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    Bontrager Paradigm saddle

    Just picked this saddle up in the RL version, anyone have any experience with it ? Should it be set up level or tilted a bit up or down ? Any input would be great since my lbs was just about worthless other than saying its a great saddle.

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    Ordered RXXXL Paradigm with my P1 since I really like a relief area, I have only put about 30 miles on it, and I am not really impressed. I wish they would have the Hilo in there to choose. I went through several saddles with my last P1 before giving up on Bontrager and went with a Cobb seat...might end up ether taking the Cobb off or getting a new one if this one doesnt "pan" out.
    My first impression on the trainer setting the bike up was it was "firm" and very hard. Out riding it still the same impression. I ended up with nose +1 degree up, however I had to slide the seat way fwd to get me onto the the seat where it felt somewhat comfortable. I may end up also replacing the seat post as the seat is at max fwd right now and I like to ride hard which pushes me fwd on the seat all the time. Tomorrow I have a "Full Pro Fit" scheduled and see what he says.

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    I've never tried a Paradigm, and doubt that I ever will, given the fact that every other Bontrager saddle that I've tried made me think that Trek should change the name to Buttraper.

    My latest re-affirmation of that came with the Affiinity that accompanied my Madone. I gave it a month. It failed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpre53 View Post
    I've never tried a Paradigm, and doubt that I ever will, given the fact that every other Bontrager saddle that I've tried made me think that Trek should change the name to Buttraper.

    My latest re-affirmation of that came with the Affiinity that accompanied my Madone. I gave it a month. It failed.
    I agree that the stock Trek saddles are uncomfortable (hard as a rock). I had "upgraded" to the Affinity RXL on my Madone which wasn't too bad (I guess the depression helped). But then I got the Paradigm RXXXL which was a lot better and glad I switched from the Affinity RXL.

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    Alright thanks for the info guys. Have no tried it yet, weather is **** right now.

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    Maybe a little late, but I recently replaced the Inform RXL on my Mad One (my second which I really liked) with the Paradigm RL. Like it even more.

    Incidentally, the Affinity doesn't work for me at all. One came on my Crossrip Elite commuter and it lasted all of one ride.

    P.S. I have the "Original" Selle Italia Flite on all three of my vintage rides and love that saddle also.
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    Would you guys say this saddle has a wide nose? I have a Specialized Romin, and love the wide nose on that one, but hate the curvature. I wish Specialized would make a flat version of the Romin.

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    I have the Romin Pro and the Paradigm RXXXL. From what I can tell the RXXXL has a slightly narrow nose (by approx. 5mm). When I am in the aero position I tend to move forward on the saddle and the RXXXL feels a little bit uncomfortable compared to the Romin Pro.

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    Ride with a wrench and plan to make little adjustments as you get used to it. There is no value in starting with someone else's base setting unless you know their pelvic structure and preferences to be the same as yours.

    I've tried the RL and the RXXXL, I liked the RL better. The exposed shell didn't agree with me.
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    Thanks for the feedback. I put about 300 miles on it and it just didn't agree with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kookieCANADA View Post
    I have the Romin Pro and the Paradigm RXXXL. From what I can tell the RXXXL has a slightly narrow nose (by approx. 5mm). When I am in the aero position I tend to move forward on the saddle and the RXXXL feels a little bit uncomfortable compared to the Romin Pro.
    That sucks. I need a wide nose, flat saddle. I'm thinking about giving the Specialized Sitero a shot. It's TT specific, but I ride in the drops 90% of the time anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFTifoso View Post
    That sucks. I need a wide nose, flat saddle. I'm thinking about giving the Specialized Sitero a shot. It's TT specific, but I ride in the drops 90% of the time anyways.

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    Check out the ISM Adamo saddles, I have used these too and the nose is wide enough such that you can practically sit on the nose the whole ride.

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    Update, I have talked with a few other folks and they like it, however I have close to 400 miles on it and still not loving it. I rode the Bone Ride last week, (Milw to Madison, 158mi) and after around 70 miles it was uncomfortable, so the rest of the ride I was squirming around.
    Thinking I will be looking for a new seat..sucks. As mentioned, everyone's bottom is different.

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