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    I am destroying too many saddles...need strong non-pig-like saddle suggestion

    SDG saddles ti and cro-mo rails last me 3 to 5 rides before the saddles collapse into my rail mount Thomson seatpost. The rails either get bent (usually at the rear section (even when I clamp within the limits of the marking on the rail) or if the rails don't get bent, they sort of fold inward and collapse into the seat. The seat then sags rearward.

    I have a graveyard of 5 SDG saddles with broken and bent rails. The others I've thrown away or sent back.

    I've wasted WTB (higher end and lower end saddles) and SDG, total damaging about 12 in the recent past.

    Help me. I'm only 155 lbs.

    Is I-beam the only option for me?
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    you should try an Ibeam post and saddle, I don't think they can "bend"

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    WTF are you doing to destroy so many saddles?
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beater View Post
    you should try an Ibeam post and saddle, I don't think they can "bend"
    When they go they snap, usually leaving sharp material behind to mangle your man bits... not to say traditional saddles can't, but usually they just bend.
    This guy's doing something wrong, there's no way you can go through saddles this often and not be doing something weird.
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    I agree with DHgnaR, the OP is doing something wrong, or he crashes a lot. Going through that many saddles is not normal. The same thing wil happen with Ibeam saddles, you need to find out what you're doing wrong.

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    I usually find the rails bent after I go on a routine ride that involves various drops to flat or near flat. I don't have my seat post slammed all the way down, nor do I have it XC high either, and my rear has no signs of protest after the event. I do some kick drops on the drop offs that when I land, my bottom ricochets off of the saddle but, again, it doesn't hurt me so I figure it isn't that hard. Plus I'm not a big guy.

    The LBS knows of my tendency to wreck saddles. They've offered to take 2 of the saddles back and then pulled out some behemoth of a seat that weight about 3 pounds and I said NO. It'd make my bike too top heavy. But I did notice on that seat which they called a DH seat that there was a special "S" type bend on the rail at the rear part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SV11 View Post
    I agree with DHgnaR, the OP is doing something wrong, or he crashes a lot. Going through that many saddles is not normal. The same thing wil happen with Ibeam saddles, you need to find out what you're doing wrong.
    Crashing is not what makes it happen. It's my bum glancing off the seat but that's part of regular riding isn't it? Unavoidable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Crashing is not what makes it happen. It's my bum glancing off the seat but that's part of regular riding isn't it? Unavoidable.

    Yeah it's a regular part of riding, but breaking saddles isn't.
    It's kind of hard to gauge where the issue is without seeing you ride firsthand.
    Bouncing off the saddle while doing kick drops on the drop offs could be a major contributor.
    Saddles aren't really designed to bounce off.

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    lower the seat more?


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    I have the same problem and have noticed my saddles pointed slightly downward. I'm now considering getting a large/wide and comfortable, Bell gel seat.

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    the problem isn't the seats...the problem is the rider and his riding errors....

    you are supposed to absorb the shock/force of a drop with your legs...even if you have 10 inches suspension

    do not sit on your seat when doing drops...if you can't do this then lower your seat or get a smaller seat...but the basic rule is.....

    you sit on your seat + do a drop = figure broken seat
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    Not to mention you state your backside doesn't hurt... but at your weight, to bend that many rails on seats... it has to be compressing your spine to some degree... with every impact. I'd suggest lowering the seat some more like the others. I'm no doctor but this doesn't seem right.

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    Well, this is a legitimate issue I'm having.

    I should probably work in softening my landing by technique. I have tried though. Doing drop offs at speed never did this to my saddles, just when I started doing more the kick wheelie drops.
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    take a run or two without the seat .. remember, a bike might have 8in. of travel but injunction with the body it's more


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Crashing is not what makes it happen. It's my bum glancing off the seat but that's part of regular riding isn't it? Unavoidable.
    Who is "bum" ?
    Nah,seriously...what seatpost are you using? Have you tried changing that?
    Are you using a DH seatpost? (Azonic,etc.)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Who is "bum" ?
    Nah,seriously...what seatpost are you using? Have you tried changing that?
    Are you using a DH seatpost? (Azonic,etc.)?
    Thomson elite seatpost.

    I thought about a Syntace P6 alloy seatpost because it specifically states that it was designed with a longer clamp to hold more of the rail to disperse the forces better to prevent bending but I'm not sure if it'll actually work and the post is pricey.

    Do DH specific seatposts have a larger clamp area?
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    Fix your riding or just slam your seat all the way down .

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    I-beam or BMX pivotal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Thomson elite seatpost.

