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Old 02-17-21, 01:46 PM
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I have invested a whole lot in my butt’s comfort, easily over a grand.
Don’t even want to think about how much...
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I couldn't possibly determine how much I have spent over the last 45 years in saddles, and how much of that has been offset by having sold or donated a portion of those saddles. Many times, they were sold with a bike. Even how many saddles... If the total came to $2800, it wouldn't surprise me a bit.
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Old 02-17-21, 01:51 PM
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I'm weird: pretty much any saddle works for me. Some work a bit better than others (Romin Evo, Aliante, SSM Regal), but I've yet to find a saddle I'm willing to get rid of. I even still use the garbage-class Velo that came on my cheap Bikes Direct fixie.

I will say I don't get the stubby saddle fad. In my understanding, short-nosed saddles were originally developed to make radical TT positions UCI-legal, not for any comfort reason. In 25 years of riding, I haven't thought "gee, the nose of this saddle is too long". Maybe I need to try one to understand.
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Old 02-17-21, 02:13 PM
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I'm weird: pretty much any saddle works for me. Some work a bit better than others (Romin Evo, Aliante, SSM Regal), but I've yet to find a saddle I'm willing to get rid of. I even still use the garbage-class Velo that came on my cheap Bikes Direct fixie.

I will say I don't get the stubby saddle fad. In my understanding, short-nosed saddles were originally developed to make radical TT positions UCI-legal, not for any comfort reason. In 25 years of riding, I haven't thought "gee, the nose of this saddle is too long". Maybe I need to try one to understand.
I have found certain snub nose designs help influence the angle to keep the sit bone from sliding forward. The seat can be more flat or even tilted up in the front & not interfere with the bouillon cubes. Supports the drop bar & hybrid positions. The non snubby, it puts its nose in my business too much.
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Old 02-17-21, 02:41 PM
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I've easily spent $3k on saddles; however, I have received a lot back in refunds. I have learned that changing saddles during the off-season while your Zwifting is a waste of time and money. No saddle is comfortable on an indoor trainer. I will be the first one to say that I have given up on some saddles too soon because of the 30-day return window. Breaking in your behind to get used to a saddle is a necessary step.

Saddles I've had luck with
  • Specialized Power Expert Saddle
  • Fizik Arkgo Tempo R1
  • Fizik Aliante R1 Open
Saddles I could tolerate on short rides, but not on long rides
  • Specialized Romin Evo Pro
  • Specialized Power Arc Expert
  • Bontrager Aeulous Elite
  • Selle Anatomica H1
  • Brooks Cambium C17
  • Specialized Power Pro Elaston
Saddles I didn't get along with:
  • Pro Stealth
  • SQ Labs 612 Active
  • Selle Italia SP01 Boost
  • Pro Logo Dimension
  • Selle SMP Pro
  • Specialized Toupe
  • Specialized Power Pro
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Old 02-17-21, 02:49 PM
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Dash TT.. got used for $300 love it..
2 Fizik Adaptive EVO 00 name is 2 long.. $650 for the pair
Power Saddle $200
Berk Lupina $200

So yeah I have ~1350 invested in saddles. I would trade the power& berk for more Fizik if I can find deals.
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Old 02-17-21, 02:59 PM
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I've spent only about $200, but I've tried many, many saddles.
Bad:
Selle Italia Turbo
Selle San Marco Deluxe
San Marco Flite Gel
Fabric Scoop Radius
Fabric Scoop Shallow
Brooks Cambium C15
Brooks Cambium C17
Giant Active Forward
Brooks B17
Specialized:
Phenom 142
Romin Evo 155
Power 142 Mimic
Toupe Sport 142
Bridge Sport 142
Power 142
Myth Comp 142
Avatar 130
ISM Adamo
Brooks Professional
Fizik Arione
Selle Italia Flite (original)

Decent (but not great)
Fabric Scoop Flat
Specialized Power 155
Specialized Power Arc 142

I have a Chinese carbon knock-off of a Selle Italia Superflow. I'm hopeful, but I won't know for certain until the weather warms up and I can go for a properly long ride.
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Old 02-17-21, 03:08 PM
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I ride stock saddle, and have never had cycling shorts, also never used any special cream. So that would amount to roughly.... zero.

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Old 02-17-21, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by subgrade View Post
I ride stock saddle, and have never had cycling shorts, also never used any special cream. So that would amount to roughly.... zero.
Are you likely to have an average distance greater than 20 miles when you do ride?
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Old 02-17-21, 03:21 PM
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I probably went through at least 10 saddles in the last 9 months. While some seats are more tolerable than others, I don't think I've found my Holy Grail yet. But surprisingly the one I am most fond of at the moment, is this $22 Ebay Chinese seat with carbon rails:


The curvature is such that I have to have the seat nosed up slightly, to avoid sliding forward all the time. Once that is done, this seat works very well. Best money I have spent on a seat.
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Old 02-17-21, 04:11 PM
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I have 5 Brooks Cambium C17s (ok one is the carbon railed C13 in the C17 width) and have happily spent money on them with no regrets. I have bought a number of bibs over time and love my Chamois/Bike Glide and usually buy a case every two years or so but I use it for other times when not cycling to prevent chaffing.
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Old 02-17-21, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
I probably went through at least 10 saddles in the last 9 months. While some seats are more tolerable than others, I don't think I've found my Holy Grail yet. But surprisingly the one I am most fond of at the moment, is this $22 Ebay Chinese seat with carbon rails:


The curvature is such that I have to have the seat nosed up slightly, to avoid sliding forward all the time. Once that is done, this seat works very well. Best money I have spent on a seat.
Looks like a carbon copy of a Romin.
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For the last 3 years I've ridden the Shimano Pro Stealth (Carbon rail on my road bike and regular rail on my trainer). I got both saddles on a deal through a bike club. Paid just over $200 for the both of them together. Before that I had a Selle Italia SLR Superflow which was another good saddle. A buddy in my bike club had a Brooks saddle that I tried a few years ago too, but it didn't feel right plus was ugly on my bike. That saddle weighed a ton...just wasn't my thing.
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Old 02-17-21, 06:15 PM
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$250/year on waxing. Well worth it.
Too many jokes.....


