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Short Wide Road Saddles

Old 08-09-20, 07:23 PM
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Short Wide Road Saddles

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Can someone please explain to me the benefits of this trend I've noticed in short wide road saddles, with huge cutouts? How are they better than any other regular length (size) saddle?

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Saddles are always going to be super personal, so a grain of salt - better for me is not necessarily better for you and vice versa...

The bigger cutouts are helpful if you still get perineum pressure and/or numbness even with a regular cutout/channel.

As far as the saddle length - do you sit on the tip of your current saddle? I often move forward for "on the rivet" stretches, but never slid all the way up to the actual tip on my previous saddles. If anything, the longer tip was an annoyance for me, more prone to catching my bibs during standing/sitting transitions than actually being useful. Also, in comparison to their longer counterparts, most of these snub-nosed saddles are actually a little wider and more usable/comfortable at that forward position.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Saddles are always going to be super personal, so a grain of salt - better for me is not necessarily better for you and vice versa...

The bigger cutouts are helpful if you still get perineum pressure and/or numbness even with a regular cutout/channel.

As far as the saddle length - do you sit on the tip of your current saddle? I often move forward for "on the rivet" stretches, but never slid all the way up to the actual tip on my previous saddles. If anything, the longer tip was an annoyance for me, more prone to catching my bibs during standing/sitting transitions than actually being useful. Also, in comparison to their longer counterparts, most of these snub-nosed saddles are actually a little wider and more usable/comfortable at that forward position.
Ok. That makes sense but I still don't see why the extra width is advantageous. What do you mean by "forward position?"
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Ok. That makes sense but I still don't see why the extra width is advantageous.
Extra width for what? For the cutout, it helps if you're prone to pressure/numbness. For the snub nose, it gives some more structural support than sitting on your perineum.

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What do you mean by "forward position?"
Many (most?) cyclists will slide slightly forward from their normal position when putting in a hard (seated) effort; also known as riding "on the rivet," a holdover term from a time when ye olde saddles had a rivet on the nose that held the leather in place.
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