Saddle wear, how long should/do they last?

petemadoc Posts: 2,331
edited July 2011 in Workshop
Wasn't sure where to post this but I guess workshop is as good a place as any

I've got a Selle Italia G2 gel flow saddle. Pretty happy with it really and done maybe 3000 miles on it.

However the last few weeks I've noticed a pain that feels like it's my lower spinal bone, coccyx bone. It's a kind of dull ache like a bruise that I only notice after my rides.

Does a saddle wear out or loose it's shape so it's no longer supportive? I ride to and from work without padded shorts but that's never been a problem before.


  • nickwill
    nickwill Posts: 2,735
    My last Fizik Arione did about 12000 miles before gong a bit soft. 3000 miles is nothing, I would expect a saddle to last much longer than that!.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    3000 miles = just 'broken in" The original Flite is wonderful in this respect - when new they were quite stiff, but after a while they would have a little more give. particularly aided by the titanium rails
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • petemadoc
    petemadoc Posts: 2,331
    Hmmmm so why the new pain? Like I said it's only materialised over the last few weeks.

    Any ideas?
  • andrewjoseph
    andrewjoseph Posts: 2,165
    a saddle shouldn't be touching the coccyx. I suspect it's due to something else.

    The only time I have pain in that area due to riding, is when I've had an 'off' and the nose of the saddle has hit me.
    Burls Ti Tourer for Tarmac, Saracen aluminium full suss for trails