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Does san marco era saddle require a break in period?(9 posts)

Does san marco era saddle require a break in period?ol
Jul 17, 2003 11:01 PM
Just went out and did 50 miles on my new era saddle, and my initial thoughts are that the saddle is very hard. I am curious in finding out the thoughts of other riders on this saddle, and was the saddle really hard and uncomfortable in the initial period?
I don't think that any modern saddles require break-in. I dobill
Jul 18, 2003 2:16 AM
think that your butt, otoh, does. Your butt will/may adjust in time. I have a couple of different saddles on my bikes, and if I don't ride one for awhile, there is a definite "break-in".
Can't break it in.c722061
Jul 18, 2003 5:01 AM
I put 200 miles on it and had to give it up. Could not break it in. I bought the Fizik Alliante and it requires no break in
30 - 35 years (nm)Crankist
Jul 18, 2003 5:05 AM
in an ore crusher (nm)terry b
Jul 18, 2003 5:26 AM
Saddles are like shoes, ..........MR_GRUMPY
Jul 18, 2003 5:52 AM
everyone has different requirements.
re: Like someone else said above...JL
Jul 18, 2003 6:37 AM
your butt does, but the seat itself won't. I have over 6K on my ERA and yes it took some time to get used too. I'm thinking of switching only now as I've "noticed" it more lately for some reason. Your seat is something you don't want to be aware of when riding. It is a hard seat, but they claim the middle flexes to remove pressure.

Give a few more rides and if you still can't get the seat angle/comfort right, replace it with something else. Your butt will thank you.

Happy riding.

A pretty good saddle, once you get used to itFez
Jul 18, 2003 7:58 AM
I agree with the other posters in that the saddle doesn't really change. You may like it after a few hundred miles, or you may not like it at all.

My own experience with it is that I liked it from the first ride. It may appear a bit hard, but the thing compresses and flexes a tad while you are riding.

I consider it the happy medium between the Selle Italia Flite Ti and the Selle Italia SLR Ti.
Jul 18, 2003 2:29 PM
I used an Era for a couple of years on my old bike and it felt good right out of the box. I did not find it too firm, but a lot of folks claim that the Era is too firm for their tastes. I would still be using it but one of the rails started to pull out from the plastic "elastomer". I pounded it back in and used super glue, it's cracked, probably would still work, but I fell in love with Selle Itlia Flite Gel I pulled off my new bike (using a San Marco Regal presently on my new rig). The Era felt best for me if it was positioned perfectly level. It's a flat saddle, I fould it only worked for me if it was level. It also has a low profile and you will probably have to raise your saddle a couple of mm's (I went up 3 mm with mine). Most saddles I have used need a slight tweaking to get them to feel right, unless it is dumb luck from the start...