Looking For A Nice, Comfy Saddle

Mark Elvin
Mark Elvin Posts: 997
edited January 2011 in Road buying advice
I'm looking for a saddle more comfy thatn the bare carbon one I have currently, not too expensive & not some kind of massive sofa affair.

Any suggestions
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Comments

  • mrushton
    mrushton Posts: 5,182
    Saddles are very personal things also you might be 6ft 5 and 90kg and have wide sitbones and require a larger saddle compared to someone a foot smaller weighing 69kg
    M.Rushton
  • Nuggs
    Nuggs Posts: 1,804
    It's the holy grail of cycling .

    Try lots. It's very personal and a Forum is unlikely to help.

    Good luck!
  • eiger30
    eiger30 Posts: 39
    Nuggs wrote:
    It's the holy grail of cycling .

    Try lots. It's very personal and a Forum is unlikely to help.

    Good luck!

    +1.
  • hugo15
    hugo15 Posts: 1,101
    I bought a Fizik Arione saddle after loads of people on here recommended it. It was terrible, even writing about it now makes me wince with pain. You just have to try a few until you find one you get on with.
  • topdude
    topdude Posts: 1,557
    Love my Arione :D but they don't suit all backsides.

    Suggest you try a second hand Arione or Selle Flite or Charge spoon, they will be easy to sell on if not suitable.
    He is not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy !!
  • Heard good things about Charge Spoon & Blade, anybody use one?
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  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I have a Charge Spoon. Suits my bum much better than the finely crafted Italian arse-hatchet the bike came with. Still considering a Brooks of some description for all day comfort though.
  • Got a sale of loads of stuff on at the mo, including a Selle Italia SLR XP.

    Totally unused, so mint condition. £70RRP, dropping price down to £45 now.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12750924

    Seems to fit your criteria; gotta be better than a bare carbon saddle, still very light with a carbon reinforced base and not too expensive either. Certainly looks the business as it's so svelte!

    Can't guarantee that it'll fit the bill, but loads of people swear by it. My posterior fits firmly in the Arione camp as I like to slide about, which is why this hasn't been used.

    Check out some reviews:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lft429lTmhM
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/selle-italia-slr-xp-saddle/

    But even if it didn't work out, it's one of those saddles that are easy to pass on.

    Please let me know if you're interested and good luck in your search otherwise. I can also send better pics if required!

    Cheers
  • infopete
    infopete Posts: 878
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    infopete Posts: 878
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  • bompington
    bompington Posts: 7,674
    Spoon suits me (Etape C at 81 miles and over 4 hours was my first ride on it - not that I'd advise anyone to do that with a new saddle!

    Or if you want more comfort, try one of these
    stand-n-ride-extra-wide-seat-snr-1000-2.jpg
  • redvee
    redvee Posts: 11,922
    +1 for the Spoon, got one on both my bikes.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • Ordered a Charge Blade, lighter version of the spoon.
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  • seanoconn
    seanoconn Posts: 11,399
    Its true saddles are a very personal thing but the specialized romin is the best saddle in the world, FACT! Buy it NOW! read the reviews.






    Or don't, its up to you, i don't mind really.
    Pinno, מלך אידיוט וחרא מכונאי
  • leech
    leech Posts: 77
    I've still got the original saddles on my bikes, but like the idea of buying a 'good' one. I'm not sure that I really suffer from any more discomfort than should expect after sitting on any saddle for a few hours though. I think it's just a case of me being sucked in by the advertising and thinking that 'if it costs that much, it must be good'!

    Is it really just a case of trial and error when buying saddles? It seesm like that could prove expensive. Do any LBS allow test rides with 'demonstrator' saddles?
  • topdude
    topdude Posts: 1,557
    Is it really just a case of trial and error when buying saddles? It seesm like that could prove expensive.

    That's why i suggested above buying second hand so you can try a few different styles and find what suits you. Then sell them on and buy a new saddle that you know suits you :D
    He is not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy !!
  • It is not an exact science - in fact it isn't a science at all.
    I'm still looking for a comfy one. (I think I am getting close)
    Bought all mine on Ebay - also sold a fiar few
    When I've found one that really works I might treat myslef to a new one! :wink:
    ... must train harder
  • mr_eddy
    mr_eddy Posts: 830
    I echo the thoughts of others here, Personal thing. I dont have a huge experience of Road Bikes but I have been riding MTB for over 10 years and I can honestly say that the Charge Spoon is the best saddle I have ever had and only cost £20 or about £50 for the Ti edition. Looks slick and can easily pass for a roadie saddle, very comfy for me (5'10" and 12 stone)

    Hope you find something that suits.