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Most comfortable super-light saddle(13 posts)

Most comfortable super-light saddlekid4lyf
Jul 5, 2002 10:26 AM
I'm looking for a super-light saddle I can spend hrs in at a time. I'm not a fan of padded saddles (I currently have a Flight Trans Am that feels like I'm sitting on two lumps) since the padding is generally harder than the flesh that sits on it resulting in my butt molding to the padding rather than the other way aroung. The two saddles I've heard very good things about are the AX-Lightness and the Fizik Aliante. Anyone have any experience with either of these? Or better yet, both?
re: Most comfortable super-light saddleflying
Jul 5, 2002 10:30 AM
Not either of those two but....
I have been using the 165gram Sella Italia TT
It seems ok so far. Done a couple 3hr rides on it.
re: Most comfortable super-light saddlegeert
Jul 5, 2002 11:05 AM
i have tried alot of saddles.
concor,speedneedle,fiz and those i don't remember.
all my bikes(5) were all fitted with speedneedle and 3 of them i switched to ax endurance, 2 padded and 1 unpadded, all of them to full satisfaction. i sold one of the speedneedles to a friend who is very happy with. all depends, bery because it's very personal. if you decide for a speedneedle let me know.
geert
standard SLR is good by me (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 11:08 AM
SLR works great for me! Requires break in time. (nm)Juanmoretime
Jul 5, 2002 11:16 AM
break in timeColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 12:23 PM
I think the break in time might be more for your butt to get used to it rather than anything the saddle does...I've used it for 8 hours in the saddle with no problems. It feels a bit hard to start with, but seems to get more confortable as I ride it. Maybe it's just my butt going numb, but I have no problems with it and some gel seats are downright painful on centuries plus...
lots of adjustments... to the seat...sctri
Jul 5, 2002 12:59 PM
I found that my slr worked great for me as soon as i found the correct fore/aft setting. Now its my favorite seat yet.

rc
Aspide....C-40
Jul 5, 2002 11:55 AM
The Selle San Marco Aspide isn't the lightest at 180 grams, but I've found it to be quite comfortable for long rides.
Been considering one...loop
Jul 5, 2002 5:20 PM
...to replace my POS Oktavia. Saddles are such an individual thing, though. Can you tell me what you like about it? Does it suffer from "sharp" edges like some? How's the comfort?

Dunno why I changed from my old tried-and-true. In fact, I'll probably go back to what I know works for me (Terrfy Fly), but I'd love to hear what you like about your Aspide.

Thanks,
Scott
Didn't like mineDMoore
Jul 6, 2002 10:01 PM
I had an Aspide on my race bike for a couple of months, and have replaced it with a Flite TT. The TT is lighter and much more comfortable. The Aspide wasn't really that bad, except for the @#$ stitching. I don't know why embroidered saddles have become so popular, but I think they're a dumb idea. The stitching on mine seemed to line up perfectly with the seams on my shorts (PI Ultrasensor) and the net result was a large, painful blister inflicted in a puny 40 mile ride. The problem didn't recur after I healed up and I stopped wearing those shorts on that bike, but what a nuisance.

Eventually I replaced the saddle. The TT is the first Selle Italia saddle I've owned, after 20 years of San Marcos. It won't be the last. I'd be willing to try the Aspide again, if they come out with one that's covered with smooth leather and no silly stitching.
My votes for the SLRPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 5, 2002 2:19 PM
It looks like the most uncomfortable saddle on the market but even with the all carbon version its still very comfy. It is the prime example of more padding does not equal more comfort.

Cheers,
Nick Corcoran
PodiumBound.ca
so, Nick Corcoran is also an iron-butt!!! :pweiwentg
Jul 5, 2002 9:22 PM
I like my SLR too - it is not the most comfortable saddle ever made, but it is insanely light, and good enough for longer rides.
I saw the SLR Evo at my LBS in Singapore. horrifically expensive (they were selling it for the equivalent of $183) and ABSOLUTELY NO PADDING, just a carbon shell... now THAT is a bit silly.
I got a Selle Italia Nitrox for about $8 US. about 200g and pretty darn comfortable. it was a steal as the leather (or is it vinyl?) cover was coming out, but superglue solved that. that was a bloody steal.
m2¢coonass
Jul 5, 2002 2:38 PM
is for the Brooks' Swift saddle (Ti rails)..I have one on 2 road bikes and one MTB....I know it's not going to win the less-grams award, but I can spend 5+ hours in the saddle and never think about it....all of the other saddles I've tried (translates: wasted money on) become the 'focus of my ride' after about 20 miles and makes my ride miserable...after you spend 100m on a Swift, your saddle will never be a pain in the @ss....btw, I have one spare Swift, just in case I get bike #4 :)