    I thought about a Syntace P6 alloy seatpost because it specifically states that it was designed with a longer clamp to hold more of the rail to disperse the forces better to prevent bending but I'm not sure if it'll actually work and the post is pricey.

    Do DH specific seatposts have a larger clamp area?
    Try the Syntace...You must be a very powerful rider to do these things.What bike/wheels do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    hey've offered to take 2 of the saddles back and then pulled out some behemoth of a seat that weight about 3 pounds and I said NO. It'd make my bike too top heavy. But I did notice on that seat which they called a DH seat that there was a special "S" type bend on the rail at the rear part.
    Yeah....

    I have broken one seat in my life and it was when I first started and did a wheelie drop on my xc bike with the seat too high. The seat didn't hurt, but the post sure did Lower that **** and absorb with your legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    the problem isn't the seats...the problem is the rider and his riding errors....

    you are supposed to absorb the shock/force of a drop with your legs...even if you have 10 inches suspension

    do not sit on your seat when doing drops...if you can't do this then lower your seat or get a smaller seat...but the basic rule is.....

    you sit on your seat + do a drop = figure broken seat
    + 100%^. The only time your seat and ass should touch is on smooth, bump free ground. Any other time, you should be standing.

    This reminds me of a definition of something, can't remember what. It goes something like: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Try something different this time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
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    Just keep on experimenting til you get he right combo.And keep Mr.Bum off your seat at he right times.
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    I bent 2 seats in my life, 1 going otb in a rock garden, and the saddle popped off the rails... it was weird.

    The other when I was working on supermans, but my nuts took more of a blow than the seat... still bent the rails beyond use.

    Now I'm getting into street and riding a hardtail. Try is sometime. I tried a 5 foot drop to flat. Bout tore myself a new butthole. But now I never seat bounce when landing anything (not that I ever did before). But I just worked my way back up to the 5 footer doing smaller drops to flat, focusing on leg strength when landing. Now I can do it no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    .. No tv and no beer make Homer go something something....
    Yeah, that's it, thanks!

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    I used to bend seat rails a lot when I first started riding downhill since my legs were like noodles and I tend to sit a lot with my bum pounding on the seat as I go through rock gardens when I am tired.

    As i band-aid to my lack of skills/strength, I started using saddles with 8mm rails which are MUCH stronger and are MUCH MUCH more difficult to bend (don't think I have managed to bend one yet actually). Unfortunately, most 8mm DH saddles are heavy and uncomfortable until I started using the Tioga Spyder D saddle.

    The Spyder D was relatively cheap, strong, light and surprisingly comfortable for sitting and pedaling on flat ground but once on a DH track it would bump and bruise up my inner thighs badly if I am lazy and just sit through rough stuff. Because it really does punishes you HARD when you hit the saddle, it quickly trains you up to stop sitting or bumping into it while riding through the rough.

    Now my riding is much more fluid since I my ass is no longer glued to the saddle and the 8mm rails really does give the saddle strength and prevent it from bending. At 175g, it is also one of the lightest saddle within its price range (if you really do care about weight).

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    Id suggest buying DH saddles, they are made a lot tougher, im rocking a THE DH saddle, while its not to comfortable its a damn tough saddle.
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    ride with a post and no saddle and i bet you won't be landing improperly anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    ride with a post and no saddle and i bet you won't be landing improperly anymore.
    I second this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    ride with a post and no saddle and i bet you won't be landing improperly anymore.
    Well unless thats his " thang "

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Try the Syntace...You must be a very powerful rider to do these things.What bike/wheels do you use?
    I use regular wheels nothing super beefy. Stans Flow EX on an Mojo HD. DT Swiss EX5.1 on a Nomad. I9 Enduro build on a Nicolai AFR.

    Contrary to the impression I might have conveyed of how I ride, I'm a semi-smooth rider and my friends would probably say I'm not a hack rider. I've been biking for over 15 years so I've developed some skills at least.
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    Maybe try out one of these seat posts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    I hate to

    Contrary to the impression I might have conveyed of how I ride, I'm a semi-smooth rider and my friends would probably say I'm not a hack rider. I've been biking for over 15 years so I've developed some skills at least.
    I hate to tell you this, but breaking lots of seats is basically the definition of a low skill/hack rider. You need to stop sitting down all the time and build up your leg/core/arm/everything strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    ride with a post and no saddle and i bet you won't be landing improperly anymore.
    Thank you.
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    sometimes you have to, you know, think out of the box and try something different. just remember, you made the post seeking a potential cause for multiple broken seats. you were probably looking for an answer that would result in product defect but the common feedback from many has been riding technique. change can take time, just takes practice...


