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Carbon Saddle Too Slippery

Old 11-10-16, 11:02 PM
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Carbon Saddle Too Slippery

I have a carbon saddle that is awesomely light, but it is so smooth and slippery, my butt slides all over it. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you deal with it?
Thanks!
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Old 11-11-16, 06:43 AM
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Old 11-11-16, 06:56 AM
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Sand it or velcro - both work fine
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Don't neglect tilt adjustment...a slight forward tilt on a grumpy saddle might not cause you to slide forward, but on a slippery one, dead level may be more important.
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Old 11-11-16, 07:35 AM
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Loctite?
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Get a covered saddle. Being a weigtht weenie isn't all it's cracked up to be!
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Old 11-11-16, 08:15 AM
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You might take it to a cobbler or somewhere like that and get a single layer of thin leather glued on it.
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Originally Posted by RFEngineer View Post
I have a carbon saddle that is awesomely light, but it is so smooth and slippery, my butt slides all over it. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you deal with it?
Thanks!
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I haven't had that be a problem. You might revisit your fit in terms of reach, saddle height and saddle tilt.
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Old 11-11-16, 09:20 AM
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Glue sandpaper to it.
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Glue sandpaper to it.
The saddle? The butt? Both?
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Old 11-11-16, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The saddle? The butt? Both?
The saddle. You'll go through bibs/not bibs quicker, but it will take care of the sliding issue.
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Carbon paste is the obvious answer.


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Turn your shorts inside out. Works for this guy...



ETA I just did an image search and turned up this: http://www.roadbikereview.com/review...ay-2-the-women
Read the explanation under the photo.
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Old 11-11-16, 10:27 AM
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Carbon paste is the obvious answer.


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Old 11-11-16, 10:29 AM
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Make a leather cover.. it will be like a Cinelli Unicanitor II ... [ for the youngsters, a Picture]



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Old 11-11-16, 10:32 AM
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This will take care of the problem:

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Which carbon saddle is it?
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Old 11-11-16, 10:47 AM
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This seems to me like misplaced priorities. The number one function of the seat, handlebars and pedals are to support the engine of the bicycle and transmit power. Making choices that compromise the engine to save weight? Kinda like putting sloppy engine mounts in a Formula 1.

If you like the shape of the seat, take it to a cobbler and ask him to cover it with thin leather. (Finding that cobbler may be a challenge. It is a dying art.) Or do it yourself. A good leather outfit should be able to help.

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Sandpaper. It is what the pros do.

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I've been mulling over a new Selle SMP saddle, to replace my old Lite 209. Full Carbon Lite vs. Forma w/ Carbon rails. Same exact saddle except the Forma is +55 grams and has a leather cover, and costs $350 less. Seems like a no brainer.
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