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Any experience with the latest Specialized saddles?(7 posts)

Any experience with the latest Specialized saddles?BikeViking at home
Aug 9, 2002 2:16 AM
My Body Comp Pro (great saddle) I bought in 1999 is looking a little worse for wear and I will be in the new saddle market fairly soon. Does anyone have any experience with Specialized's latest road saddles (S-Works, etc)?

Also, is a 196lb guy too heavy for those hollow manganese rails?

Thanks in advance

I use the 2001 S-Works.........Dave Hickey
Aug 9, 2002 2:32 AM
The 2001 S-works is a very hard saddle. That being said, it's perfect for my butt. I have three on various bikes. It's the only saddle that I'm truly comfortable on. For 2002, Specialized added a little more padding to the S-Works. I also have a 2001 BG pro which is good also. The S-works is not using manganese rails. It uses some kind of oversize alloy rails. If you like the padding on our BG pro, I'd look at the 2002 S-Works or the 2001/2002 BG pro.
re: Any experience with the latest Specialized saddles?Roadfrog
Aug 9, 2002 9:55 AM
I had the 2001 BG Comp... it was a torture device after 30 miles. Keep in mind that I am 6' tall and 150 lbs. HOP
re: Any experience with the latest Specialized saddles?MVN
Aug 9, 2002 10:43 AM
I have a 2002 BG Sport that I will never ride again. After 25 miles, it was agony. Just switched to a Koobi.
re: Any experience with the latest Specialized saddles?allezrider
Aug 9, 2002 11:43 AM
are you liking the koobi? I have heard good things about it, but I am still not sure I have heard enough?
Koobi updateMVN
Aug 9, 2002 12:11 PM
I've been on 4 rides varying in length. I've put about 70 miles on it so far. The first ride was great. Second ride killed me because I started to feel the stitching on the top and wings of the saddle, and probably because I was wearing thinner lycra than I normally wear. Third ride was better. Fourth ride was the longest, 22 miles, no pain whatsoever. Let me say that from the first ride I felt NO perineal pain at all, but my sit bones are taking their sweet time getting used to a firmer saddle. I talked to Phil Schweizer (Pres. of Koobi) and he told me the Chrono (the one I got) is designed for racing and for people who ride approximately 9-10 hours a week. The Silver (the one I may exchange the Chrono for) is designed for fewer hours per week and has medium density padding, a little softer than the Chrono. I was going to send it back but decided to give it a few more days to see if it got better. So far it has. I'm still playing with the set-up and positioning, though. I'm going to give it through Sunday and then I'll decide to send it back or keep it. I will tell you this, I will never ride anything BUT Koobi. I may not have found the right one yet, but just the fact that I have absolutely no more pain in the perineal region (which before had caused 2 trips to the urologist) is worth gold to me. I'll keep trying each one they make if I have to until I find the one for me. Hope that helps.
re: Any experience with the latest Specialized saddles?wisill
Aug 12, 2002 2:16 PM
I have a 2001 BG Pro model. Initially it was very hard but after miles of riding (750?) it appears to become softer in the "sit-bone" area. I had a 1999 BG Sport but the darn nose was too wide and it cause me undue problems with my inner thigh. I turned to Specialized BG saddles after reading about the ex-Bicycling editor's adventure with male dysfunction. I never had a problem but when a physician stated "small and cummulative" damage could lead to this problem, I quickly changed saddles.