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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    sometimes you have to, you know, think out of the box and try something different. just remember, you made the post seeking a potential cause for multiple broken seats. you were probably looking for an answer that would result in product defect but the common feedback from many has been riding technique. change can take time, just takes practice...
    I like this guy.

    Also, I think I've literally never heard of someone breaking multiple seats. And I've rarely seen anyone break a single seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    I use regular wheels nothing super beefy. Stans Flow EX on an Mojo HD. DT Swiss EX5.1 on a Nomad. I9 Enduro build on a Nicolai AFR.

    Contrary to the impression I might have conveyed of how I ride, I'm a semi-smooth rider and my friends would probably say I'm not a hack rider. I've been biking for over 15 years so I've developed some skills at least.
    If you are breaking things that others do not, the issue is you, not the thing that is breaking. You either adjust your technique, or keep replacing broken parts.
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    lower the post so all you can read is " THOM" or '' THO ''


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    There is a slight possibility that there is something wrong with the post. Try a different one and see what happens.

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    Probably riding sitting on the seat while going over obstacles.

    Are you getting of your seat when you are going over the obstacles or doing jumps? If not than that is whats causing them to break. Start riding on your pedals while going over stuff and you will solve your problem.

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    I've bent few rails in my days of DH. When I get really tired on a run, I'll sit down and pedal on the "flat" parts of a trail. This will in time bend the rails because when you're going that fast, even a smooth stretch of trail will put considerable strain on the rails when seated. Now if you're doing this on drops, that's just odd. You shouldn't be contacting your seat on jumps and drops.

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    I broke a saddle once....pelvis too.
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    IF your bike is a mojo then you should buy a dropped post you will be able to drop it when you need

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    Gotta be user error or you are somehow installing them incorrectly. Never in my 10+ years have i broken a seat. Even crashing and sending my bike flying down the hill, never has one broken. Was previously on I-beam wtb, and now regular rails with a wtb devo

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    i like the lounge. Its BEASTLY

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    Land on your ass??

    You're gonna slip a disc or give yourself ED
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    The Sette Strike DH saddle lasted me a long time. I went from it to a Chromag Lynx & the Sette has larger diameter rails than the Chromag plus the Sette is cheap. I think it's called the Strike.. I bought it after destroying a saddle when the bike flipped into a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    There is a slight possibility that there is something wrong with the post. Try a different one and see what happens.
    nothing wrong with the post. it's a thomson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    nothing wrong with the post. it's a thomson.
    Even Thomson parts can have manufacturing problems, or develop problems through wear and tear.

    Can you take a picture of the clamp on your Mojo?

    And, as other people have said a) There seems to be a technique problem and b) lower your seat, or get your ass behind it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    I broke a saddle once....pelvis too.
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    THAT looked painful!!!! Was it the crash that broke your pelvis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Even Thomson parts can have manufacturing problems, or develop problems through wear and tear.

    Can you take a picture of the clamp on your Mojo?
    Probably not the post. I can't see how it could be unless you have some ideas I can't think of.
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    Thanks for all the ideas everyone that has posted. Here are some points made thus far:

    1.) The way I ride causes the problem.

    I agree with this but that's why I'm looking for something that'll withstand "the way I ride". Another way of looking at this is if someone rode and broke frames regularly, would they have poor technique? Not necessarily. Should they be called "weak" or "a poor rider"? Not always. It might be just the style they ride. Now if they crash and get hurt because of they way they ride or fail at obstacles, then that may be a different issue and therefore could be called a poor rider. So some people that break stuff should probably should look for a more stout frame or parts that withstand the forces exerted by that specific rider.

    2.) Seat too high.

    The seat height works for me, but I surely can lower it and try to get used to it and will basically be "taking the seat out of the way". Hard to so because I like it at the current height for leverage and bike handling.

    3.) Thudbuster seatpost suggestion.

    I think that'll work well for me. Novel idea. I might actually consider this one if I can get myself over having one on a FS bike.

    4.) Various suggestions on DH saddles.

    Thanks for those suggestions. I really need strong RAILS, not uppers since it's not the uppers that suffer damage. I might consider the ones with thicker rail diameters. Does any one know if those are still compatible with the Thomson seatpost clamp?

    5.) No saddle riding.

    I think I'll skip this one.
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    just try lowering the seat post before spending any more $$$.. and lean back more


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Thanks for all the ideas everyone that has posted. Here are some points made thus far:

    1.) The way I ride causes the problem.

    I agree with this but that's why I'm looking for something that'll withstand "the way I ride". Another way of looking at this is if someone rode and broke frames regularly, would they have poor technique? Not necessarily. Should they be called "weak" or "a poor rider"? Not always. It might be just the style they ride. Now if they crash and get hurt because of they way they ride or fail at obstacles, then that may be a different issue and therefore could be called a poor rider. So some people that break stuff should probably should look for a more stout frame or parts that withstand the forces exerted by that specific rider.

