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    Saddle that doesnt bend

    I hate to say this but I have broken/bent 2 saddles in the last six months. I am looking for any recommendations. I currently tip the scales at 255 lbs.
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    @300# I ride a WTB Power V saddle. It has held up but my poor seatpost didn't LOL Time for a Thomson

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    @ 260 I ride a Speccy Alias. How are you busting saddles?

    PS that saddle in teh pic is crzap.

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    +1 for WTB Power V Saddle @ 265 pound.
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    I'm no clyde, but I do seem to have a knack for bending saddle rails . . . I've trashed 3 saddles that way (1 chromoly, 2 Ti railed) and I only weigh ~ 160 lbs w/ gear. I'd suggest a carbon railed saddle (I've been using a Selle Italia Prolink lite the past 5 years)-- the carbon may fracture instead of bend, but most reputable builders tend to over-engineer their carbon stuff because of the potential for catastrophic failure, so you end up with a saddle that will break at a significantly higher stress than the yield stress for a metal railed saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant607
    @300# I ride a WTB Power V saddle. It has held up but my poor seatpost didn't LOL Time for a Thomson
    +1 I was using this when I was 350+. No worries there for you.

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    WTB POWER V all the way! I'm 270, it's the only saddle I have never broken (knock on wood). Very comfortable too. you gotta get a thomson seatpost too, they should be compulsory for all clydes.

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    Get a saddle with steel rails. I used to break Ti rails all of the time. I've ridden steel rails all the way up to 270 lbs and never had a problem. The added bonus is that you can find steel rail saddles online cheap if you keep your eyes open. I've used various WTB steel rail saddles over the years and all have held up fine. I've bent seatposts and the saddles have been just fine.

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    Another for the WTB Power V . I weigh 300 no problems what so ever,
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    +1 for the Power V. I'm 250lbs, and my brother is 280lbs and we both use the Power V.

    From the pictures of the seats you bent, it seems you like padding on your saddle. If that's what you like do NOT get a Fizik! They are supposed to be heavy duty but after testing a Gorbi I believe Fizik's are heavy duty because those who own them must ride standing. I don't understand how anyone can ride on a shaved piece of 2x4 but to each their own....

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    Those seats in the pics are pretty chintzy. Almost any quality saddle should hold up better. I really like the Titec El Norte. Nice shape and feel and rails that are designed to hold up to DH abuse.
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    i'm currently have great luck with my I-beam setup and I'm running that lightest SDG belair saddle on it.

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    I broke 3 saddles already in 1 year, had the WTB Power V for a few months now and no problems. The rails are noticable bigger and it seems very strong. I just wish the seat was a bit smaller, it is a bit more difficult to get behind the seat now on steep descents.

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    At 210lbs. I can trash most saddles, but I have been loving my Terry Firefly w/flames. Very comfortable and I ride a hardtail only.

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    +1 for the I-beam. It's too bad more companies aren't making posts for it.
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    Biggest improvement in seat rail durability came with my transition over to full suspension bikes

    BMX or DH saddles are going to be a far better bet than the comfort saddle you show there.
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    ditto on the WTB saddles.
    I'm at 300 and have ridden a lazzer v for 3 years with no problems. my new bike has a speed v I'm not sure what the differance is but it's just as comfey as my older one.
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    Another vote for WTB saddles. I'm just under 270 and my rocket V's on both my bikes have held up fine. I have a Thompson on one and a thudbuster on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant607
    @300# I ride a WTB Power V saddle. It has held up but my poor seatpost didn't LOL Time for a Thomson

    I actually ride a Power V on a thompson...it's bulletproof.

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    +1 again for the Power V!

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    I just got the Power V, thanks to this thread. So far I'm very happy with it. I was afraid that it would be too big and uncomfortable, however it's about the same width as my old Specialized saddle and only a little longer. I've only had one ride on it so far, but already it feels way more solid. At ~270lbs I could always feel my old saddles flexing beneath me, even when they were brand new. That is not the case thus far with the Power V!

