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    Best Saddle

    I am lookin for a comfy all mountain saddle.

    some times my rides last as much as 8 hous...

    I am riding a specialized BG rival now. Dont really like it that much even though it was a 100 bucks... I really want somthing that reduces numbness and pain.

    The WTB Rocket saddles seem to get good reviews.

    Thoughts?

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    Before you go off buying another saddle try playing with the angle a bit on your existing one. Tilting the nose down a bit usually gets rid of the numbness problem you're describing - at least for me it does.

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    I have played with the angle and feel like I have the saddle is in it best spot...

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    i don't like the specialized saddles either.

    i have an SDG bel-air, the break-in period was painfully (literally!) long, but now i like it alot (took a good 300km to break in). my favorite saddle ever was my old selle italia flite, but the new ones are a bit $$ and i'm enjoying my sdg now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferday
    i don't like the specialized saddles either.

    i have an SDG bel-air, the break-in period was painfully (literally!) long, but now i like it alot (took a good 300km to break in). my favorite saddle ever was my old selle italia flite, but the new ones are a bit $$ and i'm enjoying my sdg now.
    I second the bel-air. It's light enough without being stupid light. It's comfy enough without being too squishy. Best of all, you can get the Ti railed version for about $50 if you look around. Nothing can beat that!

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    My vote goes out to the Rocket V with Ti rails. I do some pretty long rides (6 - 8 Hrs) and have always found it comfortable

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    Just tried the Terry Fly which I won in a drawing. It's suprising nice, didn't require a break in period like my WTB rocket.

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    You can also check out Fizik gobi, works well for me on long rides.

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    third this recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Guyechka
    I second the bel-air. It's light enough without being stupid light. It's comfy enough without being too squishy. Best of all, you can get the Ti railed version for about $50 if you look around. Nothing can beat that!
    I have the cromo railed version. a little stronger and only ~7g heavier.

    this saddle is very comfortable. I was on a WTB PowerV DH saddle for 2 rides before this saddle, and it killed me, way to wide, felt flat and unsupportive. I am very pleased with the Bel Air. It has a great shape for climbing (raised tail), is padded pretty well for the weight, is wide enough to feel (and grip for control when jumping etc), but small enough to get out of them way when descending. It looks sharp, and is a GREAT deal. $40@ pricepoint.

    p.s. I have heard that if you want the ultimate in comfort though get a Brooks. (they are VERY EXPENSIVE)

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    I second the Gobi

    I replaced my seat off of an '02 FSR Pro and moved it onto my Yeti 575 later on. Very comfy.....

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    I'm a big of of WTB saddles. I've had a Speed-V for a logn time, and recently picked up a Ti Pure-V on jenson for like 45.00. Both are really comfy, the best saddles I've used.
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    The Pure V is the sleeper in the WTB range, one of the best for comfort esspecially long rides. Better than the more expensive Rocket IMO Ive had both maybe its my bottom shope but lets not go there!

    http://www.wtb.com/saddles_purev.html

    SDG are also good pity I can't get the one I want here with Ti rails otherwise Id try it

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    I just got my SDG Bel Air Ti at Adrenaline bikes for $40. They're blowing out the red/black ones. They also have red/whit cromo for $24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan
    I'm a big of of WTB saddles. I've had a Speed-V for a logn time, and recently picked up a Ti Pure-V on jenson for like 45.00. Both are really comfy, the best saddles I've used.
    Its the only saddle I've ever used, except for commuters... I would definately buy another WTB Speed. Its never been an issue, I've never been uncomfortable, even after 6 hrs.

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    I'd recommend one of the SDG saddles. I've was riding an SDG Grand Prix for a long time and it was the most comfortable saddle I've had.

    I know lots of people like the WTB stuff, but after trying three different models and having each of them be totally uncomfortable and broken after a few months I've given up.