    2.) Seat too high.

    The seat height works for me, but I surely can lower it and try to get used to it and will basically be "taking the seat out of the way". Hard to so because I like it at the current height for leverage and bike handling.

    3.) Thudbuster seatpost suggestion.

    I think that'll work well for me. Novel idea. I might actually consider this one if I can get myself over having one on a FS bike.

    4.) Various suggestions on DH saddles.

    Thanks for those suggestions. I really need strong RAILS, not uppers since it's not the uppers that suffer damage. I might consider the ones with thicker rail diameters. Does any one know if those are still compatible with the Thomson seatpost clamp?

    5.) No saddle riding.

    I think I'll skip this one.
    So, basically you came here for help with your problem. And apart from #3, which is a stupid idea in the first place, you just stuck your middle finger up at everyone's advice. Way to go! It looks like you'll be breaking saddles for a long time to come. One of these days, you'll get a broken rail up your rear end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    So, basically you came here for help with your problem. And apart from #3, which is a stupid idea in the first place, you just stuck your middle finger up at everyone's advice. Way to go! It looks like you'll be breaking saddles for a long time to come. One of these days, you'll get a broken rail up your rear end.
    Nah, not what I meant to do at all to anyone. Didn't think anyone would be so offended.

    Just putting into words my thoughts and maybe I'll digest some suggestions better with time. I think what is best is to improve my technique so I can stick with what I currently have but I don't know how long it will take to change technique since, as you may understand, things can get ingrained after a while of riding a certain way. Hard to teach a old dog new ways--you know? Until I get better, I need something that doesn't wreck easily.

    All the above are serious suggestions that made me think (except for the sarcastic one of not riding with a seat although that has a tone of seriousness to it, yet I still thought that was funny). I think this tread gave me some positive direction. Not trying to dissing anyone's ideas at all, really. At least I didn't mean to if it showed in my response. I apologize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Nah, not what I meant to do at all to anyone. Didn't think anyone would be so offended.

    Just putting into words my thoughts and maybe I'll digest some suggestions better with time. I think what is best is to improve my technique so I can stick with what I currently have but I don't know how long it will take to change technique since, as you may understand, things can get ingrained after a while of riding a certain way. Hard to teach a old dog new ways--you know? Until I get better, I need something that doesn't wreck easily.

    All the above are serious suggestions that made me think (except for the sarcastic one of not riding with a seat although that has a tone of seriousness to it, yet I still thought that was funny). I think this tread gave me some positive direction. Not trying to dissing anyone's ideas at all, really. At least I didn't mean to if it showed in my response. I apologize.
    You can still ride with your butt touching the seat, just try to use your legs to keep a lot of weight off of it. It will make you a better rider, because you can't properly balance yourself and the bike with your dead weight sitting on the saddle. It's like driving a car fast in the canyons, it takes finesse with the pedals. Same with riding, it takes finess with the parts of your body that make contact with the bike. When you learn that, you can ride much faster, for a lot longer and break less parts.

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    no need to apologize, just letters on a computer screen and those letters can be taken out of context. the recommendation to adjust your seat and riding style ( which like smoking and biting nails ) is a tough habit to break but it's for the better. unless you build a custom stand alone solid seat you have to deal with whats available on the market. no need to get into detail over the cause of a rather simple anomaly... but to get more in-depth you are trying to combine 2 different riding styles it sounds like. high seat for pedal power for more Xc/all mountain type riding and drops that freeride/ dh'ers do. could put a quick release clamp on and before taking a drop lower the seat. regardless, the issue at hand is the seat height, not the strength of 2 rails that are limited to their design.
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    i-beam or BMX pivotal if it hasn't been suggested.

    or a remote post to get that business out of the way.

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    Your lucky you haven't pancaked you testicals! Lower your seat, and absorb more with your legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Thanks for all the ideas everyone that has posted. Here are some points made thus far:

    1.) The way I ride causes the problem.

    I agree with this but that's why I'm looking for something that'll withstand "the way I ride". Another way of looking at this is if someone rode and broke frames regularly, would they have poor technique? Not necessarily. Should they be called "weak" or "a poor rider"? Not always. It might be just the style they ride. Now if they crash and get hurt because of they way they ride or fail at obstacles, then that may be a different issue and therefore could be called a poor rider. So some people that break stuff should probably should look for a more stout frame or parts that withstand the forces exerted by that specific rider.

    2.) Seat too high.

