Saddles

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Fordie77
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Saddles

Postby Fordie77 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 13:19 pm

Hi

I currently have a Selle Italia Diva gel flow saddle and I'm finding that the front of it is crushing my bits (sorry if TMI)! It looks a bit bulbous at the nose of the saddle and I'm presuming that's what was causing the problem. I've tried tilting it down a bit.

I used to ride on a Specialised Riva saddle and found it better; however with both of the saddles I seem to have a problem with my right foot becoming numb. I think it's nerve compression so I'm not keen to go back to the Riva either.

Does anyone have any suggestions for which saddle to try next?

Thanks

Garry H
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Re: Saddles

Postby Garry H » Sat Apr 29, 2017 13:31 pm

Silly question, you are female, aren't you?

Fordie77
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Re: Saddles

Postby Fordie77 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 13:49 pm

Yes :lol:

Garry H
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Re: Saddles

Postby Garry H » Sat Apr 29, 2017 23:41 pm

Have a look at ISM saddles. Friend of mine seems to have had the same troubles with her unmentionables as you do. Said it was a godsend.

Fordie77
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Re: Saddles

Postby Fordie77 » Tue May 02, 2017 15:18 pm

Thanks, I'll have a look at that.

Garry H
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Re: Saddles

Postby Garry H » Tue May 02, 2017 20:31 pm

Don't be put off by the look. They work, apparently.

964Cup
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Re: Saddles

Postby 964Cup » Wed May 03, 2017 09:31 am

Cobb saddles have actually put some proper effort into researching female-specific saddles. Have a look at http://www.cobbcycling.com/innie-or-outie/. The other thing to do is get a range of test saddles from your LBS - Giant do a set that has a gel insert which shows where you are applying pressure to help you choose the right one. This approach worked for my wife.

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Re: Saddles

Postby lostboysaint » Wed May 03, 2017 10:57 am

My wife loves the WTB Deva SLT - has it on both her MTB and road bike. I'm not sure it's a current model though.

Like all "contact" things, it's very personal so probably worth trying a few and finding the one that really works.
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Fordie77
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Re: Saddles

Postby Fordie77 » Thu May 04, 2017 15:21 pm

Brilliant, thanks, lots of options there!

torino
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Re: Saddles

Postby torino » Thu May 04, 2017 16:02 pm

I like the ISM saddles, but for TT applications where you really rotate the hip, so any pre-existing compression to the lower bits is magnified, and that is where the open design of ISM really helps.

I would also include the Vs (Versus) saddles from Fizik as recommendations. The relief channel works nice, and IMO is better than the hole (as in Selle Italia), because it stretches all along the saddle and not only in the middle of it.

I'm currently using Antares Vsx, which is a Vs with deeper channel. Places a lot of pressure in the sit bones, but it is better to have the pressure on the hard bones than on the soft skin or bits. After a few rides your bones get used to it.

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Re: Saddles

Postby amrushton » Fri May 05, 2017 07:58 am

May not be that simple. Trial and error with saddles is expensive. In my wifes case after ££ on saddles and 1000's km in agony or mild discomfort I decided that using saddle mapping technology at Cyclefit in London was worth a punt. 3 hours and some interesting details resulted in her requiring a wider saddle than we had thought and some other issues were raised re knee/feet.

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Re: Saddles

Postby Loradaxplora » Sat May 27, 2017 18:11 pm

Specialised do a 30 returns policy on used saddles (i.e. you can try it properly and still return it if it doesn't fit). I got mine that way. I am an 'outie' as per the article above and was having awful trouble, discussed it with their bike fitter, got my sit bones measured. Turns out I was in a saddle too wide - this means your pelvis isn't supported as well and tilts forward more. I tried 3 different saddles until I found the 'one'. The Specialised Power Expert came close but the 'wings' at the back were slightly too wide for me but the women's Lithia Comp Gel was the perfect fit for me :)

reformedfatty
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Re: Saddles

Postby reformedfatty » Fri Jul 07, 2017 20:36 pm

A gentleman venturing into this forum briefly... Is there a 'works for most people' saddle for women - to go on a mountain bike in this case but equally road would be useful. Something like the Charge Spoon is almost a default for men, is there similar for the ladies? I got her a women's specific saddle however it is definitely one for the seasoned roadies - hard as a rock!

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Re: Saddles

Postby mea00csf » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:49 am

Another vote for the Fizik Antares VSX. I went down the route of trying out saddles from a local bike shop. I paid for the test saddle, and then i can swap it as many times as i liked, paying the difference of the cost of each saddle. When i found one i wanted to keep they just swap the test saddle for a proper aftermarket one. You do pay full RRP price, and it is quite irritating to see the exact same saddle on line for two thirds the price, but it only takes one mistake and it would have cost you more.

As it happens, the Antares VSX would not have been a saddle i would have even considered buying when i looked at it, after trying though, i loved it!

Pitters
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Re: Saddles

Postby Pitters » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:57 pm

Our local bike shop had a fitting service for saddles and then a loan one to try to see if it was ok . I tried 3 different ones .

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Re: Saddles

Postby Vino'sGhost » Fri Apr 06, 2018 20:01 pm

Htfu.

mariamartinez
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Re: Saddles

Postby mariamartinez » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:02 am

anyone got list of saddle weight?

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Re: Saddles

Postby Imposter » Thu Aug 09, 2018 22:36 pm

mariamartinez wrote:anyone got list of saddle weight?


Let's hope not...


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