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Seat options without a weight limit

Old 08-30-19, 01:32 AM
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Seat options without a weight limit

I am building up a new tandem bike and have chosen and installed almost all of the components with the exception of the saddles. I was looking at the sqlab 612 or the ergon sm pro until I got deep enough in to see that they have 200lb weight limits. Does anyone either have experience with these saddles at over 150% of limit or have a few alternative suggestions, without weight limit, that I should try?
I currently have a fizik arrione vs on my single which works on the single but I hated on the tandem and a fizik aliante on my older tandem that came with the bike that while it leaves something to be desired, it has served admirably for over 12k miles. I would note that though fizik had not listed a weight limit, they suggest <200lbs as well.
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Old 09-02-19, 08:32 PM
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Saddles are different for everyone. I've tried dozens of them. My two favorite are the Specialized Power Expert and the Specialized Romin Evo. I didn't get along with the sqlab 612 and I almost bought an Ergon SR Pro. If you do have a Specialized shop near you, they have a device that will measure your sit bones. That can help you decide what saddle width would work best for you. Good luck.
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Old 09-02-19, 09:05 PM
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Never used either of those saddles, but I've got Specialized Avatar and Toupe saddles and can say they have held up well over 1,000 of miles at rider weights of 220-260#, including taking beatings on rough back roads and gravel. Honestly, if you stay away from super cheap or ultra lightweight saddles, you'll probably be fine.
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Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
Never used either of those saddles, but I've got Specialized Avatar and Toupe saddles and can say they have held up well over 1,000 of miles at rider weights of 220-260#, including taking beatings on rough back roads and gravel. Honestly, if you stay away from super cheap or ultra lightweight saddles, you'll probably be fine.
I had looked at the specialized but in checking with them all of their saddles seem to have a 240lb weight limit
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I bought my Spongy Wonder saddle when I was closing in on 300 lbs (lower now, fortunately).

It's very robustly made. My favorite saddle of all time.
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Old 09-06-19, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ahultin View Post
I had looked at the specialized but in checking with them all of their saddles seem to have a 240lb weight limit
Unfortunately, I doubt you'll find saddles rated much higher than that, not because the saddles can't handle more, but to avoid liability exposure should a saddle fail.
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Old 09-07-19, 07:07 AM
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Didn't even realize saddles have weight limits. Apparently I'm over all of them. I always buy cheap saddles. My winter road bike and my gravel bike have Charge Spoon saddles which cost about $30, my main road bike has a 4ZA Stratos saddle that I paid $13 off Amazon. I'm on my 2nd 4ZA saddle however, as the first one broke after about 4500 miles. Maybe it's because I was over the weight limit, but at $13, I didn't care.

Anyway - saddles are really a personal thing. My only recommendation is that you don't pay attention to the weight limits.
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Old 09-07-19, 09:00 AM
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Brooks saddles have no weight limit per their website:

There are no definitive (or published) weight limits for a Brooks Saddles; There are other factors to be considered, such as the riding style of the user, the type of terrain frequented etc. Brooks do offer three heavy duty models; B33, B135 and B190. These are recommended for riders who weight in excess of 20 stones (280 pounds, or 127 kilograms).

https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/faq
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I'm currently using a Fabric Line Sport saddle, pretty cheap, and pretty good considering I recently tipped the scale at around 300 pounds... I'm down almost 25 though.. As of right now, its the most comofortable saddle I've used.. though its not like I've tried that many. I've had Fizik Aliante large, SMP Pro.. some Syncross saddles, and WTB saddles. This one is the best one for me yet.
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