    The seat height works for me, but I surely can lower it and try to get used to it and will basically be "taking the seat out of the way". Hard to so because I like it at the current height for leverage and bike handling.

    3.) Thudbuster seatpost suggestion.

    I think that'll work well for me. Novel idea. I might actually consider this one if I can get myself over having one on a FS bike.

    4.) Various suggestions on DH saddles.

    Thanks for those suggestions. I really need strong RAILS, not uppers since it's not the uppers that suffer damage. I might consider the ones with thicker rail diameters. Does any one know if those are still compatible with the Thomson seatpost clamp?

    5.) No saddle riding.

    I think I'll skip this one.
    With regards to number 4, most DH saddle DO come with thicker RAILS.
    And yes, they are still compatible with your thomson seatpost.

    As I have said, I used to bend the rails on my saddles all the time. After switching to saddles with 8mm rails I have bent none. Anyway, getting thicker rails is just a band aid to improper riding techniques. The most important thing is to work on proper techniques.

    Saddles with 8mm rails that I have tried so far:

    Various Fizik DH/FR saddles - Expensive (but got mine on various clearance sale for cheap), heavy and uncomfortable. Out of production.
    WTB aviator - Cheap, heavy and uncomfortable
    Spank starburst - Very heavy but very comfortable
    Tiogra Spyder D - Light, comfortable but punishes you hard if you are sitting down while you are not supposed to

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgv101 View Post
    A Anyway, getting thicker rails is just a band aid to improper riding techniques. The most important thing is to work on proper techniques.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aust95 View Post
    Nah, not what I meant to do at all to anyone. Didn't think anyone would be so offended.

    Just putting into words my thoughts and maybe I'll digest some suggestions better with time. I think what is best is to improve my technique so I can stick with what I currently have but I don't know how long it will take to change technique since, as you may understand, things can get ingrained after a while of riding a certain way. Hard to teach a old dog new ways--you know? Until I get better, I need something that doesn't wreck easily.

    All the above are serious suggestions that made me think (except for the sarcastic one of not riding with a seat although that has a tone of seriousness to it, yet I still thought that was funny). I think this tread gave me some positive direction. Not trying to dissing anyone's ideas at all, really. At least I didn't mean to if it showed in my response. I apologize.
    honestly it sounds like you snubbed us on suggestions....

    your problem is you are landing jumps sitting down on the saddle....they are not meant for that...so the suggestions of using your legs a little more and lowering your seat will help you out..the most important is use your legs like a shock absorber more...if you don't listen and want to blow it off....someday you are going to get hurt,..you will land something and just get totally bucked off bike..also one of those bars my stab you...even with thicker rails....and P.S. don't drop to flat...you will run a bike that way
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitewerks View Post
    The Sette Strike DH saddle lasted me a long time. I went from it to a Chromag Lynx & the Sette has larger diameter rails than the Chromag plus the Sette is cheap. I think it's called the Strike.. I bought it after destroying a saddle when the bike flipped into a tree.
    I have 2 of those saddles,(the older dicontinued version).It's a bit longer than regular mtb saddles...kind of like a cheaper version of the discontinued WTB Power V saddle.
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    Maybe the OP might wanna throw that saddle on a Azonic HD-1 seatpost if it fits.
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    when i first got my bike, it had a budget seatpost on it. I rode of a curb while sitting down (figured a 160mm bike could handle that...) and completely bent the clamp. lesson here, some things are just not meant to take certain forces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F. View Post
    Your lucky you haven't pancaked you testicals! Lower your seat, and absorb more with your legs.
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    To the OP- dropper post all the way. Get that seat out of your way and absorb the landings with the bike AND your legs, practice practice practice.

    That Mojo deserves a dropper post.

    Look at it this way- the forces you are putting on the seat that are bending the rails are in fact being resisted and absorbed by the frame; your bum hits the seat with enough force to bend the rails, to do this the frame is taking the force of the impact and resisting it and being torqued and stressed. The frame is literally pushing against the force of your impact with the seat to the point that YOU bend the rails. Thats not good. Personal opinion is that it adds to the long term wear of the frame.

    Now lets say you have the Mojo HD- 160mm of travel. Awesome. Move that seat out of your way and you pick up an additional 6-8 inches of suspension in your legs (not sure depends on your legs length). You also take more of the impact, stress and forces away from the bike, the seat, the wheels, pivots, everything.

    This is my opinion from my own experiences and another vote for a dropper post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    + 100%^. The only time your seat and ass should touch is on smooth, bump free ground. Any other time, you should be standing.

    This reminds me of a definition of something, can't remember what. It goes something like: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Try something different this time!
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