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How long does a saddle last for you?(11 posts)

How long does a saddle last for you?pa rider
May 8, 2003 3:41 AM
I like these new saddles from selle italia (Trans AM model), but only get a year out of them (6,000 to 7,000 miles).

Was wondering if this is normal that I have to replace my saddle every 11 months to 1 year.

I was wondering what model you all ride on this board and how long do they last.

re: How long does a saddle last for you?Fez
May 8, 2003 4:08 AM
Depends on the leather. A Flite with smooth or perforated leather and no silly embroidery could last almost indefinitely, as long as you don't wipe out and take chunks out the side of it.

The original 135gram Ti SLR is a completely different story. That is the most delicate leather I have ever seen on a saddle.
re: How long does a saddle last for you?pa rider
May 8, 2003 5:43 AM
Thank Fez. Didn't think about the leather being a factor. You pay about $100 for some saddles, so I thought it would have the top quality leather. That may explain why most of the models are coming down from $69 to $55.

I guess the leather selection was due toFez
May 8, 2003 7:54 AM
keeping the weight low, not long term durability. I guess Selle Italia was pleasantly surprised as to how many weight weenies would actually buy this thing. Hell, even I did!

I guess people choose the SLR for low weight and looks, maybe be even comfort, but definitely not for durability.
re: How long does a saddle last for you?PEDDLEFOOT
May 8, 2003 5:56 AM
My oldest saddle is a Flite Genuine Gel with about 10k miles on it and it still looks great.I'm a lightweight (130lbs.) so I'm sure that factors into it somehow. I don't know why you need to replace saddles so often.Do you ride in alot of rain or bad weather?That could be a factor.I usually wipe it down with a damp rag after rides but I don't do any other maitainence to it.
re: How long does a saddle last for you?pa rider
May 8, 2003 8:29 AM
I get caught in the rain alot since some rain storms are consider "scattered showers". I also ride through the winter here in central pennsylvania. My bike gets pretty black looking in the winter time. Heck I wear out front derailers from all the salt we have on the roads.

I'm 185 lbs and big bone. I always had to get new seats for my mtb because I would break one or two a year. I bought this saddle last fall and it dips about 3/4" in the middle, so that's why I'm saying I should replace it.

The terry fly saddles seem to hold up better. i just wanted to know what others use and how long they last for them.

Thank for the comment.

Years and yearsColnagoFE
May 8, 2003 6:08 AM
Unless I crashed it I can't remember the last time I had to replace a saddle. My latest is a SLR which by all accounts should wear the quickest, but after a season and a half it still looks new.
Sounds like you're confessing...Matno
May 8, 2003 6:31 AM
...That your butt sweats a lot! Or something like that. I suppose there are a lot of factors that go into how fast a saddle wears out that are hard to predict. I know that if you sweat a lot, you can damage the leather faster. Seems to me that if you're putting that much time into riding then getting a new saddle once a year isn't too much to ask. Heck, if I rode that much, I'd probably want to replace something every MONTH, just for the sake of changing things up a bit...
May 8, 2003 6:33 AM
If you're replacing your saddle every year, you're buying the wrong saddle. I've got two Flite's, one around 10 years and the other a bit younger. With the exception of the painted logos wearing off, they look brand new. And they get ridden through rain and mud and everything else.
May 8, 2003 6:52 AM
Mine too. I broke a rail on one after about 5 years and still have the others in various states of wear. I don't think riding wears them out as much as leaning them against trees, etc.
Foreverpa rider
May 8, 2003 8:41 AM
You may have something there RJF. I seem to bend the rails easy when you get the magnesium verse the ti rails. Maybe I need to try a different brand that doesn't bend easy.

I notice the left part of my saddles wear down the most. I use a level to get my saddle plumbed for the nose tip. I notice I get a different level depending on which side the saddle I use. I left handed so my left thigh is bigger than my right, which sometimes rubs the seat.

I have a hard time riding the 139mm wide seats because my sit bone is larger than other riders. I use to ride flite in the early 90's, but now would scream if I had to use one.

Does anybody ride the selle italia flite trans am model? I was wondering if it's a lot better than the old flite models. I'm currently riding the selle italia max trans am model, so I may just go ahead and change my seat type.

Thank RJF