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    All Mountain Saddle?

    So the Dakar I just bought comes with the Fizik Plateau saddle, but I'm wondering if I could benefit from a better saddle? What are your preferences for AM saddles? What should I look for in them? Is the Plateau a pretty good saddle worth keeping?

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    Er, what do you feel is wrong with the Plateau?
    I prefer seats that feel good to me, whatever kind of riding I am doing. For mountain biking it is good if it can also survive a few over-the-bars. Fizik Dolomiti fits me and has not broken yet. I have a 20 year old seat of roughly the same shape on the errand bike too. It might, or might not, fit you.

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    The best AM saddle is that one with the 2 springs at the back... Cant go wrong with that!
    Riding F/S since oct 94'

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    Dude can't get his AM on with no Fizik Plateau. Try a Brooks.
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    Koobi eu anduro is my fevorite.

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    That Fizik is pretty light which is nice, but if it is uncomfortable then I have always been a big fan of WTB saddles.

    Currently I am on a WTB Power V saddle, I like it alot but it is quite heavy.
    WTB Power V

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    I have a fizik plateau, and I like it.

    Not hard like weight weeny XC,
    but not too heavy or bulky.

    Good balance of padding and sleekness for me.

    IMHO It really all depends on the tooshie factor after the ride. If your butt feels sore or numb after the ride try something different. If not, and the weight isnt too much, keep it.

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    AM saddles.... I love this forum.

    Like phlakvest said... Does your butt hurt? No? Then keep the seat.
    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    First of all, Arrogant Bastard Ale is amazing.
    Second of all, let me ask questions. It's a forum.
    Stone ftw.

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    I personally love this saddle.... It's comfy for long durations, highly resistant to abuse, and very well made. It also keeps friction down as you don't slide around much.

    BBB Freebase Saddle
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    SDG Bel-Air and the original chromo rail Titec Ithys

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    There's no such thing as an All Mountain Saddle. It's like that "all mountain screw" someone here quotes in his signature.

    Just find a saddle that's comfortable and that's it.

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    WTB DEVO , is the best one

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    Quote Originally Posted by s62
    First of all, Arrogant Bastard Ale is amazing.
    Second of all, let me ask questions. It's a forum.
    Stone ftw.
    Ask away! Allow me to comment. Seats are personal as all butts are different. As others have said, if you're unhappy, look to WTB. I use the Rocket V Race. It's narrower than many yet I'm a big dude - 6'4, 270. Go figure. There are seats for different applications but seats are not AM or XC, they are one component that is truely dictacted by the rider's feel. When in doubt, find some Arrogant Bastard. Stone will show you the way.

    But, yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, my opinion, man.
    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    Koobi eu anduro is my fevorite.
    right on, great saddle!
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefanos
    There's no such thing as an All Mountain Saddle. It's like that "all mountain screw" someone here quotes in his signature.

    Just find a saddle that's comfortable and that's it.
    I 2nd, 3rd, and 4th that. listen to Stefanos.........all mountain saddle is almost as real as the unicorn horn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefanos
    There's no such thing as an All Mountain Saddle. It's like that "all mountain screw" someone here quotes in his signature.

    Just find a saddle that's comfortable and that's it.
    Very true. I figure that a rider who likens his/her riding style to the AM side of things possibly needs an abuse-resistant saddle.... Then again, it depends on how often said rider's bike stays rubber side down. But if a Tioga Spider saddle is the most comfortable on a particular posterior, so be it, no matter what bike it's on.
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    I would definitely look into wtb saddles, try before you buy if you can, and only buy if you can return when it comes to saddles. WTB has a little of everything. I personally like the Pure-V, and they come standard on many AM/trail bikes at the shops in the area

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    A very wise man once said

    "A saddle needs to fit your ass."

    That's what it comes down to, really, in the "end" if you will.

    For my 2c? I also look for a saddle of the right shape, that has a somewhat durable covering - say kevlar corners and such - as my saddle WILL end up impacting stuff when the bike ejects me.

    Which, of course, will happen, as the other wise man once said ...

    "There are two kinds of mountain bikers, those who have fallen and those who will fall."

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    The WTB stuff looks very good... I'm not really sure how to try 1000 different saddles to see what fits the best, so I think slow trial and error through purchase will have to do. For AM, I do want a tough saddle with small wings for better grinding uphill and super supportive for the rough ride down. I just wasn't sure if they made saddles just for this purpose.

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    I like the price for WTB... But I did experience the rails pulling out when banging again a tree. I found out this was not unusual. Did this happen to anyone? How much $$ is the AM?

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    er, AM = all mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s62
    The WTB stuff looks very good... I'm not really sure how to try 1000 different saddles to see what fits the best, so I think slow trial and error through purchase will have to do. For AM, I do want a tough saddle with small wings for better grinding uphill and super supportive for the rough ride down. I just wasn't sure if they made saddles just for this purpose.

    Mate, you're reading waaay too much into this "AM" marketing baloney

    Is there something wrong with your current saddle, or is it an AM image thing?

    I'm running a WTB Laser on my "AM" bike 'cause I found it in a bargain bin. If I had to use another saddle, it'd either be a 200g Selle Success or my old Brooks B17 with the leather sidewalls cut away to drop some weight (but still be over 400g of premium leather). My point being that the label and percieved ruggedness of riding really doesn't matter.

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    You missed what I said. I want a rugged saddle that promotes grinding uphill (thin wings) but still manages to be cushy and supportive for the rough downhill elements of AM. It's not a marketing buy-in. It's a specific need.

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    I got myself Fizik's Gobi and it's really nice... Just make sure you have decent riding shorts.

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