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    Comfortable saddle?

    I can't find a saddle post newer than 2 years on the search so.... I'm wanting a very comfortable saddle for long mountain rides (5+hrs). I'm not worried about a little weight. My friend had some eBay special gel seat which was comfortable but not durable. My current seat is specialized body geometry but after long rides it starts getting uncomfortable. I've been adjusting the seat position but by the end of the day I hurt the same. Price range is up to 150.

    Whats out there that people actually use vs a saddle review article?

    maybe gel?

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    I'm guessing your Stumpy also came with a Henge for the saddle, which I personally find to be pretty comfy. Keep in mind that saddles are sized, your Stumpy would have come with a 143 on it but that may not be the correct size for you. I'd suggest going to a LBS and have them find out what width of saddle you should be using. The only other saddle I've used is the WTB Pure V, which I also found to be very comfortable. Before doing any reading online though I would say your first step would be to get sized and then go from there.

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    I really like the WTB Rocket V. It has a tiny bit of rocker to it that seems to cradle my pelvis a bit better than other saddles, and I find myself needing to shoft around on the saddle a bit less than with previous saddles I've owned. One position seems to work for about everything. Even though it isn't a super soft saddle in terms of foam, it is very comfortable for long rides for me.

    The best way to go about it is to find a saddle demo program. Many shops that carry WTB have a demo program set up. That was what steered me clear of the WTB Silverado, which I really liked the looks of, and toward the Rocket V.
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    I've been trying out the new Brooks Cambium. Vulcanized rubber saddle, no maintenance, easily repairable, and so far very comfy. It's a little weighty and priced at 160, so slightly over your budget.

    The WTB saddles suggested by rhino have been comfy for me too.

    Personally, I've found that a firm saddle will provide more support and thus comfort on longer rides. I'd steer clear of anything too soft.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Comfortable saddle?

    Wtb Lazer V, Pure V or Rocket V are comfy. Honest piece of advice if you don't regularly do long rides most saddles will hurt somewhat. You need to break your arse in. It will get accustomed to the longer rides and you'll be fine if you can ride for longer on a regular basis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by glarior View Post
    I can't find a saddle post newer than 2 years on the search so.... I'm wanting a very comfortable saddle for long mountain rides (5+hrs). I'm not worried about a little weight. My friend had some eBay special gel seat which was comfortable but not durable. My current seat is specialized body geometry but after long rides it starts getting uncomfortable. I've been adjusting the seat position but by the end of the day I hurt the same. Price range is up to 150.

    Whats out there that people actually use vs a saddle review article?

    maybe gel?
    My most comfy saddle is a Selle Anatomica leather saddle. I can ride 12hrs straight on that without padded bike shorts and feel no pain.

    I've been using a WTB Pure V saddle up to 3hrs [also no special bike shorts] with zero discomfort. I expect 5hrs+ rides will be no issue, but I haven't pushed this saddle that far yet.
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    so personal. gobi xm, chromag lynx dt i get on with well

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    so personal indeed. I'm very happy with my WTB Pure V SLT. 4 to 4.5 hr rides no problem.
    i've not rode solid for over 5 hrs for more than 20 years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    My most comfy saddle is a Selle Anatomica leather saddle. I can ride 12hrs straight on that without padded bike shorts and feel no pain.
    I ride Brooks, so I've been curious about these saddles for a while, but I do not know anyone who has one or who has tried one. I wouldn't get one with the cutout, but I'm curious to what your opinion is compared to Brooks, if you have ridden both of course.

    Also, OP I was just looking at the site, check out the clearance tab if interested.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    I ride Brooks, so I've been curious about these saddles for a while, but I do not know anyone who has one or who has tried one. I wouldn't get one with the cutout, but I'm curious to what your opinion is compared to Brooks, if you have ridden both of course.

    Also, OP I was just looking at the site, check out the clearance tab if interested.
    I'd rate them as follows:

    - SA = 11 out of 10 comfy with no break in time
    - Brooks B17 = 9 out of 10 comfy once broken in

    I have only used the SA saddles with the cut outs, but have put 5yrs on them on my FS AM bike so had a lot of test time.

    I've only used the B17 not any of the other Brooks saddles and msotly for MTB touring as opposed to full on trail riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    - SA = 11 out of 10 comfy with no break in time
    Haha, ...this one goes to 11.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    My most comfy saddle is a Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow

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    Wow so many great replies. Ill be checking all of them out.

    My LBS does have some saddles to try but nothing high end. Ive tried a few but I like to ride 2-5 times a week and long rides on the weekend. Most rides are 15-20 miles off road.

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    Comfortable saddle?

    +1 for Si sls max.

