quarter of an inch but it's a BIG difference in the way the bike feels under me. no, i'm NOT going to buy a shorter stem. i guess i'll just go back to my Flite saddle and go numb again downstairs. so i've got a brand new saddle and it's going to spend its life on my shelf which is filled with all the biking paraphernalia that i'm not using. life isn't fair.
Different seatpost?Dave Hickey
Jun 6, 2002 12:41 PM
If you want to use the Prolink, Try a seatpost that doesn't have as much setback.
hey, that never occured to me - - -liv2padl
Jun 6, 2002 2:29 PM
great idea ... got a suggestion or three on a seatpost with less? thanks. dan
What kind of seatpost do you ride now?cydswipe
Jun 6, 2002 2:42 PM
I'm curious, I have one of those seats on the way as well. Like you, I don't want to fork out more money on a new seatpost, stem or any other parts either.
American Classic Titanium - - -liv2padl
Jun 7, 2002 6:13 AM
i don't think they're around any more but it does have some setback.
Thomson, Thomson, or Thomson (nm)laffeaux
Jun 6, 2002 2:51 PM
2nd thatcollinsc
Jun 6, 2002 4:09 PM
Absolutely worry free in every aspect and pretty darn light too!
Thomson, Thomson, or Thomson - - -liv2padl
Jun 7, 2002 6:20 AM
ok, you've convinced me. i'm looking at the colorado cyclist catalog right now ... there's a mountain Thomson, and a road Thomson. the road version has a 10 degree setback while the mountain verson looks straight up. i assume you mean i should get the mountain version?

big question though is how do i know what size to get? i'm riding an Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra (steel) from about 10 years ago. the sizes are: 26.8, 27.0, 27.2 any ideas as to proper seatpost size?

thanks guys for all your help.

dan
seatpost sizelaffeaux
Jun 7, 2002 8:27 AM
There are three things that you need to know.

Seat tube diameter (i.e. 26.8, 27.0, 27.2, etc.). Pull out your current post and look near the "min. insert" mark. The post size is generally etched there. You need the same size. If you can't find it written there take it to your LBS (unless you own a micrometer) and they'll measure it for you.

Seatpost length. Measure the length of your current post and determine if a 250mm, 330mm, 400mm, etc. length post will work for you. I believe that this is Thomson's only difference bewteen road and MTB post. Shorter posts are generally too short for MTBs. The shorter the lighter, but if you go too short for your frame you'll not be able to use the post.

Setback. Thomson posts come in two styles: straight and setback. The set-back allows the seat to be moved backwards further than the straight. Conversely the straight post allows more forward adjustment.

Hope that helps. You'll like their posts.
thank you .. appreciate the help. n/mliv2padl
Jun 7, 2002 8:57 AM
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re: so, i installed my new Selle Italia ProLink Gel saddle - -legs
Jun 6, 2002 5:36 PM
it sounds to me that your position on the bike is wonky..
the fore and aft adjustment on the saddle rail is primarily a way to deal with the alignment of your knee and ball of your foot over the pedal spindle... and the top tube length and stem length are a function of reach and torso size...
without sounding presumptuous i wonder if you might be due for a fit kit....?
also.. the idea that your perinium (sic) or whatever is going numb kind of also indicates to me that your position/fit might be out of wack...
is this a possibility for you?
re: so, i installed my new Selle Italia ProLink Gel saddle - -bianchi boy
Jun 6, 2002 6:32 PM
I've heard the ProLink has very short rails, limiting the adjustability. (My brother has one.) I've got a similar problem with some saddles I've bought -- notably a San Marco Regal and a Brooks Swift. In my case, I can't move the saddles back far enough because my frame has a steep seat tube angle. However, the saddles fit my other bike which has a slacker seat tube.
SaddlesNessism
Jun 7, 2002 5:43 AM
Of course eveyone is different but for me, even a short ride with a Flite saddle will bring on the wood every time.

As one of the others mentioned, you should adjust your saddle up and back to give the proper position behind the bottom bracket. Do not adjust your saddle to accomidate reach to the bars.

You might have to change your seat post to get the proper position. It's a small price to pay for the added comfort.

Ed
SaddlesDragon33
Jun 7, 2002 7:05 AM
Yes u want the mountain version (straight), but my concern is like the others that are trying to fit for bar reach(wrong), fit for knee over the pedal and leg exstension, if you have a bar reach problem maybe the stem is too long or maybe even the top tube is too long. I am pretty sure that colorado cyclist has a fit guide on their website, maybe you should check it out. www.coloradocyclist.com
no, he'll probably want the road post.rufus
Jun 7, 2002 8:33 AM
as a previous poster said, thomson's come in both road and mountain, straight and offset. the difference is that the road post is shorter. if he can use the shorter post, he should, as it'll be a bit lighter.