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Saddle questions - San Marco ASPide & ERA Pro(5 posts)

Saddle questions - San Marco ASPide & ERA Procyclejim
Jul 9, 2002 9:58 AM
I know saddles are a very personal thing, but I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on overall comfort of the San Marco ASPide vs. the ERA Pro & ERA K saddles. The ASPide seems very minimalist but supposedly has good all day comfort, while the ERA Pro seems to be popular among pro riders for long term comfort. Any thoughts are appreciated. thanks
re: Saddle questions - San Marco ASPide & ERA ProET
Jul 9, 2002 12:14 PM
I have an Era Pro. It's working pretty well for me when the mush, gel, or cutaways I test rode felt horrible, but some claim it's a bit harsh and the width in the back is a bit too narrow for them. Last month's Cycling Plus reviewed the Aspide and loved everything about it save one:

"Sadly, however, in spite of these qualities the Aspide manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by adding two long and prominent seams to the top of a nicely shaped seat...

Verdict: 5 (out of 10): All the right ingredients, apart from a huge misplaced seam."

You can see the seams in the catalog picture. So it might pay to wait for next year's seamless model. If you try any of the other San Marco saddles, please post your impressions.
re: Saddle questions - San Marco ASPide & ERA ProMr_Grim2
Jul 9, 2002 1:32 PM
I was using a SelleItalia Flight Gel for a while and always had problems with my genitals going numb! I switched to the firmer SanMarco Era pro and have not had the same trouble. I love it. The only problem with the Era is that I ordered a yellow one and the color is starting to wear away where my thigh rubs it.
Have bothDMoore
Jul 9, 2002 2:08 PM
I have ERAs since they first came out on a couple of my bikes, including the bike I use for all century rides (a steel Richard Sachs). I also HAD an Aspide on my RR/crit bike (a Specialized E-5). The Aspide wasn't too bad in terms of shape or stiffness, but the stitching on it chafed my tender parts something fierce. On a short 40 mile ride I opened a blister that took a week to heal.

I dumped the Aspide for a Flite TT. The Flite is lighter, more comfortable, and has none of the stupid stitching. I've had no problems with it all season.

So I give a thumbs up for the ERA, two thumbs down for the Aspide, and two thumbs up for the Flite TT.
have ERA pro and ERA carbon, both are comfortable, with theSharky
Jul 9, 2002 2:40 PM
carbon one being more firm. If you have narrow hips these saddles work well. They are more flat than the Selle Italia flite and give the backs of my legs more room to move. They work well for me and I swithed after using Selle Italia for 20 yrs