Best Saddle for TT and Road Riding??

Cornish-J
Cornish-J Posts: 978
edited December 2010 in Road buying advice
I'm trying to convert my road bike (boardman pro) into a bit of a TT bike for next season, I did a couple last year on it and found that when i was down on the aero bars i was finding it very uncomfortable on the tip of my of my current saddle which is a Charge ti.

So i'm after a saddle that may be able to do both jobs, a comfy daily ride plus a TT style saddle with 'long padded nose'... does something like this exist?

I've been looking at the prologo scratch and numerous fizik saddles, does anyone have any ideas/recommendations?

Thanks all!
J

Comments

  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    Saddles are such a personal thing, it's hard to recommend something that is perfect for *you*.

    There are some people that can ride a TT on a regular saddle, but most can't/don't. Similarly, there are probably some people that would be OK with a big, padded nose on their daily road saddle.

    If it was me - I'd simply buy a second saddle and swap over for TTs. For instance, I paid around £30 for my Selle Italia NT1 TT saddle (and used it on my road bike for a TT earlier in the year). Plus, normally you would need to adjust the saddle position anyway if using the same bike for a TT.
  • I guess i was hoping to get away with the same saddle position for both disciplines but this is probably a bit unrealistic.

    are there any saddles that are known for being comfortable for the majority of people (try to play the percentages!) or where you can test saddles out?
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    The Adamo is designed to take the pressure off the more sensitive areas while in the aero position, I am looking at getting one for next years TT's, as I struggle with the fizik on my TT bike.

    Why no just have 2 saddles and 2 seatposts?, mark the correct heights and just change them to suit.
  • yea i was thinking that actually, i still need to find two nice comfy saddles though!
  • I had the same problem. Set up my Focus Izalco Pro road bike for triathlons but needed a decent saddle as I want kids some day.

    Plumped for the Fizik Arione Tri 2 Kium in the end. Good surface area so you can shift about if you need to, but most importantly, the nose is kinder to your meat and two veg.

    Also heard good things about the San Marco Zoncolan. But as Pokerface rightly pointed out, saddles are the most personal thing in the world.

    Lastly, once you've dialled in your position, leave it there because even the tiniest fluctuations can wreck your riding style, aerodynamics and even your back if you're not careful! This is why it's important to have 2 saddles, not to mention saving you the hassle of swapping them out and adjustng every time.

    Best of luck!
  • thanks for the advice ^ i guy at work is using an arione and swears by it!

    Is there such a thing as an online saddle library where you can rent the saddles for a few days at a time??
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Cornish-J wrote:
    thanks for the advice ^ i guy at work is using an arione and swears by it!

    Is there such a thing as an online saddle library where you can rent the saddles for a few days at a time??

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12715506
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    See if you can try a Specialized BG one, its a very comfortable saddle for me, spent 6 hrs on it before with no issues.

    The one I have on the TT bike is an Arione Tri2, its nasty for me.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I have a Selle Italia SLR T1 Time Trial saddle. Finally found a saddle I could use! Would like to see how I get on with an Adamo though...
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I have a Selle Italia SLR T1 Time Trial saddle. Finally found a saddle I could use! Would like to see how I get on with an Adamo though...

    You can try mine when I get it.
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    andy_wrx wrote:
    These threads are like buses...


    Crowded and full of poor people? 8)
  • cframe
    cframe Posts: 171
    I've just recently moved to a Specialized Romin (http://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/bc/SBC ... 6&eid=5007, review - http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... e-10-39342) in anticipation of doing more TTs/Tris/Duathlons next year.

    Only had it on the trainer so far but it's definitely a lot more comfortable when down on the aerobars than my old Bonty inForm saddle was.

    Think the Romin might be a bit more sensitive to the angle you set it at then the old one was but with a bit of playing about it seems ok, not done any really long rides or sessions on it yet tho.
    How's that for a slice of fried gold?
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    You'll probably want to slide your saddle forward when using tri-bars, and perhaps fitting a shorter, angled stem too to get a more aero position - having two saddles and seatposts set-up for your position is a good idea.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Also heard good things about the San Marco Zoncolan.

    Nooooooooo... not for a TT bike!!!!!!

    They look great and the back portion of the saddle where your bones sit is lovely, but the shape of the nose is odd, like a big lump under your bits. Even on my road bike I had to tilt this saddle nose-down substantially to be even reasonably comfortable. Just thinking about what it would be like on a TT bike makes my eyes water..
    Open One+ BMC TE29 Seven 622SL On One Scandal Cervelo RS
  • chrisw12
    chrisw12 Posts: 1,246
    My road bike is set up as a tt training bike. I also have a dedicated tt bike and on both I use the normal Arione.

    I timetrial up to 12 hours and train in the hills and so have to adopt a few different positions on the bike and the arione fits the bill perfectly for me.