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Max Flite Trans Am or Turbomatic most comfy?(6 posts)

Max Flite Trans Am or Turbomatic most comfy?timwat
Dec 26, 2002 6:16 AM
I have a Flite Trans Am now and get quite a bit of numbness. I noticed many of the pros use the turbomatic(according to Selle Italia website).
no answerDaveG
Dec 26, 2002 6:43 AM
There is no way to answer this for you. Every saddle treats folks differently. The best thing is to try out some saddles and experiment. Can you perhaps borrow some saddles from friends? You should also try adjusting your current saddle a bit before you give up. It might help to get a feel for the width of your sit bones. Perhaps you can detect some wear or indents on your current saddle. If they are close to the edge of the saddle you might benefit from a wider saddle (like the Max Flite TA). I recently bought a Max TA thinking it would be "the one" After 3 rides I gave up after realizing it was just too wide for me. Fortunately I was able to sell it on ebay for not much of a loss. Good luck
agree with you, but I have an objective response too....sprockets2
Dec 26, 2002 11:30 AM
which is that the TA has more provision for comfort. DaveG is correct, in terms of subjective comfort there is no way to know, not having your anatomy.

DaveG also alludes to the strangely overlooked primary key to saddle comfort: width. You gotta support those bones or you get a soft tissue wedgie. Of course, bone support is not the *only* parameter, but if you don't start wide enough, you are sittin on the soft stuff and you are doomed.
re: Max Flite Trans Am or Turbomatic most comfy?PaulCL
Dec 26, 2002 6:45 AM
I can't compare the two, but my Turbo is the best saddle I've ever had. In fact, I'm on my third one. It fits my butt.
I ride the Flite Trans Am Max now....eyebob
Dec 26, 2002 8:04 AM
It's technically a mtn. saddle, but I have a skinny but and between where I sit on saddles and how I tilt it, it's the only saddle that I've found that solved my numbness problem. You'll hear most of us suggest to try them both and decide. Most LBS are good about allowing you to try them before you buy them.

Can of worms...DINOSAUR
Dec 26, 2002 9:03 AM
There is no one saddle that will fit all. I don't have a big problem with saddles in general. Some are a bit more comfi for long rides. I just like experimenting with stuff on my bikes and found that the saddle tilt aided by a 2 bolt seat post makes a big difference. Also if your saddle is a tad too high (even a couple of mm's) you will grind away at those private parts. I'm currently using a San Marco Regal, which is a old classic saddle, a tad wider than the current trend of narrow saddles, and comes in a smooth black leather, ti rails with no embroidery (which I like). Some guys swear by the Brooks all leather saddles (like the Swift or Team Pro). I have a Team Pro and it was the most comfortable saddle I have ever used, but I could not get it to dial in with the geometry of bike. They also weigh a lot, if that is a factor for you. I also have a Selle Italia Max Flite, which I really liked. It's wider than the other Flites and has no gel or embroidery and vandium rails. But the rails made a clicking sound that drove me nuts. It's hit and miss until you find what works for you. Try narrowing down a saddle by thinking what you don't like about what you are using now (too narrow, too hard, not hard enough, the cut out, etc). The most popular selling saddle is the Selle Italia Flite. It has long rails and a lot of room to scoot around on for changing position, and they don't cost a ton. Then other swears by the turbomatics, so it's a can of correct answer..if you could find an LBS that lets you try out saddle like someone suggested, that would be helpful..but I found it takes a lot of tweaking with the tilt until I find the magic spot, it's done by feel and not by a measurement and generally takes a week or so until I find it...good luck..