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    I have a Fizik Nisene Ti that I find to be very comfortable, and it's light with good padding.
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    third

    Used to like WTBs, now Fizik is my lover. True saddle in the normal sense of the word. You sit in it, not on it.
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    I tried a wtb rocket and it was alright then I tried a wtb pure V race saddle and is alot better for me that would be my vote

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    Saddles are such a subjective thing.
    Loads of people love the SDGs but I never got on with them - then I tried a Body Geometry one with the same problems.
    Now I've just got a Fizik Gobi as per the pic above, and so far so good.

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    Profile of the saddle is EVERYTHING. All butts are different. I have found the Fizik, (Nisene & Pave) & SDG saddles, for the most part, seem to have very similar shapes. Very conical shaped as they go back to sitting points. The WTB's seem to be very flat in comparision. The Fizik & SDG's seem to fit me well from 1st min. I set on them, (read; no break-in needed). I am riding a WTB now, the one w/the dbl diamonds on the nose, & "I" have gotten broken in to the saddle now. Only saddle I have ever hated is the OEM's on the Rocky Mountains. When my LBS was selling lots'o them people would just take them off of them bike & tell the shop wrench to give it to someone that needed it. I keep a spare 1 or 2 of them laying around jic I bust a rail on my WTB.
    Fizik's is my butts favorite. They seem to be very well padded/comfortable to me.

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    WTB double black diamond saddle

    I have that one too... it lasted 2 rides, I hated how large it was, and it had no climbing support (raised tail). Also it was reallflat feeling, no support. OTOH, I have a WTB speedV saddle that I have on my hardtail that I have been riding for 3 years, I absolutely love it.

    I think the generalization that WTB saddles are flat is way off base. Most likely just the PowerV DH model (the one with the diamonds on the nose)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mp29k
    I have that one too... it lasted 2 rides, I hated how large it was, and it had no climbing support (raised tail). Also it was reallflat feeling, no support. OTOH, I have a WTB speedV saddle that I have on my hardtail that I have been riding for 3 years, I absolutely love it.

    I think the generalization that WTB saddles are flat is way off base. Most likely just the PowerV DH model (the one with the diamonds on the nose)
    "Profile of the saddle is EVERYTHING. All butts are different. I have found the Fizik, (Nisene & Pave) & SDG saddles, for the most part, seem to have very similar shapes. Very conical shaped as they go back to sitting points. The WTB's seem to be very flat in comparision."

    Not a generalization, comparision to SDG & Fizik only, which are are more conical shaped w/the raised tail you speak of for climbing. Hmmmm, now that I look at their line, overall I'd say they ARE relatively flat compared to most other saddles. MHO
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    As some have stated, every butt is different. The most comfortable saddles I've tried so far are the WTB Laser V Pro-gel and the Pure V Pro gel (this one's the best). Also the best value - comfort - weight ratio IMO. The rocket is good, but not for long rides and is too narrow for me. Haven't tried any Specialized, Selle Italia or others than I can recollect feeling no pain.

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    The price of the saddle has practically zero correlation to comfort. It is all about your anatomy. Rocket is a great design as it seems to satisfy a good percentage of behinds. For me, personally, the Laser is a better fit.

    Put a sheet of paper on your chair, padded chair, and then sit down on it. Your seat bones ought to leave two imprints in that sheet of paper. Measure the disctance, center to center. This is very useful info to have as all saddles satisfy a certain range of widths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duke777
    Just tried the Terry Fly which I won in a drawing. It's suprising nice, didn't require a break in period like my WTB rocket.
    I agree about the Terry Fly Ti. I have one on each of my FS bikes. They're great saddles.

    The WTB Lazor V was comfortable, but too wide for me... I kept getting caught behind the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan
    I'm a big of of WTB saddles. I've had a Speed-V for a logn time, and recently picked up a Ti Pure-V on jenson for like 45.00. Both are really comfy, the best saddles I've used.
    Yep. I got the Pure V Team (Ti rails) on my new AM rig and really like it for comfort. I wish it were just a shade narrower in the back though. Still really like my Rocket V on my XC bike and it has been comfortable on long (10 hour) days.