    Confort stays the same (30min or 3 hrs), since in use no more padded shorts.

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    I bought a bony ranger saddle last year and my lbs had a couple of sizes of it. I sat on some thing that took an imprint of my butt and I bought the saddle the template said I should.

    Saddle has been fine so far.

    Because we all have different bums, a saddle shoutout would be interesting, but I would not go running to the store to buy the winner.....

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    the only ones that I repeatedly hear people complain about are some of the Fizik models. I had one, and it was rather like sitting on a softball. And the rails bent easily.
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    Just went back to a WTB Rocket V a few days ago. I had one on an older bike I sold and it was great so I tried it again and so far I'm really loving the fit. The Rocket V is built for a more narrow sit-bone spacing. I bought the "Race" model as it has a tougher covering and Art's has a good deal on it plus a SAVE15 discount. Since I live near Art's, I was out the door for under $50.

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    The WTB Silverado is my go to saddle.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Re: Comfortable saddle?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    The WTB Silverado is my go to saddle.
    x2 sometimes less is more.
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    just ordered the Selle Anatomica NSX. I like what I read about it and some of the youtube videos I found. If I remember I will post back with my experience

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    Fizik Gobi XM

    I've had WTB Rocket V and Silverado, and Gobi XM beats both. But honestly, everyone's ass is different, so you'll mostly have to find out for yourself what is comfortable.

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    I decided to buy an ISM Adamo Peak last week. Retail is over your $150 limit, but maybe you can find one on sale. I hesitated for a long time about buying one, because $180 is a lot for me to throw down for a saddle, but I am very satisfied with my purchase, and I have zero buyers remorse.

    I'm still getting used to the increased pressure on my sit bones from the ISM Adamo Peak, but I'm already noticing the benefit of relief on my soft tissue area vs my other saddles. I will be purchasing another ISM saddle for my other bike.

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    I have been happy with the Specialized Phenom. (Tried various others, most recently WTB Rocket V which starts to hurt after an hour; too narrow for me.) I think the goal should be a saddle that you basically don't notice. The Phenom does the job; only time I have issues is on hard, long seated climbs of 30 minutes or longer if I forget to stand up once in a while.

    The WTB Volt is also a nice saddle, flat and light, never catches, almost as good as the Phenom but starts to be painful for me on longer (3+ hours) rides.

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    Adamo Peak | Innovative SaddleMaker

    Sorry but I cannot ride those pointed things,,,

    I like to keep my stuff in good working order,
    and my wife insists on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    Fizik Gobi XM

    I've had WTB Rocket V and Silverado, and Gobi XM beats both. But honestly, everyone's ass is different, so you'll mostly have to find out for yourself what is comfortable.
    I also really like these same saddles and was very happy with the Rocket V and liked the Gobi XM even better... maybe not quite as comfortable for long rides as the Rocket V but I liked the shape better for getting behind the seat.

    Like I said I thought those two were my BFFs for life.... until I got a Joystick Emulator on my Chili last year. The best thing I can say about it is I didn't notice it at all for several months and hundreds and hundreds of miles of long rides until I got back on one of my old bikes with the other saddles and realized how much more comfortable the Emulator was. I especially like the padded nose for those steep long climbs and super steep saddle violation moments.
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    Interesting, that Joystick saddle has the same width and length as the WTB Silverado. I may have to give it a try.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Comfortable saddle?

    I've tried a lot of the ones mentioned here (and most are good) but none are as comfy (for me) as the SDG Bel Air


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    Nukeproof Plasma Trail from CRC has been great. Not to mention the looks

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    I recently bought a Ergon Pro and I'm liking it a lot, no more pain or numbness.

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    WTB Pure V - version that has Ti rails and leather is ridiculously comfortable on long rides, 6+ hrs no problem.

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    WTB Pure V

    Quote Originally Posted by mike_mtn View Post
    WTB Pure V - version that has Ti rails and leather is ridiculously comfortable on long rides, 6+ hrs no problem.
    Agree. It's on every bike I own. The Pure V is 148mm x 273mm.
    You can find great prices on the OEM versions too.

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    Had some prostate problems after a year of riding 5+ days a week. Tried so many saddles (WTB line, Specialized especially), ended up with Selle SMP. LOVE the down turned nose and nice open channel in the middle. A 'taint saver for sure. Like most saddles, you can get a comfy but heavy one for 80-ish bucks, start getting expensive as you cut weight. I have the "Pro" model.

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    Comfortable saddle?

