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    Saddles....

    I have a wtb rocket saddle that came with my ibis and it is hard as a rock. I need a different saddle, I can barely ride for an hour with the wtb rocket. What are you guys using?

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    Hi trap 121 get your self a WTB Lazer or Selle Italia XO very comfortable and inexpensive for up to 3 hours ride if you ride any longer you gotta spend more money

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    My vote is for a Specialized Henge. Have only heard good things about them. Mine is super comfy for anything up to 12 hours (was on it for a 12 hour race).
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...addle-11-44562

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    WTB Pure V. Very comfortable on long rides.

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    Ive been through a ton of different saddles over the years. It really comes down to the one that works for you. Ive had trouble from the super hard ones as well as those on the softer end. As much as shops are into demo bikes these days they ought to do saddles as well! lol

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    Pure V all day

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    From my experience, Pure V is a very weak saddle. I weight 180 lbs and I've broken the rails from two Pure V's in two years simply by riding them.

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    Huh, I am heavier than you and have 4 seasons on mine. I've done everything from DH shuttles to 30 mile XC rides - spending as much as 5-7 hours in a day.


    Just picked up another one for my SS HT bike and it has been going strong. Maybe put 150 miles on it this year so far.

    Wonder what the difference is?

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    Fizik and Specialized do have demo saddle programs. Specialized has a fit/size system - size matters!!! LOL Some other factors...how long/often do you ride and do you wear lined shorts???

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    Another vote for the Pure V. I'm 190lbs and haven't broken one yet.

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    WTB Lazer and Pure V.

    Things I do that might help with any saddle...

    point the nose down alittle... helps on climbs when moving forward.
    get a good riding chamois.. enough said there.
    try an adjustible seatpost...don't have to be grinding on the seat all the time.

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    you just need to try some. people can tell you what works for them all day but what works for them may not work for you. ive seen companies that have demo programs, your lbs might let you try some take off saddles too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycje5 View Post
    WTB Pure V. Very comfortable on long rides.
    I put 800 miles on mine last year and about 350 this year so far, love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
    Fizik and Specialized do have demo saddle programs. Specialized has a fit/size system - size matters!!! LOL Some other factors...how long/often do you ride and do you wear lined shorts???
    how does the demo prog work?

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    I swear by the WTB Silverado, not a cushion but a supportive fitting perch from which to comfortably steer your rig. I've tried plenty of saddles and this one for me is king. 250lbs and not a single issue at all.

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    Another vote for the pure v. I've had mine for over a season and love it. Especially nice if you got back.

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    WTB Silverado!!!

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    I bent a Pure V pretty good (but I am a big dude, like 250 all geared up), switched to the Chromag Trailmaster. It is a lot firmer, but by far the most comfy saddle I have ever ridden with. I especially like the wide nose for seated climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDCA View Post
    I bent a Pure V pretty good (but I am a big dude, like 250 all geared up), switched to the Chromag Trailmaster. It is a lot firmer, but by far the most comfy saddle I have ever ridden with. I especially like the wide nose for seated climbs.
    I have a Chromag Trailmaster DT also, it works for me. Sometimes saddles dont need to be padded to be comfortable like the Selle Flite original. The Flite is a great saddle.

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    Strange. Maybe it's just my luck and I've got Pure V's that have had manufacturing defects from the start. I might give that Chromag Trailmaster a try.

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    Another vote for Pure V.
    Was in the saddle for a 6 hr ride the other day and no problems.
    As others have said, I love it so much I got one for my street bike.
    It all comes down to personal preference, and what suits you.

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    +1 for Pure V. My bike came with the Rocket V but I never used it yet.

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    which pure V are y'all using? I think there's like 3 of them

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    Pure v pro is a great saddle!

