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    Broken Saddle

    I'm not sure what the issue is here, but in the past month I have broken the saddle on both my road and now mountain bike. I weigh approx. 200 lbs, depending on carbo loading the night before. Both saddles are Specialized, and both breaks occurred on the skinny part of the saddle; the plastic platform just cracked causing the saddle to sag. Has anyone experienced this? Is this an issue with Specialized saddles, is it inherent to weight? I'm curious to hear what folks have to say.

    Road bike and saddle are 4 years old, Mt. bike and saddle are 2 years old.
    2011 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29'r
    2009 Roubaix Comp
    that's all my wife will let me have......

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    Not sure which saddle you have on both, but some of their stuff is rated for 170lb riders. I found out when I bent the rails on mine.
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    Learn to ride light. I ride on a Specialized saddle both road and mountain bike and have zero issues. I weigh 277 now but as much as 320 pounds on both bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    Not sure which saddle you have on both, but some of their stuff is rated for 170lb riders. I found out when I bent the rails on mine.
    Any idea where I can obtain the weight ratings for saddles in general?
    2011 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29'r
    2009 Roubaix Comp
    that's all my wife will let me have......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Learn to ride light. I ride on a Specialized saddle both road and mountain bike and have zero issues. I weigh 277 now but as much as 320 pounds on both bikes.
    Explain the ride light concept. I wondered if I do spend too much time in the saddle, especially if there's rough road or trail.
    2011 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29'r
    2009 Roubaix Comp
    that's all my wife will let me have......

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    It's just that, when you're in the rough stuff use your legs to kinda lift off the seat. Not really coming off the seat but reduce the weight on the seat. It helps reduce the jarring to your body as well as helps keeping your saddles from getting busted. If things get really rough, just come off the saddle completely and let your arms and legs act as shock absorbers.

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