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Flow Saddle(8 posts)

Flow Saddlekgrider
Oct 29, 2003 7:52 AM
I saw a Flow saddle posted in the classified section for $90. Has anyone out there ridden one? Is it worth $90 shipped just to try it out?

I guy I ride with tried oneLive Steam
Oct 29, 2003 8:19 AM
He got it from Performance and already sent it back. He said it was very hard around the edged and couldn't find the a position where he didn't either rub or sit right on a portion of that hard edge. I like the concept, but I think it's still that, a concept. If you want to try one get it from Performance so you can send it back if it does not work for you. Heck, I think they have his relisted as a used saddle for around $70 :O)
I Tried OneJon Billheimer
Oct 29, 2003 8:32 AM
I rode one for two weeks and found it great. The key seems to be whether the edges of the saddle irritate you. For me they were no problem. I found the saddle just sort of disappeared under me. As with all saddles it's a highly individual thing.
Why for just two weeks? nmLive Steam
Oct 29, 2003 8:34 AM
I wouldn't recommend buying it w/o ability to return itvindicator
Oct 29, 2003 9:05 AM
I bought one from Performance and have been using it. As everyone says, it's all about the edges. So far, for me, my butt has found "the zone" with this saddle quite a bit, but not all the time. When you're in "the zone," it's the most comfortable thing ever - it's like having no saddle. When you're not, you can feel it but whether you feel it enough to make it worse than other saddles is up to you. My overall impression so far is that I have discomfort less often than I used to and when I do it's usually less severe than it used to be, but it's not "perfect" all the time. Also, I haven't ridden anything long with it yet (maybe 35 miles max in one sitting).

It's not a good saddle if your seatbones are particularly wide, or if you like to move around a lot on your saddle while you ride. It's also probably not great if you have a particularly upright riding position instead of "rolling" your hips forward. Otherwise, I definitely encourage anyone to give it a try, but given the price I wouldn't do it unless you buy it someplace where you can return it.
Yeah, what he said...Ray Sachs
Oct 29, 2003 10:16 AM
I bought one from Performance as well, and rode it a few times before sending it back. The suspended part really does sort of disappear beneath you. I was making too much contact with the frame though and that DOESN'T disappear. Agree that you want your hips rolled forward with this saddle. It's also sort of shocking just how much the mesh portion sags. I was prepared for a pretty taught surface, but its really a hammock. I think I ended up with my saddle nearly an inch higher than I usually set it up.

Flow Saddlekgrider
Oct 29, 2003 10:58 AM
I looked and he changed it to $75.
Must be reading this board :O) nmLive Steam
Oct 29, 2003 11:30 AM