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Saddle question(3 posts)

Saddle questionMatno
May 15, 2003 1:58 PM
I know it's pointless to ask for general saddle recommendations since everyone fits differently, but perhaps someone can recommend something here...

I have two saddles that I like, but not completely. My Serfas Aria is the perfect shape (similar to a Flite - which I also like) but not nearly soft enough for long rides. I also have a Koobi Xenon, which has much more padding than the Serfas, but I don't like the shape (too wide). My buddy's Koobi Enduro has the perfect amount of padding. (I still can't figure out how that works. Koobi claims that the Xenon is an "8" while the Enduro is a "7", but if my Xenon is an 8, then the Enduro is at most a 4 or 5. MUCH softer. (And my Serfas is at least a 10). For further comparison, my other buddy's SLR XP is in between the Serfas and the Xenon in firmness (still too hard).

So my question is: Does anyone know of a saddle that is shaped like a Flite/Aria with as much padding as the Koobi AU Enduro?

imho - A saddle that's a perfect shape requires little padding.dzrider
May 16, 2003 6:43 AM
Therefore a saddle that requires more than a little padding is not the perfect shape. Try a bunch, especially saddles that have been on the market and unchanged for a while. Those that stand the test of time have done so because they work for quite a few riders.
That's good advice...Matno
May 16, 2003 7:51 AM
Which is part of the reason why I'm interested in going back to the Flite. I had the version with gel just in the center (not under the sit bones - which is where I hurt) and I liked it, but it still hurt on long rides. Perhaps the Gel version with gel under the sit bones would be better?

For my usual 20 mile rides, just about anything works. For my 35 milers once a week, not enough padding is bad (my butt has NO padding of its own). Since I'm doing a 500 mile/4 day ride in June, I think I'll be needing something softer (not so soft that it rubs, but softer than what I have). 8+ hours a day in the saddle is going to be painful!