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    Question Racing Saddles

    What is your racing saddle of choice?

    I've been on quite a few saddles in my day (Fizik Arionne, Anteres, Prologo Kapa Pas, Selle Italia), and each one leaves me sore and/or numb at the end over every ride. I've even tried the ones with a cut-out center (Fizik Arionne VS), but while the opening relieves pressure on the center, it creates new pressure points at the sides.

    There are so many options available. Needless to say it can get rather expensive buying new saddles when one doesn't work; it's not like you can return them after you've been out on a few rides to test.

    Write now I'm even pondering buying a couple of those Chinese knock-offs just to see if one works. But I fear the questionable quality of those would only create further headaches.

    I know everyone is different, but I'd like to hear what saddles you guys are using and what you like about them.

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    it creates new pressure points at the sides
    Not sure what that means. "Sides" of what? Are you using the right width saddle?

    Are you using good cycling shorts?

    I know everyone is different, but I'd like to hear what saddles you guys are using and what you like about them.
    I've been using the Shimano Pro Falcon (with cutout). I really like it. It's pretty flat and doesn't look like it has a lot of padding, but it's just the right amount. It comes in 3 widths.
    There's also the Pro Griffon which is a little more rounded and has more padding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood Devil View Post
    What is your racing saddle of choice?

    I've been on quite a few saddles in my day (Fizik Arionne, Anteres, Prologo Kapa Pas, Selle Italia), and each one leaves me sore and/or numb at the end over every ride. I've even tried the ones with a cut-out center (Fizik Arionne VS), but while the opening relieves pressure on the center, it creates new pressure points at the sides.

    There are so many options available. Needless to say it can get rather expensive buying new saddles when one doesn't work; it's not like you can return them after you've been out on a few rides to test.

    Write now I'm even pondering buying a couple of those Chinese knock-offs just to see if one works. But I fear the questionable quality of those would only create further headaches.

    I know everyone is different, but I'd like to hear what saddles you guys are using and what you like about them.
    Yes, finding the right saddle can get expensive and frustrating. Some shops might let you Demo a saddle. When I was looking, I bought used saddles on eBay and if it did not work out I resold it. To give each saddle a fair evaluation you need to try it level, tilted up and tilted down can that can affect your outcome. My go to saddle the last 10+ years has been a Terry Fly Ti, but I would not base your search on what others recommend. You may also want to measure your sitbones either using Specialized's Ass-O-Meter or another method

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Not sure what that means. "Sides" of what? Are you using the right width saddle?

    Are you using good cycling shorts?

    I've been using the Shimano Pro Falcon (with cutout). I really like it. It's pretty flat and doesn't look like it has a lot of padding, but it's just the right amount. It comes in 3 widths.
    There's also the Pro Griffon which is a little more rounded and has more padding.
    What I mean by that is the regular flat saddle causes soreness on the soft tissue between the legs, and those with a pressure relief channel causes discomfort at the edge of the soft tissue area.

    I'm more of an aggressive rider and prefer to be in the drops. During my riding/races, I find myself more forward on the saddle, and thereby less on the sit bones and more on that soft tissue area I'm complaining about. But that part of the saddle is thin and naturally begins to feel like you're sitting on your top tube.

    I've had my sitbones measured (4 3/8") and the narrower saddles are what is recommended -- 130mm or so range.

    I've had my

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    After a couple seasons on a Shimano Pro Stealth I started getting some bad chaffing. No idea why and very frustrating. Only thing that kept me going was a lot of A&D...After a short hunt I settled on one of the SDG saddles. The Bel-Air 2.0. Lots of saddles but, hard to find locally so I ordered online.

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    There have been many saddle threads on this forum, possibly as many as chain lube threads. The recommendations seem to be consistent and it always comes down to "you gotta try em on".

    For me, buying used ones to "try em on" was financially frugal because there is less depreciation loss when you sell it. I made a few bucks in some cases.

