Avocet o2 Air Saddle Substitute
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    Avocet o2 Air Saddle Substitute

    I've finally worn out my old Avocet o2 Air saddle and need to replace it. I prefer the wider "Mens" version. The only problem is that Avocet doesn't make them anymore, and I don't want to pay the going price of $75+ for a beat up, used version on ebay. Has anyone found a good, modern substitution for this classic saddle?

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    I still have an O2 Air Men's racing on one bike and love it.

    I just started trying a Specialized Romin Expert (143mm) on my other bike and - for me - it may be as good as, if not better than, the O2. In fact, I am thinking about replacing the O2 with one.

    I don't have enough miles to be certain but so far, the Romin is the first saddle I have tried that I liked as well as, if not better than, the O2.

    Saddles that have not been as good as the O2 (for me) - Selle San Marco Rolls, Selle Italia Turbo, Selle Italia Gel Flow Flite, Selle San Marco Aspide.

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    Avocet o2 Air Saddle Substitute

    There is no substitute. Believe me, I have looked, checked, and tried about everything I could think of to replace my Avocet O2 Air, and nothing comes close. Well, maybe my Brooks B17, but close is no cigar. I believe that Innergel recovers saddles; you may want to send him a PM and see if he would take on the project of recovering your old Avocet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five3x11
    I've finally worn out my old Avocet o2 Air saddle and need to replace it. I prefer the wider "Mens" version. The only problem is that Avocet doesn't make them anymore, and I don't want to pay the going price of $75+ for a beat up, used version on ebay. Has anyone found a good, modern substitution for this classic saddle?
    I used Avocet O2 saddles for years and years until the supply ran out. One that works for me now is the WTB Silverado.

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    The closest I've found is Selle Italia Regal, it's still not the same. I think I may check out Innergel at http://www.recoveredsaddle.com

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    arione

    I used an 02 saddle for years, switched to an arione and have been very happy.

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    +1 on the Romin saddle. I still have one bike with an Avocet O2 air on it but I am beginning to replace them as they wear out with the Romin. I tried dozens of saddles searching for a replacement for the Avocet. The Romin is the first that is actually better for me than the Avocet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironbutt
    There is no substitute. Believe me, I have looked, checked, and tried about everything I could think of to replace my Avocet O2 Air, and nothing comes close. Well, maybe my Brooks B17, but close is no cigar. I believe that Innergel recovers saddles; you may want to send him a PM and see if he would take on the project of recovering your old Avocet.
    I've seen photos of Innergel's work and it looks top-notch. I had an old Avocet O2Air saddle that was pretty torn up and had it recovered by someone else before I learned about Innergel's work. I was quite happy with the end product and here's a photo of it. The guy who did it for me moved out of state so that contact has dried up, but I second the Innergel recommendation.


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