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For allezrider...Koobi update(4 posts)

For allezrider...Koobi updateMVN
Aug 10, 2002 10:24 AM
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: For allezrider...Koobi update (Part 2)MVN
Aug 10, 2002 10:35 AM
Further update as of Sat. morning. Went out for a 15 mile ride and used my Voler bibs. Everything was fine until about mile 10. I started feeling the stitching on the lower lip of the wings again. Not as bad as the first time, but still noticeable. I decided I'd send it back Monday to exchange for the Silver. It just doesn't make sense that I should have to wear only a certain type of bib in order for the stitching not to irritate me. The cheapest bibs I have (Performance Elite) feel the best on the saddle, go figure. I guess it's because of the shape of the Elite Y-pad, the one they don't make anymore. Anyway, I'll send it back Monday and wait for the Silver to arrive. I know one thing, I won't put that Spec. back on the bike. It's fine for short rides, but for longer ones it turns into a torture device. I've heard that a flatter and less-padded saddle is actually better for you in the long run. I guess it's true. Once I get my race bike built up, I'm going to order two more saddles, one for the racer and one for the mtb. Again, hope that helps.
re: For allezrider...Koobi update (Part 2)fitzpb
Aug 10, 2002 12:00 PM
I ride the Koobi Crono myself and believe it is the best saddle on the market for the money. I bought it last year and have since put about ~2k pain free miles on it. The saddle is very firm and your sit bones take a few months to get used to the hard surface. However, once they do, you can ride forever on it. My wife credits Koobi with saving our marriage. I tend to agree with her...
re: For allezrider...Koobi updateallezrider
Aug 11, 2002 6:42 AM
thanks for the message. It sounds like I will be ordering one soon also. If they have that good of customer service then that alone is worth it to me. Thanks again MVN.