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Inexspensive yet Nice Saddles ? Help(7 posts)

Inexspensive yet Nice Saddles ? HelpNomatt
Sep 24, 2003 5:35 PM
I am looking for a new saddle that is inexspensive (less than $35) yet nice enough for the recreational rider (i usually go on about 20 mile rides). right now i have the crappy stock saddle that is no good. i want something that isnt SO lightweight that there is NO padding but i definately dont want some HUGE comfort saddle, the one i have now is so wide in the section where the seat tapers that it rubs my legs so bad, so i want a narrow saddle. right now i am thinking about these couple:

or should i go look for a used saddle at my local bike shop(s)? seems that at around 30 these are pretty good . . . what do you all think?
I've tried the Selle Italia Nitrox, found it goodweiwentg
Sep 24, 2003 5:42 PM
I believe it's a BMX saddle, but it's not too porky and I find it comfortable for my body type (very skinny, small bone structure, fit well on an SLR).
re: Inexspensive yet Nice Saddles ? Helprussw19
Sep 24, 2003 8:09 PM
Try looking into a Serfas DD Pro in a cromoly rail. I have the Ti railed one on my mountain bike and I am very pleased with it. It's softer than any of my road saddles (Avocet O2, Flite, and Fizik Pave') but not overly so. Just enough to take the bite out of riding off road for me. So you may like it for what you are doing. Plus I think Serfas offers a 30 day guarantee on their saddles. If you don't like it, the supposedly will buy it back. (I am not 100% sure on that, so you may want to look into it...)

re: Inexspensive yet Nice Saddles ? Helptamen00
Sep 24, 2003 10:16 PM
I just purchased one of the Aireon saddles, the race model with titanium rails. I figuered that it might be uncomfortable, but I figured for $40 I would give it a try. the thing is great! I went on a 70 mile ride on Sunday and it was very comfortable. The one that you were looking at in the supergo ad has a little bit more padding then the one that I bought, so it should be fine!
re: Inexspensive yet Nice Saddles ? Helptarwheel
Sep 25, 2003 4:24 AM
You might try some of the Selle Royale saddles. Nashbar has some of the nicer SR gel models on sale for about $30. I have a older version of a SR gel saddle that is very comfortable but on the heavy side.

Another option for spending less on saddles is to pick up good used ones on eBay. (If your local shops sell used ones, that's probably a better option, particularly if they'll let you try them out.) Lots of cyclists buy expensive saddles, try them for a while, and sell them because they're uncomfortable. I've picked up a number of nice saddles on eBay for $20-25. Still haven't found the right one for me, but that's another story.

Some saddles worth checking out, if you can find them on eBay, are the Koobi Enduro or Silver, Terry Fly, Selle Italia TransAm Gel (or Max version), SI Turbomatic, San Marco Rolls or Squadra, Avocet O2 Air. Lots of cyclists swear by the SI Flite saddles, but they don't work for me.
re: Inexspensive yet Nice Saddles ? Helpctisevn
Sep 25, 2003 7:41 AM
IVe got a new (as in usused) fizik pave comfort that came on a cdale r1000 sport. its fairly light, has more padding than average and would cost you less than 35 shipped..its in the marketplace here with pics if youre interested.
Selle Italia XO Transampowergyoza
Sep 25, 2003 2:30 PM
It's slightly curved from nose to rear. The sides curve downwards quite steeply. A slightly wider nose. The suspension system makes for a cushy ride. And very soft, yet supportive padding.

I'm going back to this saddle. I'm retiring my Turbomatic 4 Gel.