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saddle break in ....(8 posts)

saddle break in ....Gall
Sep 2, 2002 2:31 PM
hello again,

i got a new saddle. a flite TT.

anyhow, this thing is as hard as a rock and isnt too kind on the buttocks. i read some reviews and etc and some say its a comfortable saddle only after it gets broke in.

SO.. whats the break in time for a saddle. when should i throw the towel in on this one and start looking for a different one?

Don't know about the Flite, but as a rule....Silverback
Sep 2, 2002 2:55 PM
I haven't used anything but Brooks for several years, so this may have changed, but my experience is that plastic-based saddles don't break in much. It's not like leather, where the material can stretch and deform to fit your body. Certainly if you've done a couple of hundred miles and it's no better, I'd be losing hope.
You've got it rightKerry
Sep 2, 2002 3:16 PM
Plastic saddles are pretty much as you buy them, or they are breaking down. Plastics don't "break in" despite many people's claims to the contrary. An elementary knowledge of materials and saddle construction will show you this is the case. What they have experienced is their rear end adapting to the saddle, not the other way around. If you give yourself time to adapt, and you don't, then you have found a saddle shape/stiffness that doesn't work for you.
Not true not truecyclopathic
Sep 2, 2002 9:17 PM
I have 2 Bontrager FS saddles (from the same batch) one of them ~1year of MTB another almost new. First one is very comfortable were second is hard as rock.

I've looked carefully at both and the foam on used one is considerably softer, second the "plastic" shell stretched (or wore out at rear rail points?) so it feels softer and yields more. Also seat changed form similar to what Brooks would. For records I use the same ass to ride both saddles, ;o|
re: saddle break in ....TREKY
Sep 2, 2002 3:18 PM
I have a Flite Ti Gel and it took about 1 month to get the feeling and position where I liked it.You may have to tweak it every now and then but I would say a month you should start to feel comfortable.
you mean that in a month his butt will toughen up, becausebill
Sep 2, 2002 5:50 PM
modern saddles don't change (position can be changed of course, but I'll bet that's not his problem). Saddles don't change, but butts, on the other hand, do.
Flite is not criminally hard, but if you're not used to it, it can take a little while. I also say, stick with it. I now find cushy saddles to be too cushy; I like the support.
re: saddle break in ....DINOSAUR
Sep 2, 2002 7:46 PM
Should not require a break in. Saddles are like finding the Holy Grail. What feels good for one person, might be extremely uncomfortable for another. The regular Flite gets good marks, #1 selling saddle if that means anything...
re: saddle break in ....Juanmoretime
Sep 3, 2002 9:17 AM
I ride an SLR. It took about a month to where it was comfortable. Now, I really like it!