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Cutout saddles: who has used them? Experiences?(7 posts)

Cutout saddles: who has used them? Experiences?Shy Guy
Jan 4, 2002 9:22 PM
As a follow-up to my previous post on urethral strictures, does anyone use one of the cutout saddles on the market?

Price isn't an option (no saddle is too expensive for comfort), but I will need a racing saddle (read: lightweight, sleek, and without a lot of bulky padding). Any results with the SI Flite Trans Am or the Terry Dragonfly or others?

Thank you for your responses, whether positive or negative. It looks like I will be needing one (I never thought I'd need one), so any pluses or minuses are helpful.
re: Cutout saddles: who has used them? Experiences?Woof the dog
Jan 5, 2002 1:32 PM
look at the body geometry, not the ugly full of padding things but racy saddles found on festina m4s. My model that I used before was one below the top one pro's use. Same thing, a tiny bit less fancy. Price would be around 80 bucks I think. They also have the plastic thingie covering up the back cutout. If they don't have it out, check the specialized catalog.

In any case, it is not guaranteed that a saddle like that will help you. I sincerely hope it will. You will feel a difference between something like an SLR and this one. BG is concave in the place where you sit while SLR, while you are off that saddle, is convex. I think i didn't mess up the terms here.

I am sure a bike shop will let you preride one, but that all depends on what kind of relationship you got w/ them.

Hope your problems will go away! Good luck

Woof the dog.
Selle Italia Pro Link / Flite Tans Am / Flite (regular)shirt
Jan 5, 2002 4:38 PM
Bashful Bloke,

Why do you need a lightweight saddle? No, really? Comfort is extremely important, even in a <1 hr. crit. The Pro Link looked comfortable and I got one a couple months ago. Initially I hated it, but then it turns out (as I mentioned in another post), it's _extremely_ sensitive to nose angle. Once I found the sweet spot, I've been very, very happy with it. Yes, it's heavy (345g), but the payoff for being comfortable (no cramps in my lower back, no favoring one side or another, no sore perineum day in, day out) is worth the minor weight penalty.

I have the Flite Trans Am on another bike, and it gets a solid C+. I never really noticed the cutout one way or another.

I've got a regular vanilla Flite on yet another bike, and it's moderately comfortable for about an hour. That's it.

serfas and wtbishmael
Jan 5, 2002 5:26 PM
ive gone through about 9 saddles and have felt that the serfas lola and the wtb podium solve my problem best...they are similar in design and both have areas that arent fully cut out but are cut in the hard under layer only...the wtb podium is still available and is light. mtbreview's review section could be of help but the wtb laser is highly recommended there and i couldnt take it for more than one day. the two i mentioned satisy my three biggest needs- narrowness, forgiving in the center front, and soft on the sit bones..there is also a bianci seat out there that is really nice, dont know who the true manufacturer is but a lot of bianchis have it
Thanks for the well-wishes and information, all. (nm)Shy Guy
Jan 5, 2002 6:33 PM
re: Cutout saddles: who has used them? Experiences?Daniel H.
Jan 10, 2002 5:25 PM
I have a SI flite trans am. I love it. it just fits perfectly, for me it is very position sensitive though. I had some trouble with the SI flite, which is why I bought the Trans Am. I just have to find the right spot on the TA saddle, and I'm Golden.
Try a Koobi saddle @ koobi.comonechosen1
Jan 10, 2002 11:14 PM
Koobi's have a split rail design. Very comfortable, good looking and light. Tim