    I have a WTB Rocket V and while I can see it's well-made and well-designed, it's just way too narrow (127mm?) for my sit bones.
    I also have a no-name similar style saddle that's 150mm wide and while better, I still find it a little narrow.
    But looking at saddles it seems the vast majority stop at around 150mm. What are some of the better wide saddles out there please?
    @dbhammercycle - what kind of riding are you doing on your Brooks Cambium? Is it very hard compared to something like a WTB or does the "hammock effect" actually give you enough cushioning for bumpy trails etc? The Cambium is pretty expensive but I'm attracted to the 162mm width and styling. However I want something comfy for off-road use on a 29er hardtail.
    Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by occamsrazor View Post
    @dbhammercycle - what kind of riding are you doing on your Brooks Cambium? Is it very hard compared to something like a WTB or does the "hammock effect" actually give you enough cushioning for bumpy trails etc? The Cambium is pretty expensive but I'm attracted to the 162mm width and styling. However I want something comfy for off-road use on a 29er hardtail.
    Thanks...
    The first couple weeks the C17 was on my RM Blizzard (26er) and I was riding some horse trails mostly with some gravel riding. Currently it sits on my SS (650b), both rides are rigid. I've done some inner city riding/commuting and the same trail as mentioned prior also on the SS. Previously, I had a B17 on the RMB and a Pro on the MUSS. Those saddles are both broken in leather Brooks. I have not ridden a WTB for several years now, I remember it being comfortable enough but I obviously moved on. The cambium is more sporty than the B17, in both looks and feel. There is no break in period, the leather saddles took some riding, especially the Pro. The rubber is supple and moves with you when you peddle, like the leather can. I find that riding through some of the bumpier stuff on the SS with the C17 I don't need to be out of the saddle as much as I did with the Pro. Riding comparison with the B17, the C17 was easier to get behind and generally felt the same. My ride times are not more than 1.5hrs. That's about the time I've been alloted during nap time or after the kidlet's bed time by the wife. I would really like to continue riding into the sunset together, me and the saddle, but would eventually be found without an acceptable answer for my blatant disregard of the family's schedule. There are times when I'm peddling hard for a short uphill section and if I stay in the saddle there is more give to the C17 compared to the Pro. I'm not sure you would experience something like that with a plastic saddle. Anyway, I think the benefits of no maintenance (water proofing, cleaning, re-tensioning, etc), water resistance, with the ability to order parts to fix the saddle myself in addition to the ride quality make it a no brainer for me. Having said that, I've been riding Brooks saddles since about 2005ish and my lack of present experience with WTB may mean my opinion may not be the best for you. I would not say it's stiff or hard, there is an immediate give to the saddle like a broken in B17 but I don't think like the padding of the WTB. I have not ridden the saddle through rock gardens or over drops. I have been over rocks and roots as well as some generally bumpy terrain and been very pleased. Like any saddle, the fit is everything, so have a discussion with your LBS and perhaps measure your bones.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Thanks a lot for the great answer, info much appreciated. Think I'll be getting one...

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    another vote for a wtb Pure V

    Recently bought a complete carbon xo1 bike and really wanted to give the saddle it came with a chance. I gave it 4 months, installed my 7 year old, cracked leather, 40 gram lighter Pure V team on it and its so much better.

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    The selle came in the other day and I installed it with a doss dropper.... However for once its raining where I live so I doubt ill get to try it out this week :-/

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    My HT which is mostly used for commuting came with a WTB Vigo that is comfortable enough. My FS AM came with a WTB Rocket which is way too narrow for my sitz bones. I can deal with it for up to 2-2.5 hours with well padded shorts but beyond that it's a real PITA. I ordered a Pure V (oem version from Nashbar is $35) which is slightly wider than the Vigo and I'm pretty confident it is the right size.

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    One more vote for Pure V after another round of trying different saddles.

    The Pure V is not too mushy for the amount of padding and outstanding for the comfort if you move forward on a climb or pushing back into it.

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    I used most of the saddle mentionned above over the years

    Wtb are a good choice in general

    Brooks, even if they are really comfy, i cant stand them for mtb use, only one good sitting position..if you the type of person who's moving around on its saddle, brooks are a bad choice. But 0perfect for road/touring biking.

    The best fit i found over the years are the chromag trailmaster series saddle...comfy whithout being to soft, wide nose to move youweight forward...the best saddle for trail/am in my opinion (at least for me)
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    I've given Brooks saddles a go 3X and have concluded, at least for me, they are the most uncomfortable saddle out there. The WTB Silverado, at least for me, is a very comfortable saddle.
    Are you really sure about that?

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    I've ridden the Serfas Dual Density for 3 years with no bike shorts and no issues. https://www.serfas.com/products/view...ensity-saddles

    I tried the RX model, but the excessive movement tends to rub me the wrong way... if you know what I mean...
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