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Old 02-17-21, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Ferrouscious View Post
I've spent only about $200, but I've tried many, many saddles.
Bad:
Selle Italia Turbo
Selle San Marco Deluxe
San Marco Flite Gel
Fabric Scoop Radius
Fabric Scoop Shallow
Brooks Cambium C15
Brooks Cambium C17
Giant Active Forward
Brooks B17
Specialized:
Phenom 142
Romin Evo 155
Power 142 Mimic
Toupe Sport 142
Bridge Sport 142
Power 142
Myth Comp 142
Avatar 130
ISM Adamo
Brooks Professional
Fizik Arione
Selle Italia Flite (original)

Decent (but not great)
Fabric Scoop Flat
Specialized Power 155
Specialized Power Arc 142

I have a Chinese carbon knock-off of a Selle Italia Superflow. I'm hopeful, but I won't know for certain until the weather warms up and I can go for a properly long ride.
Ever think it might just be you? Seriously, through all of those and you still haven't found a winner?
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Old 02-17-21, 06:57 PM
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Ever think it might just be you? Seriously, through all of those and you still haven't found a winner?
they might be very anal with picking there seat. Anything subpar is likely to rear its head shortly down the bumpy road.
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Old 02-17-21, 07:09 PM
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The point of a saddle is to give support to two tiny places on your butt where the bones protrude. They aren't intended to support your ass. Those two places are the important part. I run a couple of Selle Max flow Gel saddles. I've tried many, but come back to those. The old Sell Turbo from the Bernard Hinault days was pretty good.
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Old 02-17-21, 07:34 PM
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I buy saddles both used and new, so price each varies. But a decent estimate:

San Marco Regal, 8, call it $600.
Selle Italia Turbo, 3, $160.
S. Marco Concor, 2, $160.
S. Marco Regal-e, 1, $80
Brooks B-17, 1, $60.
Brooks Cambium, 1, gift so I guess that doesn't count.
Assorted Others, $100.

So $1100 or so over the last seven years as bikes were bought, rebuilt, ridden, and eventually sold on.
At this point Regal is my go-to saddle. Butt comfort achieved. Solid return on investment.
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Old 02-17-21, 07:36 PM
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I have only spent ~$20 on saddle and seat suspension. Seat suspension was necessary due to bad roads we have (many roadies here actually ride XC mountainbikes)

I only put very little weight on the seat so probably not needing a very comfortable seat nor padded shorts. I've done 6 hr continuous rides without problems with cheap saddles, unpadded shorts, no cream down there.

It's very important, and probably most important thing is getting the saddle height correct for your butt comfort and pedaling efficiency before anything else.
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Old 02-17-21, 08:07 PM
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Specialized saddle 143mm $65 Good for 25 miles
WTB Pure V $70 Good for 35 miles
Infinity Saddle $312 Good for 100+ miles day in and day out.
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Selle Italia Prolink Trans Am
Fizik Antares VSX
Brooks Cambium c13
Fabric scoop shallow
S San Marco Aspide
SQ Labs active

currently on Selle Italia SP-01 which I like. Though I really would like to try one of the Fizik Adaptive Evo saddles, but a bit pricey just for the experiment.
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My fav was the black SMP Pro, the long rides will never be forgotten, just cannot spend another few hundred on a repeat purchase. Someone knew what it was & was quick with some wrenches. Worked great on both the road & hybrid.
Replaced it with a black SMP TRK for about 25% of the cost, turns out, it only works well for the road. I can still go the distance, just need to plan a few minute break mid-way if the ride is more rough than expected. Nobody wants to make grape juice of there fruits.
For the hybrid & trainer, a black Selle Respiro does the job. If the nose dropped, I bet it would be universal for my use.
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Let's see, a Brooks on each of three bikes. Plus one I killed, sweating heavily without a saddle cover, on a hot century (IIRC, that was the one I DNF'd). And another one where the frame bent and left a rivet edge pointing skyward -- nasty.

Add to that three two-bolt seatposts for two of those bikes, replacing the stock ones when they failed. That includes one seatpost that was the wrong size, user mis-measured the old post and mail ordered replacement. Anyone need a 26.8 Thomson with a few scratches?

Assorted goops.

Call it $1,000. Or about a penny a mile. Well worth it.
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I got so lucky when Cobb recently changed names and cleared out their Randee models. At $25 a pop, I bought enough to hopefully last a lifetime. My experience with them was transformative. Butt comfort had been my single most limiting factor. Now my knees are. Yay! I would spend darn near whatever it took to get to that level of comfort. Prior to that it had been $125 Adamo seats.
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Four bikes, four Brooks saddles...$475, maybe?

As a lifelong and near daily cyclist, I ascribe to the "Three Most Important Components of Cycling" philosophy...fit, fit, and fit. I'll spend some cash to "fit" my sitbones.

It's been years since I've thought about my own ass on bike since I "went Brooks".
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