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Flee




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:37 pm    Post subject: Saddles Reply with quote

I know saddles are a personal thing, but what are people using and are they comfortable for long distances?

I've got a Tritone but find the snub nose digs in and causes discomfort after about an hour. I'm looking at the Specialised power saddle as a compromise between a traditional and tri style saddle... Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Saddles Reply with quote

Flee wrote:
I know saddles are a personal thing, but what are people using and are they comfortable for long distances?

I've got a Tritone but find the snub nose digs in and causes discomfort after about an hour. I'm looking at the Specialised power saddle as a compromise between a traditional and tri style saddle... Thoughts?


Interested in this also. I've just bought a new TT bike and have been an Arione user for over 10 years on all bikes. I was persuaded to try a Fizik Mistica(wide) on my new bike and we aren't getting along terribly well. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's not just getting the right saddle, it is also about set up and learning to sit properly (or at least in a more comfortable position)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used a Cobb Max (previously called the Flow Max) since 2010, and get on with it very well. Tbh, I haven't tried any of the other split-nosed saddles, but you might get some other recommendations here. Be prepared to drop a few quid, as none of them are cheap.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used an ISM for a few years and got on well with it, I was able trial a few different saddles before I bought it though. Do any of your LBS's have demo saddles that you can try?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dash Stage 9 for me.

It's been a gamechanger, seriously mega-bucks (and a long wait as they are handmade in US) but one of the best purchases I have made.

I had the Adamo TT for a while, but it ripped my arse to shreds on a 12 hour TT, and it took 3 weeks for the wounds to heal. I had always got saddles sores/pain during and after long rides/IM's - never too bad though and I just assumed it was just part of the deal, but after the 12hour knew something had to change.

The dash is different gravy and I love it, saddle sores after long TT rides are now a memory. So glorious I am even contemplating another 12hr, and so far the 12 hr is the only race I have ever muttered 'never again' after and properly meant it!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

been using Adamo Attack/PN1 for about 4 years now and great: as someone else said it needs to be set up right to work.

would love to try a dash stages but can't convince myself to splash that sort of cash!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adamo Tri, still learning to sit properly on it. Will consider a Cobb if I can't settl on it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Saddles Reply with quote

Flee wrote:
I know saddles are a personal thing, but what are people using and are they comfortable for long distances?

I've got a Tritone but find the snub nose digs in and causes discomfort after about an hour. I'm looking at the Specialised power saddle as a compromise between a traditional and tri style saddle... Thoughts?


I love specialized saddles, have them on all my bikes; Romin's on the roadies and a power on the TT. Like a lot, I tried Adamo and struggled.

Interesting thing about newer style saddles, is if you are trying to level them use the rails. If you level the seat it'll end up pointing up.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used an Adamo for years until the rails gave way. Changed to another more mdern Adamo and hated the squeak the synthetic surface made so tried another type altogether - Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow Saddle

So after a month I've gone back to the Adamo. The Selle Italia was like a piece of rock and never sat right.

Not sure how I will tell MrsO I just spent 70 on a saddle which is junk.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a lot of years of riding on a lot of different bikes, I have only ever had one saddle I found uncomfortable. It was a reasonable quality item (Selle Italia) and not that obviously different in any way to any other saddle I rode, but for some reason it just always felt harsh. I have always had saddle horizontal at most, and typically just a fraction nose down from horizontal, especially on road/TT bikes, but maybe that is just me.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting in that the last 2 comments mentioned Selle Italia saddles being harsh or hard - precisely what I found the one time I used one.

I've been riding Fizik Arione for so long now that it just feels natural - even over longer distance.

the only other saddle I was comfortable with was a Charge Spoon on my singlespeed which has now gone. strangely, I believe that was based on an old Selle Italia saddle, but came without the pain
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GrahamO wrote:

Not sure how I will tell MrsO I just spent 70 on a saddle which is junk.


My second Cobb Flow Max was 139 and it has seriously warped in less than a year; I really should just take it back to Bike Science so they can return to Cobb as it's a 'POS' for that money. My first Cobb gave me good service for 6 years, but this second one is a lemon.

Mate is giving me an Adamo Prologue to try out; first time on an ISM.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was trying saddled for the P3, I tried a Prologo something or other. It was really weird, the top was grippy but sides were very glossy but not a good way. There was loads of 'stiction' when I was pedalling. Didn't like it at all.

I'm not really getting on with the Mistica in the 'wide' version but at 150, it's a bit of gamble to go with the regular. I have a spare Arione at home, think i might try that first (if it ain't broke and all that Wink )
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatPom wrote:
I have a spare Arione at home, think i might try that first (if it ain't broke and all that Wink )


I've done my two fastest IM bike splits on the PX version of the Arione; not as comfortable as the First Cobb I had, but as traditional saddles go, it's good for shorter distances.

I bought a S/H Prologo Nago Evo for a Tenner at the LBS when it closed-down, but never fitted it. Seems very firm, and no 'pressure relief dip' either. Still sat in a cupboard in the man-cave.

Favourite road bike saddle is still the venerable Spesh Alias 130 which soldiers-on.
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