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Saddle Choices !

BRUNBRUN Posts: 51
edited March 2008 in MTB buying advice
this is driving me insane !

my choices have been norrowed to:

SDG Bel Air RL Ti - £35 ish
Fizik Gobi XM - £55 ish
Charge Spoon Ti - £45 ish

on Sunday i managed to get hold of a Bel Air and i was impressed with its looks and its weight, and ive heard glowing reports of how comfortable it is, so i was all set to order one, but, im now reading reviews online that they develop noises, and thats one reason i want rid of my Bontrager thats on my Trek now, its making all sorts of noises and its driving me mad

the Fizik Gobi XM seems fairly new in its XM guise, seems to be getting good reports in the mags and the Gobi seems a firm favourite anyway

then, as i was looking at the Bel Air, the fella in the shop told me to get a Charge Spoon, even though they didnt sell them lol !.....He said they were better than the Bel Air

ive kinda got some kind of OCD, of that im pretty certain, and at the moment the subject of saddles is keeping it occupied in my mind, i need to order one lol !

anyone used all 3 ?.........any 2 ?

they all seem to be good saddles but i cant make my mind up


  • Yeah bike parts and choices get me like that too. I often research for weeks as if it was the most important decision in the world! I am using the Fitiz at the moment having replaced the sdg bel air, I like the fitiz gobi the best of the two. But sometimes I think its all simply about what is fashionable at any one time as my old specialized saddle was one of the best I have sat on1
  • Steve_b77Steve_b77 Posts: 1,680
    Buy the normal cro-mo charge spoon, it's fractionally heavier and half teh price :D
  • DemonixDemonix Posts: 11
    Have the SDG bel air ti and it's fine - comfy for all day riding...
  • zero303zero303 Posts: 1,162
    My Cromo railed Bel Air is developing a creak after a few months on a new bike, I'm hoping some grease on the rails will sort though. My boney censored isn't getting on too well comfort-wise - it's not all that bad but the old WTB Rocket I had on my P7 was comfier (although much more ugly) The Bel air is a good looking saddle.

    I'm planning on getting a Cromo Charge Spoon...
  • i have the I beam bell air, no creaks from rails (no rails!!) and I find it very comfy.
  • jammieeeeejammieeeee Posts: 389
  • Mark_KMark_K Posts: 666
    Yep i got 2 charge spoon's one cromo on my HT and a Ti on my trek Love em :)
    Found some seats just a bit to soft i.e. feeling a bit disconected ! Where as the spoon was comfy looks great and seems to be lasting well ! Ohh and a damn good price 8)
  • BlackSpurBlackSpur Posts: 4,228
    Charge Spoon again. This site has all colurs in stock (unlike Wiggle)
    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." ~James E. Starrs
  • BRUNBRUN Posts: 51
    are they comfortable ?

    they dont look like they would be as comfortable as maybe a bel air
  • pete236pete236 Posts: 204
    Another vote for the Spoon!

    Replaced my standard issue Giant seat (from 4 years ago). Not ridden it much - only had it a week, but after maybe 5 hours i've got no complaints. Its fairly hard, but once I get used to the initial 'ooh its hard' (no puns, please! :P ) then its really quite comfy.
    Having said that I've no experience with other saddles!

    One fine day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other.
  • dirtbiker100dirtbiker100 Posts: 1,997
    i'm happy with both my spoons, brown for my red bike and black for my black bike :)
    i did actually need 2 saddles :wink: i wasn't just being obsessive ha.

    when i first got it i though urgh this doesn't look as good as i was hoping... feels hard, bit thin for my liking. then i sat on it and thought ooh this feels a bit hard not sure i actually like this
    but when i don't think about it i realise that actually it is a comfy saddle and has made me look differently at mtb saddles and their padding.
  • tjmtjm Posts: 190
    I've a charge spoon. Padding is the right combination of firm but comfortable. Nice looking and fairly light. However, it doesn't suit my backside. If I sit far enough back the edges rub the inside of my thighs, if it sit forward to avoid that I suffer from pressure from the nose.
    So, I prefer an old SDG/Kona I got secondhand. Actually my favorite is a cheap old Velo Geltech. It looks like it should be on a shopping bike but does the job just fine!

    Which just goes to show there is no saddle that suits everyone. I guess the advantage of the spoon is that it is only £17 to find out if it suits you.

  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Sit on as many saddles as you can until you find one that feels "just right".

    WTB saddles are right for me, but you'll doubtless find there's a particular saddle that fits you perfectly.
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