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Testing saddles

wishitwasallflatwishitwasallflat Posts: 2,927
edited September 2012 in Road buying advice
Not looking for advice on what saddle as I know that's too personal but I have a few Fizik saddles for test from an lbs and I am not sure about what is happening when I ride them -

I have been trying the Aliante gamma so far and what I really like is the feeling that I am sitting only on my sitbones and not soft tissues - BUT - my sit bones get sore! They get sore but it feels like just from the pressure and nothing more sinister.

It feels much better when I am in the drops over the hoods. I ride a Secteur though and the hoods are pretty much level with my saddle height so I am wondering if this saddle is just not designed for that sit-up posture?

I am used to more padded - sit up hybrid/MTB type saddles. For the last year I have been on a Specialized Avatar gel - before that it was a cushy number from Halfords. The Avatart was ok (ish) until I started getting into longer distances (40-50 miles) and 100+ per week when it was realy uncomfortable. It felt like too much weight was on the soft tissues!

Even though the Aliante has no cut out I don't get the soft tissue problem but it feels very hard on the sit bones. The ironic thing is I kind of like that - it is a much better kind of discomfort but it is still far from comfortable! So far I have had three rides on it - one hour (punctures!!) four hours and two and a half today and I think it is getting a bit better each time but it is still sore!

What I am wondering though is will any proper road saddle be like this?

Is it because my sit bones need to toughen up and get used to this type of saddle - or - is this a sign this is not the right saddle for me?

I have read people post on here of getting a new saddle and going of for a few hours ride and not even noticing it - but - is that because they were already used to road saddles and the sit bones were toughneded up or is that what its like when you find your perfect partner?

Any advice gratefully recieved.


  • topdudetopdude Posts: 1,557
    First question is going to be, are you wearing decent quality padded shorts ?
    He is not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy !!
  • dhb's Aeron Race bibs or (old) Merton (I think) Roubaix tights so not top notch but ok I think?
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