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Anyone have a saddle they like (fizik, san macro, selle,ect)(11 posts)

Anyone have a saddle they like (fizik, san macro, selle,ect)benja15
Nov 29, 2002 9:36 PM
i really need to get a good sallde because i have pressure problems. Any sugestions i usally hear flite ti. but im not sure that will solve pressure problems, as my trans am max does nothing
re: Anyone have a saddle they like (fizik, san macro, selle,ect)MVN
Nov 29, 2002 9:46 PM
Try a Koobi Silver. I tried their Chrono first, then traded it for the Silver. They have a 30 day money back guarantee, and you can trade for other saddles if you need to. Phil Schweizer (Pres.) is very helpful, answers e-mail quickly and you can call them to get advice if necessary. I had problems (recurring epididymitis), and once I got used to the Silver (which didn't take long) the problem went away. Even in a racer's tuck there is no pressure. Hope that helps. Good Luck.
I second the Koobi Silver....gogene
Nov 29, 2002 11:00 PM
... and the extraordinary customer service. I'm buying a second Koobi Silver for my tandem.
Koobi Xenon for meabicirider
Nov 30, 2002 12:03 AM
I have tryed several diffrent saddles and the Koobi Xenon does the best job for me no numbness very comfortable saddle light and holds up very well.

Good luck.
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Anyone have a saddle they like (fizik, san macro, selle,ect)cincy1
Nov 30, 2002 4:35 AM
I had similar problems. After trying over 15 saddles (expensive hobby) I finally found that Selle San Marco saddles work the best for me. I bought their Aero Gelaround and Arami Gelaround models. Both were very comfortable. The Aero has more padding in the rear which made it remarkably comfortable. The Arami has a narrower nose which I need because of chunky thighs. Both were far more comfortable for me than any I tried before.

Don't stop looking. There is a saddle out there somewhere that will work for you. Here are some revelations I had during all this saddle activity.

1. If you want to reduce pressure on any particular point, increasing the surface area of the saddle will do this (More square inches of surface means less pounds per square inch). Read the specs on a saddle before you buy it. Most give you width and length. My San Marco's are 275-280mm wide. Perfect for me.

2. More padding does not necessarily = more comfort. If you sink too deeply into a saddle, you forward leaning position will put more pressure on places there shouldn't be pressure.

3. Don't believe anyone who tells you that a particular saddle will solve your problem. You have to try them yourself. Find a mail order house with a 30 day return policy and try them all till you find one that works for you.

Good luck
Pressure problems often come from too much saddle . . .Look381i
Nov 30, 2002 8:59 AM
not too little. I have always been comfortable with Flite Ti's and now SLRs. My only perineal pressure, numbness, joint pain problems came from an experiment with Specialized's Body Geometry Comp after the impotence scare several years ago.

Adjust height, tilt and skew angle (slightly) until your sit bones are supporting you, not your soft tissues.
Pressure problems often come from too much saddle . . .foothill
Nov 30, 2002 9:43 AM
I to am looking for that saddle from heaven. I have been riding a specialized Body Comp. for about a year on my De Rosa and it has to be one of the worst saddles out there. I have been reading the reviews on the Fizik Aliante and the Koobi's have all been excellent, but the price on Fizik is way out there. At least the Koobi's have a money back guarantee.
Brooks Team Professional or SwiftAlexx
Nov 30, 2002 9:42 AM
Absolutely the most comfortable saddle you can buy. You can save your old flyweight-torture saddle for those days when 5 oz extra weight is just TOO much. Save your @$$-buy a Brooks!
Do a search on saddles..DINOSAUR
Nov 30, 2002 10:12 AM
Saddles are often discussed on this forum. There is no one saddle that will fit everyone. Part of it is your anatomy and the other part is dialing it in on your bike. I've used a Fizik Pave, Brooks Team Pro, San Marco Era, Selle Italia Flite Gel and now the Flite Max. I really had no big problems with any of them, accept that the Fizik was a tad too narrow, the Brooks would not dial in with the geometry of my bike, the rails of the Era started to come out of the rear of the saddle, the Flite Gel started to wear out fast, the Flite Max seems to work o.k. but I had to mess with the saddle tilt until I found the magic spot. The regular Selle Italia Flite is the #1 selling saddle, but that doesn't mean it will work for you. I think half of it is your anatomy and the other half is dialing it in. I took the old Selle Italia Flite Gel I replaced had with the Max Flite, and put it on my old Klein (second bike) using the same settings as the Era I had pulled off. And what a difference it made, no adjustments at all, probably just dumb luck. The Flite saddles are long and have long rails and give you a lot of room to work with. But for as many people that like the Flite's, I'm sure there are just as many that don't like them. I like the shape of the Flite's but would like them better if the covers were more durable and they dropped the embroidery, which tends to eat up shorts. Saddles are hit and miss and once you find one, buy another one as sooner or later they will stop making that model, unless it's a Brooks, then you won't have to worry about replacing it for about ten years or more...
some thoughtsDaveG
Nov 30, 2002 11:09 AM
There have been a couple of good threads on this topic here, including a nice write up by LenJ back in July. This is a personal thing, as a saddle that fits one will not work for another. I've been going through the selection process recently to find saddle nirvana and have accumulated the following advice
1. Try as many saddles as you can of vary shapes and widths, but give each one a few rides to get a true feel for it. Sometimes a saddle that feels a bit hard initially will be the best over the long haul. Recommend borrowing saddles from friends. If you can't do that, try buying some used saddles on Ebay, classifieds here or rev.bicycles.marketplace. You can always resell them and you won't take too big of a financial beating
2. Focus on the shape/width first. Get a feel for the shapes of saddles that feel good and whether you have wide or narrow sitbones. Don't get fooled by squishy saddles. They may feel good at first but they won't on a long ride. The shape probably is a bigger factor on comfort than Gels or junk-saver cut-outs
3. Try to stick with popular or longstanding models, such as Flites, Rolls, Turbomatic, etc. The advantage is that when your saddle wears out (which it will) these will be available. If you find a great saddle that is obscure, you may not find another and then you'll have to start the saddle search over again.
4. Avoid saddles with heavy stitching or embroidery. This may be hard to do as Selle Italia and San Marco seems to cover all their saddles with unneeded stitching. Some people are not bothered by this (you may be lucky) but many are. You can't go wrong by minimizing the stitching.
Good luck
m2¢: Brook's SWIFTcoonass
Nov 30, 2002 11:37 AM