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    No such thing as a "best saddle". Everyone's opinion will be based off personal preference, body type, weight, ride style, etc. Personally, I like the Terry Fly. After trying 4 different saddles, that is the one that works best for me. By brother tried one and hated it. All personal preference.
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    WTB Laser V SL Comp Saddle Oe
    $19 on JensonUSA. A great way to find out if you like WTB or not.



    Seats are simple. They either work or they don't. I'm 210# riding the converted aluminum dirtjump hardtail you see in my avatar (square tubing stays are very stiff) and I don't notice its there. For a cheap seat, this Lazer V does the job amazingly well.

    I'd love to try the Fizik, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    Put a sheet of paper on your chair, padded chair, and then sit down on it. Your seat bones ought to leave two imprints in that sheet of paper. Measure the disctance, center to center. This is very useful info to have as all saddles satisfy a certain range of widths.

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    Then how would you suggest you use this measurement to buy a good saddle ? Do you just pick one that is the same width ?
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    Has anyone tried the WTB progel saddles? This one is the Laser V progel w/Ti rails for %50 off:

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=10653

    I don't know if I want to pay for Ti considering it would go on a 37 lb bike, the Speed V progel is %42 off and 1/2 the price of the Laser. It weighs 75 g more...

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=10012

    I'm very happy w/ my '02 Speed V. It is getting worn, though. I bent a seatpost, and the saddle was fine, I wonder how people bend 'em... mine seems really strong.

    And whats the deal with wtb's pricing? I don't understand what you get when you pay $100 plus for a saddle besides a few grams less weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mp29k
    I have the cromo railed version. a little stronger and only ~7g heavier.

    this saddle is very comfortable. I was on a WTB PowerV DH saddle for 2 rides before this saddle, and it killed me, way to wide, felt flat and unsupportive. I am very pleased with the Bel Air. It has a great shape for climbing (raised tail), is padded pretty well for the weight, is wide enough to feel (and grip for control when jumping etc), but small enough to get out of them way when descending. It looks sharp, and is a GREAT deal. $40@ pricepoint.

    p.s. I have heard that if you want the ultimate in comfort though get a Brooks. (they are VERY EXPENSIVE)
    Ill give the Bel-Air a nod as well. Ive tried so many saddles over the years and one fact holds true, if you ride for 6-8hrs straight, nothing feels comfy. For a beefy saddle, the Azonic Hot Seat is great comfort. Weighs a ton but you won't break it and it does feel nice. I rode that saddle on a 6hr epic in Whistler and had no complaints. Looks like crap though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Has anyone tried the WTB progel saddles? This one is the Laser V progel w/Ti rails for %50 off:

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=10653

    I don't know if I want to pay for Ti considering it would go on a 37 lb bike, the Speed V progel is %42 off and 1/2 the price of the Laser. It weighs 75 g more...

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=10012

    I'm very happy w/ my '02 Speed V. It is getting worn, though. I bent a seatpost, and the saddle was fine, I wonder how people bend 'em... mine seems really strong.

    And whats the deal with wtb's pricing? I don't understand what you get when you pay $100 plus for a saddle besides a few grams less weight.

    I have a Lazer V pro Gel and Pure V regular and Pro Gel, if you like WTB, go for it! it's sweet..
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    I've been using a WTB Pure V (steel version) for 18 months. Pretty comfy, but it's starting to get a bit tired now. Was thinking of just getting another Pure V but I might try the Bel-Air for a change.
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    Used to ride on a WTB Speed V and now ride a WTB Rocket and I would reccomend them to anyone. Well they work for me at least. The rocket is definately more raised at the back than most WTB's which I like.

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    Ritchey WCS Streem seat. Its simple light and is made out of leather. 190 grams...... Seems to fit the shape of you know what very well and is smooth enough to that it wont grab your shorts when you want to shift.

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