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Setting saddle height(5 posts)

Setting saddle heightFez
Apr 28, 2003 4:58 PM
I am installing a new Selle San Marco Era K. It appears as though the soft Titanium rails and the generous saddle padding has some "give" in it.

My prior saddle, a Sell Italia SLR, has minimal padding, thin leather cover, and the carbon shell does not "give" or compress hardly at all.

Should I set the Era K saddle 5-10mm higher, since the padding compresses on the Era K and not on the SLR?
not that simple...C-40
Apr 28, 2003 5:33 PM
The height of the saddle above the rails can also vary considerably. About the best that you can be is measure from the center of the cranks to the top of the saddle and try to match the height. You will always have to fine-tune the height on the road. Same goes for the fore/aft position. Just duplicating the distance from the saddle nose to the center of the bars doesn't insure that you will sit in the same position.

I just changed from a Selle San Marco Aspide (the stitching finally got the best of me) to a Selle Italia SLK. Huge improvement in comfort.

I tried to take accurate KOP measurements on my trainer and duplicate my position with the new saddle, but the fore/aft position was off nearly 1cm. I could tell as soon as I hit the road that the reach was too long. Got the height almost perfect though.
agree, but back to the orig question...Fez
Apr 28, 2003 6:08 PM
I totally agree with just about every point you made.

And BTW, the lightweight and sleeker saddles like the SLR and the Aspide have a reduced distance of saddle top to center of saddle rails. End result: a little more seatpost has to be exposed to replicate a height comparable to an older style Flite.

But back to the orig question:

The Era K compresses a bit once it is under the weight of the rider. The SLR hardly gives at all. Would the Era K require a bit more height in order to compensate?
same answer...C-40
Apr 29, 2003 4:52 AM
Get on the bike and find out. With the differences in shape, who knows how much higher or lower you may sit? Doubtful that the variation would exceed 1cm. If you ride the bike on the road, it's should be immediately apparent if the saddle is too high or low. Let your body be the guide.
You may have to learn this one from experience.dzrider
Apr 29, 2003 4:53 AM
Even if somebody made the same change their weight might differ enough to make their experience irrelevant to you.