    My saddle search ended with custom saddle by Meld.

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    I went down this same path with saddles... I was convinced there was something better than the Bontrager saddle my bike came with, so I spent a LOT on buying and selling saddles on eBay, only to end-up just using my original saddle!

    The one thing I've learned is that some of the soreness comes from your fitness level, not the seat. Note how pros ride saddles that have hardly any padding... That's because their butts are almost all muscle and they don't need the padding. Heck, too much padding can actually make things worse.

    For me, when I put more miles on and broke-in my Bontrager saddle, it worked just fine. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    I've looked at the Meld place before. I'd love to try it, but an afraid that it would be so awesome I'd need to buy one for each of mu four, going on five, road bikes. At $250-$300 a pop, that could get expensive.

    I've been riding Selle Itaila Flite (now referred to as the 1990's version) since they came out in the 1990's. Rather than having a saddle modeled after the shape of my butt, I think I have a butt that's evolved to be the shape of that saddle.

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    I use a Cobb Randee. Had the same issues you described and tried lots of saddles with wide cut outs and found this one to be the best for me. The cut out runs all the way to the front and the nose of the saddle is narrower than typical time trial type saddles (which rubbed the inside of my thighs too much). Its on both my bikes, found it very comfortable for rides up to 15 hours, provided I get out of the saddle frequently enough. Cobb has a 90 day try and return policy too, so it's not going to cost you anything to try one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    I use a Cobb Randee. Had the same issues you described and tried lots of saddles with wide cut outs and found this one to be the best for me. The cut out runs all the way to the front and the nose of the saddle is narrower than typical time trial type saddles (which rubbed the inside of my thighs too much). Its on both my bikes, found it very comfortable for rides up to 15 hours, provided I get out of the saddle frequently enough. Cobb has a 90 day try and return policy too, so it's not going to cost you anything to try one.
    Ooh! ... Those are expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood Devil View Post
    Ooh! ... Those are expensive.
    Yeah, they aren't cheap - I read some recent reviews that said the padding was softer than it used to be so that change might make it not as good a choice now unless you can find an older one used on Ebay etc. I tried Cobb' s other saddles about 5 years ago when I was searching and found the others were too soft for me for long rides.
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    After years on the Bontrager RL/RXL, I switched to the Specialized Power of varying grades.

    The shorter nose has actually stabilized my position (because there isn't much of a nose), which seems to increase comfort over the long haul. It's certainly more comfortable in a lower position for the lady parts.

    I have a Shimano Pro Stealth, but I haven't gotten around to putting it on a bike yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    Yeah, they aren't cheap - I read some recent reviews that said the padding was softer than it used to be so that change might make it not as good a choice now unless you can find an older one used on Ebay etc. I tried Cobb' s other saddles about 5 years ago when I was searching and found the others were too soft for me for long rides.
    That's the problem with my Arione Vs -- very soft.

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    I canít imagine anyone elseís saddle experience translating, in any useful manner, with yours or anyone elseís. That said, my LBS has a swap policy that is very generous. You are welcome to use any saddle for up to a few months and you can swap at will with other saddles. There are no questions asked, just a genuine desire for you to get on the right saddle for you. Find a shop that goes the extra mile and support the idea of the LBS. I get on the river pretty often, for that specifically, I canít imagine finding comfort. It just is what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBL450 View Post
    I canít imagine anyone elseís saddle experience translating, in any useful manner, with yours or anyone elseís. That said, my LBS has a swap policy that is very generous. You are welcome to use any saddle for up to a few months and you can swap at will with other saddles. There are no questions asked, just a genuine desire for you to get on the right saddle for you. Find a shop that goes the extra mile and support the idea of the LBS. I get on the river pretty often, for that specifically, I canít imagine finding comfort. It just is what it is.
    Ii agree 100%.

    Further there is no such thing as a "race" saddle. Only what is comfortable. Comfort is king...

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