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    seems no one mentioned this... your saddle is to far back... it's putting A LOT of stress on the rails...

    is your frame to small? are you getting proper K.O.P's with current position? if you're saddle was further forward on the rail it would be a lot harder for the rail to fold in 1/2 like that... if the fit is right then you need a further setback seatpost...
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    I'm 285 and am pretty hard on my ride. I had a Specialized Alias, and bent it within 5 rides. Specialized sent me an Avatar gratis and it's been fine. I've put tons of miles on it and its still straight as a board in the rails. Do your butt a favor too, and get sized for the width of the saddle. It comes in three widths.

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    I'm 240 and I LOVE THIS SADDLE!

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    Wow i must ride like a wimp! ive had two different bikes in the past four years and have never bents a post or seat rail. i was 380lbs last dec and now im 360 and i ride mostly single track trails with lots of roots and rocks. maybe i just stand more than most???????????

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    I agree with some of the main premises of this thread including:
    - Quality saddles will last longer
    - Saddles clamped at the midpoint of the rails are less likely to bend
    - Steel rails usually bend while ti (esp. tubular) and carbon more commonly break

    I might also add a +1 for Thompson (and similar) seatposts.
    Not only do they not bend but they also have a longer clamping area. This spreads the stress on the rail reducing failure rates in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    seems no one mentioned this... your saddle is to far back... it's putting A LOT of stress on the rails...

    is your frame to small? are you getting proper K.O.P's with current position? if you're saddle was further forward on the rail it would be a lot harder for the rail to fold in 1/2 like that... if the fit is right then you need a further setback seatpost...
    this.

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    WTB Power V Mountain Bike Saddle NEW CLEARANCE PRICE

    Quote Originally Posted by dontheclysdale
    +1 for the Power V. I'm 250lbs, and my brother is 280lbs and we both use the Power V.
    While I'm not a big fan of eBay (I love Craigslist, however!), I spotted these WTB Power V saddles at a reasonably good price and thought I might share should anyone else be interested:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=290279058623

    Roughly $31 shipped. Wiggle.com has them for $27.38 plus shipping. TeamCyclist.com has them for $35 plus shipping. Universalcycles.com had the WTB Power V for $45 plus shipping.

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    I'm not quite as heavy...I'm "only" 240-ish, but I'll put in another vote for WTB..I'm running a Lazer V on my mtb and a Rocket V on my cross bike...both are holding up well. As for posts, the Thompsons are the cat's @$$...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    seems no one mentioned this... your saddle is to far back... it's putting A LOT of stress on the rails...

    is your frame to small? are you getting proper K.O.P's with current position? if you're saddle was further forward on the rail it would be a lot harder for the rail to fold in 1/2 like that... if the fit is right then you need a further setback seatpost...
    This x 1,000,000

    That saddle is waaaaay too far back in the clamp. At the very minimum, get a setback seatpost so you can clamp that thing properly. I've been between 260lbs and 300lbs over the past ten+ years and have never bent saddle rails. I have even used the exact same saddle as the OP for a time and had no issues.

    I'd also have a competent person look at your bike fit. Personally, I'd be hatin' life with my saddle that far back. Your situation may be different, but that saddle position is extreme.

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    I don't know if this counts, but I recently wrecked my brand spankin' new Peace 9r (okay, I was trying a wheelie while attempting to learn how to use clipless pedals. Yeah, dumb). Anyhow, I seat hit the ground first, with my 300# butt still squarely on it. While my seat post bent, the WTB Laser V is as straight as ever. I even ripped the snot out of the tail of the saddle, but the rails are straight and undamaged.

    That being said, since my saddle is ripped I went ahead purchased a WTB Power V.

    EDIT:
    So, as I reported in another Clyde/Saddle thread, I found the WTB Power V to be too big for me and returned to my stock WTB Laser V. I also posted a few pics comparing the two saddles in the other thread.

    The Power V was everything that other MTBR members have reported it to be; it was just too large. Chalk it up to personal preference.
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    Yeah I have good luck with the WTB and even have a Specialized Toupe on my road bike that I have not broke surprisingly at 255#s.

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    Power V! (as others said). I got in a funk about the weight of the saddle, tried a lighter one from Specialized - the seat rail broke and left a 5" gash on the inside of my thigh. I looked tough riding home with blood running down my leg

    Best things about the Power V:

    1) doesn't break
    2) nice and wide for sitz bones
    3) nice and long with good padding for shifting forward on steep climbs

    Bad things:

    1) heavy (but really, who cares?)

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