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    Help determine which WTB Rocket V saddle this is

    So I won this bid on Ebay for a "new take off" WTB Rocket V saddle. I am unsure as to which model it is based on the picture. Here is a link to the listing http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT

    Seems there are quite a few that look like this. The saddle should be in later this week so if this picture is not enough to determine the model I will take in person photos after its arrival.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    The auction says its got chromoly rails. Wouldn't that make it an OEM Rocket V race?

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    It did come off of a bike they purchased for parts. I can't answer your question as I am fairly new to all this. Saw the deal and couldnt pass it up. I have no idea what the differences are within the Rocket V line or what the OEM model would look like. I know that because it has the chromoly rails it is not one of the higher end models but that is the extent of my knowledge haha.

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    take off means OEM, which means it doesn't necessarily correspond to the after market models available to consumers.
    however, there is only one Rocket V with cromoly rails in the current model list at wtb.com, so if it's not that one, it's the closest.
    the mfr website is a good second stop for questions like this (after you ask the guy that is selling the thing and has it in hand).
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    Because it came off a bike its an OEM (original equipment).
    It has cromoly rails so its a race model.
    They also make a Rocket Comp with steel rails.

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    Thanks

    I had checked the manufacturers site first but did not find one that looked like and had the same specs as this seat. I also emailed the seller but have yet to hear back from him. I do know the seat shipped and the seller is a reputable bike shop so I am not worried about not hearing back. I came here because this is a cycling specific forum so I figured I'd get an answer. Now next questions. 1 is chromoly a bad thing? and 2 are the OEM rocket V saddles still a good saddle? I mean at the end of the day I only spent 25 bux on it so I will not feel ripped off (considering el-cheapo walmart seats cost around 20). Thanks in advance for the continued help. Sorry if I am asking stupid newbie questions (though I am a newbie to the biking world haha).

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    Chromoly is a specific kind of steel. It has a tiny amount of chromium and molybdenum, and can be processed to better hardness and yield strength. In practice, that means that parts made from chromoly steels can be made with less material - they're lighter - than parts made from cheaper carbon steels. Chromoly saddle rails are likely to be a little heavier than magnesium or titanium or whatever, but unless you get a prize for lower numbers when you hang your bike from a scale, they perform great.

    I have an OEM Rocket V that came on one of my bikes. Might go on my commuter soon... I don't like it that much, but it has nothing to do with quality. It's a little squishy and has a little more of a banana hammock shape than I like. I tend to be happier with flat-topped ass hatchets.

    At $25, you're not paying that much to try a different saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpreachers View Post
    Thanks

    I had checked the manufacturers site first but did not find one that looked like and had the same specs as this seat. I also emailed the seller but have yet to hear back from him. I do know the seat shipped and the seller is a reputable bike shop so I am not worried about not hearing back. I came here because this is a cycling specific forum so I figured I'd get an answer. Now next questions. 1 is chromoly a bad thing? and 2 are the OEM rocket V saddles still a good saddle? I mean at the end of the day I only spent 25 bux on it so I will not feel ripped off (considering el-cheapo walmart seats cost around 20). Thanks in advance for the continued help. Sorry if I am asking stupid newbie questions (though I am a newbie to the biking world haha).
    if this comment is directed at me i hope i didn't come off as admonishing you.
    newbie questions are part of what this forum is for.
    you'd be surprised how many people don't go to mfr websites or call the mfr first, and as it's usually the best place for accurate information, it's a standard recommendation.
    however, as i pointed out, OEM products don't always play by the rules, as in, they aren't always a model available after-market to the public. in many cases they are not.
    cromoly is not a bad thing, it's just heavier than titanium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    if this comment is directed at me i hope i didn't come off as admonishing you.
    newbie questions are part of what this forum is for.
    you'd be surprised how many people don't go to mfr websites or call the mfr first, and as it's usually the best place for accurate information, it's a standard recommendation.
    however, as i pointed out, OEM products don't always play by the rules, as in, they aren't always a model available after-market to the public. in many cases they are not.
    cromoly is not a bad thing, it's just heavier than titanium.
    No problems man. I just know some folks on forums get bent out of shape when people don't do the research first. Just wanted to make sure I let ya know this was my 3rd stop lol. Thanks for the info. I figure 25 bux aint bad for a tester seat and if it isnt up to my needs then Ill just resell it on craigslist and probably make all my money back haha.
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    It's a saddle. There isn't all that much to them.

    If it fits and is comfortable, all is good. The WTBs Rockets are well regarded (I've got one and it's held up great over 3 years)

    If you want to obsess, you can it weigh and find out whether shelling out another $100 is worth dropping a hundred or so grams for a Ti railled version.

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