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    I'm surprised no one's mentioned the PURE V

    Pure is awesome...if you can get over the looks (personally they're fugly). I have one that is probably 10 years old. I actually changed to the Lazer SLT but it was no where near as comfy. I rode it for about 4 rides to give it a fair shot. Luckily I kept the Pure jic. The leather is worn out and I know it's just a matter of time before I have to get another. *sigh*.

    hich pure V are y'all using? I think there's like 3 of them
    The shapes are the same just a difference in saddle material (both the padding and cover) & rails. If you don't want to spend the dough and don't mind the extra "weight", the pro should be fine. Pretty cheap (~$60) but I've seen them for less. The "Team" is about $115 or so. "SLT" ~$130. I have the SLT FWIW.

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    been using SDG formula FXR for years now. wide, comfy and pretty light. never had any problems with it. (even my arse)

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    I have the SLT to match my bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by crewjones View Post
    which pure V are y'all using? I think there's like 3 of them


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    wtb

    I like WTB saddles myself....I stick with steel rails as I am over 200 pounds. See if they have a WTB demo saddle program at your lbs. They have several saddles that may suit you. Personally, I like the silverado, speed v, and pure v. I don't like the nose of the rocket v for whatever reason.
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    I rode a WTB Speed V for a while and I liked it... Just switched to a Bell Dart and am very happy with the switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moozh View Post
    I swear by the WTB Silverado, not a cushion but a supportive fitting perch from which to comfortably steer your rig. I've tried plenty of saddles and this one for me is king. 250lbs and not a single issue at all.
    +1. Silverado has been a great saddle for me. As Moozh said its not a super cushiony saddle but my behind holds up well riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by still riding View Post
    Hi trap 121 get your self a WTB Lazer or Selle Italia XO very comfortable and inexpensive for up to 3 hours ride if you ride any longer you gotta spend more money
    I like this saddles to. +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyjeys View Post
    been using SDG formula FXR for years now. wide, comfy and pretty light. never had any problems with it. (even my arse)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kreal View Post
    Strange. Maybe it's just my luck and I've got Pure V's that have had manufacturing defects from the start. I might give that Chromag Trailmaster a try.
    Yep. Loved my Pure V, but I broke the rails (220 lbs here).
    I love my 2 Rocket V's not quite as much, but they've never failed me and one of them has 4 seasons on it with just a couple tears.

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    i use a WTB Rocket V Comp

    try tilting your seat nose down a tad. i bet you anything it was digging into your groin area, making everything hurt... yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nauc View Post
    try tilting your seat nose down a tad. i bet you anything it was digging into your groin area, making everything hurt... yes?
    Be careful, as that can lead to other issues - can cause more tilting of the pelvis, further loading the groin and wrists. The best solution is a saddle that works for your anatomy and a proper bike fit.

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    Am I unusual that I've never had a saddle cause issues that mattered enough to ***** about it on the internet?

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    If you did squats and deadlifts you can create your own comfortable saddle and can use a wooden saddle and not even notice a thing while on long rides!
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    I find a nicely worn in Brooks to be divine...

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    Been on Specialized Henge 143(cheapest version) - way too soft, surface has too much grip - it catches my pants and makes wrinkles that hurt..so back to WTB Deva - hard surface but much comfortable. Maybe I need much width - may try 155 Specialized Phenom/Romin.

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    For whomever is looking at Specialized saddles.... Head over to a Specialized dealer and use the sit bone measure device and get the right width saddle. And get the saddle that is correct for your sitting position (i.e. aggressive, neutral, or relaxed). As with any good piece of equipment that contacts your body, get a good fit to your body.

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    I had the same problem with a Specialized Phenom saddle of catching my shorts with it which is rather annoying in technical rides, now I'm running a wtb silverado and I'm quite happy with it

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    Just like Andy and Turtle said, fit comes in pretty important. Specialized does fitted seats along with Bontrager. I use the Bontrager Evoke RL on my Remedy and ride it all day and have done 20miles on it without a problem. In the end, it's all trial and error.

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    I have a Specialized Sonoma Sport on my hard tail and an Enduro on my Pitch. Like both!

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